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Work and Learning: A Lifelong Connection

In today’s complicated and fast-changing job market, work and learning are tightly connected. Students often wonder what happens after graduation. The reality is that there probably isn’t going to be an “after.” For today’s students and future students graduation will mean the beginning of lifelong learning, and a lifelong connection between work and learning. This month Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, responded to students’ questions about challenges future college students will face. His answers apply to nontraditional students who are pursing higher ...


The Growing Need for Registered Nurses in Many Roles

May 6-12, 2018 is National Nurses Week. This week celebrates the many diverse ways that registered nurses work in health care. Nurses aren’t simply the people in scrubs who bring you meds in the hospital, take your blood pressure in the doctor’s office or treat your wounds in the emergency room. While they deliver health care, they also conduct research, educate other healthcare providers and take on leadership roles. There is a growing need for registered nurses, no matter which role they play. Nurses can be very proud that ...


Business Needs Drive Higher Education Innovation

It appears that the future of higher education will be one of innovation. The increasing presence of nontraditional students, artificial intelligence, and global economic markets are creating an environment that demands higher education innovation. The need for innovation will impact many stakeholders including policy makers, higher education institutions, businesses and their employees. Most higher education innovation supports student success. High impact practices include advising, mentoring and collecting student data to help students stay on track. Colleges and universities have developed online education, flexible scheduling, and alternative methods of awarding credit to make higher ...


The Time is Right for Adult Nontraditional Students

The time is right for all prospective adult nontraditional students who may be wondering if they should pursue higher education to take action. The time is right for employers to encourage employees across their company to upgrade their skills, gain knowledge that will keep them competitive and earn the degree that may be a life-long goal. The adult nontraditional student population is rapidly growing and changing the higher education environment. Institutions of higher education are recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of older students in terms teaching methods they use and ...


Automation Increases Need for Higher Education

There’s good news and bad news about the impact of automation on our world. On one hand it will increase productivity and bring economic growth. On the other hand it will cause some jobs to decline or be eliminated. In the midst of uncertainty, one thing is certain: business leaders, policy makers and individuals must all prepare to meet new demands. The impact of automation is all about change. The McKinsey Global Institute report Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation is really about jobs change. ...


Tuition Assistance Provides Skills Gap Solutions

The skills gap and worker shortages are dilemmas for businesses. New, unfamiliar technologies and lack of training are problems that workers face. The solutions for these problems are close at hand for both businesses and employees, by using available resources. Increase diversity through hiring and retention Often employers who worry about a skills gap aren’t tapping and retaining all their current sources of talent, says Deborah Munster, executive director of Diversity Best Practices. Take a look at your employees – all your employees. Consider work populations that may often ...


Tuition Assistance Builds Persistence

If all adult students needed to finish their higher education were motivation and self-discipline, everyone would have a degree. Most adult students have motivation to complete or advance their education so they can acquire skills and knowledge they need for careers. They already have the self-discipline to manage a career and a family. Often they can find the missing element – persistence – as they use their employer tuition assistance program to complete higher education while they work. As adult students progress through higher education, they will find education and career ...


Certified Nurses Are in Demand

Today we recognize and honor certified nurses, crucial members of healthcare teams everywhere. March 19, Certified Nurses Day, celebrates the educational and professional accomplishments of nurses who have earned certifications in their specialties. These dedicated nurses contribute to patient care and wellness in many ways, and their certification shows their advanced knowledge and skills. Certified nurses are recognized on March 19, the birthday of the Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles. Styles is a nurse leader and education who developed and implemented standards for nursing credentials and helped to create the American Nurses ...


Nontraditional students impact US Economy, Society and Schools

Nontraditional students are poised to impact the United States in many ways. In recent years this diverse group has already had an impact on higher education institutions. Schools have developed innovative methods of education delivery and recognized multiple ways for students to earn credit in the process of meeting nontraditional students’ needs. Now, as a growing part of the population, nontraditional students will impact the US economy and social dynamics. Nontraditional students will inform the composition of the higher education population in the very near future. College campuses filled with fresh ...


College Completion Takes Well-Planned Action

Predictions for the future include worker shortages, widening socioeconomic gaps, and the need for increased college completion. These three topics are closely related. Increased college completion could help solve the worker shortage and help close gaps between social and economic groups. However, increasing college completion takes well-planned action. There is no doubt the number of students completing higher education needs to increase. The US will face a shortage of five million graduates by 2020 and enrollment numbers are declining. This makes it all the more important that students who are in ...