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2018, August Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Tuition Assistance Offers Help for Non-Completers

When students enroll in higher education there are a variety of advantages that they could reasonably expect to come with their degree completion: higher wages, benefits, and stable employment. They might also find themselves being a more engaged citizen, experiencing better health and having longer life expectancy. Higher education non-completers, those who don’t complete their degree, don’t realize these benefits. And they also have an additional burden: student debt they are not managing to pay.

Nontraditional students make up about 25 percent of the 2010 cohort of higher education students. They are “delayed entry students,” age 20-24 and “adult learners,” age 24 or older. These nontraditional students are the working learners, people who balance jobs and school, and they are the ones most at risk of being non-completers. Results from a National Student Clearinghouse six-year 2010 cohort study showed 48.5 percent of delayed entry students and 49.3 percent of adult learners had left postsecondary education without completing a degree or credential compared to 25.9 percent of traditional-age students.

A series of Third-Way reports shows the impact of students leaving higher education with no degree: “student borrowers who drop out with debt and no degree and three times more likely than graduates to default on their loans.”

“Elevating College Completion” shows that in the first year out of school, 58 percent of completers are likely to being repaying their students loan compared to 31 percent of non-completers. Even seven years after leaving school, the gap between completers and non-completers loan repayment is still there, and the consequences become even worse for non-completers. “Nearly three-fourths of completers (74%) have made a dent in their loan principal seven years after entering repayment, while almost half of non-completers (49%) actually owe more on their federal loans than the amount they originally borrowed during this same time frame due to their inability to make sufficient payments to keep up with accruing interest.”

Non-completers find themselves in the position of having debt and lost worktime from being in school, along with lower wages from not earning a credential. “The College Completion Landscape” shows that students who fail to complete a college credential are less likely to go on to work in occupations that offer employment benefits (such as health insurance and pension plans), earn family-sustaining wages.”

The best solution for non-completers who find themselves in the position of having student debt is to complete their education. Employer tuition assistance plans can make this possible. Tuition assistance can help relieve some of financial cost of higher education and make it possible for students to move towards degree completion. Progress toward completion is beneficial for employees and businesses alike. Employees who expand their education will learn skills that are needed by businesses to close skill gaps. They will be able to make greater contributions to the business as they learn more. With tuition assistance they will have means to complete their degree and meet their financial responsibilities of prior student loans. Using tuition assistance to help employees complete higher education creates forward momentum: for employees who can earn more and work towards meeting their financial obligations and for businesses that will have skilled employees who are free of financial burdens.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Determining Your Career Path before or during Your College Years

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

By Ryan Laspin, Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS A college degree is one of the best assets to have to enhance your career options. Some students have a career plan well before they start college. They might want to become a lawyer, a doctor, an entrepreneur or biologist. However, many students Read more

Four Reasons Why It’s Never Too Late to Earn Your Degree

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Capella University

Provided by Capella University There are plenty of people who land a decent job without getting a college degree first. It’s possible to start in an entry-level position, develop on-the-job skills, and move up the ranks. But in the long run, a formal education can have its advantages. Here are four reasons why it makes Read more

Think Outside the Coffee Shop: Top Places to Study

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Colorado Technical University

Provided by Colorado Technical University Do you have an exam coming up or online assignments to submit? Maybe you’re trying to update your resume? Studying and working remotely as an adult can be challenging and stressful. Temptations and distractions at home are to be expected, and maybe your go-to coffee shops are overcrowded and too Read more

It’s Personal: Lifang Shih Ensures Support for Technology Students

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Excelsior College

Provided by Excelsior College Attention adult learners considering a career in technology: Lifang Shih, the dean of the School of Business & Technology, would like you to know it’s not too late. She knows this first-hand since her own path to a technology career was not a traditional one. As a child growing up in Read more

What Can You Do With an MBA?

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Purdue University Global

Provided by Purdue University Global Returning to school when you have a full-time job and a family requires sacrifice and hard work, and you want your investment to pay off. There are several reasons you may be interested in going back to school. Whether you want to ensure your education stays up to date or Read more

From Nigeria to the U.S. Department of Defense: IASP Scholarship Recipient’s Journey

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by UMUC

By Alex Kasten, UMUC Media Relations specialist It was the Diversity Visa lottery that helped set University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) recipient Charles Kolawole’s course for a career in cybersecurity and good fortune. Kolawole, one of the visa-lottery winners in 2006, came into the United States January 27, 2007, Read more



Transferring into a Degree: Got Credits?

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University Even if you’ve written a go-to book in your field, have hands-on job experience, and hold academic credits from multiple schools, you still might need a degree to qualify for the biggest project of your career. That’s what happened to game designer Jonathan Weinberger, who wanted to maximize academic credit from Read more

Soft Skills Matter for Technology-Focused Employees, Too

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Herzing University

Provided by Herzing University In an increasingly digital economy, many organizations are making digital transformation a priority. In fact, the IDC estimates that 40 percent of all technology spending (more than $2 trillion) will go toward digital transformation in 2019. This increased investment in technology and digital transformation will create new opportunities for career growth Read more

Education Psychology Degree Offers Career Opportunities

Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Northcentral University

Provided by Northcentral University Educational Psychology is a psychological science focused on understanding the learning process and finding ways to enhance the educational experience for all types of learners. Those working within this field must understand not only the foundations of psychology, but child and adolescent development and the learning process. Career opportunities within this Read more

Student Disability Resources for Temporary or Short-Term Conditions

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

Provided by Penn State World Campus When people think of the types of situations that Student Disability Resources would handle, they often think of major, permanent conditions or injuries. While those certainly do qualify for assistance, there is also a broad range of other conditions that would fall under the umbrella of Student Disability Resources. Read more




Posted on August 13th, 2018 by Edcor School Network

DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, located near the heart of Chicago’s financial district, offers an online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program that blends accounting theory and practice to immediately prepare graduates for working in the industry. The program equips individuals with the comprehensive skills necessary to become capable certified public accountants (CPAs) as well as leaders in business and accounting firms.

Through Edcor, students are eligible to receive a 10 percent tuition discount on this master’s degree program.

The curriculum is informed by input from public accounting firms and businesses to ensure that it covers the most current issues within the profession. In addition to acquiring an understanding of all the topics included in the CPA exam, students will gain advanced expertise in numerous financial and managerial accounting topics, including auditing, financial reporting, and how accounting can be used in business decision making. It is ideal for professionals with a passion for the financial aspects of business, individuals interested in entering an accounting career, or those looking to advance into accounting leadership.

DePaul University, located near the heart of Chicago’s financial district, is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). To learn more about DePaul’s online MS in Accountancy, click here.

Florida Tech University is launching an online Project Management Program as opportunities in the field are growing rapidly. A recent report by the Project Management Institute (PMI) says that organizations will need to hire 87.7 million more people with project management skills by 2027, especially in healthcare, manufacturing, information services, finance, insurance and professional services. Florida Tech’s programs in project management, offered 100 percent online, are accredited by the PMI’s Global Accreditation Center and provide hands-on experience designed to prepare students for today’s biggest business challenges.

George Washington University online Master of Engineering in climate change engineering and policy (M.Eng.[CCEP]) prepares professionals with technical and non-technical backgrounds to guide their organizations to better understand climate change and to develop mitigation strategies that shrink their ecological footprint. Through Edcor, students are eligible to receive a 10 percent tuition discount on this prestigious master’s degree program.

Climate change is a worldwide issue that requires an in-depth look at the intersections of technology, policy and business. GW’s M.Eng.(CCEP) program was developed specifically for those who wish to understand industry-recognized frameworks and methodologies for climate science, economics, energy and sustainability—as well as the political forces impacting them—to improve life on the planet now and in the future.

This fully-online program teaches students how to conceptualize key strategic considerations associated with climate change in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Students will study climate mitigation and adaptation approaches, including market-based incentives to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pollution through regulatory measures like carbon taxation and cap and trade. To learn more about the M.Eng.(CCEP) program and take the next step in your career, click here.

Liberty University has many degree programs that teach effective communication skills, but there are four master degrees that truly are the best. If you desire to learn how to become a better communicator, consider pursuing either our Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Promotion and Video Content, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication, or our Master of Arts in Social Media Management.

Research has shown that the ability to communicate effectively is vital to the success of any business. Whether it be internally to employees, or externally to the customer base, the ability to communicate will make or break any business.

If you do not want to commit to a full length degree, take a look at one of our graduate certificate programs. They are just three classes long and offer you the ability to get a quick start on your graduate education. If you have any questions about any of our programs or would like to speak with an admissions counselor, please call 1-800-424-9595 or visit Don’t forget to ask about the 15 percent Liberty Advantage – Edcor discount.

Penn State World Campus is offering a new graduate certificate for geospatial software developers. The new 15-credit graduate certificate in geospatial programming and web map development is aimed at helping geospatial professionals working in the GIS and web mapping industries expand their software development and coding skills.
Students will learn to script the automation of spatial analysis processes, develop custom user interfaces on top of existing desktop applications and create web-based interactive mapping applications that support spatial data science.

Anthony Robinson, assistant professor of geography and director of online geospatial education programs at Penn State commented, “The spatial technology ecosystem now features an immense range of proprietary and open source platforms for making maps, analyzing patterns and managing data sources. A lot of geospatial professionals today work on teams that include programmers, so even if your job focuses mostly on analyzing results, completing a certificate like ours can really help you work effectively within a larger team that’s building web maps or spatial analysis tools.”

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 School of Law (LAW) alumni secured the top overall bar passage rate above all other law schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia, once again. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (VBBE) released the results from the February 2018 bar exam in mid-April: Test-takers with their law degree from Regent passed the Virginia Bar Exam at an 81.82 percent rate. “I am thrilled for our graduates,” said LAW Dean Michael Hernandez. “I am especially pleased with and proud of our faculty who mentor our students and invest in them individually.” Hernandez acknowledged the efforts of LAW Professor Ben Madison, who leads Regent LAW’s bar passage initiatives.

Earlier this year, Regent alumni passed the July 2017 bar with a 94.59 percent overall passage rate – 23 percent above the statewide average. Hernandez said that Regent’s continued lead in overall bar passage rate is a “great sign,” and he hopes that students graduating from Regent will continue to excel in bar passage rates for years to come. “This result, for the second time in a row, demonstrates an unbeatable combination of great students, excellent faculty, and curriculum and programs that train our students to do what God has called them to do,” said Hernandez.

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