Workforce and Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Create Value

The competitive edge that propels company growth, increases profitability and retains talent could very easily be built at the core of the company. This edge can be built or strengthened by increasing the diversity and inclusion of the workforce. Increased diversity and inclusion in a company workforce can bring great value to businesses. A diverse work force has the potential to create and deliver a product to a larger market. The insight that comes through a diverse team helps develop a broad, inclusive vision. A diverse workforce will be able to analyze ...


The Impact of Automation on the Labor Market

Last week the World Economic Forum weighed in on the impact of automation on the labor market with its Future of Jobs Report 2018. Like other reports and predictions, this one says that change in the labor market is inevitable: Technology will continue to expand, and both business and workers need to be prepared. More than 75 million jobs could be lost in the next four years as businesses expand their use of automation. However, 133 million new jobs could be created during that time as people learn to ...


Non-degree Credentials Develop Skill Sets

Learning happens in multiple ways. And today there are multiple ways for people to demonstrate the knowledge they have attained and skills they have mastered. Before earning a degree, after earning a degree, or instead of a degree, non-degree credentials are a way for people to validate they have mastered specific skills and attained valuable knowledge. Non-degree credentials are a way for people to demonstrate that they are continuing to learn, can bridge skills gaps and be a valuable asset to their employers. Non-degree certificates, certifications and licenses each show a ...


Arts in Education Creates Multiple Benefits

September 9-15 is National Arts in Education Week. This week is designated to highlight the role arts education plays “producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students.” Becoming career-ready is a complex process. Employers want employees who have communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. They want employees who show creativity, can work in teams and can solve problems. Arts education develops these important traits. The National Association of Colleges and Employers says that the ability to work well on teams, decisive problem solving, and effective communication are employers’ top ...


Higher Education Equals Increased Labor Force Participation.

Labor Day is a time to salute the workers in our country. The people who are the labor force play a vital role in making America competitive in the global economy. They are the workers who face changes and challenges as new technology requires them to have new skills. They are the workers who often are earning and learning at the same time, as they continually seek higher education to meet employer demands. They are the workers who often find that the level of higher education they have attained ...


Medical School Full-Tuition Scholarships Provides Access

Access to higher education because of tuition costs and student loan debt are problems that higher education students face. Especially medical students. This month NYU School of Medicine made a move to address these issues. It is offering medical school full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD program. The United States is facing worker shortages in many industries, including medicine. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts that the US will have a shortage of up to 120,000 doctors by 2030. More than a third of ...


Certifications Offer Benefits for Employers and Employees

Americans’ knowledge and skills directly impact their chances to earn economic security and climb the income ladder. Their knowledge and skills also impact the stability and growth of the American economy. American businesses need workers whose knowledge and skills help business develop, benefit from advances in technology, and compete globally. This is why Lumina Foundation has set Goal 2025: that 60 percent of American hold high quality post- secondary credentials, certificates or degrees by the year 2025. To meet the growing need for talent and for both businesses and individuals to ...


Tuition Assistance Offers Help for Non-Completers

When students enroll in higher education there are a variety of advantages that they could reasonably expect to come with their degree completion: higher wages, benefits, and stable employment. They might also find themselves being a more engaged citizen, experiencing better health and having longer life expectancy. Higher education non-completers, those who don’t complete their degree, don’t realize these benefits. And they also have an additional burden: student debt they are not managing to pay. Nontraditional students make up about 25 percent of the 2010 cohort of higher education students. ...


Increased Demands Create Learn and Work Ecosystem

Generally an adult or nontraditional student pursues higher education to gain a new needed skill, have better job opportunities or earn a higher income. This makes the experience of the nontraditional student seem very personal. And no doubt it is – for each individual. But the scope of the nontraditional student experience is embedded in something very broad. Disruptions to higher education, skills gaps in employment and artificial intelligence have created what some are calling a learn and work ecosystem. An ecosystem is the whole group of living and nonliving things that ...


Preparing Skill Sets for Today and Tomorrow

Sixty years ago Doris Day sang “Que Será, Será” in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much. Today it’s not true that “whatever will be, will be” or that “the future’s not ours to see.” A lot has changed since then, including the ability to see what will be. Today economic and labor data collection and analysis give us predictions of the future workplace and the skill sets that will be in demand. We can see what skill sets will be most in demand for businesses to be competitive ...