Promote Tuition Assistance to Close Skills Gap

The looming skills gap has created a sense of urgency among businesses. A lack of qualified employees will equate to lower productivity, slower growth and development and low profitability. These conditions will affect the ability of businesses to compete at all levels from local to global and impact the economy. Taking positive steps to help fill the skills gap gives business control over their future in terms of talent, growth and profitability. One way to take positive steps is to promote tuition assistance plans. For every dollar that businesses invest in ...


American Workers are Key to Goal 2025

American adult workers may be the key to reaching an important goal. Sixteen years ago, Lumina Foundation introduced Goal 2025: to have 60 percent of American hold degrees, certificates or some high quality postsecondary credential. Now at half way to that date, Lumina has introduced a strategic plan to move close to goal achievement. And US American adult learners are a key element of the plan. At the current rates of postsecondary attainment, about 24.2 million Americans will have postsecondary credentials of some kind by 2025. To ...


Employer Engagement in TAP Impacts Business

Engagement in tuition assistance programs presents an opportunity for employers to influence the future of their businesses. Whether a business has an immediate or future need for qualified workers TAP is an opportunity to define the need and develop the solution. Engagement in tuition assistance is an opportunity to help employees persist in their education, for business to develop education and career pathways, and establish continual education for employees. Financial aid is an important factor in student persistence and completion. A new study from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) shows ...


Ensuring Military Veterans Succeed in Student Role

This week we are honoring military veterans who are an asset to the country they once served in a military capacity. The skills they learned in the military and the work experience they gained while serving represent a wealth of resources for businesses and employers. With skills and work experience behind them, many vets return to school to complete their education. Supports from schools and employers can help veterans make the most of their higher education. Military Veterans are a dynamic portion of the non-traditional student population: • 10-14 percent of military personnel are women, but 21-27 percent of student veterans ...


Jobs Require Both Soft Skills and Hard Skills

In an economy and culture that demand continual education and addition of skills, students find they need to develop diverse skills. Each job requires specific hard skills that are unique to the work of that occupation. Each job also requires a multitude of soft skills that cross occupations and are needed in every job. Students who develop both skills sets have an advantage in their careers. The Education Advisory Boards says that students who develop both hard and soft skills become “T-shaped professionals” who have the most promising outlook for employment. ...


Create TAP to Support Non-traditional Students

Barnes and Noble College, a college bookstore business, recently surveyed 100 traditional and 800 non-traditional students to compare their experiences and find ways to help non-traditional students achieve success. While many of their findings about student barriers and recommendations for success are directed at schools, there are steps that businesses can take through their TAP programs to help their employees be successful in higher education pursuits. The non-traditional students in the survey met one or more criteria: • 25 years of age or older • online student or enrolled in distance education • first-generation students • employed full-time while ...


The Knowledge Economy Demands Continual Education

Today’s economy, with its strengths and weaknesses, is a topic for continual news and discussion. It impacts Americans in many ways beyond financial. One of these ways is in the amount and type of education that Americans need in order to have job success. As the United States and the rest of the world transition to a “knowledge economy,” American workers are very aware that they will need to continually upgrade their training, skills and education to be successful at their jobs. A Pew Research Center analysis of job data shows ...


Business Benefit from Women in the Workplace

Businesses that create a culture that supports and encourages women in the workplace will see positive effects on all employees and overall business success. The Gallup report: The Women in America: Work and Life Well-Lived presents evidence of this positive effect. It also shows that women are an important part of the talent pool and that encouraging female employees can help relieve employment shortage businesses are facing. In spite of the presence of women in the workplace, the percentage of women in the American workforce has been declining recently. In 2000, ...


Improved Access and Attainment Benefit All

Two crucial issues in higher education make headlines week after week: access and attainment.Last week the Education Trust issued a report: Fixing America’s College Attainment Problems: It’s About More than Affordability. The report focuses on reasons for increased costs in higher education which is a big factor in low attainment rates, stating that one of the main reasons for increased costs is declining state support, down 20 percent since 1990. In addition Federal aid covers much less than it has in the past. The report also states that ...


View Education Through the Lens of Change

Like all Septembers, this month has brought us a new season and a new academic year. This particular September is also bringing us challenges in the field of higher education and an opportunity to look at higher education through a new lens. The purpose of higher education is always debated – Is it to prepare students for jobs or is it to deliver a broad base of knowledge? The answer to the question is “yes.” It’s really both. While these diverse purposes would seem to create an insurmountable task ...