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Collaboration Yields Individual and Business Success

In recent years collaboration or the ability to work in teams is one of the skills that employers have listed among the top skills they need for their businesses. In a world where high-demand technical skills change as technology changes, the ability of employees to work together remains constant. Fostering collaboration among employees may be one of best things a company can do to create a positive business culture, develop employee satisfaction and strengthen its bottom line. Collaboration is generally defined as a “soft skill” but there is hard data ...


Degree Completion is a Worthwhile Investment

There are many layers to the impacts of degree completion: personal benefits, societal rewards, and personal and economic costs, investments and gains. The Future of Undergraduate Education, released last week by The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, discusses the many positive impacts and challenges of achieving bachelor’s degree completion. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the percentage of high school graduates attending college, but not in those graduating. The message of the report is that it is important for this to change. Getting ...


Digital Credentials Can Close Communication and Skills Gaps

Workers qualify for their jobs because they have the necessary skills and knowledge. Digital credentials are becoming increasingly valuable as “proof” of worker qualifications, along with licenses, certificates and degrees. Digital credentials, because they can be very descriptive, can work as a bridge between the skills gap employers face and workers seeking employment. Reports continue to show the urgency of the skills gap. In May seven states recorded all-time lows in unemployment, but according to PWC’s 20th CEO Survey 77 percent of global CEOs say that skills gaps limit their company’s growth. ...


Gender Parity Benefits Employees, Employers and the Economy

Gender parity is not a new issue. Achieving a balance between the number of women and men in the workplace, in leadership roles, and receiving living wages has wide-reaching impacts. The World Economic Forum has been measuring gender parity in education attainment, economic opportunity, health and survival and political empowerment since 2006. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 states that for the first time since 2006, progress towards achieving gender parity has lessened. In the economic opportunity and education attainment realms, businesses have the opportunity to create forward momentum and reap ...


Education Offers Upward Mobility for Many

A college education is often talked about as the key to upward mobility in the United States. And, indeed, it is almost impossible to achieve upward mobility without higher education. However, it seems that some students are more successful at attaining higher education than others, and a lot of that success can depend on a family’s economic status. A student whose family is in the top 20 percent income level is five times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 24 than a student whose family ...


Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals Grows

National Cybersecurity Month is winding down, but the need for cybersecurity is continually ramping up. The recent Equifax security breach affected millions of Americans and made it clear that cybersecurity is important to our daily lives, not just to banks, businesses and government agencies. This need for security has created a demand for security analysts and career opportunity for higher education students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for Information Security Analysts will continue to grow by 36.5 percent from 2012 to 2022. And beyond that, from ...


TAP: A Valuable Resource for Nontraditional Students

Expenses for nontraditional students often represent a lot more than tuition and books. Their expenses are as varied as their life circumstances, and many of them use multiple resources to meet their financial obligations. Recent changes in available financial aid could affect how nontraditional students pay higher education expenses. The Perkin Loan program expired at the end of September, eliminating one source of financial aid available to students. With this change, employer tuition assistance programs (TAP) become more valuable than ever for nontraditional higher education students. Students who already have loans ...


Workplace Technology Requires Education

No one can deny that workplace technology has impacted the workforce. Technology workers are in high demand, and employees in other fields must acquire skills and knowledge to be able to work with new technology as it changes their jobs. Among the demands on American workers one of the most important may be to continually acquire new skills as the workplace continues to change. Consider the need for technology workers as an example. The United States led the first stage of internet development from 1995-2007 and the second stage of growth and ...


Career and Academic Counseling Address Workforce Needs

Career and academic counseling are becoming an increasingly important components of a tuition assistance program. Businesses need to hire workers with the right education and talents to close the skills gap. Workers need to prepare themselves for a workplace that is continually evolving and demanding new knowledge. Neither of these is an easy task. There has been rapid change in both education and occupations. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce report Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers shows how both education and occupation opportunities have ...


Assessing the Progress Towards Education Goals

At the end of the Great Recession both the US government and Lumina Foundation set education goals for the country that could help create a stronger workforce, assist the economic recovery efforts, and ultimately create a stronger economy. The US Government’s Postsecondary Degree Completion Goal is that by 2020, 60 percent of the US population age 25-34 would have an associate’s degree or higher. Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 is broader. It is that by 2025, 60 percent of the US population age 25-64 would have a high quality post-secondary ...