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10
Apr

Apply “Job to be Done” Concept to TAP and Degree Completion

A degree isn’t always the end goal. Sometimes it is a “job to be done.” If you are an employee seeking to advance in your company, your end goal is the new position. If you need a degree to get there, the degree becomes a “job to be done.” If you are an employer who needs highly skilled employees with advanced education, the education is a “job to be done.” Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, who developed the “job-to-be-done” concept, explains it in his book Competing Against Luck. ...

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 ...

20
Mar

TAP Can Build Company Brands

A strong company brand equals a strong share of the marketplace. However, companies often come up short when it comes to delivering on their brand promise, and this has a direct impact on client and customer engagement. Loyal customers are an asset for a company, but research from Gallup shows that only 38 percent of customers fully engage, going out of their way to find a product or service and not accepting a substitute. That means that 62 percent of clients and customers are up for grabs, and the ...

13
Mar

TAP: The Solution for Access, Affordability and Attainment

Access, affordability and attainment are recurring topics in higher education these days. These issues are closely linked and each affects the other. Each of them also impacts the United States businesses and economy. Businesses have an effective tool to make the link between access, affordability and attainment a positive impact on their workforce. Access to education is often directly related to affordability; financial concerns are something businesses can address with tuition assistance programs that help employees pay for higher education. A TAP program makes higher education affordable and helps students ...

06
Mar

Tuition Assistance Builds Employee Engagement

There are more than 100 million full-time employees in the American workforce. According to the latest Gallup State of the American Workforce report, only 33 percent of those employees are engaged at work. These workers are enthusiastic, focused, team players and work for the good of the organization. The report also says that 16 percent of people in the workforce are actively disengaged. We’ve all worked with those people. They have high absenteeism, miss deadlines, and are generally unhappy at work. Right in the middle is the majority of ...

27
Feb

Fourth Industrial Revolution Creates and Demands Change

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we live our daily lives. If is changing how we produce and consume goods and the education we will require to be part of this change. The speed of the change swirling around us means that we need take stock of the skills that we have now, and learn how to quickly adapt and acquire skills that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will demand. The World Economic Forum breaks industrial progress into these stages: In the Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s mechanical production developed through ...

20
Feb

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 ...

13
Feb

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 ...

06
Feb

The Time to Pursue Higher Education is Now

Technological advances, skills gaps and worker shortages all mean that this is an advantageous time to pursue higher education. Whether the goal is to enhance skills needed for work, gain a certificate or earn a degree, there is no better time to begin, continue or complete higher education. Indeed, an online job search site, conducted a survey of over 1,000 HR managers and recruiters. The results show that businesses need and are having difficulty finding qualified workers, and that there are numerous opportunities for workers with the right higher education. ...