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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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


Women Leaders Advance Business

Cultivating women leaders in business is a strategy that will help U.S. businesses be profitable and maintain a leadership position in the global marketplace. Women leaders can strengthen the numbers and position of women in the workforce, an area where the U.S. is steadily falling behind other countries. In 2000, 59.9 percent of women age 15/16 or older were in the labor force. By 2010, 58.6 percent of women in that age group were in the labor force and by 2015, the percentage of women in the workforce was 56.7 percent. This decline ...


Employer Engagement in TAP Impacts Business

Engagement in tuition assistance programs presents an opportunity for employers to influence the future of their businesses. Whether a business has an immediate or future need for qualified workers TAP is an opportunity to define the need and develop the solution. Engagement in tuition assistance is an opportunity to help employees persist in their education, for business to develop education and career pathways, and establish continual education for employees. Financial aid is an important factor in student persistence and completion. A new study from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) shows ...


The Knowledge Economy Demands Continual Education

Today’s economy, with its strengths and weaknesses, is a topic for continual news and discussion. It impacts Americans in many ways beyond financial. One of these ways is in the amount and type of education that Americans need in order to have job success. As the United States and the rest of the world transition to a “knowledge economy,” American workers are very aware that they will need to continually upgrade their training, skills and education to be successful at their jobs. A Pew Research Center analysis of job data shows ...


View Education Through the Lens of Change

Like all Septembers, this month has brought us a new season and a new academic year. This particular September is also bringing us challenges in the field of higher education and an opportunity to look at higher education through a new lens. The purpose of higher education is always debated – Is it to prepare students for jobs or is it to deliver a broad base of knowledge? The answer to the question is “yes.” It’s really both. While these diverse purposes would seem to create an insurmountable task ...


TAP Fills Education and Workforce Readiness Gaps

Enroll, study, graduate and find a job – at least that’s the plan most students have when they begin their education. But it turns out that this plan might not be quite so straightforward for many people. The McGraw-Hill Education 2016 Workforce Readiness Survey, released this month, shows that many students enroll, study and graduate, but they don’t feel prepared for a career. Specifically, the report says: • “Men are more likely than women (24 percent compared to 19 percent) to report that they feel “very prepared” for their careers, even though women ...


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 ...


Education Attainment Benefits All

This is the time of year when one semester is ending and another beginning – the time when students must make the commitment to continue their education. Continuing education is important to many, from the individuals pursuing education attainment to businesses and the economy, and to the position of the United States globally. The National Center for Education Statistics shows that while the United States’ percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees is higher than most other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, at the current rate of attainment, the ...