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09
Jan

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 ...

18
Dec

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 ...

14
Nov

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 ...

17
Oct

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 ...

26
Sep

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 ...

20
Jun

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 ...

21
Mar

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 ...

21
Dec

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 ...

28
Sep

Both Pursuing and Completing Higher Education are Important

By Adrienne Way, Edcor CEO Now that the new school year is in full swing, the excitement of setting goals, achievement and moving forward is at its height. For many of today’s college students this excitement often means starting school again and picking up the pieces of where their education stopped previously. They are juggling work, family responsibilities and school as they acquire new skills to advance in their careers. The 2011 US Census Report shows that 20 percent of students work full-time, and more than half of those who do not work full-time still put in 20 or ...

22
Jun

Continuous Enrollment Creates Success

For adult students summer months don’t necessarily mean a break in school. While for some people the summer months might be a time to slow down and take life a bit easier, for the adult learner summer months present a time to build momentum, achieve goals and move close to degree completion. Enrolling in each successive semester, without taking a break is advantageous for adult learners. Research from the University of North Carolina and many higher education institutions shows that students who continuously enroll have higher completion rates and complete their degrees faster. There are several ...