Tax Bill Affects Higher Education

Every New Year there is speculation, both good and bad, about the changes to come. This year the new tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is one of the great topics for debate. There has been a lot of discussion about how its provisions will affect individuals, business and higher education. Some provisions are causing concern for higher education officials, and others have protected the interests of nontraditional students. One provision for a new tax on endowments is creating concern among some colleges and universities. A


Education Leaders Forecast the Future of Higher Education

Forecasting the future of anything is like playing a game of chance. What’s coming next is hard to picture. However, the future of higher education closely follows the development and expansion of technology. According to higher education experts, technology will be a major influence. Think about the use of technology in our daily lives: • Look back 20 years: Only 3.67 percent of people used mobile phone service; the internet was just getting started and had about 119 million users. • Look at the present: It’s a different world. At the ...


Employee Satisfaction Creates Engaged Employees

This is the time of year for spreading good will and happiness. Creating a culture of employee satisfaction is the best way for this to happen in business. And the best part of all is that when employee satisfaction is high, both employees and businesses benefit. High employee satisfaction creates a positive culture in your business, a culture that is rewarding for all stake holders. The Science of Happiness report by Globoforce, a company that specializes in workplace culture, explains. In their report they compare employees who are most and ...


Collaboration Yields Individual and Business Success

In recent years collaboration or the ability to work in teams is one of the skills that employers have listed among the top skills they need for their businesses. In a world where high-demand technical skills change as technology changes, the ability of employees to work together remains constant. Fostering collaboration among employees may be one of best things a company can do to create a positive business culture, develop employee satisfaction and strengthen its bottom line. Collaboration is generally defined as a “soft skill” but there is hard data ...


Degree Completion is a Worthwhile Investment

There are many layers to the impacts of degree completion: personal benefits, societal rewards, and personal and economic costs, investments and gains. The Future of Undergraduate Education, released last week by The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, discusses the many positive impacts and challenges of achieving bachelor’s degree completion. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the percentage of high school graduates attending college, but not in those graduating. The message of the report is that it is important for this to change. Getting ...


Digital Credentials Can Close Communication and Skills Gaps

Workers qualify for their jobs because they have the necessary skills and knowledge. Digital credentials are becoming increasingly valuable as “proof” of worker qualifications, along with licenses, certificates and degrees. Digital credentials, because they can be very descriptive, can work as a bridge between the skills gap employers face and workers seeking employment. Reports continue to show the urgency of the skills gap. In May seven states recorded all-time lows in unemployment, but according to PWC’s 20th CEO Survey 77 percent of global CEOs say that skills gaps limit their company’s growth. ...


Gender Parity Benefits Employees, Employers and the Economy

Gender parity is not a new issue. Achieving a balance between the number of women and men in the workplace, in leadership roles, and receiving living wages has wide-reaching impacts. The World Economic Forum has been measuring gender parity in education attainment, economic opportunity, health and survival and political empowerment since 2006. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 states that for the first time since 2006, progress towards achieving gender parity has lessened. In the economic opportunity and education attainment realms, businesses have the opportunity to create forward momentum and reap ...


Student Veterans are a National Asset

United States veterans, transitioning from an active military role to civilian life, may find that as student veterans they are in a position to lead our country on another front: the charge to educate more citizens, to increase the number of citizens with post-secondary education, and fill workforce skill gaps. Student veterans have characteristics that can make them successful as they pursue higher education and civilian careers. “In addition to their unique experiences, veterans have a specific set of skills, learned through military service. When these skills and experiences are coupled with formal ...


Education Offers Upward Mobility for Many

A college education is often talked about as the key to upward mobility in the United States. And, indeed, it is almost impossible to achieve upward mobility without higher education. However, it seems that some students are more successful at attaining higher education than others, and a lot of that success can depend on a family’s economic status. A student whose family is in the top 20 percent income level is five times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 24 than a student whose family ...


Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals Grows

National Cybersecurity Month is winding down, but the need for cybersecurity is continually ramping up. The recent Equifax security breach affected millions of Americans and made it clear that cybersecurity is important to our daily lives, not just to banks, businesses and government agencies. This need for security has created a demand for security analysts and career opportunity for higher education students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for Information Security Analysts will continue to grow by 36.5 percent from 2012 to 2022. And beyond that, from ...