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2018, February Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Motivation for Higher Education Leads to Prosperity

The primary motivation among adult students pursuing higher education is future job and career advancement. The diverse, nontraditional student population is largely focused on finding ways to achieve more in their careers, in spite of whatever obstacles they may face.

The Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey Why Higher Ed? examined the motivation of more than 86,000 U.S. adults who had made the choice to pursue higher education. Far and away job and career outcomes were the highest motivating factors in all educational, gender and racial demographic groups. Fifty-eight percent of people cited job and career reasons, compared to only 23 percent of people who cited the next highest motivating factor of gaining knowledge.

Among the people citing job and career factors as motivation to pursue higher education were:
• 72 percent with post graduate education
• 60 percent with vocation or technical education
• 55 percent of bachelor’s degree holders
• 53 percent of associates degree holders
• and 50 percent of those who did not complete higher education

People in different social groups also cited job as career factors as their primary motivation, including:
• 59 percent of women and 58 percent of men
• 57 percent of people whose parents have bachelor’s degrees, and 58 percent of those whose parents do not
• 57 to 60 percent of people across all income levels
• 56 to 59 percent of people across varied racial and ethnic groups

Job and career advancement are powerful motivating factors for completing higher education, but the reality is that completion is difficult for many people. The American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge Massachusetts report The Future of Undergraduate Education says that one of the primary obstacles to completion is the cost of higher education.

The Academy suggests creating a national policy that ensures all students have high quality education, increases overall completion rates and reduces inequities, and manages the costs of higher ed. National strategies are good, but developing them can mean political and policy debates and delays. A solution to help students overcome obstacles to higher education is the tuition assistance plans of forward thinking companies. Tuition assistance for workers who have motivation to improve their job skills and career opportunities removes an obstacle that many people find difficult to overcome. Reducing the cost people have to pay for higher education means that they can focus on the end goal of completion and gaining new career skills, rather than worrying about present or future class costs. This helps to create greater equity in education with opportunity for all workers to pursue higher education.

As good as this is for students and workers, it is equally good for businesses. The end result of businesses developing strong tuition assistance programs can be bigger than individuals’ motivation of career and job advancements. The introduction to The Future of Undergraduate Education states, “Our nation’s effort over two centuries to provide education to everyone who lives and works within the United States is an expression of a core belief, one that has survived a long history of challenges: that all people, through learning, can achieve higher goals for themselves and for society as a whole.”

Just as workers are motivated to pursue higher education for career advancement, their higher education will help business evolve and navigate technological change. The report also states, “We harbor no doubts about the value and benefits of a quality college education—it delivers on its promises of greater individual and social prosperity.” Tuition assistance can be instrumental in achieving that prosperity.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



The Importance of a Goal and Roadmap

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by American Public University System

By Ronald Kling, GCDF, Senior Manager, Career Services, APUS It is hard to overstate the importance of having a direction and roadmap for your career. As the adage goes, “You can’t miss fast enough to win,” and this certainly applies to those in the job market. Many job seekers, out of an understandable sense of Read more

Six Professional Resources for Special Education Teachers

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Colorado Christian University

By Dr. Marla J. Lohmann, Colorado Christian University Being an effective teacher requires being a lifelong learner. The best teachers never stop learning about best practices in the field of education. While it may seem daunting to find resources for learning more about teaching, there are many ways that teachers can stay connected to the Read more

In Demand Careers for 2018

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Columbia College

Provided by Columbia College What will the job market favor in 2018? The employment data experts have consulted their crystal balls, and with the help of workplace trends and growing industry patterns, a few clear winners have cut through the swirly, foggy clamor. Here’s what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and others see Read more

10 Tips to Prepare You for the Medical Billing and Coding Career Field

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University If you want to work in healthcare but prefer the business side rather than working directly with patients, a job in medical billing and coding might be a great fit. Medical Billing and Coding professionals leverage an eye for detail, organizational skills, knowledge of medical terminology and more. More than that, Read more

How to Match Your Goals with a Degree

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Northcentral University

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Take the Stress Out of Graduate School

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by University of the Rockies

By Dr. Gina Hernez- Broome, Lead Faculty, University of the Rockies It’s not a big revelation that being in graduate school can be stressful. As adult learners, the stress is amplified with added challenges such as being the primary bread winner, taking care of children and perhaps elderly parents, and working full-time. We may presume Read more



The Evolution of Health Care: Are You Ready for 2020?

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University The health care landscape is rapidly changing as standards of care increase and credentialing and education baselines continue to evolve and raise the bar. In 1993, the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) created Magnet status for hospitals to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. Among other criteria such Read more

Leadership Development Starts with You

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Kaplan University

Provided by Kaplan University Strong and effective leadership is the foundation of business success. The champions at the top provide the vision, innovation, and strategy for the rest of the company. To become a successful leader, you need to equip yourself with essential skills such as decision-making, critical thinking, and the ability to manage others. Read more

End Of Net Neutrality Could Leave Some Online Learners In The Slow Lane

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Penn State World Campus

By Anne Danahy, WPSU Imagine you’re a student taking a class online and you’re going to watch an educational video. Now picture yourself inching along on the internet highway in the slow lane. “If you’re not in the fast lane, that experience is going to be choppy video, low-quality video, and that’s going to be Read more




Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Edcor School Network

While classes for the new Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Brandman University don’t begin until the last week of August, now is the time to enroll, said social work faculty member Ellen Belluomini, Ph.D. This is the time of year that students should begin seeking internships to match their interests.

Social work, Belluomini said, is part of social justice. “We’re not just looking at the micro or direct practice. We’re looking at macro practice – how, in a broad sense, we can affect change through policy, by impacting what’s happening within government or local communities as well as with individuals.”

Brandman’s MSW program provides an opportunity for students to customize their program with the wide variety of electives, emphasizes the ethical use of technology (like social media) for understanding and assessing the people they’ll serve, and includes an experiential component to coursework.

The program is currently undergoing the accreditation process through the Council on Social Work Education. “This is particularly useful for people in the military who might start the program in one place and finish it in another,” Belluomini said.

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) was selected by Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) as the winner for the Collaboration in Industry Award in the Education & Workforce category. The announcement was made at a December luncheon hosted by COBRT which featured keynote speeches by Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, and Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup.

“CSU-Global is honored to be recognized as a Colorado leader in collaboration and partnerships,” said Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, president and CEO of CSU-Global. “Given our mission of facilitating student and alumni workplace success, our partnerships with external organizations and businesses help ensure that our programs provide a measurable return-on-investment for students, alumni, and employers in the state of Colorado and beyond.”

Colorado State University-Global Campus is the first and only 100 percent online, independent, regionally accredited, nonprofit state university in the United States. CSU-Global provides affordable, high quality bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and nationally recognized certificates to advance modern learners in our global marketplace.

Excelsior College, was recently ranked among the top 10 in online bachelor’s degree programs in cybersecurity by The ranking was based on academic outcomes, affordability, and learning opportunities.

Excelsior’s BS in cybersecurity program (with concentrations in cyber operations or health care, and a non-concentration option) meets the academic requirements for cybersecurity set by the National Security Agency. Students learn from industry professionals and engage in hands-on training in areas such as cyberattacks and defenses, computer forensics, cryptography, and risk management. Affordable tuition and flexible online classes accommodate student schedules.

To learn more about Edcor’s partnership with Excelsior, visit or call 844-843-9296. If you are a veteran or active duty military, call 844-843-9299. Remember that as an Edcor affiliated employee you receive discounted tuition and fees as well as the opportunity to defer tuition payment until your course is complete. Make sure to mention you are with Edcor to ensure you get partnership discounts and other benefits.

Life Happens. Keep Learning.

Liberty University was recently rated to be among the top five best Online Colleges of 2018 out of over 2,100 colleges around the United States. It is our desire to provide the best online education possible at a very affordable rate. As employees of companies that partner with Edcor, you and your spouses are able to receive a 15 percent discount off of our tuition rates (not stackable with the military discount).

Over the past several years, it has become increasingly apparent that online education, with many institutions, can become more expensive the longer a student is with an institution. During this time, most educational institutions have continually raised their tuitions rates. Liberty University is proud to announce that for two years in a row, we have chosen to not raise our tuition rates. It is our desire to provide anyone who desires an education, the best possible education at the best possible price. If you have any questions about any of our certificate or degree programs, please contact our Admissions office Monday through Friday from 8AM-10PM and on Saturdays from 10AM-6PM. They can be reached at 1-800-424-9595.

Two media publications have ranked Penn State World Campus as military-friendly institution. Military Times ranked Penn State World Campus among its top 10 online and nontraditional schools for the third consecutive year in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2018” rankings. U.S. Veterans Magazine named World Campus a "Top Veteran-Friendly School" in its “Best of the Best 2017” rankings.

More than 3,400 active duty and veteran students are enrolled in degree and certificate programs through World Campus. Penn State World Campus has dedicated military admissions and academic advising teams and offers financial assistance, including military scholarships and the Military Grant-in-Aid program that reduces tuition for undergraduate service members and their spouses.

World Campus also partners with the Army and Marine Corps to help educate military leaders. Through the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, soldiers can complete the master’s degree program in lifelong learning and adult education, and Marine Corps officers pursue master’s degrees in supply chain management through a fellowship at University Park.

For information on the tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website. Penn State World Campus offers more than 150 online programs.

At Trident University you can complete a regionally accredited associates, bachelors, masters, or doctoral programs 100 percent online. Trident University will assess prior credit and complete an unofficial degree evaluation to determine how close you are to completing your degree. We have class starts every month making it possible to complete your degree sooner than you think possible. Additionally, Trident is pleased to offer Edcor affiliated employees and their immediate family members up to a 26 percent tuition savings, deferred billing for 45 days, and other benefits.

To learn more about how Trident University can meet your educational goals visit, or contact Esmeralda Silva at

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