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09
Oct

Edcor Earns Awards for Tuition Assistance Benefits

Edcor is very pleased to announce that we have received two awards that reflect the service we give our clients and the importance of the tuition assistance programs we develop and administer for them. Edcor has received the Silver Award for Excellence in Partnership, part of Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards. These awards recognize learning leaders and provider companies who demonstrate excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs. As a tuition benefits provider, Edcor develops and administers tuition assistance programs that help our clients develop their ...

11
Sep

Goal Setting Leads to Success

The start of the new school year brings time management and achievement challenges for busy adults. Effective goal setting can make the difference between successful progress and being overwhelmed by all the responsibility. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments says that goal setting can act as an effective “internal commitment device for students.” A self-set goal allows students to control how and when they complete it. The report distinguished between performance goals and task-based ...

14
Aug

Forever GI Bill and Year-round Pell Increase Opportunities

In spite of political differences, Congress recently passed two education-related bills that benefit everyone in one way or another. The “Forever GI Bill” and Year-round Pell Grants mean that many students will have resources available for their higher education on a timely basis. The opportunities these programs create show clearly that higher education is a national priority. The Forever GI Bill removes the 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits after leaving service. The bill originally applied to service members who were discharged after January 1, 2018, but ...

17
Jul

Nontraditional Students’ Needs Impact Enrollment Decisions

The need for new skills in the workplace is creating a change in higher education. Many American workers are enrolling in post-secondary education to earn a certificate, complete a degree, or learn new skills that are required for today’s jobs. These workers’ enrollments are creating a higher education population that makes education choices based on specific needs. According to the National Center of Education Statistics about 20.5 million students attend higher education each year. Of these students: • I in 5 is at least 30 year old • 2 in 5 attend community ...

12
Jun

Nontraditional Student Strengths Spell Success

For anyone who has concerns about going back to school – stop worrying. As a nontraditional student you have strengths and advantages that will help you be successful. You’ve had a lot of experience, taken on responsibilities, been solving your own problems for quite some time, and you probably have clearly defined goals. Of course, nontraditional students have conflicts. Often they have dependent family members and job responsibilities, but the advantages of pursuing higher education as a nontraditional students can outweigh the conflicts. Nontraditional students will find themselves ...

08
May

Recognize Nurse Education and Commitment This Week

Nurse education is something that impacts every one of our lives. Anytime we receive emergency care in a clinic, are treated at a doctor’s office, or have surgery in a hospital we reap the benefits of advanced nursing education. This year from May 6 – 12, during National Nurses Week, we salute the professionals who have invested their time and talent to develop the skills necessary to care for us – their patients. Americans realize how important nurses are to their well-being and they respect them for the work they do. ...

10
Apr

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. ...

13
Mar

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 ...

06
Feb

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. ...

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 ...