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19
Jun

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 ...

05
Jun

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 ...

29
May

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 ...

22
May

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 ...

12
May

Americans Recognize the Problems and Value of Higher Education

When Americans are questioned about the purpose and value of higher education, one thing remains clear. They believe higher education is important – to both individuals seeking the American dream, and to society as a whole. Survey results vary slightly depending on questions asked, but the value of higher education remains a constant theme. Varying Degrees: New America’s Annual Survey on Higher Education presents the results of a survey of 1,600 Americans 18 and older. Generations of American may differ on their opinions, or the strength of their opinions, when ...

01
May

Applying Behavioral Science Can Give Students Momentum

Completing college is a challenge for all students. Keys to success may lie in behavioral science. Behavior science is the study of how people make decisions and act within a complex world where details matter. And often, it’s the little details that trip people up and impact their actions. Nontraditional students face a different set of obstacles than traditional college students. Any one of three major areas – finances, finding their identity as a student, or conflicting roles and responsibilities – could be enough to undermine student success. For nontraditional ...

24
Apr

Pathways to Education and Career Success are Beneficial

Low graduation rates and large skills gaps have created the need to develop positive pathways that lead to student success – and beyond. Pathways that lead to academic success and those that lead to career advancement are necessary to meet the labor market demands of today. In the decade from 2005-2015 both student enrollment and education completion rose – but not at the same rate. Certificate and degree completion rose by 35.5 percent, but enrollment grew by only 12.9 percent, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) ...

17
Apr

High Impact Practices Raise Employee and Student Engagement

High-impact practices that prompt people to do their best work as a student often run parallel to those that prompt them to be highly engaged at work. The National Survey of Student Engagement Annual Results 2015 states that setting high expectations and supporting student to meet those expectations are important elements of educational effectiveness. http://nsse.indiana.edu/NSSE_2015_Results/pdf/NSSE_2015_Annual_Results.pdf High expectations and support are also key elements to employee success on the job. When employees are also students, support in one role helps develop success in the other. Businesses have opportunities to support student engagement ...

03
Apr

Value of Tuition Assistance is Far Reaching

Generally employees, businesses and higher education institutions think of tuition assistance as an employee benefit. It gives value to employees and gives businesses a valuable return on their investment in the form of an educated, skilled workforce. But, there is an even bigger picture to look at regarding the value of tuition assistance. The value of tuition assistance extends to the impact U.S. businesses make on the global marketplace. Value of a degree job seekers and employees: It’s tough going for job applicants who don’t have a degree. A Career Builder ...

27
Mar

Nontraditional Students and Business Success are Linked

The American workforce and nontraditional students are linked: Adult workers need to complete or continue their higher education so they have the skills and education necessary for a changing workplace and businesses need employees/nontraditional students to be successful so they have a skilled workforce. Each impacts the other. Nontraditional students’ success creates a strong workforce for American businesses and the obstacles nontraditional students face can often be overcome through their employment. Today’s nontraditional students The 2016 College Experience Survey from Strayer University and U.S. News & World Report’s Marketing and Business Intelligence ...