Albert Brass, Ed.D. Candidate

Albert Brass-1Albert Brass was working on his doctorate in education when “life happened”—he and his wife learned they were expecting triplets. So, Brass, the dean of students at Joliet West High School, put his plans to pursue an Ed.D. on hold while he enjoyed the new additions to his family.

But when Brass was ready to finish what he started, he didn’t go back to the program he began a few years earlier. Instead, he enrolled at the University of St. Francis after learning about the university’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from a colleague.

“USF’s program is very attractive because of flexible schedule, family atmosphere, accessibility of the professors and proximity to my profession and home,” Brass said.

He also said USF’s program sets its candidates up to succeed because the dissertation is part of the program rather than being the culminating project.

“The likelihood of finishing the program is greater because of the way the curriculum is scheduled,” said Brass, who will complete his degree in 2015.

Brass, of Shorewood, Ill., is a father of five. He said that USF understands family comes first, and the professors treat their students like professionals.

“I appreciate the flexibility of the professors and the fact they understand that you’re not just a student—you’re a professional, a father and a husband,” he said. “Combined with their knowledge and keeping us updated on the most current educational policies, USF knows how to train future administrators.”

Brass’ student-focused attitude and passion for closing the achievement gap are what drives him to be the best administrator he can be. He said USF will help take him to the next level.