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2017, February Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

The Time to Pursue Higher Education is Now

Technological advances, skills gaps and worker shortages all mean that this is an advantageous time to pursue higher education. Whether the goal is to enhance skills needed for work, gain a certificate or earn a degree, there is no better time to begin, continue or complete higher education.

Indeed, an online job search site, conducted a survey of over 1,000 HR managers and recruiters. The results show that businesses need and are having difficulty finding qualified workers, and that there are numerous opportunities for workers with the right higher education.

• 86 percent of HR managers and recruiters report that they find it challenging to find and hire technical talent.
• 75 percent of HR managers and recruiters think the time to fill job has increased in the past three years.
• 53 percent of HR managers and recruiters hired people who weren’t exactly qualified because they needed to fill a position immediately.
• 83 percent of HR managers and recruiters think not finding qualified hires has hurt their business from lost revenue or slower product development.
• 86 percent of HR managers say they find it challenging to find and hire technical talent, and 36 percent say they find it “very” challenging.

Employers and employees have the opportunity to solve these challenges together. Employed adults can plan their course of study around their specific industry and update their skills to meet needs that advanced technology creates. Doing this will help working adults improve their job security and “future-proof” their careers.

Future-ready or future-proof careers have many job openings and job openings will likely increase in the future. These careers are in fields such as business, education and healthcare, and pay competitive salaries in multiple markets. For example, careers that involve technology and data science cover many industries, are in demand and will continue to be in demand, according to Glassdoor. Since the 1900s then number of undergraduates in statistics has increased by more than 300 percent but may still fall sort of the labor market demand. In just one year, from 2013 to 2014, the number of bachelor’s in statistics increased by 17 percent. This was the 15th year in a row that the number of statistics graduates increased but businesses will need even more to meet job demands, according to the American Statistical Association.

Higher education institutions are responding to business needs for educated workers and the needs of students who pursue higher education. For many years, the focus has been on ensuring equity in access to higher education. It is still important to do this. Access to higher education means that workers have the opportunity to develop their skills and be part of growing changing businesses. But access isn’t enough to ensure this. Schools must retain their students and help them attain the education that is important to individuals and businesses.

“University Business Outlook 2017” shows that in 2017 higher education institutions will focus on raising retention and graduation rates to achieve completion. Sixty-one percent of colleges and universities say they will focus more on data to track students, and 55 percent say they will cross department lines to improve student success. Using data to predict patterns of success or failure can help students stay on an education path to achieve their goals. Adult students often have credits from previous enrollments, and problems transferring these credits may set back students on their path to completion. Because of this, 52 percent of high education institutions say they will create new articulation agreements that make it easier for students to transfer in or out of a school as they pursue higher education.

Decreasing enrollments in recent years may be a contributing factor to worker shortages and skills gaps. To combat this, schools will focus on increasing enrollment, according to University Business. Through their efforts, 82 percent of schools expect traditional enrollment and 68 percent expect nontraditional enrollment to go up. For adults in the workforce who have been undecided about whether or not to pursue higher education, the reality is that there is no better time than the present. Their higher education pursuit will pay off in job stability, improve the businesses they work for, and be supported by education institutions. Support for student success is a high priority for schools, and growing stronger. For 2017, 88 percent of campus officials say student success is one of their four highest priorities, compare to 84 percent who said that for 2016.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



What is the Dark Web?

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by George Washington University

What is the Dark Web?

Provided by George Washington University For those who are tech- and Internet-savvy, the “Dark Web” is a term that they’re likely to be familiar with. However, for those who go online to perform routine tasks such as browsing, checking email and logging on to social media, this particular section of the Internet may be an Read more

What Does it Take to Work for a Booming International Businesses?

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by University of Kansas School of Business

Provided by University of Kansas, School of Business Your desk job might not be giving you room to grow in your career. Maybe sitting in a cubicle punching numbers is putting you to sleep, but you have a passion for business. You get excited when people discuss innovative ideas and creative solutions. Moving up the Read more

Online Security for Online Students: 10 Tips to Protect Your Personal Information

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus As an online student, protecting your personal information against identity theft is important. Follow these ten tips from the Penn State World Campus HelpDesk to safeguard your personal information: 1. If you’ve used your school password as your personal password for email, online shopping, online financial activities, or other Read more

Five Areas Where the Financial Services Industry Needs to See Innovation in 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by University of Phoenix

Five Areas Where the Financial Services Industry Needs to See Innovation in 2017

By Ruth Veloria University of Phoenix® School of Business recently held its annual Financial Services Advisory Board meeting, uniting leaders across the industry to discuss industry trends, as well as areas for growth and training. Among the primary takeaways was that professional fluency in technology, risk management and data are fast becoming indispensable—and businesses within Read more

The Rising Cost of Not Returning to College

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by University of Charleston West Virginia

The Rising Cost of Not Returning to College

Provided by University of Charleston West Virginia Most people reading this article have some college experience. Many who are considering returning to school understand that achieving a balance between work, the demands of family, and continuing their education, can be a delicate endeavor. Misunderstandings about the required investment of time, money, and effort, along with Read more

The Pros of Getting an MBA for Prospective Students

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by William and Mary Mason School of Business

The Pros of Getting an MBA for Prospective Students

Provided by William & Mary, Raymond A. Mason School of Business An MBA is often referred to as a terminal degree, or the highest educational level one can reach in any particular field. Generally, people go back to school to get their MBA for one of two reasons: they are looking to earn more money Read more



APUS Neighborhood Resource Impacts Veterans

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by American Public University System

APUS Neighborhood Resource Impacts Veterans

By Craig Gilman In April 2016, American Public University System opened the doors to its on-campus Veterans Center in Charles Town, WV, under the direction of George Vukovich, USMC GySgt (retired). During its first year, the Veterans Center has made an impact, and 2017 promises more of the same. In addition to becoming the university Read more

The Swiss Education Model and CSU-Global

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by CSU Global Campus

Provided by Colorado State University–Global Campus There is a pipeline problem in Colorado. Not the kind that sends natural resources to industry, and contributes to our competitiveness as a state. We’re talking about the talent pipeline, which is vitally important to our success. Many different groups have addressed this issue, from the Colorado Legislature to Read more

Health Sciences Degrees are in Demand

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Excelsior College

Provided by Excelsior College Why pursue a degree in the health sciences? Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 445,000 jobs were added within various sectors of the healthcare industry – 33,000 in September alone. A strong job market in the health care industry provides the promise of potential Read more

What can you do with an MPA?

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Kent State University

What can you do with an MPA?

Provided by Kent State University A Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree helps prepare administrative professionals for advanced positions within the public sector, government and nonprofit organizations. Explore the infographic below to learn how an MPA can help pave the way to more senior job opportunities. The online Master of Public Administration program at Kent Read more

Registered Health Information Administrators are in Demand

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Saint Joseph's College

Provided by Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Individuals with the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential are in high demand in New England and other parts of the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for health information technicians is projected to grow by 15 percent by 2024 to nearly 190,000 positions. Read more



Recently, American InterContinential University’s online programs were recognized by the prestigious U.S. News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2016.

Of the 300 programs evaluated, AIU’s online bachelor’s degree programs ranked at No. 30, placing in the top 10 percent among options for students enrolling in distance education programs to earn their degrees. AIU was also recognized for top MBA and MEd programs, as well as its distance education options for active-duty troops and veterans.

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Brandman University introduces an innovative format for employees who are seeking to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. You can earn your degree via an online format that enables you to move at your own pace and login on your own time.

In addition, Brandman University offers Edcor clients a scholarship that would cover your entire first payment, worth approximately six months of study.

To be eligible, you must apply and begin your program by May 31st, 2017. For more info. and to connect with a Brandman University representative please click here.

Colorado State University-Global Campus is proud to announce the launch of our Student Assistance Program beginning January 1, 2017. The program will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week through the university student portal and mobile app.

CSU-Global understands that nontraditional students face different challenges. Juggling school, family, finances, and health can be overwhelming. The Student Assistance Program will provide students access to immediate, free, and confidential resources and live support that go beyond the classroom.

The Student Assistance Program houses a range of support, from live assistance and online counseling to articles, skill-building activities, planning tools, seminars, and more.

Support services include:
• Mental health
• Work-life balance
• Career development
• Financial and legal assistance
• Health and wellness
• Family life and parenting
• Relationships
• Adoption
• Grief and loss
• Localized search results for locating doctors, pharmacies, child care, financial planning, etc.

For more information, current students should contact their student adviser, or see the Student Portal for details.

Ocean County College (OCC) has been recognized nationwide! Gallup has approached the College and indicated its desire to profile OCC as a “thriving institution” in one of its current research projects.

Additionally, OCC’s e-Learning Department is forging 3+1 model partnerships with Thomas Edison State University, Colorado State University Global Campus, and Northeastern University.

Elsewhere, Kaiser Permanente, a major health insurance provider in the U.S., through its Ben Hudnal Memorial Trust, has selected OCC to serve as its first community college preferred provider of online science education to Kaiser Permanente employees. This opportunity came to OCC through its e-Learning team’s work in online science education and through OCC’s nationwide reputation as a leader in online science education delivery. The e-Learning team is now implementing a concierge-style pathway for all Kaiser Permanente students.

For information on Ocean County College Online, visit or call 1-866-660-2108.

Penn State is looking to help address the rising demand for public health workers with a new online graduate certificate in public health. The 15-credit certificate focuses on biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences to train professionals to develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Courses will be taught by faculty from the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Penn State College of Medicine.

The certificate comes as the demand for formally trained public health workers is expected to grow over the next decade. According to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 38 percent of public health government employees plan to leave their jobs by 2020. Furthermore, only 17 percent of the public health workforce has a degree in the field, which underscores the need for professionals who have the training to address the complex issues the country and world are facing.

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Public Health and the tuition reduction available to Edcor client employees, visit the Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Morris Graduate School of Management, a division of Robert Morris University Illinois, will begin offering a Master of Science in Human Performance to meet the demand for specialized wellness professionals with advanced degrees. The program is built for those interested in the design and delivery of performance testing and enhancement programs for both individual and team performance such as health and fitness professionals, athletic coaches and trainers, physical education teachers and nutrition specialists. This clinical graduate level degree is delivered through experience-based learning by combining classroom theory, lab and internship opportunities.

This degree provides the foundation, advanced knowledge and skills to function as an effective clinician in a variety of sport, fitness and recreation settings. The Human Performance degree incorporates components such as sport nutrition, exercise and sport psychology, exercise physiology, motor behavior, biomechanics, and strength & conditioning, which are viable to a wide variety of clinical populations.

For more information about the Master of Science in Human Performance and the tuition reduction available to Edcor client employees, please visit Robert Morris University’s corporate partner website or call Carlos Vale, Director of Corporate & Industry Advancement, at 312-935-4855.

The second month of the new year is beginning, and you still have plenty of time to get your training goals on target with SLU's Workforce Center! Whether you want to sharpen your professional skills, advance your career with a certification or become well-versed in Project Management, St. Louis University has you covered. All classes are offered live at SLU and live online - Virtual and have Day (9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. CST) and Night (5:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. CST) options available. Check out some of our most in-demand courses:

Project Management Courses starting in February
Project Management Essentials
Starts 2/21 for 6 Nights
Project Management Professional (PMP)® Review/Test Prep
Starts 2/27 for 5 Days
Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Review/Test Prep
Starts 2/28 for 8 Nights

Popular Certification Courses starting in February
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)® and Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA)® Review/Test Prep
Starts 2/20 for 3 Days
CompTIA Network+ Review/Test Prep
Starts 2/20 for 5 Days
All EDCOR clients receive a 15% discount on certifications and courses with coupon code: EDCOR

Touro University Worldwide (TUW) now offers a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

The Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to resolve organizational conflicts that may have a significant impact on the organization morale, budget and ultimately success. Coursework focuses on real-world skills, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and facilitation, along with other foundations of dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management is designed for future and experienced HR professionals, to start their career building upon their existing knowledge to prepare them for advancement in the profession. Coursework covers relevant topics including ethics, training and development, management culture, compliance and organizational strategy. The curriculum offers an emphasis on real-world learning and skills that are immediately applicable.

Both programs are taught by instructors who bring years of industry experience to the classroom. Upon graduation students will possess the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to successfully start or advance in their carrier.

Edcor Members and their Families get a Tuition Discount of 20% to 40%. Visit us at Edcor Discount Page for more information.

Trident University International's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program prepares students for a variety of roles in administration, leadership, and other areas. This 100 percent online program offers flexible coursework allowing working adults to complete their degree, while balancing work and family commitments. Additionally, Trident is pleased to provide Edcor members up to a 26 percent tuition savings, waived application fees, and no-cost online books.

For more information concerning this and other programs please visit, or contact James Shiver at

The University of Charleston School of Business and Leadership has created an exciting, new interdisciplinary “Criminal Justice/First Responder” concentration as part of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree program. The concentration focuses on developing effective leaders and building leadership communities committed to facilitating positive change in the public safety and first responder communities they serve.

The program offers addresses the real, contemporary challenges all first responders encounter as participants, leaders, and decision makers. Students are introduced to a collaborative learning experience in the context of the roles of first responders in society. They acquire a "best practice" knowledge foundational base that pertains to critical leadership areas of criminal justice and first responders.

The curriculum places an emphasis on specific critical content areas of emergency planning and management, ethical responsibility, diversity awareness and effective communication skills .
The program also incorporates the standardized application and function of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the correlation in using the Incident Command System (ICS) for effective and efficient coordination of multi-discipline emergency response.

To learn more about this and other programs email or contact the concentration coordinator or the Program Director at

Western Governors University (WGU) is offering an added incentive for busy adults making resolutions to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the new year: $500,000 in scholarships. Online, nonprofit WGU is now accepting applications for the New Kind of You Scholarship at

Students who apply to WGU by March 31, 2017, are eligible to apply for the New Kind of You Scholarship, which provides up to $2,000 per student for up to 250 students. You can learn more about WGU’s New Kind of You Scholarship at and by following @WGU on social media.

The New Kind of You Scholarship will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU’s already low tuition of about $3,000 per term for most programs. Students enrolling in any of WGU’s 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2017. Read more.

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