Studies Show Link Between Exercise and Academic Success

The summer sun and bright colors are a perfect invitation for you to spend time outdoors – to jog, walk, bike or swim. Or, if workout routines, machines and trainers are more inviting for you, schedule some time at your favorite gym. Time spent in physical activity is time well invested in your success as a higher education student. While it might seems like you have too much to do with work, family and school responsibilities to manage, exercise could be the key to handling all these responsibilities successfully. Many ...


TAP Build Talent to Bridge Skills Gaps and Worker Shortages

News about skills gaps and worker shortages becomes more and more urgent as news about automation and artificial intelligence increases. Urgency, however, isn’t necessarily negative. It doesn’t necessarily predict disaster. The urgency to close a skills gap and hire workers can also be a positive force for businesses and their employees. Businesses, especially those with tuition assistance programs have an opportunity. They can focus on workforce development rather than be impacted by workforce conditions. Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, suggests that employers can become “builders of ...


Educational Adequacy Contributes to Pursuit of Happiness

This week we will celebrate the 4th of July. The day when our forefathers declared our independence. The day when they declared that we all have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The pursuit of happiness can be widely different for many people. However, for many, pursuit of happiness means a life that includes opportunities for economic stability, to provide for their family and hold a rewarding job. In the US many of these opportunities require adequate post-secondary education. However, defining educational adequacy isn’t a straightforward task. The ...


Online education provides options

Online education isn’t new, and online student enrollment and success rates were among the topics at the recent Higher Ed Remastered annual meeting. Online education makes higher education available to students who might have limited accessibility to programs because of where they live. It has made it possible for students with an already-full work or family schedule to access classes on a more convenient schedule. While it has accomplished all this, online education is no longer just a way for students with limited accessibility to pursue higher education. It is a ...


Reaching Higher Education Completion Goals Benefits Everyone

Higher education completion goals set by Lumina Foundation and the US government are designed to create a strong economy and position the United States as a global leader in the number of citizens with degrees and meaningful credentials. The federal goal is for 60 percent of 25-34 year-olds to have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2020. Lumina Foundation’s goal is for 60 percent of working adults to earn a ‘high-quality certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree by 2025. Successfully meeting these goals would benefit many stakeholders. Individuals ...


Women in the Workforce: A Powerful Force for Growth

Women in the workforce have been a significant factor for change in business productivity, economic growth and education levels in the United States. Women’s participation in the workforce increased from 34 percent in 1950 to almost 57 percent in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The increase of women in the paid workforce was arguably the most significant change in the economy in the past century,” says Amanda Weinstein, Economics professor at the University of Akron. This increase of women in the workforce generates an increase in wages. ...


Promote Higher Education Attainment with TAP

A good start may be half the battle, according to Plato, but for higher education students half the battle isn’t enough. Access to higher education is a start, but attainment may be the hardest part of the battle for many higher education students. National Student Clearinghouse has estimated that as many as 31 million students have enrolled in college, over the last 20 years, and left without receiving a degree or certificate. Some of these students who dropped out of higher education attended for only one term, ...


Top Employment Skills are Transferable

Nat King Cole sang about “Those Lazy-Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” 50 years ago. Today, however, you may not have any of those days scheduled – especially if you are concerned about being sure you have the top employment skills. Short summer sessions and flexible scheduling can give you the opportunity to evaluate how your skills compare to top employment skills businesses are seeking, and continue your education. The top employment skills that are named from poll to poll and source to source are all similar, even if their numerical ranking ...


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 ...


Creative Problem Solving and Communication Skills are Needed

Creative problem solving and communication are skills that people need to learn to “robot-proof” themselves, and have fulfilling careers now and in the future. The work environment is changing rapidly. Baby Boomers might have stayed in their career jobs for decades, but today, nine out of 10 millennials plan to stay at their jobs for fewer than three years. That means millennials could potentially have 15 or more jobs that span their work life. That could make for an interesting career, but how do workers learn the ...