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 ...


Tuition Assistance for Nontraditional Students Benefits Many

The growing class and economic divide in the United States, the topic of discussions and debates, is not an easy problem to solve. One element of the solution is increasing higher education attainment among nontraditional students. Increasing high education attainment among nontraditional students also is a way to solve the employment dilemma many employers face: not having workers who are qualified for jobs that are waiting to be filled. In the next few years, by 2020, two-thirds of jobs will require at least a post-secondary credential, but just 10 percent of ...


Demonstrate Mastery in Education of the Future

Higher education of the future students will find many ways to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills. In a world where higher education is a lifelong process there are many credentials that come before, are added on after, or take the place of a degree. How will higher education of the future students earn credit and demonstrate mastery? In job market that is continually affected by new technology, workers need to learn new skills quickly. In a world where the half-life of a skill is five years, employees will need to continually ...


Education of the Future Learning Opportunities Build Success

Higher education of the future will be a process more than a product. The University of Virginia Miller Center report Transformations Affecting Postsecondary Education says that postsecondary education will be a platform for lifelong learning with undergraduate education as its starting point. How will higher education of the future students learn? There will be diverse pathways for students to follow to meet individual education and career goals. Instead of simply earning undergraduate degrees that lead to graduate degrees, higher education of the future will offer students options. Competency-based education, analytics, and ...


Higher Education Students of the Future Will Be Diverse

Every fall students go back to school, beginning or continuing their higher education journey. More than ever before, however, that journey has multiple diverse pathways for a student body that is increasingly diverse. Higher education students of the future will not all be traditional students. They will study new and different subjects. They will learn in different ways, receive credit in different ways, and their educational pathways will follow a different timeline than today. To put it simply: higher education of the future will be different from ...


EQUIP Serves Today’s Students

Today’s college students aren’t all the eager young adults who enroll right out of high school. The curriculum they study isn’t always delivered in lecture halls or studied in heavy text books. Today’s student population is diverse and needs a curriculum that will meet their needs in innovative ways. The Department of Education EQUIP experiment introduces model programs that do that. Last week the Department of Education launched Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships (EQUIP) with eight higher education institutions and non-traditional education partners. The goals of EQUIP are to: 1. test new ways to ...