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12
Mar

Tuition Assistance Raises Employee Engagement

Employee engagement and motivation are continually on the radar of business managers and owners. These issues also relate to employees’ highly personal goals and individual lives. They impact businesses productivity and profitability and influence employees’ job choices and work performance. A Gallup report on employee engagement report shows that 18 percent of people are actively disengaged in their work and 67 percent are not engaged. This global cost of this lack of engagement is approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity. The 67 percent are the majority of the workforce. These are employees who simply show up ...

05
Mar

Nontraditional students impact US Economy, Society and Schools

Nontraditional students are poised to impact the United States in many ways. In recent years this diverse group has already had an impact on higher education institutions. Schools have developed innovative methods of education delivery and recognized multiple ways for students to earn credit in the process of meeting nontraditional students’ needs. Now, as a growing part of the population, nontraditional students will impact the US economy and social dynamics. Nontraditional students will inform the composition of the higher education population in the very near future. College campuses filled with fresh ...

26
Feb

College Completion Takes Well-Planned Action

Predictions for the future include worker shortages, widening socioeconomic gaps, and the need for increased college completion. These three topics are closely related. Increased college completion could help solve the worker shortage and help close gaps between social and economic groups. However, increasing college completion takes well-planned action. There is no doubt the number of students completing higher education needs to increase. The US will face a shortage of five million graduates by 2020 and enrollment numbers are declining. This makes it all the more important that students who are in ...

19
Feb

Counseling Leads to Higher Education Success

For both students interested in completing a degree and those pursuing an advanced degree, higher education offers a lot of opportunity accompanied by a lot of decisions to be made. Often navigating through the system is complicated; however, academic counseling can provide the best compass for finding the right pathway. Counseling steers students toward the most efficient, effective education pathways to create success. Student success is just the beginning of why counseling is an important part of a higher education. Individual success leads to a skilled workforce that builds businesses that ...

12
Feb

Motivation for Higher Education Leads to Prosperity

The primary motivation among adult students pursuing higher education is future job and career advancement. The diverse, nontraditional student population is largely focused on finding ways to achieve more in their careers, in spite of whatever obstacles they may face. The Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey Why Higher Ed? examined the motivation of more than 86,000 U.S. adults who had made the choice to pursue higher education. Far and away job and career outcomes were the highest motivating factors in all educational, gender and racial demographic groups. Fifty-eight percent of people cited ...

05
Feb

Artificial Intelligence Changes Job Market Demands

The world isn’t changing. It has changed already. And no one can deny that artificial intelligence, one of the big changes and disruptors, has lead the change. Artificial Intelligence has impacted our lives in many ways, and as the new becomes familiar, more changes will come along. What is important is that artificial intelligence becomes a force for continual learning and positive change. The recent World Economic Forum addressed the issue of artificial intelligence and automation. Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All ...

29
Jan

Arts Education Develops Important Workplace Skills

Go ahead – sign up for an art class. It could be something that separates you from other graduates. Employers searching for workers who can think creatively, collaborate and communicate may find them among graduates who have had arts education as part of their higher education. There is no doubt that digital literacy, technical skills and STEM knowledge are important for employees. But the demand for this knowledge shifts and alters as technology develops and changes workplace operations. The skills that remain in constant demand are the soft skills ...

22
Jan

Effective Education Encompasses Both STEM and Liberal Arts

For several years the debate has raged over which course of study is better. STEM or liberal arts? Recent research shows that when considering STEM and liberal arts, and is better than either-or. Effective education encompasses both fields, and workers need both sets of skills. As world communities become less isolated and more connected by communication and travel, issues are global rather than local. Neither STEM skills nor liberal arts knowledge alone can take care of global issues and concerns. In today’s world the knowledge and processes that require STEM skills are important to ...

15
Jan

Support for Single-Mother Students Benefits Many

Look around at the students in your class. Maybe, take a look in the mirror. Or look at your employees who are taking advantage of their tuition assistance benefits. Chances are many of them are single moms. Single mothers are a growing demographic, and their higher education success is important – not just to the individuals, but to the businesses they work for, US society and the economy as a whole. A recent briefing paper from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Single Mothers in College: Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and ...

08
Jan

Tax Bill Affects Higher Education

Every New Year there is speculation, both good and bad, about the changes to come. This year the new tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is one of the great topics for debate. There has been a lot of discussion about how its provisions will affect individuals, business and higher education. Some provisions are causing concern for higher education officials, and others have protected the interests of nontraditional students. One provision for a new tax on endowments is creating concern among some colleges and universities. A