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2017, July Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Nontraditional Students' Needs Impact Enrollment Decisions

The need for new skills in the workplace is creating a change in higher education. Many American workers are enrolling in post-secondary education to earn a certificate, complete a degree, or learn new skills that are required for today’s jobs. These workers’ enrollments are creating a higher education population that makes education choices based on specific needs.

According to the National Center of Education Statistics about 20.5 million students attend higher education each year. Of these students:

• I in 5 is at least 30 year old
• 2 in 5 attend community colleges
• 36 percent of community college students are the 1st generation to attend college
• 37 percent attend part time
• More than 25 percent take at least one course online.

Higher education nontraditional students who are older, attending part-time, and taking courses online have priorities that are clearly related to the circumstances of their lives. They are students who are trying to get ahead in their careers while they shoulder academic, work and family responsibilities. Their education priorities and choices reflect the realities of their experiences.

The National Adult Learner Satisfaction-Priorities Report gives a clear picture of what adults need and want as students enrolled in higher education. The two top enrollment factors for adult students show that they are driven by what they want and the need for a schedule that works with their lives, whether they attend a four-year school or community college. The two-main factors influencing enrollment are:

• Availability of program I wanted – 93% at 4-year schools; 89% at community colleges
• Convenient time and place for classes – 92% at 4-year schools; 88% at community colleges

Other top enrollment factors show that while students have a need to continue their education, they also have multiple responsibilities and demands on their time. These multiple factors also influence enrollment decisions. Top major factors are:

• Flexible pacing for completing a program – 88% at 4-year school; 81% at community colleges
• Time required to complete a program – 88% at 4-year schools; 81% at community colleges.
• Requirement of current or future job – 85% at both 4-year schools and community colleges

The program choices of students taking online courses reflect the needs of the workplace. Business and healthcare are the most common programs for graduate students online. Computer science and IT programs have high enrollment online and interest in arts and humanities is growing. Source: The Learning House 2017 Online College Students Report

These programs help Americans develop the variety of skills demanded in today’s workplace. Technical knowledge and “hard” skills are vital to keep pace with rapidly-changing technology, but employers are increasingly looking for employees with “soft” skills. Employees who have communication skills and can work with diverse groups are important for a business to grow and prosper in a global marketplace.

The multiple demands on older, nontraditional students, who work, attend school part-time and take classes online impact their choice of program and where they enroll in school. The important factors that influence enrollment decisions, such as program availability, convenient times, and flexible pacing are clear indications that higher education attainment is a priority among nontraditional students.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



6 Benefits of Earning Your Master’s in Engineering Degree Online

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Case Western Reserve University

Provided by Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering Picture it: You’re sitting in a cavernous lecture hall at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday with 60 other people, paging through a $125 textbook, not certain you understand what the professor just said but too intimidated to raise your hand. You’ve quit your job and borrowed Read more

10 Tips for Finding Scholarships

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Florida Tech

Provided by Florida Tech While it’s well-established that higher education is a worthy investment in your future, the upfront cost can feel high. Scholarships, grants and work-study programs can help defray this cost and reduce your need for loans. Here are 10 tips for finding ways to help pay for your education: 1. Determine What Read more

Balancing Your Health, Career and Education

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University Life and health are all about balance. But often, as a health care professional, finding a way to juggle your health and career can be a feat—let alone finding time to exercise or further your education by taking classes. Developing healthy strategies from the get-go not only promotes wellness, but Read more

I/O Psychology – Helping People Work Better, Together

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Northcentral University

Provided by Northcentral University The modern workplace has become increasingly complicated. From the demands of merging a diverse workforce to the international nature of many operations, it takes effort to ensure that everything runs smoothly. In fact, it often requires the help of trained professionals to strike a balance between the needs of the organization Read more

What is Workers' Compensation?

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Tulane University Law School

Provided by Tulane University Law School Deregulation & Due Diligence Workers’ compensation rules across the country are undergoing rapid change. Until recently, Texas was the only state that allowed companies to withdraw from the state-run workers’ compensation insurance program. In 2013, Oklahoma also passed a law that has created a path for private employers to Read more

Cybersecurity: Degrees of Safety – Are You At Risk?

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Walden University

Provided by Walden University 10 Tips to Keep You Safe From computers to smartphones, all of us constantly face cybersecurity threats. Gary Griffith, PhD, a cybersecurity expert and faculty member in Walden University’s School of Information Systems and Technology, shares 10 things you need to know to stay safe online—at home and on the go. Read more



Why you need a strong MBA program that focuses on soft skills

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Herzing University

Provided by Herzing University If you want to rise through the ranks of your organization, one of the sure-fire ways is to master your soft skills. Why? Because managers likely all have similar basic “hard” skills, such as accounting or technical proficiency. The difference-maker is how well they lead, coach and develop their teams as Read more

Cybersecurity Specialization at IWU Meets Demands of New Field

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Indiana Wesleyan University

Provided by Indiana Wesleyan University Security, in all its forms, is evolving. We’re more connected and accessible than we’ve ever been, meaning we’re more exposed to cyber threats than we’ve ever been. Organizations are looking for people who are a step ahead of the cybersecurity evolution, ahead of the people and systems poised to present Read more

University of La Verne Builds Leaders Through New Behr Program

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by University of La Verne

By University of La Verne The University of La Verne, a national leader corporate education, has been selected to participate in a new program that will help team members at Santa Ana-based Behr Paint develop their leadership and management skills. Behr’s Leadership, Engagement, Advancement, and Development (LEAD) program includes a series of seminars open companywide Read more

Is an Accelerated Degree Program Right for You?

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by New England College of Business

Provided by New England College Nearly 10 million adults age 25 and older will be enrolling in college by 2025, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. These nontraditional students are the fastest-growing education demographic, and colleges are making it easier for adults to return to school by creating online degree programs, implementing generous Read more

Addressing the Transfer Credit Challenge with Artificial Intelligence: using IBM Watson

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus A Penn State team is working with artificial intelligence technology to find a solution to the cumbersome task of approving transfer credits for students wishing to enroll at the university from another institution. The team is part of the Nittany Watson Challenge, a Penn State EdTech Network initiative with Read more




Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Edcor School Network

American InterContinental University offers a one-year online MBA program. This program is for people interested in advancing, changing their career or broadening their business knowledge base. Designed for busy professionals, this accredited MBA program can be completed in less than 12 months.

24/7 Flexibility and Support
Our one-year online MBA program lets you learn anywhere, anytime. That means you can pursue your degree and still balance a full-time career and busy life. We offer a wide range of practical and accessible support tools: Intellipath™ - This personalized learning platform helps support student success by allowing you to skip what you already know and get support where you need it most. Career Services Team – Keeps you up to date on industry employment trends and provides job search strategies, resume writing, interview workshops and networking opportunities. Technical Support – AIU offers 24/7 support.

Powerful, In-Depth Specializations
At AIU, we think it’s important to provide a wide variety of specializations that fit your education, experience, passions and interests. Driven by employer needs and current business trends, AIU’s business-focused MBA specializations allow you take more courses in your field of interest than other similar schools.

Explore One Year MBA Programs at AIU

Columbia Southern University is proud to offer a variety of continuing education online courses that help students enhance their professional portfolio and gives them the edge they need to compete in their field. Additional training and certification are becoming more sought after in many industries and are often times a requirement when applying for specialized positions. The Continuing Education Department at CSU is committed to offering students the specialized training they need to gain further knowledge in certain areas or prepare for certification examinations.

We offer PHR/SPHR exam prep courses for human resource professionals, PMP and Six Sigma Black Belt exam prep courses for business professionals, as well as a Behavioral Health Technician Certificate for those in the health care industry. Let Columbia Southern University help you reach your educational and professional goals today! Check out our continuing education course offerings by visiting

DeVry University online and on-campus degree programs start every eight weeks. We know it’s important to our students to have education choices that work for them. At DeVry you can start school when you’re ready and manage your schedule year round. Our five colleges of study offer programs in convenient eight-week sessions, whether your classes are traditional on campus, convenient online or connected across our innovative extended classrooms.

DeVry is an accredited university that offers many fields of study for you to pursue a degree and reach your goals.

• Choose from a range of tech-infused, real-world degree programs that suit your professional interests
• Tailor your schedule to fit your busy life with our eight-week academic sessions offered year round
• Work with faculty who can help you whether you’re in their class on campus, online or in one of our 20+ extended classrooms

Students should note that program, course, and connected classroom availability vary by location.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.

Excelsior College now offers you the option of deferring payment of tuition until your course is completed. Deferred tuition is available to partnership students using tuition reimbursement as well as veterans using Chapters 30, 35, 1607 and 1606 (or active duty military using veteran benefits).

With deferred tuition, instead of paying at time of registration or using a payment plan, payment is deducted from a credit card, checking account, or savings account approximately three weeks after the course end date. This allows time to for you to submit your tuition reimbursement paperwork for a refund.

This new payment option helps remove one of the obstacles you face in returning to school. We encourage you to learn more about our partnership with Excelsior College, a leader in degree completion for working adults, by visiting our partner page.

Life happens. Keep learning.

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Kaplan University announces ExcelTrack™: A Faster Way to Earn Your Degree and Accelerate Your Career. The new and innovative ExcelTrack is designed to accelerate academic progress based on your existing knowledge. It’s personalized learning that gives you more control over your education, getting you to the same degree faster, with a fixed tuition—no matter how many courses you take.

ExcelTrack is ideal for working adults like you because it offers more flexible and convenient ways to earn the same high-quality degree as a traditional Kaplan University online program—only faster and for less money.* ExcelTrack builds on the skills and knowledge you’ve already mastered. Once enrolled, you can take a series of assessments to demonstrate what you already know and move quickly past those topics. That way, you can focus on developing the skills that are immediately applicable you.

Kaplan University offers ExcelTrack for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree programs.

To learn more about how you can get started with the ExcelTrack program from Kaplan University, visit or call an Advisor at 866.583.6765.

For comprehensive consumer and gainful employment information, visit

The ExcelTrack program is currently not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.
* ExcelTrack is designed to accelerate progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual.

Liberty University Experience Plus process offers a more streamline approach to translating your certifications and licenses into college credit. The program maximizes your life experience to finish your degree plan sooner. Liberty recognizes that adult learners have valuable experiences that they bring to the academic environment of higher education, and that such students should receive college credit for learning demonstrated through experience.

Beginning Fall 2017, we have structured our Degree Completion Plans to open up more space for transfer and life experience credits. Our Transferable Credit Hour Calculator will allow you to find courses offered at other schools that are preapproved to transfer as Liberty University courses. Watch our Transferable Credit Hour Calculator tutorial video!

Courses begin Monday, August 28, and we are now taking applications for admission. Courses are eight weeks long, creating more opportunities for you to actualize your educational goals!

For more information, visit us at, or email Brittany Taylor at

Ocean County College offers both in-person and on-line tutoring services. OCC fully supports on-line students by offering “Smarthinking” tutoring free-of-charge. Smarthinking tutoring is available in all subjects via live sessions, submitted questions, and online writing labs. According to Smarthinking, OCC students used approximately 300 hours of free tutoring during the spring 2017 semester. To access this service, students simply log into their class and go to the Smarthinking icon.

In addition, OCC’s Tutoring Resources Office provides free academic support in a wide variety of subjects to supplement a student’s coursework. Professional, paraprofessional, and peer tutors are well-trained and committed to helping students become independent, confident learners as they earn their degrees. Some tutoring, like writing, can be one-on-one, face-to-face, and may require appointments; others, like math and accounting, may be held in group sessions.

Online tutoring is also available for face-to-face students! For example, OCC’s Writing Center offers virtual tutoring. Students can submit an assignment online, and a tutor will review it and send it back within 48 hours (weekdays only).

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

Penn State introduces a new online certificate: Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The 12-credit online graduate certificate in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship from Penn State can help aspiring business leaders learn how to implement the policies and practices needed to guide innovation at their companies.

The certificate is aimed at employees who have a background in fields such as science or engineering and need a business perspective, or those working in business roles who wish to delve deeper into how to foster corporate innovation.

“Companies increasingly need managers and executives who have innovation skills to develop new products and services in a team or organizational context,” said Shawn Clark, clinical professor with Penn State Smeal and the director of its Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “Companies understand they must innovate to survive and flourish.”

In the first course, students will learn the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will go on to complete courses on the topics of creating new business ventures; innovation and emerging trends; and strategies to implement the policies and procedures needed to lead innovation.

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

Trident University International is pleased to announce a new Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA) program in our College of Health and Human Services. This online program designed for adult learners prepares graduates for administrative roles in health related fields through a combination of research and case based learning. Additionally, through our education partnership Edcor affiliated employees and family members receive up to a 26 percent tuition savings, waived application fees, no-cost online references, and deferred billing.

For more information about this and other programs visit, or contact James Shiver at

For the 9th year in a row, Western Governors University (WGU) has been awarded Utah’s Best of State medal for best online education.

The Best of State awards recognize outstanding organizations and businesses in Utah. Nominations are reviewed by more than 100 judges and are evaluated based on three areas: achievement in the field of endeavor, innovation, and contribution to improving the quality of life in Utah.

WGU uses innovation in technology to make higher education more accessible and affordable; yearly tuition is about $6,000 per year and has not increased since 2008. In addition, WGU’s award-winning Responsible Borrowing Initiatives gives students the tools and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about how to pay for college. As a result, WGU students graduate with significantly less debt than the national average—about $20,000 less for bachelor’s degrees. Overall, WGU has reduced student borrowing by $400 million.

Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, WGU has grown into a nationally recognized online university with more than 81,000 students and 82,000 graduates in all 50 states.

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