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22
Apr

Adult Students’ Higher Education Success is Important

Adult students or nontraditional learners are a significant portion of the higher education population today. Many of these students are potential completers who have some higher education but have not yet. Others may be students who are just starting out, or adding a certificate to their degree. No matter their level of education experience, one thing is true across the board: They are important to higher education institutions and their success is important individually as well as to the economy. Adults who worry that they may feel out of their element in ...

15
Apr

Equity in Higher Education Helps All Students Seize Opportunities

Equity in higher education is making headlines right now. It is admission acceptance time for high school seniors, admission scandals fill the news, and students are scrutinizing financial aid offers. All this opens up discussions about wealthy students, elite institutions, low-income and minority students. Each of these topics leads to the recurring issue of equity in higher education, why it matters and how to achieve it. Equity in higher education affects society as a whole. In the recovery years since the Great Recession, the new jobs that were created have ...

01
Apr

Global Trends Impact Higher Education, Business and Working Learners

There are many global trends that impact how we live, learn and earn a living. Three of these trends that are bringing change now and will continue to impact the future are: • Changing higher education enrollment • Skills mismatch between employer expectation and graduates’ preparation • Funding for Higher education Institutions StudyPortals report Envisioning pathways to 2030 shows how these global trends will impact higher education, business and workers. Changing higher education enrollments Higher education enrollment rose from 100 million to 207 million students between 2000 and 2014. The largest growth in students enrolling in ...

25
Mar

Professional Development Answers the Technology Challenge

Now more than ever professional development is a major concern for employers and employees. According to the World Economic Forum there are companies and manufacturers in a broad range of industries that are leading the way in adopting AI and new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Those leaders are reaping the greatest benefits of technology, according to the report. Adopting new technologies represents both an opportunity and a challenge for businesses and their employees. Businesses will need employees who can work with new technology. Employees will need to seek professional development ...

18
Mar

Develop In-Demand Skills for Today and the Future Workplace

It doesn’t matter whether you call them future skills, power skills, or foundational skills. Each of these labels has been applied to the most in-demand skills in today’s labor market. These in-demand skills include a range of talents and abilities, but it’s not enough for a person to be good at just communication, computers or creativity. Today, there is a need for employees to have skills from each the skill-sets those traits represent. The Burning Glass report The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy categorizes important skills ...

04
Mar

Skills Gap, Automation and Globalization Require Worker Development

Discussions of the relationship between the skills gap, education, automation and globalization took place at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington last month. US governors looked to the future. Most governors believe the economy is doing well and the recession is behind them. But that doesn’t mean they are complacent. Many governors at the conference expressed concerns about future skills gaps and the effects on the economy. Governor Bullock of Montana said, “A witches’ brew of technology and automation, globalization and middle class stagnation ...

25
Feb

Easing Student Debt Burdens Benefits Employers and Employees

Student debt is something that touches almost everyone in some way. Even if you aren’t burdened by student debt, you participate in an economy that is affected by rising debt levels. Even you don’t owe student loan money, your tax dollars contribute to the federal student aid programs. Even if you aren’t struggling to finish your education due to student debt, you are part of an economy that requires educated and skilled workers to be able to compete globally. Student debt has risen much higher than student enrollment during recent ...

18
Feb

Find your Motivation for Success

It is important for adult learners to develop their own motivation for success. Motivation is the key to adult learner success. Today adults pursue higher education for a variety of reasons. Maybe technology has changed their job and they need new to skills to keep up. Perhaps they want to advance to a new level in their career. Or possibly they want to complete a degree they started many years ago. ReUp Education, an organization that focuses on helping higher education institutions serve students who have stopped out, says that 39 ...

04
Feb

A Career Map Gives Clear Directions

Today, more than ever, it is important for people to have a clear career map as they embark on their education and careers. People have hundreds of occupations to choose from, to say nothing of the predictions that in a couple of decades people will work in jobs that haven’t even been created yet. Starting out without a career map is like heading into unknown territory without a GPS or road map. Career pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers from Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce points out that technology ...

28
Jan

TAP Meets Higher Education Costs

Paying higher education costs is no easy feat. High tuition, the cost of books and materials, fees and other charges often make it difficult for students to complete their education. This is especially true for nontraditional students who might find themselves locked out of scholarship and loan programs geared more toward traditional age students. One source of help for nontraditional students to address higher education costs is an employer tuition assistance program. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) outlines principles of good financial aid programs; it is easy to see how ...