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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Recognize Nurse Education and Commitment This Week

Nurse education is something that impacts every one of our lives. Anytime we receive emergency care in a clinic, are treated at a doctor’s office, or have surgery in a hospital we reap the benefits of advanced nursing education. This year from May 6 – 12, during National Nurses Week, we salute the professionals who have invested their time and talent to develop the skills necessary to care for us – their patients. Americans realize how important nurses are to their well-being and they respect them for the work they do. ...


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 ...


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) ...


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. 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 ...


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. ...


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 ...