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Technology Creates Production and Workforce Change

As far back as 500 BCE the Greek philosopher Heracitus said change is the only thing that is constant. Technology is one of the major influences bringing about continual, if not constant, workforce change. It impacts the products and services that are delivered, how these products are created developed, and the skills that workers need to have. Today, everyone connected to the workforce can see that technology is a major influence in causing change in the marketplace. CompTIA reports that 74 percent of businesses say technology is a primary factor ...


Higher Education means Good Jobs

Having a good job generally means having meaningful work that pays well. It also increasingly means post-secondary education. This week JPMorgan Chase and the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce released Good Jobs that Pay without a BA, a report that shows the relationship between education levels and economic return. Good Jobs aren’t just about the money, but in this report Chase and Georgetown CEW focus on work opportunity and reward. The Good Jobs report defines a good job as one that pays $35,000 as the minimum earnings ...


Navigating the Postsecondary Maze of Alternative Credentials

Reaching the end goal of post-secondary education is like going through a maze. Turn one way for a four-year degree and another for alternative credentials. But the path for alternative credentials isn’t straight – there are turns for certificates, certifications, and licenses. The best way through the maze for nontraditional students is to understand how they fit into the student population along with the types and purposes of alternative credentials. When defining nontraditional students, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences report A Primer on the College ...


Student Loan Assistance Provides Relief for Grads

With new degrees and diplomas, graduates are moving on to the next step in their lives: new careers. This is turning point in many lives, but often student loan debt makes the path ahead uncertain and nerve wracking instead of exciting. The search for a career position is the next step for most grads, and for many of them the need to earn money to pay student loan debt is a fact of life. Student loan debt is the second leading form of debt in the United States, behind mortgage debt. Figures ...


Competency-Based Education Validates Learning

The value and promise of competency-based education (CBE) is generating a lot of interest and attention. As a topic that affects students seeking post-secondary credentials, business leaders looking for skilled workers, and higher education policy makers, CBE stands out as an idea that could bring real change to higher education. June 20 and 21, Lumina Foundation, Army University and the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) hosted the 2017 Education Symposium: A Competency-Based Approach to Talent: Connecting Military, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning. Topics at the symposium centered on how to recognize people’s ...


Advising Builds Effective TAP

A tuition assistance plan is a great benefit for employees. A successful tuition assistance plan that includes advising is a better benefit for employees and produces a great return on investment for the employer. Employees can pursue or complete a degree and reach their goals of professional growth and career development. Employers can develop a talent pipeline that will ensure they have qualified workers to carry out their business goals. Business leaders report that they have problems finding qualified people for positions, large worker shortages are predicted in the next few ...


Bipartisan Bill Proposes Transparency

In May, bipartisan members of Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives introduced a bill that would increase transparency on higher education outcomes. According to bill sponsors The College Transparency Act of 2017 will make information available to help students make decisions about what colleges are best for them and what majors will give them the best opportunities for employment and career satisfaction. The bill proposes to make information available about student enrollment, retention, completion and post-college outcomes across different majors. Current graduation information isn’t necessarily appropriate to today’s ...


Summer Enrollment Creates Academic Momentum

The George Gershwin song says “Summertime, and the livin' is easy.” Not necessarily so for many nontraditional higher education students. It is important for nontraditional students to create or maintain academic momentum. Enrolling in summer classes is a good way to do this. Academic momentum can increase the rate of college completion. Practices that engage students and help them move forward in their education create momentum. Many studies over the years have shown that activities such as enrollment right out of high school, full-time enrollment in a student’s first ...


Military-friendly Support Honors Military-Connected Students

Memorial Day is a time to honor United States military personnel who have gone before us, and it is also an appropriate time to honor those who are currently serving our nation. US military personnel represent an important and diverse part of our society, as well as a diverse part of the US higher education student population. The Post-9/11 GI Bill has supported the postsecondary education of more than 1.4 million service members, veterans and their families since it was enacted in 2009. These figures reflect the growing number of women and minorities serving in the military: • 33 ...


What is the Future of Jobs and Workplace Training?

The growth of artificial intelligence has everyone from world economic leaders to employees working 9 to 5 wondering “What’s next?” What is the future of jobs? What future workplace training will the jobs require? A Pew Research Center survey The State of American Jobs shows that American workers might not know what exactly they have to do, but they know that they will have to do something. “Eighty-seven percent of workers believe it will be essential for them to get training and develop new job skills throughout their work life in ...