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2019, March Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Women in STEM Create Value for Business

The relatively low number of women in STEM careers is an issue that would seem to primarily affect women. In reality, not only does it impact women, it is an issue that impacts business and the whole economy.

The Problem:

Women are underrepresented in science and engineering jobs. Women make up 47 percent of the overall workforce but hold only 28 percent of the STEM jobs and 12 percent of engineering jobs.

Many business leaders understand the effects this gender imbalance can create. The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Survey showed that 42 percent of business leaders believed it was important to address equal gender representation in jobs as a matter of fairness. But more than 20 percent of business leaders also recognize the impact gender imbalance can have on their business success. Women make up a large portion of the customer base and control 65 percent of global household spending. Businesses that recognize the influence of women in the marketplace understand that a diverse workforce will be able to meet the needs of a diverse customer base and be profitable.

Sage Group vice president of AI, Kriti Sharma, uses artificial intelligence as an example. She says women engineers are rare in the talent pool that is creating artificial intelligence. If we want to reap the best benefits of technology such as AI, it needs to reflect the diversity of its users. This is one area where it is vitally important to have a diverse workforce that includes women. Not everyone thinks, lives and works the same, she says. It’s important to capture as many perspectives as possible. “Bias is our greatest threat and will only slow progress.”

Increasing the number of women in STEM jobs will also help address a predicted shortage STEM workers. In less than 10 years the US will need 1.7 million more engineers and computer scientists. Increasing the number of women in STEM jobs will help address this shortage as well as bring new perspectives that can result in increased creativity and productivity.

One cause:

One reason for the shortage of women in STEM careers is that they are underrepresented in higher education achievement in STEM fields. Women earn 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, but far less than that in STEM. Men earn 81 percent of engineering degrees while women earn 19 percent. Men earn 82 percent of computer science degrees and women earn 18 percent.

There are several factors than have influenced women in their STEM education:
• 63 percent of women in STEM struggled with confidence
• 48 percent said being a woman made their experience harder
• 46 percent considered switching fields during college.
• Lack of female role models and negative stereotypes

One Solution:

Providing role models for women in STEM jobs is something businesses can do to take the lead in bringing more women into STEM jobs. Businesses can make an effort to hire and retain women at all levels of their workforce, says Christianne M. Corbette, senior researcher at American Association of University Women. "Girls and women have to be able to relate to these other woman as role models and mentors. Positioning female 'superstars' might look and sound good, but it doesn't do much to impact technical biases," Corbett says.

A tuition assistance program presents an opportunity for women to mentor co-workers. Through mentorship, women in STEM jobs have the opportunity to network and be resources for each other. Mentors can help women increase their confidence and persist in their STEM education, and they can also help women in STEM jobs see opportunities for career growth and development.

A tuition assistance program that supports women in STEM and leads to their success is a great advantage for women and the businesses they work for. “The right resources and opportunities help to ensure that young women feel a sense of belonging in the field and that they receive the support they need to follow through to graduation. Ultimately, this benefits us all, as technology and other STEM fields continue to play a critical role in shaping our future,” says Althea Noonan, VP of the Central Region of CDW-G.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



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Posted on March 11th, 2019 by UMUC

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201903 - SchoolNet

Posted on March 11th, 2019 by Edcor School Network

APU is offering online healthcare administration programs. With its online bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in healthcare administration, American Public University (APU) is preparing individuals to stay at the forefront of healthcare administration education and shape the future of this growing industry.

These programs are for current and aspiring healthcare management professionals who wish to sharpen their ability to provide innovative, strategic, ethical, and analytical thinking to optimize a healthcare organization’s performance.

APU’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is transfer-friendly and appropriate for students currently enrolled in or holding an associate degree in Health Sciences. The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is designed for those wishing to sharpen their strategic decision-making skills with an eye toward ethical practice and leading a diverse workforce.

Learn more at

Jacksonville University’s online MBA aims to help students strengthen leadership skills and navigate complex business environments. Jacksonville’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA), launched in 2017, uses real-world examples, case studies and interactive lessons to go beyond providing a foundation in business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance and economics.

The goal of the 100 percent online program is to help students become strategic decision makers who can navigate an increasingly complex global business environment. Individual courses examine contemporary themes such as business ethics, corporate social responsibility and organizational behavior.

The degree program is offered through JU’s Davis College of Business which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. For information about the MBA program, visit this link.

At Liberty University we are continually pushing both residential and online degree programs to higher levels of academic excellence. As of January 17, 2019, Liberty University has received CACREP Accreditation for the online Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. This degree is mostly online with just two required intensive courses. It is designed to equip students with the specialized training that they need to gain state licensure and become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

We are also proud to offer counseling degrees in the areas of Addiction Counseling, Applied Psychology, Human Services Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Pastoral Counseling, and School Counseling.

If you would like to request more information, please visit or call our Office of Admissions at 1-800-424-9595. Do not forget to ask about the 15 percent Edcor Discount when enrolling in classes. Thank you for considering Liberty University.

Northcentral University is pleased to announce a series of changes that have recently taken place within our organization. First and foremost, we’ve transitioned into a nonprofit university and joined the esteemed National University System (NUS). NUS is a pioneer in the education industry with a network of university and education-related affiliates.

We’ve also welcomed a new president, Dr. David Harpool, who previously served as our Provost, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Dr. Harpool has more than 35 years of experience in the world of higher education and is a recognized leader in online and distance education as well as higher education law.

These changes reflect our student-centric mission to provide high-quality, flexible degree options for working professionals.

Those interested in exploring our degree and certificate programs can visit to learn more.For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important information, please visit our website at

Regent University is proud to partner with Edcor to offer our Partner Academic Course Exploration (PACE) to employees, spouses, and dependents of our corporate partners. The free courses start March 19 and are designed to introduce you to the world-class education you’ll receive at Regent. Choose the online course level that best fits you – undergraduate or graduate:

Undergraduate Level
• LDST 175 Special Topics in Leadership Studies (1 credit)
• BIBL 175 Special Topics in Biblical Studies (1 credit): How to Read, Interpret, and Apply the Holy Scriptures
• PSYC 175 Special Topics in Counseling (1 credit) Insight Into the Counseling Process and Human Relationships

Graduate Level
• LMOL 575 Special Topics in Organizational Leadership (1 credit)
• ECUR 575 Special Topics in Curriculum & Instruction (1 credit)
• GPSY 575 Special Topics in Psychology (1 credit): Stress
• BIBL 575 Special Topics in Apologetics (1 credit)

Don’t delay. To claim your spot and enroll in the one-credit academic online course, go to: If you have questions about the PACE program, please call 800.850.5507.

Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business is part of an elite group of colleges and universities accredited by AASCB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 25 percent of business schools in the United States are AACSB-accredited. In addition, Saint Joseph’s Department of Accounting was approved for AACSB accreditation, making SJU among only 5 percent of schools with such dual recognition.
Our specialized MBA and MS programs are top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report
• No. 13 Graduate Marketing, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare, and Food Marketing
• No. 15 Graduate Finance
• No. 17 Executive MBA
• No. 20 Graduate Business Intelligence & Analytics

With a myriad of MBA concentrations, and niche industry-focused programs, our students discover a tailored academic experience perfect for all career levels.Learn more at

Trident University International offers online Human Resource Management degree options that align with SHRM guidelines. Our degree will prepare you for a fulfilling future in the growing human resource management field. Earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.

While attending our fully online program, you will:
• Acquire in-depth knowledge of Human Resource Management so that you can grow, develop, and hire great talent.
• Learn practical skills, such as staffing, training, HR information systems, benefits, global HRM, and more.
• Gain a strong business background in areas such as accounting, marketing, finance, organizational behavior, and strategic management.
• Join an engaged and connected online human resources college community.

Already have your bachelor’s degree? In just nine classes you could obtain a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM). This program prepares you to develop the systems, knowledge, and critical thinking skills to become a strategic partner in the operational management of any organization.

Additionally, Trident is pleased to offer Edcor affiliated employees benefits:
• up to a 26 percent tuition savings,
• waived application fees,
• no-cost open source references,
• deferred billing for 45 days past the course completion date.

For more information about all of our programs visit or contact Stephanie Carrillo, National Business Development Manager at or 888-252-7538.

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