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2019, April Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Student Loan Repayment Assistance is Important to a Comprehensive TAP

Businesses face many workforce problems. Among them are stressed employees, problems recruiting workers, and challenges retaining qualified employees. A business that differentiates itself with a student loan repayment program is a business that is meeting these problems head on. Student loan debt isn’t the only cause of the personnel issues, but for many people there is a correlation.

Student loan debt in the United States reached $1.5 trillion in 2018. More than two-thirds of 2015 graduates had debt, averaging $35,000. Almost one in five adults has student debt, and the rate for millennials is one in three. In the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 2016 survey, HR managers said 66 percent of their employees worried about debt. Student loan debt isn’t just a personal problem; it can create a problem in the workplace.

Worry about student loan debt can have a negative impact on employee performance. “Financial stress can have a significant impact on the physical well-being of employees, causing memory lapses, increased adrenaline and cortisol for a persistent feeling of ‘fight-or-flight,’ elevated heart rate and blood pressure, and more. Chronic stress affects many systems of the body, including musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and even the reproductive systems, according to research from the American Psychological Association. This means that productivity takes a hit for those under student loan debt.”

A Student Loan Hero survey of more than a thousand people with student loan debt reported:

• Over 61 percent fear their student loan debt worries are spiraling out of control
• 71.5 percent reported headaches due to stress of student debt
• 64.5 percent experienced sleepless night because of debt
• 67 percent reported physical symptoms of anxiety such as muscle tension, upset stomach, rapid heartbeat and fatigue

No employees can perform their jobs when stress creates mental and physical havoc such as this. Student loan repayment assistance is a valuable benefit that will provide relief from conditions such as these that can interfere with work and quality of life. It will relieve a burden that many employees experience and build a more productive workforce for a business.

In addition to improving quality of life and job performance issues, businesses that offer student loan repayment benefits will find that this is a beneficial way to differentiate themselves from other companies. Currently only 4 percent of businesses offer this benefit, but industry consultants predict the number will increase to 20 percent in the near future.

Competition for talent is keen today. Attracting that talent requires that employers be innovative and adapt their tuition assistance policies. Student loan repayment assistance will make a business standout and draw-in qualified workers: 95 percent of people under age 30 would be more willing to take a job if it offered student loan repayment.

And after businesses recruit top talent the challenge is to retain them. Millennials are willing to change jobs for better opportunities. Tuition benefits that include student loan repayment assistance offer opportunities for workers to focus on other priorities. If employees are not weighed down by student debt they can focus on their career growth and be productive employees that contribute at the highest level. They can invest in other savings plans that help them create a stable financial future and plan for retirement.

Edcor has been assisting employers in making student loan debt repayment an integral part of their tuition assistance benefits for several years. As part of comprehensive tuition assistance plan it offers immediate benefits to employees and results in a positive return on investment for employers.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University Maybe you’re heading down to the cafeteria for a quick lunch, or heading out on a much needed vacation. One thing is likely—you’ll probably take your phone with you. Whether you’re surfing the web or posting food pics on social media, the threat of identity theft never really goes away. And Read more

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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University From 1990 to 2016, there was a 79 percent increase in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. This far outpaces overall U.S. job growth, according to the Pew Research Center, and further solidifies that the future is in STEM. It’s clear that opportunities within this growing field are immense. Read more

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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Feliciano School of Business

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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by USC Gould School of Law

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Transformational Leadership: How to Take Your Team to the Top

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Walden University

Provided by Walden University When done right, transformational leadership can be one of the most effective leadership styles. We’ve all had that boss. The one who’s constantly standing over our shoulder, telling us what to do, and rejecting anything that’s not their idea. Such bosses have adopted a type of leadership that alienates employees. If Read more



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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by American Public University System

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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Colorado Christian University

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Diversity Needed to Strengthen Today’s Supply Chains: Insight from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by MSU Broad College of Business

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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Purdue University Global

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Posted on April 8th, 2019 by USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

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201904 - SchoolNet

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Edcor School Network

American Public University is now offering Supply Chain Management degrees. Competition, technology, innovation, and regulation are converging to make the supply chain management process even more complex. So, this critical industry needs novice and rising leaders in sectors including retail, manufacturing, government, and transportation.

American Public University (APU) offers “stackable” online degree programs in supply chain management – an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts in Supply Chain Management – for those who wish to develop the knowledge and skills needed for this essential field. As a stackable degree, students can move seamlessly from the associate to the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels with no duplicated coursework.

At the associate level, students learn the concepts, functions, and language of the industry. The bachelor’s level delves into capacity planning, demand management, reverse logistics, transportation, and acquisitions. The master’s program focuses on major segments of the supply chain management industry from a global perspective.

For further information, visit

ECPI University is adding 12 new degree programs for students who want to study at an accelerated pace. Throughout March 2019, ECPI University unveiled new and exciting degree program offerings. Students can now earn degrees in fields such as leadership organization, digital forensics, and project management, among others.

These programs, some at the bachelor level and others at the graduate level, are offered in ECPI University's traditional accelerated course. Many of these programs are offered entirely online, allowing students who don't live near an ECPI University campus to still attend school. Many students are opting for the flexible learning online education allows, especially when it's coupled with an accelerated pace.

This accelerated pace means students could earn a bachelor's in as little as 2.5 years or a master's degree in 15 to 18 months. For working students, those with families, and those who want to attain their goals as quickly as possible, this is a tremendous opportunity to cut their class time significantly and focus on their studies.

For more information about these and other programs, please visit

Jacksonville University is offering a dual degree for people seeking both a Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. The dual degree, which can be taken 100 percent online, is designed to help professionals make data-driven decisions while providing effective leadership. Jacksonville University’s master’s degree programs are administered by the JU Davis College of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Learn more here.

Northcentral University is offering new specializations. NCU offers many career-relevant degree programs designed to help working professionals get the flexible education they deserve. As a part of our ongoing mission to meet the needs of our students, we are proud to offer twelve new Master of Public Administration specializations.

Starting in April, students will be able to focus their MPA education around the following areas of study:
• Computer and Information Security
• Criminal Justice
• Financial Management
• Health Care Administration
• Homeland Security
• Human Resources Management
• Management
• Management of Engineering and Technology
• Management Information Systems
• Nonprofit Management
• Project Management
• Strategic Management

These specializations allow students to align their education with their career goals and personal interests. Students will gain both academic and real-world knowledge, along with valuable insight that can be taken from the classroom to the workplace. Like most programs at NCU, students can earn their degree entirely online. This makes it a bit easier for working professionals to fit higher education into their busy schedules. Those interested in exploring our degree and certificate programs can visit to learn more.

Disclaimer: For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important information, please visit our website at

Touro University Worldwide’s (TUW) new Master of Science in Human Services and Doctorate of Management has been granted final approval by the university’s accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASC).

Master of Science in Human Services
There is an increased need for leaders in the Human Service sector. The 100 percent online Master of Science in Human Services is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to excel in careers in the large and growing areas of Human Services, in all types of nonprofit, private, public, government and military organizations.

Doctorate of Management
The Touro University Worldwide Doctor of Management (D.M.) is especially designed to serve the needs of working senior executives and top management with advanced theoretical analysis and research and applications skills necessary to perform their jobs. They will also learn to understand and assess research reports in their areas and their work. Students in the program will learn to apply the Scholar-Practitioner Model to real-world research and take an evidence-based approach to problem-solving in managerial settings.

Contact TUW today to learn more.

Trident University International is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Trident University International is a 100 percent online university offering regionally accredited associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs.

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

Trident University International invites you to take your career to the next level with a doctoral degree. Trident doctoral programs include:
• Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
• Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D. BA)
• Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D. EL)
• Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D. EL)
• Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Ph.D. HS)

For more information about these and other programs visit, or contact Stephanie Carrillo, National Business Development Manager at Stephanie.Carrillo@Trident.Edu or (888)-252-7538.

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