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2017, April Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

Apply "Job to be Done" Concept to TAP and Degree Completion

A degree isn’t always the end goal. Sometimes it is a “job to be done.” If you are an employee seeking to advance in your company, your end goal is the new position. If you need a degree to get there, the degree becomes a “job to be done.” If you are an employer who needs highly skilled employees with advanced education, the education is a “job to be done.” Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, who developed the “job-to-be-done” concept, explains it in his book Competing Against Luck. The “job to be done” concept means that people “hire” a product or service to do a job – to reach an end goal.

In today’s complex business world, both employees and employers need a job to be done: complete a degree or higher education. Dan Greenstein, director of postsecondary success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says, “Virtually all the jobs created since the Great Recession required some form of postsecondary education, from short-term certifications to postdoctoral studies. And that trend will only continue, as the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Economy estimates that, at current enrollment and completion rates, our economy faces a shortfall of 11 million credentialed workers.”

The solution to this need for educated workers is to “hire” postsecondary education. Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc explains this in terms of the job-to-be-done concept, saying that students buy education for different experiences but at the core of education is a “transformational process by which a person increases knowledge or skills.”

LeBlanc says a school must meet the needs of students before they will hire the school to get the job done. Schools like SNHU that educate nontraditional students can’t explicitly define their “consumer.” They can’t define an average nontraditional student; there is no “average.” There is only diversity: they are a wide variety of ages, have children, are employed, and represent diverse socio and economic levels. Schools can only recognize why the students are hiring them: the common goal of completing an education.

Schools also have a great deal of competition for nontraditional students. “Higher education institutions aren’t just competing against other higher education institutions for students’ Jobs to Be Done,” says LeBlanc. “They are competing against the decision to do nothing rather than pursue a degree. They’re competing against students choosing to pursue credentials in different ways. They’re competing against an individual’s decision to simply change jobs.”

Changes in higher education that better serve nontraditional students make it possible for students to see that they can “hire” education for the job to be done – to reach their goals. “The job for them is about convenience (given their very busy lives as workers and parents), cost, and time to complete,” says LeBlanc. “The Job to be Done is, ‘Get me a degree as quickly as possible and in as convenient and affordable a way as possible.’ ” Schools that offer online courses, flexible schedules and starting times, and competency based education offer students a commodity they can hire for the job to be done.

Similarly businesses that see higher education as the job to be done to strengthen their talent pool can see the benefit of “hiring” their tuition assistance program as a tool to help accomplish this job to be done. Putting the tuition assistance program to work providing financial assistance, career advice, academic counseling and other services helps both parties achieve their goal.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Six Steps to Make Your Manager's Job Easier

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

By Deana Carter Talent Acquisition Specialist, APUS As an employee, you have significant power over your manager’s job satisfaction. If you are a conscientious and dependable employee, your manager’s job becomes much easier. Why should you care about making your manager’s job easier? It’s quite simple: having a good relationship with your manager also has Read more

You Can Make a Difference in Health Care

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Kaplan University

Provided by Kaplan University It’s a bold new year for the health care field, bringing advanced technologies and an unknown fate for existing coverage. It’s shaping up to be a year of opportunity and uncertainty. Whether you’re focused on management opportunities at hospitals or public health agencies, or on more traditional roles, such as technician Read more

The Five Why’s Help Business Leaders Focus

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by New England College of Business

Provided by New England College of Business Have you ever made a decision and later thought to yourself, why did I decide on that solution to the problem? In our day-to-day life, we make quick decisions with little need for critical thinking or analysis, but in business, each decision we make can be part of Read more

How Earning an Executive Certificate Can Advance Your Career

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

Provided by Bisk, on behalf of the University of Notre Dame A great executive is many things. A leader. A negotiator. A communicator. A problem solver. A visionary. A team builder. A resource manager. It’s a diverse skillset, and it can be incredibly intimidating for professionals who are pursuing (but haven’t yet arrived at) the Read more

Reaching Out for Help with your Course Work

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

Provided by Penn State World Campus Asking for help can be difficult, especially for adults returning to college. If you’ve ever had a hard time asking for help, just remember the following: 1. Asking for help is a way to be proactive about learning. 2. Asking for help shows the instructor you’re invested in your Read more

Five Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Online University

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Western Governors University

Provided by Western Governors University You may be one of the many adults looking to improve your life through education. Choosing the right school, one that provides a respected, affordable, and flexible education, is an important step in your path to get ahead. To help make this decision a bit easier, Western Governors University (WGU), Read more



Health and Wellness Services Outpacing Other Industries

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by American College of Education

Provided by American College of Education As most educators know, improving quality of life for families extends far beyond the classroom, and includes everything from public safety to healthcare services and nutrition. Quality healthcare is as essential to a healthy and productive life as quality education. The field of health and wellness influences every aspect Read more

Optimal Health Care: How Business Values and Processes Apply

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Grand Canyon University

Optimal Health Care: How Business Values and Processes Apply

Provided by Grand Canyon University Business process improvements for success and health care models for desirable patient outcomes are interrelated. Whether you’re producing a product or delivering health care, employees must adhere to standards and explore ways to improve. Six Sigma and Lean management programs can help drive impactful change in the health care field Read more

Engaging Students Should Begin at the Enrollment Process—and Continue through the Dissertation Process

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Northcentral University

Engaging Students Should Begin at the Enrollment Process—and Continue through the Dissertation Process

Provided by Northcentral University According to The Glossary of Educational Reform, student engagement is the “degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught.” All of that extends to the “motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.” While this concept seems quite straightforward Read more

Financial Services Talent in the Digital Age

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by University of Phoenix

Financial Services Talent in the Digital Age

By Ruth Veloria, Executive Dean, University of Phoenix School of Business In an era deemed by some as the fourth industrial revolution, digitization is pushing financial services to be more innovative, more responsive to customer needs and, ultimately, more competitive. FinTechs and startups have created innovative lending tools and financial management apps, meaning organizations in Read more

Develop the Skills to be a Forensic Accountant

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

Provided by University of Charleston West Virginia Advanced skills required: Clear and conceptual thinking ability; excellent judgment, troubleshooting, problem-solving, analysis, and discretion; ability to handle work-related stress; ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously; and ability to meet deadlines. These skills are just a few of the advanced requirements listed on job postings for the fast Read more



Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) now offers 15 new online certificate programs for graduate and undergraduate students in high-demand industries. Each certificate is recognized nationally by educational institutions and professional organizations.

Many of these certificate programs have been approved by the Department of Education as eligible for federal financial aid, meaning students don’t have to pay out-of-pocket like they traditionally would for alternative short industry specific training programs.

CSU-Global certificates offer a high-quality, lower-cost solution to obtaining the additional education that is so often needed to compete in our evolving economy. The certificate programs can be completed in six months to a year while students continue working full time and balancing other life obligations. While shorter in duration, certificates are also designed to be ‘stacked’ together or onto full bachelor’s or master’s degree programs to demonstrate mastery in select industry areas, and to help job-seekers stand out from the crowd.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-920-6723.

Technology propels your education at DeVry University. We recognize the essential value of technology in business, and look to it to inform both what and how we teach. At DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management, we offer a tech-centric focus throughout the institution because it is central to how our students work, grow and thrive. We teach our students to leverage technology to integrate people, process, data and devices, enabling them with the kind of knowledge and tools that move businesses forward.

Transforming through experiential learning
Keller's experiential learning approach and flexibility are offered to elevate the educational experience for motivated working professionals, and help you channel your ambition to stand out in today’s ever-evolving marketplace. Here, you can take part in active problem-solving sessions with professors and classmates, and use technology to arrive at innovative answers to pressing challenges in business today.

Explore the options across our graduate programs at Keller at and discover an inspiring scope of possibilities for your advanced education – choices that allow you to pursue your passion, achieve your big goal or follow a new path. Whichever course of study you select, you’ll encounter our emphasis on experiential, hands-on learning, and the professional transformation it can lead to.

Jacksonville University has launched two new, 100 percent online master’s degree programs which give students a contemporary, competitive edge in business.

As data increasingly drives decision making, businesses need more and more professionals who can analyze, interpret and explain that information. JU’s Master of Science Applied Business Analytics teaches students the skills they need to apply IT, statistical and management science to build strategy and make decisions.

Organizations need leaders. JU’s Master of Science Organizational Leadership prepares students to guide an organization to reach its goals. Courses cover decision making, strategic thinking, business planning, risk assessment and ethical issues, as students learn to translate these skills into their personal leadership styles.

Jacksonville University is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best regional universities in the South, as well as one of the best colleges for veterans. JU’s Davis College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction shared by only 5 percent of the world’s business schools. The accreditation shows DCOB’s commitment to faculty quality, teaching resources and technology, facilities, connections with the business community and student services.

Take a closer look at these two exciting new programs at

Ocean County College joins the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). On February 12, 2017,Ocean County College (OCC) was granted acceptance to the regional compact New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which grants the College reciprocity to operating distance education in 47 states. Member states agree not to impose additional (non-SARA) requirements on institutions from other SARA states. Those states that are not a part of SARA do not have any restrictions and thus there is no additional paperwork.

As a part of SARA, OCC no longer needs to comply individually with each state’s requirements for distance education authorization, making it easier for students throughout the United States to easily take courses and transfer credits. For information on Ocean County College Online, visit or call 1-866-660-2108.

Effective immediately, Penn State World Campus is extending the 5% tuition reduction offered to Edcor client company employees to their spouses and legal dependents. If you are employee whose company participates in the Edcor School Discount Network, now your spouse and legal dependents can enjoy 5% off tuition rates as well.

Penn State World Campus offers more than 125 online programs ranging from nursing to business to engineering, and many more. Online programs are offered at Associates, Bachelor’s and Graduate levels. To obtain the discounted tuition rate on your online classes, simply submit the Tuition Reduction Form to the bursar’s office when you register for classes.

For information about the tuition reduction available to you, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website.

Saint Louis University‘s Workforce Center offers a variety of Microsoft courses including both technical and Office applications training. Whether you are looking to develop a new set of skills or refresh older ones, our courses are designed to take our students to the next level! Instructor-led classes are available “Live at Saint Louis University” or “Live-Online Virtual.” To see more Microsoft courses, check out our Day and Night schedules.

Technical Classes:
Microsoft Report Builder 3.0 with SQL 2008R2, SQL 2012 Express and SQL 2012
Starts 4/11 - 4 Nights
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Starts 4/17 - 5 Days
Introduction to Azure for Developers
Starts 4/24 - 5 Days

Office Application Classes:
Excel Dashboards Workshop
Starts 4/10 - 2 Days or 4/17 - 4 Nights
Access I: Tables, Records, Queries, Basic Forms and Reports
Starts 4/19 - 1 Day
Microsoft Office Professional
Starts 4/25 - 20 Nights

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