What is the Future of Jobs and Workplace Training?

The growth of artificial intelligence has everyone from world economic leaders to employees working 9 to 5 wondering “What’s next?” What is the future of jobs? What future workplace training will the jobs require? A Pew Research Center survey The State of American Jobs shows that American workers might not know what exactly they have to do, but they know that they will have to do something. “Eighty-seven percent of workers believe it will be essential for them to get training and develop new job skills throughout their work life in ...


Americans Recognize the Problems and Value of Higher Education

When Americans are questioned about the purpose and value of higher education, one thing remains clear. They believe higher education is important – to both individuals seeking the American dream, and to society as a whole. Survey results vary slightly depending on questions asked, but the value of higher education remains a constant theme. Varying Degrees: New America’s Annual Survey on Higher Education presents the results of a survey of 1,600 Americans 18 and older. Generations of American may differ on their opinions, or the strength of their opinions, when ...


Recognize Nurse Education and Commitment This Week

Nurse education is something that impacts every one of our lives. Anytime we receive emergency care in a clinic, are treated at a doctor’s office, or have surgery in a hospital we reap the benefits of advanced nursing education. This year from May 6 – 12, during National Nurses Week, we salute the professionals who have invested their time and talent to develop the skills necessary to care for us – their patients. Americans realize how important nurses are to their well-being and they respect them for the work they do. ...


Applying Behavioral Science Can Give Students Momentum

Completing college is a challenge for all students. Keys to success may lie in behavioral science. Behavior science is the study of how people make decisions and act within a complex world where details matter. And often, it’s the little details that trip people up and impact their actions. Nontraditional students face a different set of obstacles than traditional college students. Any one of three major areas – finances, finding their identity as a student, or conflicting roles and responsibilities – could be enough to undermine student success. For nontraditional ...


Pathways to Education and Career Success are Beneficial

Low graduation rates and large skills gaps have created the need to develop positive pathways that lead to student success – and beyond. Pathways that lead to academic success and those that lead to career advancement are necessary to meet the labor market demands of today. In the decade from 2005-2015 both student enrollment and education completion rose – but not at the same rate. Certificate and degree completion rose by 35.5 percent, but enrollment grew by only 12.9 percent, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) ...


High Impact Practices Raise Employee and Student Engagement

High-impact practices that prompt people to do their best work as a student often run parallel to those that prompt them to be highly engaged at work. The National Survey of Student Engagement Annual Results 2015 states that setting high expectations and supporting student to meet those expectations are important elements of educational effectiveness. High expectations and support are also key elements to employee success on the job. When employees are also students, support in one role helps develop success in the other. Businesses have opportunities to support student engagement ...


Apply “Job to be Done” Concept to TAP and Degree Completion

A degree isn’t always the end goal. Sometimes it is a “job to be done.” If you are an employee seeking to advance in your company, your end goal is the new position. If you need a degree to get there, the degree becomes a “job to be done.” If you are an employer who needs highly skilled employees with advanced education, the education is a “job to be done.” Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, who developed the “job-to-be-done” concept, explains it in his book Competing Against Luck. ...


Value of Tuition Assistance is Far Reaching

Generally employees, businesses and higher education institutions think of tuition assistance as an employee benefit. It gives value to employees and gives businesses a valuable return on their investment in the form of an educated, skilled workforce. But, there is an even bigger picture to look at regarding the value of tuition assistance. The value of tuition assistance extends to the impact U.S. businesses make on the global marketplace. Value of a degree job seekers and employees: It’s tough going for job applicants who don’t have a degree. A Career Builder ...


Nontraditional Students and Business Success are Linked

The American workforce and nontraditional students are linked: Adult workers need to complete or continue their higher education so they have the skills and education necessary for a changing workplace and businesses need employees/nontraditional students to be successful so they have a skilled workforce. Each impacts the other. Nontraditional students’ success creates a strong workforce for American businesses and the obstacles nontraditional students face can often be overcome through their employment. Today’s nontraditional students The 2016 College Experience Survey from Strayer University and U.S. News & World Report’s Marketing and Business Intelligence ...


TAP: The Solution for Access, Affordability and Attainment

Access, affordability and attainment are recurring topics in higher education these days. These issues are closely linked and each affects the other. Each of them also impacts the United States businesses and economy. Businesses have an effective tool to make the link between access, affordability and attainment a positive impact on their workforce. Access to education is often directly related to affordability; financial concerns are something businesses can address with tuition assistance programs that help employees pay for higher education. A TAP program makes higher education affordable and helps students ...