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Arts in Education Creates Multiple Benefits

September 9-15 is National Arts in Education Week. This week is designated to highlight the role arts education plays “producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students.” Becoming career-ready is a complex process. Employers want employees who have communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. They want employees who show creativity, can work in teams and can solve problems. Arts education develops these important traits. The National Association of Colleges and Employers says that the ability to work well on teams, decisive problem solving, and effective communication are employers’ top ...


Tuition Assistance Offers Help for Non-Completers

When students enroll in higher education there are a variety of advantages that they could reasonably expect to come with their degree completion: higher wages, benefits, and stable employment. They might also find themselves being a more engaged citizen, experiencing better health and having longer life expectancy. Higher education non-completers, those who don’t complete their degree, don’t realize these benefits. And they also have an additional burden: student debt they are not managing to pay. Nontraditional students make up about 25 percent of the 2010 cohort of higher education students. ...


Studies Show Link Between Exercise and Academic Success

The summer sun and bright colors are a perfect invitation for you to spend time outdoors – to jog, walk, bike or swim. Or, if workout routines, machines and trainers are more inviting for you, schedule some time at your favorite gym. Time spent in physical activity is time well invested in your success as a higher education student. While it might seems like you have too much to do with work, family and school responsibilities to manage, exercise could be the key to handling all these responsibilities successfully. Many ...


Women in the Workforce: A Powerful Force for Growth

Women in the workforce have been a significant factor for change in business productivity, economic growth and education levels in the United States. Women’s participation in the workforce increased from 34 percent in 1950 to almost 57 percent in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The increase of women in the paid workforce was arguably the most significant change in the economy in the past century,” says Amanda Weinstein, Economics professor at the University of Akron. This increase of women in the workforce generates an increase in wages. ...


Creative Problem Solving and Communication Skills are Needed

Creative problem solving and communication are skills that people need to learn to “robot-proof” themselves, and have fulfilling careers now and in the future. The work environment is changing rapidly. Baby Boomers might have stayed in their career jobs for decades, but today, nine out of 10 millennials plan to stay at their jobs for fewer than three years. That means millennials could potentially have 15 or more jobs that span their work life. That could make for an interesting career, but how do workers learn the ...


Education Develops Workers’ Employability

The education workers need and the requirements for employability change as the world changes. The skills and education workers need are directly related to advancements in technology and changing work conditions. In the 1900s, the US public school system developed as work conditions changed and workers needed a high school education. In the 1960s, increasing technology, the need for advanced education to perform jobs, and the Higher Education Act which expanded federal aid for higher education contributed to an increase in the number of people pursuing higher education. From 1970 to 2016 enrollment in higher education increased ...


Tuition Assistance Raises Employee Engagement

Employee engagement and motivation are continually on the radar of business managers and owners. These issues also relate to employees’ highly personal goals and individual lives. They impact businesses productivity and profitability and influence employees’ job choices and work performance. A Gallup report on employee engagement report shows that 18 percent of people are actively disengaged in their work and 67 percent are not engaged. This global cost of this lack of engagement is approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity. The 67 percent are the majority of the workforce. These are employees who simply show up ...


Motivation for Higher Education Leads to Prosperity

The primary motivation among adult students pursuing higher education is future job and career advancement. The diverse, nontraditional student population is largely focused on finding ways to achieve more in their careers, in spite of whatever obstacles they may face. The Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey Why Higher Ed? examined the motivation of more than 86,000 U.S. adults who had made the choice to pursue higher education. Far and away job and career outcomes were the highest motivating factors in all educational, gender and racial demographic groups. Fifty-eight percent of people cited ...


Education Leaders Forecast the Future of Higher Education

Forecasting the future of anything is like playing a game of chance. What’s coming next is hard to picture. However, the future of higher education closely follows the development and expansion of technology. According to higher education experts, technology will be a major influence. Think about the use of technology in our daily lives: • Look back 20 years: Only 3.67 percent of people used mobile phone service; the internet was just getting started and had about 119 million users. • Look at the present: It’s a different world. At the ...


Employee Satisfaction Creates Engaged Employees

This is the time of year for spreading good will and happiness. Creating a culture of employee satisfaction is the best way for this to happen in business. And the best part of all is that when employee satisfaction is high, both employees and businesses benefit. High employee satisfaction creates a positive culture in your business, a culture that is rewarding for all stake holders. The Science of Happiness report by Globoforce, a company that specializes in workplace culture, explains. In their report they compare employees who are most and ...