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2018, December Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Adult Promise Programs and TAP Help Completion Efforts

Adult Promise Programs are relatively new in higher education. Until recently most promise programs have focused on providing financial aid for traditional age college students. New Adult Promise Programs are focusing on adult higher education students for a very important reason. Adult students are a group that can help increase completion rates in the United States. Adults who have some college but haven’t attained a degree are a promising population for completing a degree or certification. Lumina Foundation developed its Adult Promise initiative as part of Lumina’s goal to increase the number of adults with a degree or certification to 60 percent by 2025.

This initiative, which started with a group of four states last year, has given grants to a group of six additional states that showed they were making a commitment to adult higher education students. For example, these states offer financial aid to adult students and are committed to fair outcomes for minority students. They also have state leaders, employers and higher education institutions that have demonstrated interest in helping adults complete their education.

The support offered by the Lumina Program and other Adult Promise Programs will benefit many. Almost 40 percent of undergraduate students are over age 25. These students must be successful if states are going to meet attainment goals, such as those set by Lumina, and also meet their workforce needs. The number of high school graduates, alone, pursuing higher education won’t meet states goals and needs; the adult population will make up the educated population that states and employers need.

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) report “Implications and Importance of Adult Promise Programs” explains the importance of Adult Promise Programs. The report states that most states have ambitions goals to increase postsecondary attainment and it is important that they do so. But it takes involvement from many stakeholders. “None will accomplish its goal without closing equity gaps and increasing the number of adults over age 25 with a postsecondary credential. Given declining projections of high school graduates in most states, states must focus on adult learners to reach the level of attainment necessary for 21st century economic and workforce demands.”

The SHEEO report defines components that Adult Promise programs should cover. First, they should make an effort to reach out and recruit adult learners, and help them enroll and apply for financial aid. Second, they should offer support services like prior learning assessments and scheduling that set student up for success. And third, they should offer emergency grants that help keep students enrolled during an emergency.

A comprehensive tuition assistance program is a complement to an Adult Promise program in many ways. TAP isn’t intended to cover all the “shoulds” of a program – they are the responsibilities of states and higher education organizations. But a tuition assistance program provides support in many of the same ways.

First, tuition assistance provides workers with opportunities to enroll for classes and have financial support. Businesses can recruit employees and build a workforce from within. Second, while higher education institutions can offer prior learning assessments, businesses can include the value of those programs in their tuition programs. Allowing employees to earn credit for their prior and earned knowledge helps move them toward degree completion faster. Including counseling as a key component of TAP also help students find the most direct path to success. Third, the financial support of tuition assistance can provide stability for students working toward completion. Students have support that helps them work toward career goals as they achieve completion of their higher education goals. TAP gives students financial help that has an immediate impact on their lives and provides the ability for them to move forward with growth in their career.

Adult Promise Programs are more than just a financial commitment to provide tuition and fees for adult students, the SHEEO report states. With the support of schools and states they are “an excellent vehicle for delivering additional support and services to adult learners, who are currently underserved in higher education.”

Tuition assistance offers this and more. It offers a means to an education that many adults may never have been able to access before. It supports many students who have been and still are underserved financially and who need academic support. A comprehensive tuition plan can include counseling and direction that aid in education attainment and career growth. Tuition assistance plans can show adults how they can work to fill needs in the labor market and secure their own futures.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Overcoming Academic Challenges When You're an Online Student

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

By Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, Faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American Public University As a working adult, my online education gave me a great opportunity to complete my college education. I took online classes for my undergraduate, my master’s and my doctorate degrees. During all that time, I balanced employment, a family and my school responsibilities. Like Read more

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Posted on December 10th, 2018 by ASU Online

By Steven Tepper, Dean, Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts We are living in a creative age. The economy increasingly relies on the intellectual output of creatives, with growing demand for well-designed products as well as compelling stories and experiences (film, music, television, games, etc.). The top 1,500 U.S. CEOs report Read more

Why You Need a Career Plan

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Excelsior College

By Maribeth Gunner, Excelsior College Some people will spend extensive energy preparing for a trip, meticulously arranging every detail of their excursion, but they will not invest the same time and effort planning for their future careers. How about you? Do you make time to review your professional goals and ambitions? Are you satisfied with Read more

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant: Which one is for me?

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University One of the many benefits of working in health care is that the field offers a wide range of career paths with room for advancement. Two advanced, fast-growing occupations include the nurse practitioner or physician assistant, which are comparable, yet distinct areas in health care. Both require advanced degrees and Read more

Changing the Geospatial Mapping Paradigm with Unmanned Aerial Systems

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

By Dr. Doug Miller, Penn State University Aircraft and satellite imaging platforms have been the backbone of mapping in America for decades. The technologies and methodologies stimulated initially by military needs in World War II continue to this day—albeit with significant upgrades to modern GPS navigation systems and sophisticated high-resolution digital cameras and, increasingly within Read more



ASU Clinical Research Management Program First in Country to Earn Prestigious Accreditation

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by ASU Online

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Stay Digital with e-textbooks

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Columbia College

Provided by Columbia College We operate in a digital world. We read online news rather than subscribing to multiple newspapers. We send co-workers emails, not handwritten notes. We stay in touch with friends through text messaging, not mailed letters. So why are adult college students still lugging around heavy textbooks? Enter e-textbooks. In addition to Read more



201812 - SchoolNet

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Edcor School Network

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is now offering new online degrees to help students launch careers focused on digital strategy, audience engagement and social media:

• Bachelor of Science in Digital Audiences
• Master of Science in Digital Audience Strategy
• Digital Audience Strategy (Graduate Certificate)

The programs are taught by faculty comprised of top professionals and scholars in digital audience research and engagement. They are led by Digital Audiences Programs Director Jessica Pucci, the Ethics and Excellence Professor of Practice at the Cronkite School.
Pucci says the degrees help students to design and execute large-scale audience strategies through a data-driven, multidisciplinary, hands-on curriculum.

Students will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Google Analytics and Google AdWords through their coursework, as well as work with real-world clients. “All businesses and organizations have audiences to build,” she says. “These degrees give students conceptual skills in social, search, analytics and strategy to grow and engage audiences, plus innovation and leadership skills that expand their career possibilities to roles in strategic and integrated communications, digital marketing and entrepreneurship.”

Interested students can apply now for any of the programs through ASU Online. Request more information by visiting:

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New or readmit students and their dependents may enroll and take any one DeVry University or Keller Graduate School of Management 3-credit-hour course for academic credit at no tuition cost. Should you decide to continue classes, a partner tuition savings will be available to students for our undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs.

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Our courses are offered in eight-week academic sessions year-round to make your life even easier. Whether you’re taking classes online, on campus or in one of our new extended classrooms, our dedicated faculty will be there to support you. From delivering convenience and support while you’re working on your degree, to offering hands-on, tech-infused academic programs, your future is our priority at DeVry.

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Michigan State University tackles a product-security program. Product counterfeiting is a vicious and insidious problem for modern organizations because its effects manifest in many different ways — especially in an era where a shopper can compare a product to its direct competitor in 10 seconds with the tap on a screen. Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) strives to equip professionals and organizations with the skills, techniques and leading practices needed to safeguard and secure brands, products and services in the international marketplace.

A-CAPP now offers a 100 percent online professional certificate in anti-counterfeiting and brand protection. Topics covered include:
• Enforcement
• Strategy
• Supply chain management
• Communication
• Education
• Risk management

The A-CAPP program looks in-depth at challenges and solutions that relate to an effective anti-counterfeiting and product protection strategy, such as measurement and information accuracy. A-CAPP is an independent, interdisciplinary hub that focuses on education and research.

For details, visit the program page.

Northcentral University is pleased to announce the launch of our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program with a specialization in Management and Organizational Leadership. This program is designed to closely align with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials and with the nurse leader competencies from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Offered by the School of Health Sciences, this exciting new offering can help nursing professionals prepare for management roles within hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

Students in this innovative program will use an Interprofessional Education (IPE) model to learn how to collaborate with multiple health disciplines. Topics of study include the principles of health care administration, data-driven decision making, healthcare law, and resource and financial management. Students will also learn about the best practices for recruitment, retention and staffing strategies, including the relationship between staffing levels and quality of care. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by participating in an evidenced-based research project.

To enroll in this program, students must have, and maintain throughout the program, a current, active and unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN). To learn more about this and other degree options, please visit

Penn State is accepting applications for the nine-credit online graduate certificate in business architecture. This new program targets improving business strategy. “Business architecture is the bridge between high-level business strategy and tactical execution,” says Brian Cameron, faculty director and associate dean for professional graduate programs.

Studies show many organizations do not successfully execute their business strategy because they don’t have a clear picture of the state of the organization and how they can achieve their goals. Business architecture will reveal an organization’s actual structure and the changes necessary to carry out t strategic objectives to reach goals.

The certificate is designed for professionals such as business analysts who aspire to move into planning and execution, or those working in information technology who want to move into a strategy role. The curriculum includes courses in emerging trends, technology and corporate innovation; and the foundational concepts of enterprise modeling.
Students may apply the credits toward the online MBA, or the masters in enterprise architecture and business transformation or corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. For information on this program and the tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Purdue Global is announcing a new program: The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate. With an aging population, increased patient acuity, and a shortage of skilled clinicians at the bedside, Purdue Global understands the growing demand for advanced practice nurses qualified to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings. That’s why we have launched the innovative Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, through the Purdue Global School of Nursing.

Registered nurses (RNs) with a master’s degree in nursing can further their knowledge of medical, surgical, and critical care management of acutely ill adult patient populations by earning the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate. This program may not be available in all states.

The program includes online study and a series of clinical practice sessions that take place in a facility or site you select with the faculty and Clinical Placement Team. Our curriculum focuses on direct care management, including diagnosis and treatment planning, and includes a two-and-a-half-day in-person skills intensive. The post-graduate APRN certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Regent University is boldly investing in workforce development through top-quality nursing and healthcare programs. Specifically, we recognize the immediate demand for a leading-edge RN to B.S. in Nursing program.

Regent University’s RN to B.S. in Nursing degree will help you stay competitive in your field while developing you into the leader you’re meant to be. You’ll enjoy convenient, online coursework with minimal clinical requirements, eight-week course sessions, engaged faculty, supportive advisors and affordable tuition.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our bachelor’s in nursing program provides the skills and criteria hospitals and healthcare organizations seek. Here’s your chance to complete your RN to B.S. in Nursing by 2020.

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