You don’t need to have an academic degree to be a successful REALTOR. Studies do show that REALTORS with degrees make more money on average than their peers without degrees and that those with advance degrees make even more. It is also true that there are many REALTORS that make spectacular money that do not have a degree.
Higher education stands for more than providing an efficient lever for generating more revenue. Ideally, the lifelong pursuit of learning can be an investment in personal growth.
The National Association of Realtors® today issued a press release:
“A new exclusive partnership with NAR and Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, will offer expanded access to academic programs to association members.
Columbia College will become the exclusive higher-education partner for more than 1.3 million and growing NAR members.”
Members can pursue a variety of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including real estate-specific offerings anticipated in late spring 2020. Columbia College will host the NAR Academy and plans to develop and offer a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in real estate.
NAR Members that enroll in the NAR Academy at Columbia College can receive $100 per eligible course in financial support from the Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education (CSRE). The CSRE is a NAR wholly owned subsidiary that creates and facilitates educational programs in real estate, working to elevate professional standards through designations, certifications and degrees in real estate.
From the release:
“We are committed to continuing to add value by providing substantial educational opportunities that help our members grow personally and professionally. As a member’s knowledge base grows, it leads to enhancing and broadening their business, which can increase their profitability and efficiency,” said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. “We’re extremely proud to partner with Columbia College as it represents an important new phase in this bold vision.”
REALTOR® University was conceived and launched in 2012 to provide members a new opportunity to grow through academic achievement. The NAR Academy at Columbia College marks the successful realization and expansion of the REALTOR® University vision.
Columbia College, founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution and has more than 30 locations nationwide. The college opened a new 60,000 square foot facility in September, housing its Robert W. Plaster School of Business.
From the release:
“We believe this new partnership between NAR and Columbia College will truly be a game changer, not only for our institution but for the association’s members around the country,” said Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple. “As far as we know, this is the largest exclusive educational partnership in the United States.”
The original vision was significantly driven by innovative and forward-looking volunteer leadership at NAR.
From the release:
“This is what we aspire to do as volunteer leaders – innovate, lead and create,” says Ron Phipps, Chairman of the REALTOR® University Board of Regents. “Now we have ensured the groundbreaking work we have done for our members continues to provide true and recognized benefits for years to come.”
It’s a huge successful professional trade organization, partnering with an established and recognized higher-eduction institution committed to helping their people continue to grow and succeed.
That’s a very good thing.