Career and Academic Counseling Address Workforce Needs

Career and academic counseling are becoming an increasingly important components of a tuition assistance program. Businesses need to hire workers with the right education and talents to close the skills gap. Workers need to prepare themselves for a workplace that is continually evolving and demanding new knowledge. Neither of these is an easy task. There has been rapid change in both education and occupations. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce report Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers shows how both education and occupation opportunities have ...


Assessing the Progress Towards Education Goals

At the end of the Great Recession both the US government and Lumina Foundation set education goals for the country that could help create a stronger workforce, assist the economic recovery efforts, and ultimately create a stronger economy. The US Government’s Postsecondary Degree Completion Goal is that by 2020, 60 percent of the US population age 25-34 would have an associate’s degree or higher. Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 is broader. It is that by 2025, 60 percent of the US population age 25-64 would have a high quality post-secondary ...


Tuition Assistance for Part-time Students is a Good Investment

Nontraditional, part-time students are a large part of the higher education student population today. National Center for Education statistics show that part-time students are different from full-time students in several ways that can create financial difficulties. • 62 percent of part-time students go to two-year schools compared to 25 percent of full-time students • 64 percent of part-time students are age 24 or over compared to 34 percent of full-time students • 71 percent of part-time students are on their own financially compared to 41 percent of full-time students • 42 percent of part-time students work 40 or ...


Goal Setting Leads to Success

The start of the new school year brings time management and achievement challenges for busy adults. Effective goal setting can make the difference between successful progress and being overwhelmed by all the responsibility. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments says that goal setting can act as an effective “internal commitment device for students.” A self-set goal allows students to control how and when they complete it. The report distinguished between performance goals and task-based ...


Higher Education Student Demographics Show Wide Variety

Welcome to the new school year. Whether you are a student just starting out, or an employer whose employees are heading back to school, you are in good company. Higher education student demographics show that many nontraditional students share similar, lifestyles, obstacles and opportunities. Today’s higher education student demographics are wide, varied and very inclusive. It’s clear that in higher education today, everybody belongs. Kim Cook, the executive director of the National College Access Network, an organization that works to improve college access, says that a few decades ago ...


Higher Education Brings Career Satisfaction

Career satisfaction for many American workers is clearly linked to plans to pursue higher education. Whether American workers are considering their current position, future options in their career path, or personal fulfillment, it’s clear that job satisfaction and higher education are two sides of the same coin for many Americans. A recent Harris Poll of more than a thousand American Workers, conducted for University of Phoenix, clearly illustrates the connection between career satisfaction and plans to pursue higher education. The survey showed that only: • 38 percent of American workers are very satisfied ...


Varied Options Offer Access to Higher Education

It is a generally accepted fact that the more education a person has the greater their chance of economic well-being. There also is a reality that not everyone has broad or easy access to higher education. Multiple proposals and solutions to improve access to higher education are proof that this issue affects many people and demands solutions. Whether the idea of free college is practical or not, it’s clear that there is urgency behind the need for more people to access and attain higher education. The July U.S. Congress Joint ...


Forever GI Bill and Year-round Pell Increase Opportunities

In spite of political differences, Congress recently passed two education-related bills that benefit everyone in one way or another. The “Forever GI Bill” and Year-round Pell Grants mean that many students will have resources available for their higher education on a timely basis. The opportunities these programs create show clearly that higher education is a national priority. The Forever GI Bill removes the 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits after leaving service. The bill originally applied to service members who were discharged after January 1, 2018, but ...


Technology Creates Production and Workforce Change

As far back as 500 BCE the Greek philosopher Heracitus said change is the only thing that is constant. Technology is one of the major influences bringing about continual, if not constant, workforce change. It impacts the products and services that are delivered, how these products are created developed, and the skills that workers need to have. Today, everyone connected to the workforce can see that technology is a major influence in causing change in the marketplace. CompTIA reports that 74 percent of businesses say technology is a primary factor ...


Higher Education means Good Jobs

Having a good job generally means having meaningful work that pays well. It also increasingly means post-secondary education. This week JPMorgan Chase and the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce released Good Jobs that Pay without a BA, a report that shows the relationship between education levels and economic return. Good Jobs aren’t just about the money, but in this report Chase and Georgetown CEW focus on work opportunity and reward. The Good Jobs report defines a good job as one that pays $35,000 as the minimum earnings ...