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 ...


The Growing Need for Registered Nurses in Many Roles

May 6-12, 2018 is National Nurses Week. This week celebrates the many diverse ways that registered nurses work in health care. Nurses aren’t simply the people in scrubs who bring you meds in the hospital, take your blood pressure in the doctor’s office or treat your wounds in the emergency room. While they deliver health care, they also conduct research, educate other healthcare providers and take on leadership roles. There is a growing need for registered nurses, no matter which role they play. Nurses can be very proud that ...


Business Needs Drive Higher Education Innovation

It appears that the future of higher education will be one of innovation. The increasing presence of nontraditional students, artificial intelligence, and global economic markets are creating an environment that demands higher education innovation. The need for innovation will impact many stakeholders including policy makers, higher education institutions, businesses and their employees. Most higher education innovation supports student success. High impact practices include advising, mentoring and collecting student data to help students stay on track. Colleges and universities have developed online education, flexible scheduling, and alternative methods of awarding credit to make higher ...


The Time is Right for Adult Nontraditional Students

The time is right for all prospective adult nontraditional students who may be wondering if they should pursue higher education to take action. The time is right for employers to encourage employees across their company to upgrade their skills, gain knowledge that will keep them competitive and earn the degree that may be a life-long goal. The adult nontraditional student population is rapidly growing and changing the higher education environment. Institutions of higher education are recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of older students in terms teaching methods they use and ...


Automation Increases Need for Higher Education

There’s good news and bad news about the impact of automation on our world. On one hand it will increase productivity and bring economic growth. On the other hand it will cause some jobs to decline or be eliminated. In the midst of uncertainty, one thing is certain: business leaders, policy makers and individuals must all prepare to meet new demands. The impact of automation is all about change. The McKinsey Global Institute report Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation is really about jobs change. ...


Education Develops Workers’ Employability

The education workers need and the requirements for employability change as the world changes. The skills and education workers need are directly related to advancements in technology and changing work conditions. In the 1900s, the US public school system developed as work conditions changed and workers needed a high school education. In the 1960s, increasing technology, the need for advanced education to perform jobs, and the Higher Education Act which expanded federal aid for higher education contributed to an increase in the number of people pursuing higher education. From 1970 to 2016 enrollment in higher education increased ...


Tuition Assistance Provides Skills Gap Solutions

The skills gap and worker shortages are dilemmas for businesses. New, unfamiliar technologies and lack of training are problems that workers face. The solutions for these problems are close at hand for both businesses and employees, by using available resources. Increase diversity through hiring and retention Often employers who worry about a skills gap aren’t tapping and retaining all their current sources of talent, says Deborah Munster, executive director of Diversity Best Practices. Take a look at your employees – all your employees. Consider work populations that may often ...


Tuition Assistance Builds Persistence

If all adult students needed to finish their higher education were motivation and self-discipline, everyone would have a degree. Most adult students have motivation to complete or advance their education so they can acquire skills and knowledge they need for careers. They already have the self-discipline to manage a career and a family. Often they can find the missing element – persistence – as they use their employer tuition assistance program to complete higher education while they work. As adult students progress through higher education, they will find education and career ...


Certified Nurses Are in Demand

Today we recognize and honor certified nurses, crucial members of healthcare teams everywhere. March 19, Certified Nurses Day, celebrates the educational and professional accomplishments of nurses who have earned certifications in their specialties. These dedicated nurses contribute to patient care and wellness in many ways, and their certification shows their advanced knowledge and skills. Certified nurses are recognized on March 19, the birthday of the Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles. Styles is a nurse leader and education who developed and implemented standards for nursing credentials and helped to create the American Nurses ...