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2017, January Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Higher Education in the Future Builds on Past Positive Trends

Each year as January rolls around it is natural to glance back at where we have been and gaze forward to where we are going. This year, as often happens, the past deserves more than a glance back. What has happened in higher education will continue to impact what is going to happen. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently asked education leaders to reflect on several questions. Their answers, in “The Past and Future of Higher Education,” are important to all students and business leaders and illustrate how closely business and education affect each other.

Change in the Past 50 Years

Both Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talked about access to education when they were asked: “What has been the most significant change, positive or negative, in the past 50 Years?”

Earl Lewis: “The greatest change has been the democratization of access. The number of postsecondary institutions nearly doubled between 1950 and 2010, going from roughly 1,800 to 4,500. There was a concomitant growth in enrollment numbers, going from roughly 2.3 million to 21 million.”

Freeman A. Hrabowski III: “The most positive change has been the inclusion of students from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Higher Education Act, in the mid-1960s, more families across the United States have been able to realize the value of higher education and its importance to their children’s future. Millions have been able to access higher education who might not have before.”

The benefits of this democratization of access and inclusion create a benefit for both adult students and their employers. The increase in the number of non-traditional students and availability of financial aid to help students with fewer resources are two concrete results of this change. As adults continue, or even begin, higher education they are part of a system that has become inclusive. Whatever the reasons for not pursuing or completing higher education at the “traditional” stage of life, nontraditional students now find themselves a large segment of the student population and will continue to be a big factor in higher education in the future.

Misconceptions about Education

Margaret Spellings, President of the University of North Carolina and former Secretary of Education, and Brian Rosenberg, President of Macalester College in Minnesota both looked to the future when they completed this statement: “The biggest misconception the public has about higher education is:"

Margaret Spellings: “That college is a four-year sabbatical from life that happens between the ages of 18 and 22. The fact is we are all lifelong learners, and helping people understand that landscape would go a long way in making our system function better.”

Brian Rosenberg: “That education is exclusively about providing a short-term economic benefit to the individual and the state. This is wrong on two levels: Economic benefits are not best measured in the short term, and the benefits of education far transcend any particular economic value.”

If businesses and their employees have had to face any truth about education related to their jobs, it’s that their education is a life-long process, as Spellings says. However, this life-long process yields long-term benefits. The Pew Research Center report Lifelong Learning and Technology shows that 73 percent of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.

• 63 percent of working adults pursued education in the past year to improve their job skills or knowledge related to career advancement.
• 74 percent of adults participated in some form of educational activity to learn about something that interests them personally.

Higher education broadly impacts individuals, businesses, and the US society as a whole. And it really is about more than the money, as Rosenberg stated. Higher education brings more stability with higher likelihood of having health insurance, a retirement plan, and greater job safety. Better health, the prospects of a stable marriage and higher rates of community engagement and volunteerism are all effects of higher education that benefit individuals and the broader society.

Optimism for the Future

In looking to the future Eduardo J. Padron, President of Miami Dade College, and Spellings see how business and education affect each other. This is how they answered: “What makes you optimistic about the next 50 years?”

Margaret Spellings: “In 1940, barely one out of 10 Americans had a high-school diploma and a whole lot of people thought there was no reason to get one. We raised our expectations, put our faith in the ambition and potential of our citizens, and built the best-educated and richest society the world has ever seen. There’s no reason in the world we can’t do that again.”

Eduardo J. Padron: “It is true that for far too long, corporate America has given a lot of lip service to education. More recently, however, because the tremendous shortfall of qualified employees has become so acute, employers now find it absolutely necessary to join forces with educational institutions.”

To compete in the global society, in the future, it is important to increase the number of individuals with higher education credentials. America is falling behind other global competitors in education levels and American businesses are facing skills gaps and worker shortages in coming years. Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 challenges America to, once again, lead the world in the percentage of population with higher education degrees and meaningful credentials. Achieving this goal and increasing the number of Americans with higher education will also mean that businesses have educated workers who can fill skills gaps and be productive with new technology. Increasing the numbers of educated workers will benefit individuals, businesses and society as a whole, and be a focus for higher education in the future.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Getting Published is Important for Career Advancement

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by American Public University System

Getting Published is Important for Career Advancement

By Doctor Robert Gordon We have all heard the old adage that more advertising results in more sales. It makes good sense to advertise your accomplishments to have people to notice you as an expert. Consider getting published as a means of self-advertising. Having your work published online – in a magazine article or a Read more

Five Things Middle Managers Can Do to Reach the Next Level

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Cal State Monterey Bay

Provided by California State University, Monterey Bay There’s no reason you should ever feel stuck in the middle. Below are some tips on how to advance from middle management into higher ranks. When you first start your career, moving up can seem simple. You keep your head down, you stay ambitious and hungry and, as Read more

Think You’re Too Old or Young for an MBA?

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by University of Kansas School of Business

Think You’re Too Old or Young for an MBA?

Provided by Kansas University School of Business Stereotypes are everywhere, and grad school is no exception. Some people (you?) might feel anxious about perceived social stigmas attached to going back to school. Will you feel out of place if your classmates are older than you? Will your peers be significantly younger than you and tech-savvy? Read more

Managing a Remote Workforce

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Strayer University

Managing a Remote Workforce

By Jack and Suzy Welch The trend of leveraging technology to work remotely is gaining steam and shows no sign of letting up. In the US, approximately one in five workers now work from home on a regular basis, and some estimates have this number increasing to 50 percent over the next decade. As a Read more

What is (or isn’t) an equal opportunity employer?

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Tulane University Law School

What is (or isn’t) an equal opportunity employer?

Provided by Tulane University Law School The phrase “equal opportunity employer” is often used in job descriptions or at the top of the careers section of a company’s website. But what does it mean? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not explicitly define the term, but this definition is based on EEOC guidelines for Read more

Higher-Order Cognitive Skills are in Demand – The Rise of the Forensic Accountant

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by University of Charleston West Virginia

Provided by University of Charleston West Virginia A recent trend in higher education is to address critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skill gaps within the business community. Employer feedback from companies hiring students fresh out of undergraduate school supports the existence of such gaps. Professional organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Read more



Global Cybersecurity: What is the Impact of Cyber Attacks Around the Globe?

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by George Washington University

Global Cybersecurity: What is the Impact of Cyber Attacks Around the Globe?

Provided by George Washington University With the rise in global crime, the need for sound investment in preventative measures continues to escalate and affect both developed and developing countries. According to Forbes, the global cybersecurity market reached $75 billion in 2015, and is estimated to grow at a rate of 9.8 percent annually from 2015 Read more

Brushing on a Coat of Success: University of LaVerne Partnership Brings Classroom to the Workplace

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by University of La Verne

Provided by La Verne University Nearly 100 team members from Behr Paint have pursued bachelor’s degrees in business management and business administration through the University of La Verne since 2006. And they did not have to leave their worksites to go to class. Instead, the university came to them, offering classes at the international paint Read more

Job Stress and Your Mental Health: How to Cope

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus There has been much scientific evidence linking stress to a host of medical problems, from heart issues to depression. Even with moderate levels of job anxiety, you may notice more headaches or difficulty sleeping. Job-related tension can bleed into other parts of our lives, increasing overall anxiety and unhappiness, Read more

Finding Metrics that Matter to Adult Students

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by UMUC

By Javier Miyares, President of University of Maryland University College Rankings and rating systems have forever changed the way we behave as consumers. We read Amazon reviews before ordering a kitchen blender. We check out Yelp before visiting a new restaurant. We consult Netflix before committing to a new television series. It’s only natural that Read more



Penn State Offers New Bachelor’s in Digital Multimedia Design

Penn State will offer art and photography studio classes online as part of the new bachelor of design in digital multimedia design.

Students will work together through open-source software to create projects and applications using the latest multimedia design tools and programming languages. The 120-credit interdisciplinary online degree is comprised of coursework in:

- computer graphics and digital art and design from the College of Arts and Architecture
- design and development for applications and websites from the College of IST
- photography and writing for the media from the College of Communications
- 30 credits: choice of courses in the arts, communications and information technology

In the capstone course, students will create self-directed projects and a digital portfolio designed to provide them with a way to demonstrate their creative thinking and technical capabilities.

“This is an exciting time to be a designer,” said Michael Collins, assistant professor of art and lead faculty member of the new degree program. “Employers recognize that design is fundamentally important for success and providing value to their customers. But design isn’t only valuable for companies. Students will apply design, technology, and communication skills to become agents of change for a wide range of critical issues.”

For more information about the bachelor’s in digital multimedia design and the tuition reduction available to Edcor client employees, visit the Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

New Year. New Classes. New Skills.

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SNHU Now Offers a BS in Computer Science

Computer science has become the program to jump into. Southern New Hampshire University’s new online BS in Computer Science prepares graduates for roles like applications and systems software developers that create the future of our technology.

“The program is primarily experiential and applied, not theoretical,” says Cheryl Frederick, associate dean of programs in undergraduate IT and computer science. “Students will work on real-world problems. Students will leverage technology to support all aspects of the software development life cycle using design and testing.”

The field can be rewarding, but it’s also rigorous. These characteristics make a stellar computer scientist:

• Ready to jump into computer programming and math, like calculus and applied linear algebra
• A logical thinker
• Detail-oriented
• A critical thinker with strong problem-solving skills
• An excellent communicator and collaborator

“Computer scientists will learn multiple programming languages over the course of their career and be comfortable working in many different domains and industries,” Frederick said. “A computer scientist would be capable of learning a new programming language quickly and learning how to write code for a new environment.”

Southern New Hampshire University has more than 200, fully-accredited offerings to consider. Visit to learn more.

University of Charleston Establishes “Learning Your Way”

The University of Charleston has establish a major partnership initiative branded as “Learning Your Way.” The initiative develops customized approaches to leadership development resulting in individual and organizational improvement. Students earn bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in organizational, strategic, and executive leadership as well as earn quality-related certifications (Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Cyber Security). Organizations benefit from the improved skills of their leaders and the improvements resulting from organizational projects that are integral to the coursework. The initiative began with Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia and now is being implemented with others including a major US Army Medical Center.

The University of Charleston is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. A private non-profit institution whose mission is to “education each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement” serves traditional and online, undergraduate and graduate students. For further information email

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