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2017, November Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
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Student Veterans are a National Asset

United States veterans, transitioning from an active military role to civilian life, may find that as student veterans they are in a position to lead our country on another front: the charge to educate more citizens, to increase the number of citizens with post-secondary education, and fill workforce skill gaps.

Student veterans have characteristics that can make them successful as they pursue higher education and civilian careers. “In addition to their unique experiences, veterans have a specific set of skills, learned through military service. When these skills and experiences are coupled with formal education through degree-granting higher education institutions, veteran graduates leave prepared to be powerful citizens and members of our community, ripe for promising careers and meaningful impact,” says Dr. Samantha Powers, Director of Student Veteran Life at University of Washington.

Student veterans are a growing population. In 2009 there were about 500,000 student veterans receiving benefits from the GI Bill. By 2020 over 5 million service members are expected to transition out of the military. Student veterans are a diverse population: 64 percent are white, 17 percent black, 14 percent Hispanic and 6 percent are foreign-born citizens. They share many characteristics of the nontraditional student population: On average they are 25 years old at the start of their postsecondary career; 21 percent are female; 42 percent work full-time while they are in college; 44 percent are married; and 52 percent have children.

Their education path is also similar to other nontraditional students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics: The average time delay between high school and starting college is five years; 54 percent are in an associate degree or certificate program; 44 percent are in bachelor’s degree programs; 61 percent take classes online, at night or alternative coursework on weekend; 90 percent of student veterans who take alternative courses take them online.

One of the biggest boons for American business and the economy is that 20 percent of student veterans are majoring in STEM fields. This can help fill a real skill gap in the U.S. labor market. While the number of STEM degree holders is increasing, the number of open STEM jobs is still higher than the number of unemployed STEM workers. The wages for STEM workers continues to rise, so the student veterans who pursue STEM careers will be able to find lucrative employment as they move into civilian life.

And beyond traditional STEM careers, student veterans will find that innovation and technology advancements in the workplace continue to create demand for STEM training. “The STEM supply problem goes beyond the need for more professional scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. We also need more qualified technicians and skilled STEM workers in Advanced Manufacturing, Utilities and Transportation, Mining, and other technology-driven industries” states the Georgetown CEW STEM report.

Student veterans differ from other students because of their military experiences. The veterans have worked in a structured environment and may find the less structured educational environment unsettling. Older student veterans often feel socially isolated from younger students whose activities may seem trivial. Having faced life and death situations that demand quick decision making, they may feel that class content doesn’t have as much relevance to the real-world as their military experience does.

For student veterans, college career centers and veteran organizations can help make the transition to civilian life a little easier. And student veterans’ personal skills may be their biggest asset. The need to follow a military objective through to completion will have taught them persistence that will help them work their way to graduation. Working with and depending on fellow military personnel will have taught them how to communicate, and how to find solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Susan Lighthall, a military behavior health consultant describes veterans this way. “They are emotionally mature, goal-oriented, mission-driven, experienced leaders. They work tirelessly to achieve their objectives and look for ways to make meaningful contributions. They are self-sufficient; they will only ask questions when they cannot find the answers themselves. They not only understand the concept of sacrifice for the greater good, they’ve lived it. They are respectful and protective of those around them. They think globally and bypass most things trivial or trendy.”

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Online is the New Normal: Five Ways to Keep Up

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University As we enter what Google® has called the “new normal” – a daily life in which we’re almost always online – the ways we can benefit from digital connectivity are constantly evolving. Google VP Jim Lecinski offered five moves business leaders can make to keep up with our tech-influenced reality. Could Read more

Beyond the classroom: Unique Career Paths for Education Students

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Northcentral University

Provided by Northcentral University Not every education-based career leads to the classroom. In fact, there are plenty of things you can do with an education degree that combine your other passions with your desire to be a professional educator. If you love the field of education but want to explore career options outside the classroom, Read more

Power Productivity with These Eight Tech Tips: Use school resources to make technology work for you

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus You might be an expert at checking email, paying bills online, or staying in touch with friends on Facebook. But do you know the technology tips that can help drive your success as an online student? Learn the tips and life hacks that can help you succeed in your Read more

Six P’s for Graduate School Success for New Online Students

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by University of the Rockies

By Dr. Kristin Ballard, Lead Faculty University of the Rockies The most excitement I find in my role as a faculty member at University of the Rockies is getting to teach new online students. I was once a new, online, nontraditional, graduate student, and that nervous energy that I had was a unique and overwhelming Read more

Can a Graduate Degree Pay Off?

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Valparaiso University

Provided by Valparaiso University Professionals looking to advance their career options and boost their earning potential often determine that pursuing a master’s degree is an investment in their future. Federal statistics show that median weekly earnings were higher in 2016 for full-time workers with a master’s degree ($1,380) compared to those with just a bachelor’s Read more



Advantages of the Prior Learning Assessment and How It Benefits You

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by American Public University System

By Kimberly Watson, Alternative Learning Specialist, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, APUS Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a way in which you can receive academic credit for college-level learning that has taken place outside of the traditional classroom. It benefits you in three major ways: • You won’t have to learn redundant material. • Read more

For Such a Time as This

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Colorado Christian University

By Wendy Elliott Wendover, PhD This school year started with every state dealing with a shortage of teachers in many K-12 content areas. Additionally, some schools face the challenge of finding substitute teachers. The U.S. Education Department’s annual data shows that many districts are in urgent need of teachers in math, traditional sciences, foreign language Read more

How long to complete a degree?

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Columbia College

Provided by Columbia College Of all the due dates, midterms and finals events crowding your busy student calendar, there’s always one that stands out. This is the date that orients all the others, like a sun anchoring the whole solar system: Graduation Day. Knowing this date can help you stay motivated as you shorten the Read more

A New Playbook for Higher Education

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by CSU Global Campus

Provided by Colorado State University Global At a time when college tuition increases are outpacing inflation, and 80 percent of Americans agree that colleges and universities need to change dramatically to meet the needs of modern learners (Gallup), Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, president and CEO of Colorado State University-Global Campus (new book, offering her university’s roadmap Read more




Posted on November 13th, 2017 by Edcor School Network

Liberty University is proud to announce that it has added several new programs, 100 percent online, that focus on the study of law. If you have hopes to move forward into the management and leadership of your company, having a detailed understanding of how the law works can be a wonderful asset to you.

Unfortunately, most people simply do not have the time to sacrifice three years of their life to attend a residential law school. Liberty now offers a B.S. in Law & Policy, a B.S. in Law & Policy: Pre-Law, and a B.S. in Political Science. These programs come in addition to Liberty’s pre-existing Juris Master in American Legal Studies and Juris Master in International Legal Studies.

If you are interested in these degrees or any of the other programs that Liberty University offers, please contact our admissions office at 1-800-424-9595 or visit With over 300 online degrees and programs, Liberty University has the perfect program to meet your need in nearly any job market. Be sure to mention “Liberty Advantage” to receive information regarding our available 15 percent discount.

Ocean County College’s Center for Student Success focuses on practices and programs that promote a foundation for student success. The Center works with students to build a foundation for success including how to accept challenges, take personal responsibility, and become active participants in the learning process.

The Center for Student Success collaborates with faculty and student support service professionals to promote excellence in the academic experience of all students. The Center provides an array of learning opportunities designed to engage faculty and students working together in and out of the classroom.

Among the services available to students, the Center offers: the First Year Experience Seminar (three-credit course), Academic Coaching, Disability Services, Peer Mentoring and Tutoring, Testing Center, and Tutoring Resources, among others.

To learn more about the Center for Student Success at Ocean County College visit, or call 732-255-0456. For TTY/TDD & Voice assistance, call NJ Relay 711.

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

Penn State’s bachelor of arts in digital journalism and media consists of 120 credits, including required courses in basic news writing, multimedia journalism, media law, ethics, telecommunications technologies, and the principles of strategic communications. You will then choose an in-depth course of study in one of the following:

- digital news reporting: prepare for a career in journalism; news reporting, editing, photography and photojournalism, and creating multimedia projects.
- visual media production: develop skills in using photography and video in storytelling; digital camera skills, documentary production, screenwriting, and multimedia production.
- media management: learn about the telecommunications industry, using metrics for traditional and digital media, applications of communications law and leading newsrooms and media companies.

“Storytelling is moving away from traditional methods and embracing digital media, and while the media might be changing, the need for passionate and professional seekers of truth has never been more critical,” said Shannon Kennan, assistant teaching professor. “New job functions, business models, and legal and ethical issues require that students have different skill sets and perspectives to get the attention of people in the 21st century.”

For information about this and other programs, as well as the tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Purdue University, one of the nation's most respected universities, will acquire Kaplan University and create a new, nonprofit, public institution within the Purdue system. Pending regulatory approvals, this exciting transition is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2018.

This change will be seamless—during the transition, you will still be able to enroll at Kaplan University, earn a high-quality education, and meet your educational and career goals.

To learn more visit

Strayer University School of Nursing is pleased to offer up to Ten (10) $5000 scholarships to students enrolling in the MSN Program in the Winter 2018 Term. Potential students will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship if they meet the scholarship criteria, complete the scholarship process, and agree to start the program in January 2018. The scholarship will provide $1000 tuition credit per term for five terms. For more information or to apply for the scholarship, please click here.

Touro University Worldwide (TUW) is happy to announce that our new Master of Arts in Public Administration has been granted final approval by the university’s accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASC).

This degree is designed to prepare students to fill an increasing demand for leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. It will teach them skills and competencies they need to excel in leadership and administration positions within a wide range of public and non-profit organizations. This degree will help prepare the next generation of public leaders.

There is a lot of opportunity available right now in the public sector, and the careers available are not only well-paying, but rewarding in the sense that that these careers allow people to make significant, positive differences in our nation and in the world at large.

We’re proud to be able to offer that preparation through our Master of Arts in Public Administration degree

Upper Iowa University has been named the Best Online College in Iowa by Iowa State University and University of Iowa rounded out the top three Iowa institutions. A leading education resource, reported its rankings were based on the quality of educational programs, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

A private, nonprofit university founded in 1857, UIU is a recognized leader in online and self-paced programs. The same nationally acclaimed education students get from top-notch faculty at the Fayette Campus or through one of the University’s 25 U.S. education centers, is also available to students at their home, office, or anywhere with an internet connection.

UIU students have more than 40 undergraduate and graduate majors to choose from, and all utilize a unique, flexible course schedule. Each academic year consists of five 8-week sessions and one accelerated 6-week summer session.

In their first-place ranking, also noted that students benefit from the variety of online student resources also provided by UIU, including disability services, online tutoring, writing assistance, access to helpful learning software and an online library with access to a plethora of online databases. Learn additional information about UIU’s distance education programming.

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