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Alternative Credentials Earn a Place in Higher Ed

The increase in the number of people seeking alternative credentials can be the result of many factors. In the past couple years we’ve heard phrases such as “half-life of skills” and “just-in-time education” as part of an education scene that is disrupted and/or alternative. Higher education is actually all of these. It is different from what it has been. One major difference is that higher education is more inclusive than it has been in the past. It is no longer the domain of 18-22 year olds living in dorms ...


Skill Development Guards Against Short-Term Gains

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce created a report in January in response to the new administration’s proposal to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure over 10 years. “Trump’s Proposal Could Create 11 Million Jobs” analyzes the proposal and projects how this could play out in the labor market, both short and long term. Infrastructure jobs which include transportation, energy, telecommunications and border security sectors of the economy make up 12 percent of US jobs, according to the Community College Daily from the American Association of Community Colleges. An investment of ...


Dealing with the High Cost of Higher Education

New York Governor recently announced plans for free college tuition in New York. His announcement brought the cost of higher education into the headlines again and reinforced its position as a hot topic. The cost of higher education is a matter of concern for students, colleges, politicians and the country as a whole. Most people agree with Gov. Cuomo that “a college education is not a luxury – it is an absolute necessity for any chance at economic mobility.” If not a necessity, at least it seems ...


Artificial Intelligence Demands Continual Education

Artificial Intelligence can be a boon to business productivity, or it can be doom to American workers. Or, in all reality, it can be something in between – such as a force for change and a call for lifelong education. With each innovation in technology low skill jobs with routine repetitious tasks are changed or eliminated. According to Forbes magazine, “Some experts believe that as many as 47 percent of US jobs are at risk of being replaced by AI technologies in the next couple decades.” ...


Skills Training Remains Essential

As Donald Trump is inaugurated as the United States President, there are many uncertainties about higher education policy and practice. Education leaders and experts are observing and weighing in on what will stay, what will go, what will be important and what will be dismissed as irrelevant. One education trend that is likely to remain strong, both because of political priorities and economic demand, is skills training. Skills training involves students of all ages, from traditional age students to adult, nontraditional students who are already engaged in the marketplace. According to ...


Data Science Demand Leads Job Projections

Data affects our personal lives and the businesses we run or work for. We read statistics about food we eat, methods of travel, and effectiveness of medical treatments. Data science is the field that extracts information from data and evaluates that information to give insight. This insight from data offers businesses an opportunity to operate more efficiently and effectively, and the need for this insight offers vast opportunities for employment. Statistics from the SHRM survey Jobs of the Future: Data Analysis surrounding data science show how vital this field has become in ...


Alternative Credentials Earn Their Place in Higher Ed

Alternative credentials are increasingly relevant to schools, students and employers. The majority of higher education institutions offer non-degree credentials in some form or another. Alternative credentials are aligned to training and skills that students need to acquire quickly to keep up with fast changes in technology. They also can narrow the gap that employers and schools have regarding readiness of students to succeed in the workplace. The UPCEA/Pearson survey Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials defines alternative credentials as competencies, skills and learning outcomes based on ...


Promote Tuition Assistance to Close Skills Gap

The looming skills gap has created a sense of urgency among businesses. A lack of qualified employees will equate to lower productivity, slower growth and development and low profitability. These conditions will affect the ability of businesses to compete at all levels from local to global and impact the economy. Taking positive steps to help fill the skills gap gives business control over their future in terms of talent, growth and profitability. One way to take positive steps is to promote tuition assistance plans. For every dollar that businesses invest in ...


American Workers are Key to Goal 2025

American adult workers may be the key to reaching an important goal. Sixteen years ago, Lumina Foundation introduced Goal 2025: to have 60 percent of American hold degrees, certificates or some high quality postsecondary credential. Now at half way to that date, Lumina has introduced a strategic plan to move close to goal achievement. And US American adult learners are a key element of the plan. At the current rates of postsecondary attainment, about 24.2 million Americans will have postsecondary credentials of some kind by 2025. To ...


Ensuring Military Veterans Succeed in Student Role

This week we are honoring military veterans who are an asset to the country they once served in a military capacity. The skills they learned in the military and the work experience they gained while serving represent a wealth of resources for businesses and employers. With skills and work experience behind them, many vets return to school to complete their education. Supports from schools and employers can help veterans make the most of their higher education. Military Veterans are a dynamic portion of the non-traditional student population: • 10-14 percent of military personnel are women, but 21-27 percent of student veterans ...