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2016, 1st Quarter Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Education has Multiple Valuable Purposes

Questions surrounding higher education are often about its purpose. Is it for a student to acquire a breadth of knowledge and develop higher order thinking skills, or is it to acquire depth of information and develop professional skills? Is the purpose enlightenment or job training? As fast as the world is changing today, and with the demands that are placed on workers, businesses and higher education institutions the purpose can’t be “either-or.” It has to be “both-and.”

Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center of Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hobeken N.J. says that the purpose of education is to “prepare young people for life, work and citizenship. Knowledge of the natural and engineered environments and how people live in the world is critical to all three purposes of education. Critical thinking, creativity, interpersonal skills and a sense of social responsibility all influence success in life, work and citizenship.”

With non-traditional students being a large part of the post-secondary population of students, this wide purpose encompasses more than just young people. American workers at all levels of employment are experiencing the need to continue their education for many reasons. New technologies demand that workers have new skills. New problems demand that engineers innovate and create new solutions. Global markets demand that diverse perspectives such as gender, ethnic, and age differences are considered in services and product development.

The need for education that serves many purposes has spurred development of an innovative higher education environment. At the recent SXSWedu conference innovation was a major theme. Bridget Burns, executive director for the University Innovation Alliance, talked about the need to improve completion rates, and how this is addressed by UIA. The alliance, a coalition of 11 public research universities, focuses on sharing best practices, such as predictive analytics and counseling, to ensure that students are successful in their education endeavors.

Another innovation that addresses multiple purposes for higher educates is credentialing. Credentialing is diverse with students earning degrees, certificates, badges, micro-credentials and licenses that address the multiple purposes and forms of higher education. Ted Mitchell, undersecretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education says this is about new environments for learning. While talking about certifying learning with different measures he used the example of micro-credentials. “Let’s look at micro-credentialing as a way of building up skills for students of all ages – of building them up in such a way that they get credit for the work that they’ve done, what they’ve mastered, while at the same time they’re building a stack of certificates and micro-credentials that then would enable them to move into the labor market, to move on to further high education.” He says this innovation would change students’ lives and our nation forever.

The “both-and” purpose for education is reflected by James Pennebaker, psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Mastering material in a specific subject and developing the skills to think and work through problems are equally important. Changing their thinking allows students to carry skills over to other subjects. “If individuals take a class and do well, they should do better in their next courses,” he says. If they take my class, I hope they do better in futures classes, and I don’t care if they have anything to do with psychology.”

Embracing the “both-and” purpose for higher education is a good way for businesses to realize the greatest return on their tuition assistance programs. Businesses need to have employees with skills to implement current technology and practices, along with employees who have “soft” communication and organization skills. Encouraging education that helps employees develop critical thinking skills along-side education that develops technical and professional skills creates a workforce that has multiple skills to innovate and problem solve.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO


Articles of Interest

Build Your Own Degree with an IDS Program

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Saint Joseph's College

Build Your Own Degree with an IDS Program

By Liza Darvin Millennial marketing trends show that personalized and customizable products are on the rise, and education, as a commodity, is no less affected by these consumer preferences. As a result, more colleges and universities are starting to offer degrees in interdisciplinary studies (IDS), which allow students to combine minors across disciplines and create Read more

Knowing the Difference: Competency Based vs. Accelerated

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Indiana Wesleyan University

Provided by IWU Adult & Graduate Programs We see it often, reports that a new state or region is becoming more accepting of competency based education (CBE). And there are the reports about accelerated learning programs and their compatibility with adult students. But what’s the difference? There are many terms exclusive to higher education and Read more

Online MBA Requirements: What to Know Before You Apply

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by American Intercontinental University

Provided by American InterContinental University If you’re considering going back to school for your MBA degree, it can be stressful trying to navigate the various admissions requirements of different programs. Will you have to take the GRE and submit letters of recommendation? Does it matter how old your undergraduate transcripts are? Do you need to Read more

Paying for School: Understanding the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by American Military University

Paying for School: Understanding the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill

By Ryan Laspina While the military offers their servicemen and service women many excellent financial aid benefits, the complexity of all these benefits can make life confusing, especially for first time students. There are two types of GI Bills, the most popular military benefit. There are two types of GI Bills – the Montgomery GI Read more

Taking the ***groan!*** out of Group Work in Graduate School

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by New England College of Business

By Dr. Carla Patalano, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Professor and Program Chair, Master of Business Administration and Master of Human Resource Management Group projects are pervasive in many graduate business programs, so regardless of the specific degree pursued, it’s likely students will be required to participate in group-led projects. When searching for a graduate program, prospective students Read more

“The onus was on me”

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Robert Morris University

Provided by Robert Morris University Nick Davis is no stranger to hard work. No sooner did he graduate from high school that he landed a job with Pepsi, delivering and placing product. The hours were pretty rough, but the pay was good. “It was physical – a lot of lifting – and for a 19-year Read more

What’s your purpose?

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by CSU College of Business

What’s your purpose?

By Bob Taber “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” That’s the essence of Simon Sinek’s New York Times bestseller, Start with Why (watch his TED Talk). Today, brands (and people too, for that matter) seek purpose – values, ideals, causes, or beliefs that are inspiring, bigger than all of Read more

How to Find the Right Online Degree Program

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by University Alliance

Provided by University Alliance Advanced education is quickly becoming a necessity for many jobs. As a busy professional, an online degree program may be a more convenient option than an on-campus study. However, finding the right online degree program is also an important step to career advancement because it can be beneficial to have the Read more

Sustainable Jobs in a Growing Economy: Education is Key

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by University of La Verne

Sustainable Jobs in a Growing Economy: Education is Key

Provided by University of LaVerne There are positive signs of economic recovery in California. Although the rebound may not be as robust as jobseekers might hope for, an encouraging sign of potentially sustainable growth in specific job markets points to the state’s economy heading in the right direction. For example, there is a definite upswing Read more

How to Break Bad News to Your Boss

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Jack Welch Management Institute

How to Break Bad News to Your Boss

By Jack and Suzy Welch Sometimes at work – and actually, more times than you’d ever want – something goes wrong or gets screwed up. A project goes awry; an important client decides to go elsewhere; a new product just doesn’t catch fire the way everyone expected. Business is filled with crises and failures, large Read more

Four Benefits of Attending Online Nursing Programs

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Edcor School Network

By Michael Perez Before the proliferation of online education, nursing programs were available only in a traditional classroom setting. Since then, online curriculums have become a mainstay, offering a variety of benefits for the modern nurse. Not only is it much more convenient for students to learn online, the flexibility is a tremendous benefit for Read more


Industry News

UMUC Cyber Program Earns Prestigious Department of Defense Designation

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by UMUC

Provided by University of Maryland University College University of Maryland University College was recently designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, known as DC3—the first institution in the University System of Maryland to earn this prestigious designation. “I know I speak on behalf Read more

Is the MSOL the MBA of the Future?

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Northcentral University

Provided by Northcentral University When the Industrial Revolution dawned in 19th Century America, it came with a host of challenges that had not been faced before. Massive work forces needed specialized training to produce innovative new inventions, with added layers of authority and responsibility previously required only by the military. With this explosion in productivity, Read more

Prepare for Health Care – The Rapidly Changing Industry

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Kaplan University

Prepare for Health Care – The Rapidly Changing Industry

Provided by Kaplan University An aging population, longer life expectancies, advances in medical science, information technology and greater availability of health insurance are expected to create increase demand for health care services. With medical science and technology advancing so quickly, staying ahead of the changes is vital to career success. While innovations in medical science Read more

2015 Health IT Industry Survey Findings

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by USF Heatlh Morsani College of Medicine

2015 Health IT Industry Survey Findings

Provided by University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine The results are in and health informatics professionals have plenty to be pleased about. The field’s employment rate is skyrocketing and shows no signs of slowing for at least the next decade, according to survey data compiled by Bisk Education and USF Health’s Morsani College Read more

A Modernized MBA to Better Serve

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Southern New Hampshire University

A Modernized MBA to Better Serve

Provided by Southern New Hampshire University Today’s business environment often requires professionals to rapidly adapt to change, strategically assess resource constraints, and provide solutions to complex problems. A good Master’s in Business Administration program, or MBA, strengthens and reinforces these abilities. However, with an ever increasing need for strong teamwork, effective communications and flexible leadership, Read more

16 Careers in Health Care Planning and Management

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Milken Institute School of Public Health at GWU

16 Careers in Health Care Planning and Management

Provided by MHA@GW Staff at the Milken Institute School of Public Health from GW The increasingly complex U.S. health care system, now more than ever, is rife with opportunities for individuals who are committed to facilitating better health outcomes for all. Health care management and planning professionals in particular must be well versed in how Read more

New Certificate Programs Reflect Societal Changes

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Webster University

New Certificate Programs Reflect Societal Changes

Provided by Webster University “Webster understands the life-long learner,” said Vice Provost Nancy Hellerud, who oversees academic affairs at Webster University. “Certificate students are those who are curious about ‘what’s next’ in their field, desire to refresh and upgrade their skills, want to take on a new challenge or role in their career, and are Read more

Nurses Will Drive the Next Leap Forward in Patient Care

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University The American health care system is experiencing unprecedented upheaval and nursing professionals stand poised to lead its future. As demographics change and the population grows older, nursing shortages dominate the conversation. But another emerging trend is also important for nurses to understand and keep in mind as they plan their Read more

Penn State and Dreamit Partner to Launch New EdTech Accelerator

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by Penn State World Campus

Penn State and Dreamit Partner to Launch New EdTech Accelerator

Provided by Penn State World Campus Penn State is partnering with Dreamit — named one of the top 10 accelerators in the world by Forbes — to create an accelerator focused on driving forward educational technology and online learning. Launching in March 2016, Dreamit EdTech will assist start-ups seeking to solve challenges faced by educators Read more

The Role of Online Doctoral Programs

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by American College of Education

The Role of Online Doctoral Programs

By Crystal Neumann, Ph.D. Chair, Doctoral and Specialist Programs American College of Education There is no single path to leadership, but there are many ways to arrive. Many of the most influential leaders take twists and turns throughout their careers before finding their niche. I can certainly identify. Though I began a successful career in Read more

What Can I Do With a Degree in Sports & Health Sciences?

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by American Public University System

What Can I Do With a Degree in Sports & Health Sciences?

By Amy Ashmore, PhD Faculty Member, American Public University System As a sports and health sciences faculty member and lifelong industry professional, one of the most common questions I am asked by my students is, “What can I do with a degree in sports and health sciences?” While there are no guarantees a degree can Read more


School Network Updates


What does it mean to be a University Ambassador? The ambassador exemplifies qualities of leadership, scholarship, and commitment to our mission. From sharing unique stories and perspectives with potential students, to interacting with our nationwide community of learners at networking events, our ambassadors are eager to share their educational experiences.


Most common bachelor’s degree programs take students four years or more to complete. But if you’re a student pursuing a degree as a means to transition into a new field or drive your career forward, waiting four years to earn a diploma can feel too far off. With advances in online education technology today, you have options – many of which let you earn your degree in less time and on your terms.

View our Online Bachelor's Degree Guide to learn more.

For more information call: 866.897.1560 or visit
2016 Start Dates are April 3, May 15, July 3, August 14, October 2 and November 13. Courses eligible are subject to change.


Michigan State University’s 100 percent online Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership has received the 2016 Leadership Excellence Award with emphasis on leadership/organizational development. The award from recognizes achievements from top leadership practitioners and university programs. The two-year-old program is also ranked as a 2016 Best Online Graduate Business Program by U.S. News & World Report. It is designed for working professionals to develop strategies for motivating employees, mobilizing teams, making strategic decisions and implementing long-term plans.


In 2016, the Supply Chain Management program at Michigan State University is once again the top-ranked supply chain program in the country. Offered through the Eli Broad College of Business, MSU’s SCM program holds the #1 position by U.S. News & World Report, SCM World and SCM Journal List. Strongly noted is the University’s ability to prime students to be highly-coveted in the marketplace. “We are the top supplier of supply chain talent, which proves that our research-based curriculum approach continues to deliver on what the market demands,” said David Closs, PhD, John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of Business Administration and chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management at MSU.


Penn State is offering a new degree online aimed at preparing students to solve problems of human health and illness by understanding health science.

The 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health will help prepare students to work in health- and science-related fields. Applications are being accepted for admission in Penn State’s fall 2016 semester, which starts in August. Students in the program can take classes in biobehavioral health, biology, physiology, genetics, nutrition, statistics and more, with the goal of studying how complex factors interact and influence health. The program can also prepare graduates for advanced study in natural and social science disciplines, such as epidemiology, public health, environmental health and safety, and human services.

For more information about the biobehavioral health program, visit Penn State World Campus.


Saint Francis University’s online Master of Human Resource Management now has more a condensed curriculum plan, allowing you to finish your studies more quickly. The program is now just 30 credits (down from 33), helping students to earn their degree in less time and comparatively save more than $2,500 on tuition costs. The SHRM-approved online MHRM degree enables current HR professionals to advance into management roles and provides practical knowledge in the areas of staffing, compensation, regulatory compliance, and employee development. Edcor clients and family members are eligible for a 10% tuition pricing reduction* on this program. To learn more, visit our website.

*Offer subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.


Strayer University Introduces Graduation Fund
For every three undergraduate courses you complete, we’ll cover the cost of one future course: Up to 25% of the cost of your bachelor’s degree.
NO APPLICATION There’s nothing to sign or fill out. You’re automatically enrolled, even if you’re transferring credits.
NO COMPETITION Every new undergraduate student in eligible programs starts a fund. There are no limits to how many students benefit.
NO GPA REQUIREMENTS Successfully complete ANY eligible course towards your degree to build your fund, and ANY future course to be taken at the end of your degree program can be covered.
NO EXPIRATIONS Your fund keeps growing as long as you’re enrolled and working towards earning your bachelor’s degree.


Trident University International is proud to announce that it has been selected as part of the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” rankings by Military Times. In its sixth year, the rankings factor in the results of the publication’s annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Trident was ranked #19 on the online & nontraditional schools list. This was driven by the university’s commitment to supporting student success, especially that of the Veteran population.

To learn more about this and other programs, contact the Outreach and Partnerships Department at Trident is pleased to offer Edcor affiliated employees and their families up to a 26 percent tuition savings.


Spots are filling up for the University of Southern California’s Online MBA Fall 2016 cohorts. If you missed the first review round submission deadline, there are still two more opportunities to submit your application: May 2 and June 6, the final submission deadline. Given that class sizes are limited, it is recommended that applicants submit their completed applications as soon as possible.

The Online MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business is taught in a small cohort format that helps students feel connected, even at a distance. There is also a one-time, one-week on-campus session in Los Angeles at the beginning of the program, facilitating face-to-face interaction and relationship-building between students, peers, and faculty. To request more information about the Online MBA and learn more about the reduced tuition pricing available to you, click here.


Villanova University introduces new Master Certificate programs in Agile Management, 100 percent online. Agile is the emerging process improvement approach that's enabling a growing number of organizations to see quicker wins and create higher quality deliverables – enhancements which can ultimately improve efficiency and bottom line results. Exceptionally collaborative and adaptive by design, Agile breaks projects into small, manageable pieces, allowing project teams to quickly identify and resolve any issues early on.

Led by highly credentialed experts, the new Master Certificates in Agile Management are the only comprehensive Agile programs offered 100 percent online by a top-tier university. They're also the only such programs that offer students the opportunity to stand apart by earning the exclusive Professional Certification in Agile & Scrum (PCAS) credential from Villanova. In addition, the programs' curricula also aligns with multiple certifying bodies, including and PMI, enabling you to prepare for respected industry certifications with unmatched convenience. Don't wait any longer – bring the benefits of Agile to your organization and career with training from Villanova University!

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