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2018, April Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Education Develops Workers’ Employability

Posted on April 9th, 2018 by Adrienne Way

The education workers need and the requirements for employability change as the world changes. The skills and education workers need are directly related to advancements in technology and changing work conditions.

In the 1900s, the US public school system developed as work conditions changed and workers needed a high school education. In the 1960s, increasing technology, the need for advanced education to perform jobs, and the Higher Education Act which expanded federal aid for higher education contributed to an increase in the number of people pursuing higher education. From 1970 to 2016 enrollment in higher education increased from 8.5 million to 20.5 million.

Today the need for higher education is greater than ever. But it isn’t a matter of completing education by earning a degree. Education will be ongoing rather than complete. “We’re entering a stage where retraining will be the day-to-day world that people live in. It will be part of their daily life,” says Brent Parton, deputy director of the Center on Education and Skills at New America.

Defining what should be part of continual education is a challenge that affects both businesses and schools. Understanding the concept of employability will shape the content of education. Currently there is a difference between schools' and employers' perceptions of graduates’ readiness for the world of work. The 2015 Gallup – Purdue Index reported that 98 percent of chief academic officers rated their institutions as very or somewhat effective at preparing graduates for work, but only 11 percent of employers thought graduates were prepared.

employability offers return of investmentThe Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems collaborated to bridge this perception gap. They formed the Quality Assurance Commons working with 27 academic programs and 14 schools to develop a process to certify programs that effectively prepare students for work.

The Quality Assurance Commons presents an employability profile of learners and workers. The qualities it names don’t apply to one just field or occupation at a specific time. Instead, they are open-ended and call for continual education. The QA document states, “they represent the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that help ensure that graduates are not only ready for their first job, but also to support learners’ foundation for a lifetime of engaging employment and participation in the rapidly changing workplace of the 21st century.”

Workers that demonstrate employability are people who will be successful in the present and into the future as their work and skill demands change. Along with other characteristics, the QA Commons defines these people as:
• Communicators who can express ideas in ways that are appropriate to different work settings.
• Thinkers and Problem Solvers who can apply critical and creative thinking skills to find solutions across disciplines
• Inquirers who conduct research and apply information to help solve work-based problems
• Collaborators who seek multiple points of view, consider diverse perspective and are able to work with teams of co-workers
• Learners who continually assess their strengths and areas where they need improvement and seek opportunities to develop themselves so they can adopt new technologies and strategies.

As students and workers develop these essential skills they will be equipped to work in the job market’s rapidly changing conditions. Their job skills will demonstrate what the QA Commons defines as employability: “the ability to find, create and sustain work and learning across lengthening working lives and multiple work settings.”

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



How to Choose a Business Specialization

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by American Intercontinental University

Provided by American Intercontinental University Business students face an extensive array of options when it comes to their ultimate career goals and field of focus, and the question of how to choose a business specialization can seem daunting. When choosing a specialization within your degree program, try to view it as an opportunity to tailor Read more

Changing Your Degree Program: What You Should Consider

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by American Public University System

By Abe Anfinson, Academic Advisor, APUS “Should I change my degree?” As an academic advisor, I get this question from students almost daily. Some students are about to take their first course and want to know if they’re on the right path. Others are rethinking their academic goals, but they’re worried about losing credit. Still, Read more

How to Choose an MBA Concentration

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Colorado Christian University

By Lindsay Maynard Whether you’re interested in starting your own business, becoming the vice president of a company, or simply growing as a business professional, a master’s degree in business (MBA) can offer you an abundant education that may take your career to another level. If you are considering an MBA degree, you might have Read more

What Does an Online Student Look Like Today?

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Columbia College

Provided by Columbia College Today adult students have the opportunity to complete their entire degree online. That’s great for time and flexibility, but can bring up questions about who else is in your classes, and how do they compare to more traditional learning environments. Explore the infographic below, and be comforted knowing that your fellow Read more

Putting Students First: Using Data to Get Big Results

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University Imagine an academic counselor available to students 24/7, always having student needs in mind and quick to give a “nudge” when needed. This is a key purpose for new tech tools that use academic analytics to reach out to college students who might be starting to falter, sending them useful communications Read more

6 Critical Management Skills for Business Leaders

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

Provided by Bisk, on behalf of the University of Notre Dame Whether the CEO of a global enterprise or the owner of a small retail store, every business leader must come to the job with more than just a vision. The fundamental management skills to bring it to life are just as necessary. From the Read more

When Oysters Come into the Classroom

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by UMUC

By Mary Dempsey Like many adjunct professors at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Daniel Grosse uses his “other” job to inform his teaching. For this faculty member in the Graduate Program in Environmental Management, however, that second job is not what students might expect. Grosse operates an oyster farm. It sounds like a big Read more



CSU-Global Receives Approval to Admit All Freshmen in Colorado

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by CSU Global Campus

Provided by Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) can now begin admitting Colorado freshmen after Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-101 into law today. With the passage of this bill, which received unanimous bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly, the 100 percent online, independently accredited state university gains Read more

IWU Supports US Air Force to Offer Education Opportunities

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Indiana Wesleyan University

Provided by Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) In keeping with its efforts to support the educational needs of military personnel, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to help active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves personnel further their education through the General Education Mobile (GEM) program and the Air University Read more

Hand-on Science Labs Upgrade Online Learning

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Ocean County College

Provided by Ocean County College Since 2006, Ocean County College has been designing lab-based biology, chemistry, and physics distance learning courses to include the full complement of offerings in its college catalog, thus making it possible to earn an associate in science degree entirely online. “Aside from a pedagogically rigorous course construction, the key to Read more

Announcing a New Name in Online Education: Purdue University Global

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Purdue University Global

Provided by Purdue University Global The Purdue Global Advantage Earlier this year, Purdue acquired Kaplan University and created a new public, nonprofit institution called Purdue University Global. Higher Education at the Highest Standards Purdue Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals Read more




Posted on April 12th, 2018 by Edcor School Network

Arizona State University has partnered with Edcor to expand student access to higher education. The Edcor and Arizona State University Education Alliance provides Edcor’s Preferred School Network participants with a 10 percent scholarship to earn their degree in ASU’s research-driven and top-ranked programs delivered through ASU Online.

The scholarship provides participating client employees with access to more than 160 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs available 100 percent online through ASU, ranked the “Most Innovative University” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Employees learn from ASU’s world-class faculty, receive support from a dedicated team of coaches and advisors, 24/7 tutoring on a variety of subjects, and enjoy the flexibility of 7.5-week courses with multiple start dates.

Begin your ASU journey today. Request more information:

Capella University now offers a new Ph.D. Psychology, Behavior Analysis specialization. As awareness of autism spectrum disorder grows, there is a need for leaders who can expand the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) through research and teaching. This program can provide an important step toward applying for doctoral designation as a certified behavior analyst (BACB-D) and becoming an academic, research, or clinical leader in the field of applied behavior analysis.

Capella University offers two different online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath (in select programs)—that give you options. Visit to find out which learning format is right for you.

Thanks to a partnership with Capella University, you’re eligible to receive a 10 percent tuition discount and a $4,000 partner grant, which you can apply toward any of Capella’s degree and certificate programs. Be sure to visit to learn more about this benefit—and to see how you can come closer to fulfilling your personal and professional goals with a degree or certificate from Capella.

Excelsior College has been named the #1 Best College for returning adults – nationwide, by College Factual, a fact-based ranking provider.

A non-traditional student could be a working adult going back to school, a parent, or another student who needs to take part-time classes due to other responsibilities. The Rankings for Returning Adults were developed based on the premise that these students are looking for flexible learning options, as well as high-quality outcomes for graduates. Some of the factors used in ranking included:

• Cost per credit,
• Loan default and repayment rate,
• Postgraduate earnings and unemployment rates,
• Acceptance of life and/or military credits,
• 6 and 8-year graduation rates of returning adult and part-time students,
• Number of undergraduates who are considered non-traditional, and,
• Membership in Quality Matters (a group that measures the quality of online academic programs).

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. Make sure to mention that you are with Edcor to ensure you get partnership discounts (20 percent off undergraduate courses/15 percent off graduate level) and other benefits.

At Grand Canyon University, students learn to impact the local and global community while serving humanity in the spirit of Christ. Our more than 200 academic programs, including over 150 online programs, all integrate our distinct Christian worldview into values-based curriculum and faith-oriented learning experiences. A strong academic foundation with a Christian focus ensures our students support workplace integrity, moral judgement, ethical values and social responsibility that lead to a rewarding, meaningful career.

GCU offers the following to help students turn their faith into action:
• Personalized support teams, including counselors and faculty who sincerely care about each student’s success
• Faculty who serve as teachers, mentors and role models
• Access to online academic resources and student-support tools such as discussion forums, eBooks, library services and tutoring, among many others
• Weekly online Chapel services at
• Christian-centered curriculum and virtual learning environments to support both academic and spiritual growth
• Flexible online learning so students can continue to work full time, serve their communities and put their families first

Ready to make a difference? Find your purpose at

Liberty University is very proud to announce that again, we have chosen to freeze our tuition rates for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year with our online programs. While most universities are continually raising their tuition rates every year, Liberty University has not raised its tuition rates for the third year in a row. In addition to this, we are continually seeking to make ourselves more competitive in pricing as well as the quality of our education standards.

With our competitive pricing and vast offerings of 100 percent ONLINE programs, Liberty University is the school that is designed to meet the needs of any working person. Contact our admissions office at 1-800-424-9595 or visit us at

Northcentral University School of Education is launching three new instructional design degrees this April for those seeking the advanced skills they need to excel in this field. Instructional design is a unique field that combines the scientific principles of the learning process with technology and the art of design. It is also a field that’s likely to see faster than average job growth in upcoming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Source: BLS)

A career in instructional design can be rewarding for those interested in learning how to design, develop and implement powerful learning experiences. Northcentral’s instructional design degrees have been developed in conjunction with instructional design competencies established by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), these programs offer knowledge, hands-on experience and valuable leadership skills.

Upon graduation students will be prepared to take on a range of roles in both the government and private sectors including areas like education, business and manufacturing. Learn more about this program and additional offerings by visiting

Trident University is pleased to announce our newest academic programs which include an Associate of Science in Professional Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, and a Doctor of Business Administration. We offer over 23-degree options with over 65+ concentrations so start now by accessing

Our 100 percent online programs are designed for professional adults seeking to advance in their careers, while balancing work and family commitments. With monthly starts you can FASTRAC your degree and take your educational journey further than you thought possible. Additionally, Trident is pleased to offer Edcor affiliated employees up to a 26 percent tuition savings, waived application fees, no-cost open source references, and deferred billing for 45 days past the course completion date.

Trident University International is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

For more information about these and other programs visit, or contact James Shiver, Director of Strategic Alliances at or (888) 252-7598.

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