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2017, March Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

TAP: The Solution for Access, Affordability and Attainment

Access, affordability and attainment are recurring topics in higher education these days. These issues are closely linked and each affects the other. Each of them also impacts the United States businesses and economy. Businesses have an effective tool to make the link between access, affordability and attainment a positive impact on their workforce.

Access to education is often directly related to affordability; financial concerns are something businesses can address with tuition assistance programs that help employees pay for higher education. A TAP program makes higher education affordable and helps students attain the necessary skills and degrees that both employees and employers need.

“Older students are particularly relevant when considering college graduation and labor supply,” says Jeffrey T. Denning author of Upjohn Institute report Born Under a Lucky Star: Financial Aid, College Completion, Labor Supply, and Credit Constraints.

Non-traditional students are very close to, or already part of, the workforce. Many have achieved some college credit and could use tuition assistance to access higher education and ultimately attain their degree. “These students have accumulated substantial college credit, but many do not graduate in a timely manner. In fact, only 44 percent graduate in the year they turn 24. Some never graduate, and 17.3 percent have not received a bachelor’s degree after 4 years. These students are at the margin of graduation, and additional financial aid may enable them to accelerate their progress toward a degree or help them complete a degree when they otherwise would not.”

Tuition assistance can provide the financial support that working adults need. With it, they can enroll continually and develop momentum toward completion without depending on the need to qualify for financial aid programs, loans or grants.

Making tuition assistance available to all employees is a best practice for creating a strong workforce and economy. Education is the most effective force for creating an upwardly mobile population of consumers who actively participate in the economy and are engaged socially and civically, as part of the community.

The US will be a majority-minority nation in three generations, according to “A Blueprint for Higher Education Equity” Young Invincibles report. Ensuring that employees from all ethnic or economic groups have access to higher education and tuition assistance is beneficial for businesses as well as individuals. For the US to remain globally strong, all citizens need access to education and the support to complete degrees. Christopher Nellum, policy director for Young Invincibles, says that we need solutions and interventions that close the opportunity gaps and help create stability.

Tuition assistance is a solution that can help achieve equal access to higher education and affordability for men and women in the workforce. With improved access and the support of tuition assistance, more non-traditional students and American workers can achieve attainment, resulting in personal growth and economic stability.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Stackable Credentials: The Next Phase of Workforce Development

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by CSU Global Campus

Stackable Credentials: The Next Phase of Workforce Development

Provided by Colorado State University – Global Campus Although employers often have different opinions on workforce issues, research shows that they agree on one thing: the importance of an educated workforce. The question, however, is the definition of the word educated. In previous generations, formal education often halted when an individual found employment, with subsequent Read more

Three Ways to Take Charge of Your Career

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University The state of the job market and increased competition among applicants can make finding a career you love feel daunting. Fearing the unknown is natural, especially when it comes to a potential change in career, but don’t let that hold you back from taking charge of your future. Whether you’re unhappy Read more

Online Degree Programs May Offer Greater Flexibility and Lower Cost

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Northcentral University

Online Degree Programs May Offer Greater Flexibility and Lower Cost

Provided by Northcentral University According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students taking at least one distance based/online course doubled from 15.6 percent in 2003/2004 to 32 percent in 2011/2012. The growth of online learning shouldn’t come as a surprise. Today, people do many things online, so earning a higher degree Read more

Virtual Internships Offer Innovative Opportunities for Employers

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Penn State World Campus

Provided by Penn State World Campus The growing trend towards virtual internships offers employers an innovative way to diversify their talent recruitment strategies. Many companies see the value in re-thinking their approach to investing heavily in traditional, in-person summer internship programs and are opting, instead, to recruit both online and traditional students to complete virtual Read more

Cyber Warrior: Next Generation

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by University of Charleston West Virginia

Provided by University of Charleston West Virginia Cyber Roles People are surprised to hear that you don’t need a background in cyber to move into the field. Rather, a willingness to train and continually retool oneself is necessary to keep up with the black hat hackers. Independent of your role in security, whether it be Read more

How to Cope With Compassion Fatigue When Counseling Trauma Victims

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Walden University

How to Cope With Compassion Fatigue When Counseling Trauma Victims

Provided by Walden University Taking care of your own emotional needs is important when helping others with theirs. A traumatic event doesn’t touch only its immediate victims—it can expand outward and impact care workers, too. Those who help others with the aftereffects of trauma can themselves experience emotional issues, such as compassion fatigue. Social workers Read more



APUS Participates in 2017 Climate Leadership Summit

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by American Public University System

APUS Participates in 2017 Climate Leadership Summit

By Conrad Lotze, PhD I recently attended the 2017 Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, Ariz., where I was honored to represent American Public University System on behalf of our president, Dr. Karan Powell. I knew this was going to be a bit different from your ‘average’ conference when I saw that each day offered a Read more

Make It Work: Balancing Your Career and Online MBA Program

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Cal State Monterey Bay

Provided by California State University, Monterey Bay Mastering the art of balancing work and school takes patience, thoughtful planning and solid time management skills. Though being an MBA student may have its challenges, you can set the course for success by budgeting your time wisely. Click on the infographic below to peek at an example Read more

Ready to Transform Your Career in Nursing? Here’s Why to Earn Your DNP

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Grand Canyon University

Ready to Transform Your Career in Nursing? Here’s Why to Earn Your DNP

Provided by Grand Canyon University A key finding from the “Future of Nursing” two-year report released by The Institute of Medicine (IOM), in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, determined simply that “nurses need to be able to take on more responsible positions,” according to Nurse Journal. Fulfilling greater roles in nursing can help Read more

Leadership Development Starts with You

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Kaplan University

Provided by Kaplan University Strong and effective leadership is the foundation of business success. The champions at the top provide the vision, innovation, and strategy for the rest of the company. To become a successful leader, you need to equip yourself with essential skills such as decision-making, critical thinking, and the ability to manage others. Read more

Metropolitan State is Recognized for Inclusion and Equity Practices

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Metropolitan State University

Provided by Metropolitan State University Metropolitan State University has been awarded the Minnesota State system’s Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Best Practices in Equity and Inclusion Award for the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR). This is a very competitive process because of the legacy of quality work that has been carried out on issues of Read more



American Military University’s new CBE program provides a flexible, personalized degree path. As an experienced working adult, your college education should be about more than the time you spend in class. Ideally, it builds on what you’ve learned in your career and lets you demonstrate how your knowledge and skills translate to academic achievement. This is known as competency-based education. You can put your knowledge to work for you.

With AMU’s Momentum™ option, instead of attending traditional classes, you’ll focus on learning new competencies at your pace. We’ll work with you to assess your current knowledge and develop your personalized learning plan and resources. You can master and move from one competency to the next without waiting for a new term to begin, all while being guided by a faculty mentor and subject matter experts.

Read more about Momentum CBE Program>

Students can gain expertise through undergraduate and graduate certificates at Colorado State University Global. At CSU-Global, we understand that people may want to increase their knowledge of a subject, or gain skills quickly, without committing to a full-time degree. We also understand that in today’s changing economy, stackable credentials are an important tool that can be utilized immediately in the workplace, while building credits toward a full degree.

CSU-Global Campus recently released seven graduate certificates and 13 undergraduate certificates to fulfill this need for both employees and employers. An undergraduate or graduate certificate from CSU-Global is a stand-alone certification that showcases a student’s proficiency in a special subject. Certificates earned at CSU-Global are recognized nationally by educational institutions and professional organizations.


Colorado Technical University’s CCNE accredited RN-to-BSN program is affordable, and accelerated. Curriculum is delivered 100 percent online and classes are taught by knowledgeable nursing professionals. CTU’s RN-to-BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months* depending on your prior academic achievements, professional certifications and qualifying work experience.

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Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has launched a new initiative to reach potential online students in the Greater Atlanta area. IWU is a private, non-profit, evangelical Christian university with 11,000 adult learners enrolled either online or at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

The university recently identified a need for people in the Atlanta area to have access to high-quality, faith-based programs that are available 100% online. “Through our research, we have identified a need for people in the Atlanta area to have access to a strong, high-quality, faith-based education,” said David Rose, vice president of enrollment and marketing for national and global campus. “We are investing a great deal of energy and resources in the Atlanta area to be able to provide that to adult students in the area in and around Georgia’s capital city.”

IWU has hired two local representatives with experience in higher education enrollment and student recruitment to promote the university’s online degree programs in Atlanta. Both representatives will be responsible for helping to create educational partnerships with area corporations and to build online student recruitment.

Liberty University Online students will be able to pursue a Master of Science in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology beginning fall 2017. Students will learn how to apply psychological principles to human resources, marketing, sales, business development, and management. The program will equip you with the psychological theories and skills to the workplace.

While the program does not start until the fall, we are taking applications today. If you are ready to start your education in this exciting and profitable field, contact us now!

Ocean County College’s (OCC) global footprint continues to expand. Jeff Harmon, Associate Vice President of e-Learning, and a team from OCC traveled to the Dominican Republic on a partnership and outreach mission to explore the potential for on-the-ground operational capacity of a CiberPark [sic] in Santo Domingo and partnership opportunities with the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to OCC’s Middle East partnerships with Ain Shams University and the IMI Training & Management Institute in Cairo, Egypt, two new projects are scheduled for implementation in 2017. A pilot cohort with the Arab Academy for Science & Maritime Transport is slated for spring and a pilot cohort with Ahram Canadian University will take off in the fall.

Elsewhere, OCC has begun the MyWay student recruitment partnership in China. MyWay International is OCC’s China-based recruitment and student services company directly serving students in China who are taking OCC’s online degrees and courses.

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

Long a leader in engineering education, Penn State is leveraging its expertise in the field to offer a bachelor of science in software engineering online, at a time of increased demand for software engineering jobs. The new degree can help prepare students to become a software developer, computer systems analyst and video game designer, among other jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of software engineering will increase 17 percent through 2024, a rate much faster than the average for all jobs in the country. “Software has tremendously reshaped our world and our everyday lives,” said Xiaocong Fan, associate professor of software engineering and lead faculty for the program. “Whether it’s small devices or gigantic spaceships, office automation or social networking, online education or e-commerce, software engineers empower things with intangible but innovative applications to make them smarter, faster and better.”

Students will learn software engineering topics such as software construction principles, computing skills and project leadership through hands-on projects. Students will study computer programming, software design, validation and verification, software security and computer networking.

For information about the online software engineering degree and the tuition reduction available to Edcor client employees, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Saint Francis University, Loretto PA, is a pioneer in online health science education that provides students with a practical, affordable and flexible education, led by caring instructors with extensive real-world healthcare experience and expertise. Our online Master of Health Science program helps you achieve your specific career goals by offering you the choice of three specialty tracks—clinical, health education, and health leadership—as well as the option of creating your own course of study.

You’ll benefit from the program’s leading-edge curriculum, interactive online learning environment, and personalized instruction, all of which are designed to help students like you move into leadership roles and have a greater impact on healthcare. At SFU, our faculty members are devoted to your success both in the classroom and in your career.

You’ll also benefit from the program’s 100 percent online format, which makes it possible for you to continue working while earning your degree. Through Edcor, students receive a 10 percent tuition discount on the already affordable program. To learn more about Saint Francis University’s online Master of Health Science program and take the next step in your career, click here.

Southern New Hampshire University's new masters in counseling will be unique in a number of ways. One of which is that it will be offered primarily online but will also feature a robust practicum and internship program, as well as two week-long residencies. The residencies are a vital part of the curriculum, along with projects and discussion posts and online practice counseling sessions because the nature of careers in mental health is face-to-face. This new program will join the weekend-format MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program that SNHU has long offered in five states.

"I like to say becoming a counselor isn't just something that we do. It's something that we are. It's truly a developmental process," said Dr. Marc Wilson, executive director of SNHU's online counseling programs. This program, Wilson said, aligns with the university's mission of transforming lives in more than one way. "A counseling program will not only allow students to transform their own lives by achieving this career goal but it also has a kind of multiplier effect in that it will allow our students to transform others," Wilson said.

Visit to learn more.

Trident University International is proud to announce that it has been selected as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. Institutions earning this designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Loan Repayment, and Loan Default rates.

For more information about Trident University please visit, or contact James Shiver at

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