Higher Education in the 21st Century - A Learning-Centered Approach

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Carlos Tasso Aquino, Ph.D.

Carlos Aquino
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Carlos Tasso Aquino


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Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

2014 - Present: Worplace Skills: What Employers are Looking For

2013 - Present: Competency-Based Education in Business

2013 - Present: Generational Cohorts in other Cultures and Countries

2011 - Present: Higher Education in the 21st Century – Student-Centered Learning and the Clash of Generations

2006 - Present: Entrepreneurial Competencies

Brazil: A BRIC’s Economic Growth, and Its Recent FDI History in Florida
Observations on the Rising Tide of Brazil/Florida Trade
Diversity in the Classroom - Generational Cohorts and Their Impact on the Quality of Higher Education Learning Processes in the 21st Century
Unconventional ownership and corporate governance models: impacts on best practice standards
Online Education in the United States: Improving Workforce Skills
Problems and Prospects with Respect to China’s Private Sector Firms: Building a Free Market Economy
Entrepreneurial Competencies: KnASTy – An Introduction
Higher Education in the 21st Century - A Learning-Centered Approach
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Global Education Paradigm Shift?
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Professional Bio: 
Dr. Carlos Tasso Eira De Aquino was the founding Chair of the Center for Workplace Diversity Research (2014-2016) at the School of Advanced Studies (University of Phoenix) in which he had been a key contributor and leader for research and the communications with faculty and students regarding scholarship opportunities and activities related to all dimensions of Diversity in the Workplace. Dr. Carlos Tasso Eira De Aquino is an accomplished senior executive and professor combining a PhD and two Post-Docs with over 25 years of experience in leading and contributing to scholarship in Business, Education, IT, and Engineering. Along his career, Dr. Aquino accumulated achievements and recognition as Provost, Dean of Business, Dean of Accreditation, in institutions in the USA and abroad, with student and faculty bodies that encompassed a clear diversity of cultures. In his career, he has been strategically building and leading diverse teams to solve complex, systemic problems, besides managing, teaching, developing and supervising relevant research. He has an extensive experience with Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is adept at developing and implementing academic programs, accreditation processes, operational, regulatory and quality procedures and policies, and corporate training programs that foster measurable performance improvements. Dr. Aquino is a multi-lingual professional (English, Portuguese, Spanish), and his educational background includes a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering (The George Washington University), a Ph.D. in Sciences and Nuclear Technology (University of São Paulo, Brazil), and two post-doctoral degrees – Mechanical Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (State University of Campinas, Brazil). Before moving to the United States in 2008, Dr. Aquino was responsible for the Brazilian version of many business books, published by Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill. Dr. Aquino has also authored a book on Adult Higher Education (How to Learn: Andragogy and Learning Skills) for Pearson Education in Brazil in 2008. He is an international accreditation evaluator for ACBSP having participated in site visits, including one in Lima, Peru, in October 2016. Since 2014 he has created, launched, and led centers of excellence dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, developing programs and solutions in the various dimensions of Diversity and Inclusion, with a substantial focus on companies and organizations that embrace or are willing to launch diversity and inclusion strategies and professional development among internal and external stakeholders.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Nuclear Engineering Technology
University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil
Masters Degree
Structural Engineering
The George Washington University
Bachelors Degree
Civil Engineering
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Academic Appointments: 
University Research Chair - School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix (2014 - 2016)
Center for Workplace Diversity Research - SAS - University of Phoenix
Monday, June 23, 2014 to Tuesday, June 21, 2016
National Assistant Dean - Accreditation and Curriculum Development - (2011-2014)
Graduate School of Business and Management at Argosy University
Friday, October 1, 2010 to Monday, June 23, 2014
Chair of Graduate Business Programs - Tampa, FL (2010-2014)
Graduate School of Business and Management at Argosy University
Friday, October 1, 2010 to Monday, June 23, 2014
Provost (2010)
Schiller International University
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 to Friday, October 1, 2010
Dean of Business - Largo, FL and European Campuses (2008 - 2010)
Schiller International University
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 to Friday, October 1, 2010
Provost (2006-2007)
Business School Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 to Monday, November 5, 2007
Professional Education: 
Post-Doctorate in Entrepreneurship
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Post-Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering
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Life in college and university is just a step to be overcome towards a successful career. The potential employers in the marketplace look for professionals that are capable to show and use appropriately not only technical skills for a specific area, but also interpersonal and managerial skills. Students need to be approached in such a way to foster their interest in the development of such characteristics, since they will help them to pursue a successful career and life. This approach involves the creation of a strong foundation over which these interpersonal and managerial skills will lay on. Learning is a must for the rest of their lives and this is an issue that needs to be addressed in a clear and concise way: learning-centered approach to education, based on experiencing and including many dimensions to reach the diversity of students we have today. Lifelong learning and the correct skills will certainly prepare them for the years to come.

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Sushil Jindal's picture Sushil Jindal | September 25, 2015 11:41 pm MST

The technical skills have changed in 21st century but the basic skills of human relationships have not changed. The skills the employers look besides technical are  human relations skills, competitiveness, and innovativeness skills.  Effective communication is very important in businesses.

Michael A. Raphael's picture Michael A. Raphael | January 21, 2016 7:46 am MST

With traditional classes being challenged with students of a 'newer' generation, learner centered teaching is an approach that enables students and permits them to make decisions to balance their needs and desires with the course objectives. Research is ongoing in this area and has promise for future learners, as well as faculty