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  2018/10/20

2018, May Newsletter


Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Creative problem solving and communication are skills that people need to learn to “robot-proof” themselves, and have fulfilling careers now and in the future. The work environment is changing rapidly. Baby Boomers might have stayed in their career jobs for decades, but today, nine out of 10 millennials plan to stay at their jobs for fewer than three years. That means millennials could potentially have 15 or more jobs that span their work life. That could make for an interesting career, but how do workers learn the skills they need and prepare to be successful at 15 different jobs?

The World Economic Forum Jobs: For the Future report says that an estimated 65 percent of children in elementary school today will ultimately end up working in jobs that don’t even exist yet. The future can bring amazing developments, but, how does anyone prepare for jobs that aren’t defined and don’t yet exist?

he answer is to develop skills that robots can’t duplicate. Robots can perform repetitive tasks, robots can free people from dangerous tasks, and AI can solve complicated equations. But despite the wonders of technology, the world still needs people’s unique abilities. Creative problem solving and communication skills aren’t people’s only unique skills, but in survey after survey they come up as two of the most highly sought after skills.

Creative problem solving is in demand

A global study by Adobe stated that creative problem solving is critical to future career success in the age of automation. Seventy-four percent of educators and 76 percent of policy makers say that jobs that require creative problem solving are less likely to be impacted by automation than other jobs. Whether it is to design or improve the products that technology can build, people need to know how to define a problem, brainstorm for solutions and test for their effectiveness.

The World Economic Forum job skills report says that by 2020 36 percent of all jobs across all industries are expected to require complex problem-solving as one of their core skills. This won’t just require life-long learning, the report says. It will need “wholesale reskills of existing workforces throughout their lifecycle.” People need to develop skills that robots can’t.

Higher education and business leaders can work together to develop ways to teach creative problem solving skills to adults. As working adults learn skills, businesses will benefit. Curriculum development that is related to business needs and challenges can give adults opportunities to practice observation, risk-taking, problem solving, and communication. Workers can apply knowledge they are acquiring while they are on the job.

Communication skills complement creative problem skills

Communication skills will improve teamwork and the ability of workers to learn from each other and use technology to its best advantage. Workers with strong communication skills can state and explain their ideas clearly. They are able to use each person’s ideas, experience and problem solving skills effectively. They can communicate with each other about technological advances. They can propose ideas and solutions clearly to their coworkers. Linkedin analyzed the skills of its members in 100 metropolitan areas and compared them to the skills needed for jobs in those areas. They found a shortage of 1.4 million people with communication skills compared to a shortage of just 472,000 people with software development skills. People with communication skills are essential for businesses to grow and develop.

There is no doubt that people need to have basic digital literacy now and in the future, but the ability to communicate effectively is what will keep business ideas growing and make it possible for business to evolve and change in response to market demands.

In the Bloomberg Job Skills Report 2016 recruiters named communication skills and creative problem solving as “truly valuable skills: recruiters want them, but consider them rare.” Bloomberg calls these less common, more desired skills “The Sweet Spot.” Workers who want to find themselves in the “sweet spot” need to have technical skills, but they also need the soft-skills of creative problem solving and communication to be invaluable to their employers.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



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Creating Your Elevator Pitch for a Virtual Environment

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by American Public University System

By Rachel Dhaliwal, GCDF, Career Coach, APUS and Jaymie Pompeo, GCDF, Senior Career Exploration Specialist, APUS You may have heard that when approaching an employer, you should have an elevator pitch prepared. While this is good overall advice, it’s important to also know how to tailor that information for the situation you may find yourself Read more




Colleges’ Hidden Fees: What You Need to Know

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Columbia College

Provided by Columbia College Colleges have fallen in love with fees. There are extra charges to begin college, such as the orientation and freshman fees. There are charges to finish, such as senior and commencement fees. There are the nickel-and-dime fees, for dropping a class or materials for a lab. Then there are all the Read more




Plan College to Balance Classes with Family, Work and Play

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University Whether you’re starting college for the first time or returning to continue your education, it should come as no surprise that juggling the rigors of school can be challenging. With many college students working toward a degree while balancing a family, a job, or both, we know careful planning and caring Read more




Positioning Yourself for a Leadership Role

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Herzing University

By William J. Mathias, Jr., Herzing University By 2020, it’s estimated that more than 5 million students will be enrolled part-time at degree-granting postsecondary institutions. Many of those students are working professionals who are returning to the classroom to attain a higher degree and achieve personal and business success. Why? Employers take into account continuing Read more




How to Master Discussion Forums to Excel as an Online Student

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Penn State World Campus

By Megan Fung, Penn State World Campus A discussion forum is exactly what it sounds like—a virtual “bulletin board” where you can start or join conversations on a specific topic. Discussion posts are a staple of online courses. This important element of the course structure provides a venue where classmates exchange ideas, discuss their interpretations Read more




Opportunities and Innovations in Health Care’s “New Frontier”

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by UMUC

By Bob Ludwig In a recent ceremony to install new members into the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the honor society for academic excellence in the study of health care management and policy, the message to inductees was very clear: health care is quickly evolving and needs the talents Read more




Develop a Broad Knowledge Base for a Healthcare Management Degree Program

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by American Intercontinental University

Provided by American Intercontinental University In order to provide better care for patients, you need to know how to better do your part in the complex healthcare system. Part of the reason it’s so important to have a strong, broad knowledge base of how the healthcare system functions is that this can help you better Read more




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College of Saint Elizabeth Renovates Facilities

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by College of Saint Elizabeth

Provided by College of Saint Elizabeth A major expansion of science and health care education programs, and facilities to accommodate them, is on the drawing board at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Construction plans call for significant renovations in Henderson Hall to make way for a four-year undergraduate nursing program (BSN) and a graduate level Read more




Ocean County College Online Reaches Out to Help Vets with Gaming

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Ocean County College

Studies by the Veterans Administration (VA) show that nearly 20 percent of returning combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), while another study reports that 22 combat veterans commit suicide each day, well above the national average. However, new evidence suggests that participation in cooperative video games among combat veterans Read more




Is Now the Right Time to Advance in the Health Care Field?

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Purdue University Global

Provided by Purdue U Global The American health care system is undergoing dramatic changes that center on the integration of technology in patient care. Hospitals and health care organizations are upgrading health technology systems and moving from paper to electronic records. These changes have created a need for health information management (HIM) professionals with specialized Read more




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Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Edcor School Network

American Public University System is pleased to announce its new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Sciences is for students interested in entering or currently working in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. The degree is ideal for those who have completed military training in the medical and health sciences and are seeking advancement in their career path.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the BAS in Health Sciences is designed to meet the transforming practices within health sciences. You will study a core curriculum in natural sciences, sports and health sciences, public health, information systems management, health information management, and healthcare administration.

Degree Program Objectives
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
• Analyze healthcare policy issues from an economic and financial perspective.
• Create a plan for efficient healthcare system management.
• Evaluate and develop solutions and strategies for complex problems within the healthcare industry.
• Apply ethical standards for decision-making in healthcare organizations.
• Assess technologies and healthcare informatics for implementation in healthcare organizations.

Excelsior College now offers employees of partner organizations the option of deferring payment of tuition until their 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.

To learn more about Edcor’s partnership with Excelsior, visit: https://www.excelsior.edu/web/partners/edcor-data-services-llc 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% off graduate level) and other benefits.

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Liberty University is a proud supporter of nurses all around the world. We have made it our effort to provide CCNE-accredited programs at an affordable price for all nurses. With a variety of degrees available, we have options for everyone.
We are proud to offer the following programs, 100 percent online: RN-BSN, BSN-MSN, RN-BSN-MSN, MSN/MBA (dual degree), MSN/MHA (dual degree), as well as a DNP.
Regardless of what level you are currently at, we are here to help you rise to the next level and become the best nurse that you can be to help your patients rise above the obstacles that life has presented them with. We want to help you help your patients.

For questions about any our programs or to speak with an admissions counselor, please call 1-800-424-9595 or visit www.liberty.edu. On behalf of everyone at Liberty University, thank you to all nurses!

Northcentral University is introducing a Criminal Justice Program. Criminal justice is a field that includes the efforts of law enforcement, the court system and the correction system. Those working within this field face increasingly complex issues in order to help create a safer society for all. For those interested in enhancing their criminal justice career, the right education is crucial.

Our School of Business is launching a Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) degree program to help students enhance their understanding of critical topics in criminal justice while gaining executive-level leadership skills. This program includes three specializations: Homeland Security, White Collar Crime, and Policing.

Developed in conjunction with subject matter experts, these programs will offer students a deep level of understanding on criminal justice theory along with research, management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to take on a range of roles in the government and private sector such as law enforcement agency administrator, corrections administrator or criminal justice researcher.

If you’re interested in learning more about this or other NCU programs, please visit www.NCU.edu/Edcor.

Penn State Online is offering a new program in marketing analytics. The 30-credit marketing analytics option in the master of professional studies in data analytics degree is designed to help business professionals learn how to use data science to address complex marketing challenges.

Chelsea Hammond, clinical assistant professor and director of the option, said today’s businesses want to leverage marketing data to help them be more successful. To do that, they need employees who have statistical skills and business backgrounds to effectively analyze data and communicate insights to business stakeholders. “They need employees who can help bridge the gap,” Hammond said. “Companies need these employees to have both data skills and business acumen, with the ability to translate the data into actionable insights. Through the marketing analytics option, business professionals can learn to get the most out of their company’s data to support business strategy and growth.”

In the marketing analytics courses, students will learn to apply data to important marketing challenges, such as brand position and differentiation, pricing and product strategy, brand equity, marketing campaign performance and customer satisfaction. Students will also take courses in data science that will teach them how to design and implement systems to mine and analyze large sets of data. In the final course, students will complete a final capstone project.

Students who complete the core courses in marketing analytics can receive a graduate certificate in marketing analytics. For information on this program and the tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Regent University offers students the opportunity to increase their marketability and safeguard the future with Cybersecurity Degree Opportunities.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing careers across all industry sectors, with a shortfall of 1.5 million in job openings. Regent University is a proud leader in this growing technology sector. Through our expanding degree programs, strategic partnership with Cyberbit Ltd. and development of the most powerful Cyber Range technology in the nation, we provide the very best in educational instruction, combined with unprecedented professional training.

Receive the training and certification you need to lead as a technical expert in your field, whether in government, industry, military, or an academic sector. Regent offers: B.S. in Cybersecurity, B.S. in Cyber & Digital Forensics, M.S. in Cybersecurity.

Strayer University helps make affordable learning possible. You can go from an RN to BSN with a $2,000 scholarship. At Strayer University, we strive to provide financial assistance to help you achieve your degree. That’s where our RN to BSN scholarship comes in, which offers $2,000 toward your RN to BSN degree. The scholarship will provide $500 tuition per term for four terms.

For full scholarship information, criteria and to apply email SchoolofNursing@strayer.edu

Upper Iowa University’s RN-BSN program assists registered nurses in developing the skills they need to be successful in the rapidly changing environment of health care delivery. In addition, the RN-BSN program is designed to prepare students for advancement to leadership positions and/or graduate education.

Upper Iowa University’s RN-BSN program has been designed by experienced health care educators to be flexible enough to fit any lifestyle and any schedule. At the end of the program each student will:
• Integrate theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice in a collaborative health care delivery environment.
• Demonstrate leadership and teamwork to improve outcomes in a selected health care setting.
• Manage technology and resources to communicate, support, and provide quality care within the health care continuum.
• Develop practices of life-long learning through seeking knowledge and assimilating professional standards, ethical principles, and legal accountability in nursing practice.
• Demonstrate personal accomplishment of the RN-BSN program goals and outcomes in an electronic portfolio. Students retain access to the portfolio for future professional development documentation.

For additional information about UIU’s RN-BSN program, visit https://uiu.edu/academics/department/nursing/index.html.


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