Physical Exercise and Academic Success are Linked

Physical exercise and academic success are common topics for New Year's resolutions. However, this is the time of year when many New Year’s resolutions, especially those pertaining to physical fitness, are abandoned. With work, family and school responsibilities it already seems like there is too much to schedule into the short winter days. It’s important to get the most out of every minute. But that is exactly why it’s important to lace up the sneakers and head out for a walk or off to the gym. There is evidence of a strong ...


A Career Map Gives Clear Directions

Today, more than ever, it is important for people to have a clear career map as they embark on their education and careers. People have hundreds of occupations to choose from, to say nothing of the predictions that in a couple of decades people will work in jobs that haven’t even been created yet. Starting out without a career map is like heading into unknown territory without a GPS or road map. Career pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers from Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce points out that technology ...


TAP Meets Higher Education Costs

Paying higher education costs is no easy feat. High tuition, the cost of books and materials, fees and other charges often make it difficult for students to complete their education. This is especially true for nontraditional students who might find themselves locked out of scholarship and loan programs geared more toward traditional age students. One source of help for nontraditional students to address higher education costs is an employer tuition assistance program. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) outlines principles of good financial aid programs; it is easy to see how ...


Workers Need Both Hard and Soft Skills to Work with AI and Robots

What will it take to be ready to work with AI and robots in the future? The answers to this question are really important for today’s kindergartners. They will graduate from high school in 2030, the year when futurists estimate that up to 85 percent of the world’s work will be in jobs that haven’t been invented yet. We don’t even have to look that far ahead. Workers already face demands for new skills as they move towards 2030. Analysts and futurists have ideas about skills and education that today’s ...


Loan Repayment Builds Company and Employment Brand

Building a strong company brand requires a good product or service. It also requires qualified employees that can deliver. To attract qualified employees a business needs an employment brand that is as strong as its company brand; it develops this strong employment brand by meeting its employees’ needs. 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 ...


On-going Higher Education Trends

January is like turning the page to the next chapter of a book. Reflecting on past events and predicting what will happen next is part of the experience. The same process happens with higher education trends. As a new year starts, thought leaders weigh in on higher education trends and predict how past events will impact what happens next. A few recent higher education trends are closely related: today’s students, lifelong learning, and the need to prepare artificial intelligence in the workplace. Today’s students are often the workers who discover ...


Student Loan Assistance Can Increase Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is one area where employers and employees have a symbiotic relationship. What benefits employees, truly benefits their employers when it comes to engagement. However, about 31 percent of businesses see employee engagement as one of their fop five challenges, according to the 2018 SHRM GLOBOFORCE Employee Recognition Survey: Employee Experience as a Business Driver. As many as 51 percent of the US workforce in not engaged, according to the 2015 Gallup Employee Engagement survey. As many as 17.2 percent of workers are ...


Adult Promise Programs and TAP Help Completion Efforts

Adult Promise Programs are relatively new in higher education. Until recently most promise programs have focused on providing financial aid for traditional age college students. New Adult Promise Programs are focusing on adult higher education students for a very important reason. Adult students are a group that can help increase completion rates in the United States. Adults who have some college but haven’t attained a degree are a promising population for completing a degree or certification. Lumina Foundation developed its Adult Promise initiative as part of Lumina’s goal to ...


Student Loan Repayment: A Cutting Edge Benefit to Recruit Top Talent

The need to recruit qualified workers is both a top priority and a competitive challenge for businesses today. There is a shortage of highly qualified workers and studies project that this shortage will grow. The Recovery 2020 report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that in the near future: • 65 percent of job vacancies will require some postsecondary education and training • 6 million jobs will require a graduate degree • 13 million jobs will require a baccalaureate degree • 7 million jobs will require an associate’s degree • 5 million ...


One Value of Education is its Impact on Career Progress

Business leaders, educators, policy makers and the general public each have ideas about the value of college education. They may disagree about the value in terms of cost or the final “product” that is produced. Looking at a college education in multiple ways sheds light on its value. The value of education isn’t just to have a degree as an end-product. One value of education is how it relates to workers’ position in the workplace and career progress. The American Association of College and Universities (AACU) reports in