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2017, June Newsletter


Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Nontraditional Student Strengths Spell Success

For anyone who has concerns about going back to school – stop worrying. As a nontraditional student you have strengths and advantages that will help you be successful. You’ve had a lot of experience, taken on responsibilities, been solving your own problems for quite some time, and you probably have clearly defined goals. Of course, nontraditional students have conflicts. Often they have dependent family members and job responsibilities, but the advantages of pursuing higher education as a nontraditional students can outweigh the conflicts.

Nontraditional students will find themselves in good company as they attend classes: In 2009, about 40 percent of all college and graduate students were age 25 and older, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. By 2020, the number of students in that age group is expected to rise to 43 percent as 9.6 million older students pursue higher education.

Advantage: Life Experience

Nontraditional students have experiences from work, prior education, and their personal lives. Skills nontraditional students have from life experience create a broad base to relate new experiences to and are a background for understanding academic work. Often nontraditional students can use prior learning to gain credits with knowledge they have acquired through work or the military.

Experience with co-workers creates a nontraditional student advantage that helps them be successful at team work or in other dealings that require clear communication. Life experience also helps nontraditional students establish relationships with professors and consider them mentors, rather than as a person who judges them. Rather than worry about fitting into an academic setting, nontraditional students can be confident that their life experience will be a solid foundation for success as a student.

Advantage: Motivation

Nontraditional students often have higher levels of motivation than younger students. Jobs and family responsibilities that could seem to have a negative impact can become a positive motivating factor for nontraditional students. Most nontraditional students are completing their education or seeking an additional degree so they can advance in their career and provide stability and a better life for their families. For them, motivation comes from outside sources as well as within. Many of them have a clear academic or career path.

Marcus Johnson, PhD, School of Education at the University of Cincinnati says that a nontraditional student advantage can be “higher levels of intrinsic motivation and interest, which could be attributed in part to having a clearer view of their goals."

Students who have a clear academic or career path apply can what they are learning to their job. The link between these two important parts of their lives creates great motivation to continue.

Advantage: Problem solving skills

A nontraditional student advantage comes from solving problems on the job and in their careers. Nontraditional students have skills that younger students may not have. They better manage the stress that comes with unexpected situations and roadblocks. Johnson says that compared to younger students who may be more emotional about problems, “By comparison, nontraditional students are more apt to turn to task-oriented coping strategies to overcome the stressor, such as thinking about what steps to take next and devising a plan of action.” Rather than stress about a paper or capstone project that is due, nontraditional students are more apt to create a plan with steps that lead to completion. They have self-confidence that comes with the life experiences of encountering and dealing with different types of problems.

The nontraditional student advantages can be a large part of their success. By seeing their time outside of an academic setting as a learning opportunity, they build confidence. By seeing their differences from traditional students as positive traits, they will find success.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



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Why Financial Aid Deadlines are Important

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by American Public University System

By Ryan Laspina, Analyst, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS To apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA), you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to provide detailed information on the FAFSA, but you also need to remain aware of timeframes and deadlines. Missing a deadline means Read more




Career Readiness: Equipping Students for the Workplace of Today and Tomorrow

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Excelsior College

Provided by Excelsior College When most of us hear the term ‘career readiness’ we associate it with strong technical skill, such as computer programming or digital marketing. And while technical skills are vital, they alone are insufficient for success in the current and future workplace. Research shows that skills such as communication and teamwork are Read more




9 Reasons to Pursue Your Master’s Degree

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Northcentral University

Provided by Northcentral University Perhaps you’ve been thinking about getting a master’s degree since you graduated with your bachelor’s degree. Whether that was last month, last year or ten years ago, it might be time to revisit those nagging questions. Why should I get a master’s degree? Do I want the potential to earn more Read more




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Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus A job search can seem like a full-time job of its own. Creating an impressive résumé and completing other critical tasks related to your search can be time-consuming. However, there are surprisingly effective tactics that take only a few minutes—but can produce big results! Clean Up Your Online Image Read more




3 Steps to Get Started in Disaster Management and Homeland Security

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Trident University International

3 Steps to Get Started in Disaster Management and Homeland Security

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Unlock the Full Potential of Diversity and Inclusion to Maximize Business Performance

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Kaplan University

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Provided by Kaplan University Every organization has different diversity and inclusion needs and challenges. Regardless of the business focus—whether it’s retaining top talent, addressing gender balance, increasing share of wallet from wider customer segments, improved customer satisfaction scores, or maximizing the talents of a diverse workforce—Kaplan University focuses on optimizing the desired outcomes of each Read more




Technology and Innovation Management: Innovation Through Technology

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Northcentral University

Technology and Innovation Management: Innovation Through Technology

Provided by Northcentral University Today’s leaders must know how to take advantage of new technologies and ideas – or remain trapped in stagnation. Trained innovative thinkers bring fresh ideas. In today’s competitive global marketplace, technological innovations can be problematic and intimidating for most organizations. Organizations around the globe are searching for qualified leaders to help Read more




UC Organizational Leadership Program Develops Change Agents

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by University of Charleston West Virginia

UC Organizational Leadership Program Develops Change Agents

Provided by University of Charleston Today’s fast paced and dynamic job market places a high value on organizational leaders who can get results by creating positive change. Whether in the field of business, non-profit, military, or government, learning to create a transparent climate of change should be perceived as natural in any organization. Change is Read more




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Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Edcor School Network

American InterContinental University recognizes the service and sacrifice of our military students. We believe that all military service members should have affordable access to a high-quality postsecondary education. That’s why AIU offers reduced tuition and fees for active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members.

In addition to the financial aid available to all AIU students, we’ve established four grants and scholarships specifically for active-duty military service members, veterans and their families, available at all campuses:
AIU Veterans Grant
• For veterans
• Up to $1,500

AIU Military Spouse Grant
• For spouses of active-duty and drilling service members
• Up to 10 percent of program costs

Yellow Ribbon Grant
• For post - 9/11 veterans
• Up to 100 percent of program costs after GI Bill® benefits

EANGUS Scholarship

• For National Guard who are active EANGUS members
• Six full-ride scholarships
• All campuses

Eligibility for AIU's military grants varies by program. See the University Catalog for full details and conditions. Download AIU's Military Tuition and Fees Schedule. Explore AIU Programs at http://www.aiuniv.edu/

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Harness the Power of Technology at DeVry University. At DeVry, we understand the tech-driven reality of today. We see technology at the core of business, how we connect and how we power our lives. So we’ve made it the foundation for all we do now, trusting it will fuel all you can do tomorrow. This is DeVry’s Tech Path, a tech-forward, career-focused education. Created to bring distinct value to our students and help our graduates stand out in the modern workplace, we’re proud to offer our Tech Path associate and bachelor’s degree programs to new students at a lower tuition rate than our Non-Tech Path programs. And, as a member of Edcor, you qualify for a 10 percent savings on any courses that you take.

Learn more about the full benefits available to you as an Edcor partner at http://partner.devry.edu/Edcor.

Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ, recently became a member of the Western Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET), a part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). A national, membership-based, non-profit organization, WCET’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is nationally-recognized as one of the most informative, reliable, and forward-thinking organizations regarding the role of technology and innovation in higher education.

This year, WCET will be addressing several issues of importance to colleges that are engaging in online learning. Those issues include state authorization, state reciprocity, reauthorization of the federal higher education act, academic integrity and student authentication, competency-based education and alternative credentials, student success, management of e-learning, adaptive learning, and the wide range of topics that its members themselves bring to the conversation.

WCET will be a valuable resource for Ocean County College through the informative resources and valuable sharing of ideas, practices, and policies that happen through WCET’s community of 370+ colleges, universities, and organizations.

For information on Ocean County College Online, visit www.ocean.edu or call 1-866-660-2108.

Penn State World Campus, is offering two new 12-credit online graduate certificates designed to help employees lead effective change within their organizations. Each certificate consists of four courses. Students in both certificates will take a required course on the foundations of organization development.

Graduate Certificate in Organization Development and Change:

Analytics: Learn how to use data to drive decision-making in your organization. Course topics include evaluating investment in workforce education, assessing data and appraising organization development and consulting services.

Occupational Safety and Health: Focuses on promoting workplace safety. Learn about facilities management, government rules and regulations as well as developing needs assessments for employee training.

“The only thing that really differentiates an organization from another is the education of their workforce and how the organizations are structured to maximize use of all talents,” said associate professor Wesley Donahue, the coordinator of the online organization development and change program. “Our goal is to provide students with skills and competencies that can immediately be applied to help the organizations they serve continuously improve and maximize potential.”

For information about the new certificates and tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Strayer University is excited to announce a new MBA curriculum specifically designed for innovators, disruptors, leaders, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Strayer has teamed up with Cheddar to launch a new Digital Entrepreneurship MBA in which students can access their MBA courses entirely on smartphones and tablets using Facebook groups. This cutting-edge, 21st century MBA offers students a bold, innovative new way to learn the secrets of digital business. This new program offers students the opportunity to:

• Watch lectures, participate in discussions and complete assignments on Facebook.
• Learn through videos produced by Cheddar, one of Fast Company’s 2017 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Media.
• View lectures delivered by Cheddar Founder and CEO Jon Steinberg from the NYSE trading floor.
• Engage in case studies and assignments on innovative companies like Apple and Tesla and gain insights from top business books selected by Jon Steinberg.
• Participate in weekly discussions by posting video responses right from your phone, as well as video conference with your professors and advisors on your phone.

Find out more about the new Digital Entrepreneurship MBA or learn more from Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg.

Nonprofit, online Western Governors University (WGU) has been recognized by University Research & Review (URR) as a “Best Value School for the fourth consecutive year..”

Known to be “the best way for students of all ages to find reasonably priced and academically excellent colleges and universities,” URR’s award highlights WGU’s ability to provide students with the affordable, quality education that they need. According to L. Joseph Schmoke, URR founder and chair, only institutions that provide a great value for their students are considered for this award.

“WGU’s competency-based model and innovative approach to education enable students to accelerate their studies while getting the one-on-one faculty support they need, providing real value to adult learners,” Schmoke said. URR has recognized the nonprofit, competency-based university for affordability, innovative model, and “overwhelmingly positive reviews” from students.


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