Higher Education in the Future Builds on Past Positive Trends

Each year as January rolls around it is natural to glance back at where we have been and gaze forward to where we are going. This year, as often happens, the past deserves more than a glance back. What has happened in higher education will continue to impact what is going to happen. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently asked education leaders to reflect on several questions. Their answers, in “The Past and Future of Higher Education,” are important to all students and business leaders and illustrate how closely ...


Women Leaders Advance Business

Cultivating women leaders in business is a strategy that will help U.S. businesses be profitable and maintain a leadership position in the global marketplace. Women leaders can strengthen the numbers and position of women in the workforce, an area where the U.S. is steadily falling behind other countries. In 2000, 59.9 percent of women age 15/16 or older were in the labor force. By 2010, 58.6 percent of women in that age group were in the labor force and by 2015, the percentage of women in the workforce was 56.7 percent. This decline ...


Data Science Demand Leads Job Projections

Data affects our personal lives and the businesses we run or work for. We read statistics about food we eat, methods of travel, and effectiveness of medical treatments. Data science is the field that extracts information from data and evaluates that information to give insight. This insight from data offers businesses an opportunity to operate more efficiently and effectively, and the need for this insight offers vast opportunities for employment. Statistics from the SHRM survey Jobs of the Future: Data Analysis surrounding data science show how vital this field has become in ...


Alternative Credentials Earn Their Place in Higher Ed

Alternative credentials are increasingly relevant to schools, students and employers. The majority of higher education institutions offer non-degree credentials in some form or another. Alternative credentials are aligned to training and skills that students need to acquire quickly to keep up with fast changes in technology. They also can narrow the gap that employers and schools have regarding readiness of students to succeed in the workplace. The UPCEA/Pearson survey Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials defines alternative credentials as competencies, skills and learning outcomes based on ...


Promote Tuition Assistance to Close Skills Gap

The looming skills gap has created a sense of urgency among businesses. A lack of qualified employees will equate to lower productivity, slower growth and development and low profitability. These conditions will affect the ability of businesses to compete at all levels from local to global and impact the economy. Taking positive steps to help fill the skills gap gives business control over their future in terms of talent, growth and profitability. One way to take positive steps is to promote tuition assistance plans. For every dollar that businesses invest in ...


American Workers are Key to Goal 2025

American adult workers may be the key to reaching an important goal. Sixteen years ago, Lumina Foundation introduced Goal 2025: to have 60 percent of American hold degrees, certificates or some high quality postsecondary credential. Now at half way to that date, Lumina has introduced a strategic plan to move close to goal achievement. And US American adult learners are a key element of the plan. At the current rates of postsecondary attainment, about 24.2 million Americans will have postsecondary credentials of some kind by 2025. To ...


Employer Engagement in TAP Impacts Business

Engagement in tuition assistance programs presents an opportunity for employers to influence the future of their businesses. Whether a business has an immediate or future need for qualified workers TAP is an opportunity to define the need and develop the solution. Engagement in tuition assistance is an opportunity to help employees persist in their education, for business to develop education and career pathways, and establish continual education for employees. Financial aid is an important factor in student persistence and completion. A new study from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) shows ...


Ensuring Military Veterans Succeed in Student Role

This week we are honoring military veterans who are an asset to the country they once served in a military capacity. The skills they learned in the military and the work experience they gained while serving represent a wealth of resources for businesses and employers. With skills and work experience behind them, many vets return to school to complete their education. Supports from schools and employers can help veterans make the most of their higher education. Military Veterans are a dynamic portion of the non-traditional student population: • 10-14 percent of military personnel are women, but 21-27 percent of student veterans ...


Jobs Require Both Soft Skills and Hard Skills

In an economy and culture that demand continual education and addition of skills, students find they need to develop diverse skills. Each job requires specific hard skills that are unique to the work of that occupation. Each job also requires a multitude of soft skills that cross occupations and are needed in every job. Students who develop both skills sets have an advantage in their careers. The Education Advisory Boards says that students who develop both hard and soft skills become “T-shaped professionals” who have the most promising outlook for employment. ...


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 ...