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2018, September Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Arts in Education Creates Multiple Benefits

September 9-15 is National Arts in Education Week. This week is designated to highlight the role arts education plays “producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students.” Becoming career-ready is a complex process. Employers want employees who have communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. They want employees who show creativity, can work in teams and can solve problems. Arts education develops these important traits.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers says that the ability to work well on teams, decisive problem solving, and effective communication are employers’ top priorities when they recruit employees.
Each of these skills is an example of deep learning – learning that goes beyond recall of facts and information. In deep learning opportunities students master core academic content, think critically and solve complex problem. They also work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and learn how to learn. Bolstering Deeper Learning Through Arts in Education, a report from the Education Commission of the States, shows that arts in education is an opportunity to strengthen the development of deep learning skills.

To learn these skills students need opportunities to draw inferences, work with others and solve problems. When students create, evaluate, analyze, re-create and collaborate, they think critically and solve problems, just like they will as employees on the job. Each process teaches students how to be self-reliant. Finding solutions to problems that are open-ended challenges students in ways that will help them develop into employees who can find solutions to business situations. David B. Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, says that “art-making, rehearsal, and performance all contribute to critical intelligence by developing people’s ability to express, imagine, interact with, and reinterpret the work and human experience.”

Developing effective workers starts with effective education. “America’s future economic growth depends on the strength of our world-class education system,” states the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center within Education Commission of the States. A survey of U.S. executives shows the relationship between business profitability and skills developed by arts in education. When workers don’t have the creative, communication and collaborative skills that are necessary it impacts businesses; 34 percent of executives think their business lacks product development, 45 percent think they miss out on growth opportunities and 30 percent think company profits are being hurt.

Product development, growth opportunities and company profits are all the results of an education that exposes students to wide experiences. The Education Commission of the States says that arts in education benefits both students and society. Students gain “powerful tools for:

• Understanding human experiences, both past and present
• Teamwork and collaboration
• Creatively making decisions and solving problems when no prescribed answers exist
• Adapting to and respecting others’ diverse ways of thinking, working and expressing themselves
• Understanding the influence of the arts and their power to create and reflect cultures
• Analyzing nonverbal communication and making informed judgments
• Communicating effectively.”

Students who understand human experiences and respect diverse ways of thinking and expression will become employees who can envision new solutions and products. As new technology introduces change, people will be pushed to find multiple and varied ways to adapt. People who have experienced arts in education will be able to provide leadership for business. Oxtoby says, “Innovation and creativity are core goals of the twenty-first-century economy. It is a truism that success in the future will involve making new connections and coming up with new ideas, not simply using one’s training in a well-defined career.”

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Active Learning in American Colleges

Posted on September 10th, 2018 by Columbia College

Provided by Columbia College Consider your current job. Did you learn how to do everything from reading a training manual? Or did you learn over time by just doing it? Chances are, you learned from experience. This is known as “active learning,” and more colleges are implementing it in the classroom. The method places some Read more

Top 10 Careers for American Sign Language Speakers

Posted on September 10th, 2018 by Columbia College Chicago

Provided by Columbia College Chicago Online Interested in getting hired and helping others without ever saying a word? There has never been a better time to explore one of the many rewarding careers in American Sign Language (ASL). As the primary language used by the deaf community in the U.S., ASL combines hand movements, facial Read more

Your MBA: The Way to Career Opportunities

Posted on September 10th, 2018 by Excelsior College

By Michele Paludi and Maribeth Gunner Pulliam Where do you see yourself professionally in five years? Do you picture yourself applying your leadership skills to direct an organization’s vision? Are you someone who enjoys applying data analytics to solve organizational problems? Do you want a career in consulting to improve organizations’ performance and business systems? Read more

Why an MBA Remains a Must-Have in Business

Posted on September 10th, 2018 by Feliciano School of Business

Provided by Montclair State University Earning an MBA has long been the gold standard for those who want to move into leadership positions in their industry. But as the business world goes global and changes rapidly because of technology, many may wonder if earning an MBA is still the right thing to do for their Read more

Teaching Adult Learners Online

Posted on September 10th, 2018 by USC Gould School of Law

By Anitha Cadambi, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Southern California The phrase, “a delicate balancing act” best describes an adult learner’s journey back to school. With a growing number of online degrees and certificates currently being offered by top universities, many people over the age of 25 are keenly pursuing higher education opportunities. Read more



APUS Students Enter Model UN Competition in November

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

By David E. Hubler, Contributor Online Learning Tips, APUS The National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference is the world’s largest intercollegiate Model UN conference. Students from around the world discuss issues at the forefront of international relations. The National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in Washington, D.C., November 9-11, will include more than 900 university Read more




Posted on September 10th, 2018 by Edcor School Network

Immaculata University offers several fully online degrees to fit your life and your goals. Our career-focused online programs have the same dedicated professors and staff supporting students as if they were in an actual classroom.

Why study online at IU? Immaculata students have the opportunity to work with academic advisors and career counselors to help ensure their success. Our online learning platform allows for students to navigate seamlessly from course to course while learning from exceptional faculty with expertise in their fields. Immaculata is dedicated to student success. Our University also offers many online support services such as our online writing lab and math center.

Through Edcor, students are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on our full standard tuition.

Jacksonville University is offering an Applied Business Analytics MS Degree program, 100 percent online. It is a real-world curriculum that explores today’s biggest business challenges.

A recent article in MIT’s Sloan Management Review revealed that half of all businesses believe analytics creates a competitive advantage — but only a third of those businesses have a strategic plan to harness the power of analytics. Jacksonville University’s 100 percent online MS in Applied Business Analytics program is designed to help employees learn how to transform an increasing amount of data into timely, useful and actionable information. The program is offered through JU’s Davis College of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Find out about the program here.

Liberty University is pleased to offer over 40 doctoral degree options to help you prepare for the next step in your career, wherever life may take you. Recent degree additions include the Doctor of Strategic Leadership, the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, and the Ph.D. in Public Policy. A popular option we offer is our post-graduate degree, the Educational Specialist or Ed.S. This is a unique option because it allows for a seamless transfer into our Doctorate of Education.

According to a 2017 US Census Bureau report, 33.4 percent of Americans, age 25 or older, have completed a bachelor’s degree. In 1940, that percentage was just 4.6 percent. This massive increase created a large push for American workers to pursue their education further and obtain a master’s degree. Because of this paradigm shift in workforce education, earning a higher education degree is now more important than ever before. Having an advanced degree provides the necessary edge to beat other job applicants when furthering your career.

Regardless of what your career goals may include, we have an affordable degree to meet your needs. For more information, please call 1-800-424-9595 to speak with an admissions counselor or visit

Northcentral University is pleased to announce the launch of our Master in Social Work degree program. While this program may not be currently accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), it is designed to closely align with their standards and competencies. This program consists of two tracks: a Foundational Track for students that do not have an undergraduate degree from a CSWE accredited program and an Advanced Standing Track for those that do. This allows the program to accommodate those with a social work background as well as those new to the field.

Upon the successful completion of the program, students from both tracks will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings that include local, county and state child welfare agencies, non-profit agencies, medical facilities and correctional settings. Designed and taught by experienced professionals this program also offers students the ability to gain valuable experience and real-world knowledge.

Enrollment in this innovative online program opened August 6. Learn more about this and other degree options by visiting For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important information, please visit our website at

Purdue University Global’s online IT programs are designed to offer you comprehensive, specialized knowledge in your focus area while also providing the general IT and professional competencies relevant to career advancement. In addition, the IT programs are thoroughly evaluated by industry professionals to ensure the curriculum is current and students have access to real-world experience.

Successful IT careers are built around a combination of technological skill, industry knowledge, and business acumen. Purdue Global’s IT degrees and certificates could help you keep pace with the ever-evolving technology landscape and industry trends. An accredited university, Purdue Global offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate IT degrees and certificates including Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management, Master of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, and more.

If you’re self-motivated and you want more control over your learning style and schedule, the ExcelTrack™ BS in Information Technology was made for you. This competency-based degree program is a more flexible way to earn the same Purdue Global degree—only faster and for less money.

Learn more about all the IT programs offered through the School of Business and Information Technology at Purdue Global.

Strayer University offers masters, bachelors and associate programs with online and on-campus learning options.
Strayer offers various resources for our students to succeed:
 Receive mentoring from your own personal success coach.
 Get a laptop for your undergraduate studies, with Microsoft software at no charge.
 Save thousands on your bachelor’s tuition through our graduation fund.
 Finish faster: transfer up to 84 quarter credit hours.
 Potential benefits and scholarships for active duty military (and spouses), veterans and other service members.
 We have 70+ campuses.
We’ve made earning your bachelor’s degree more affordable with the Strayer Graduation Fund. For every three classes you successfully complete, you’ll earn credit toward one of the final 10 classes you need for your degree. That means you can get up to 10 classes on us.

Since 1892, Strayer has been providing professional education to working adults. Visit:

Trident University International is a 100 percent online university offering regionally accredited associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs. Accelerate your learning through our popular FASTRAC program offering monthly session starts and 8-week courses.

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).

Partner benefits include:
• Free evaluation of prior learning
• Up to a 26 percent tuition savings for Edcor affiliated employees
• Waived application fees (bachelors & masters)
• Dedicated Advising Team
• 45-day tuition deferral

Trident University is made up of three key differentiators, that creates a dynamic learning approach like no other. EdActive™ Learning is unique because the learning outcomes prepare our students for the workplace by enhancing their ability to think, to learn, and to solve problems. Offering degree programs to advance your career to the next level:

• Bachelors in Leadership
• Bachelors in Business Administration and Human Resource Management
• Master’s in business administration And Human Resource Management
• Doctor of Business Administration and many more….

For more information about these and other programs visit, or contact Karen Diaz, Business Development Manager at Karen.Diaz@Trident.Edu or (888) 252-7550

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