Reaching Higher Education Completion Goals Benefits Everyone

Higher education completion goals set by Lumina Foundation and the US government are designed to create a strong economy and position the United States as a global leader in the number of citizens with degrees and meaningful credentials. The federal goal is for 60 percent of 25-34 year-olds to have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2020. Lumina Foundation’s goal is for 60 percent of working adults to earn a ‘high-quality certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree by 2025. Successfully meeting these goals would benefit many stakeholders. Individuals ...


Women in the Workforce: A Powerful Force for Growth

Women in the workforce have been a significant factor for change in business productivity, economic growth and education levels in the United States. Women’s participation in the workforce increased from 34 percent in 1950 to almost 57 percent in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The increase of women in the paid workforce was arguably the most significant change in the economy in the past century,” says Amanda Weinstein, Economics professor at the University of Akron. This increase of women in the workforce generates an increase in wages. ...


Promote Higher Education Attainment with TAP

A good start may be half the battle, according to Plato, but for higher education students half the battle isn’t enough. Access to higher education is a start, but attainment may be the hardest part of the battle for many higher education students. National Student Clearinghouse has estimated that as many as 31 million students have enrolled in college, over the last 20 years, and left without receiving a degree or certificate. Some of these students who dropped out of higher education attended for only one term, ...


Top Employment Skills are Transferable

Nat King Cole sang about “Those Lazy-Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” 50 years ago. Today, however, you may not have any of those days scheduled – especially if you are concerned about being sure you have the top employment skills. Short summer sessions and flexible scheduling can give you the opportunity to evaluate how your skills compare to top employment skills businesses are seeking, and continue your education. The top employment skills that are named from poll to poll and source to source are all similar, even if their numerical ranking ...


Work and Learning: A Lifelong Connection

In today’s complicated and fast-changing job market, work and learning are tightly connected. Students often wonder what happens after graduation. The reality is that there probably isn’t going to be an “after.” For today’s students and future students graduation will mean the beginning of lifelong learning, and a lifelong connection between work and learning. This month Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, responded to students’ questions about challenges future college students will face. His answers apply to nontraditional students who are pursing higher ...


Creative Problem Solving and Communication Skills are Needed

Creative problem solving and communication are skills that people need to learn to “robot-proof” themselves, and have fulfilling careers now and in the future. The work environment is changing rapidly. Baby Boomers might have stayed in their career jobs for decades, but today, nine out of 10 millennials plan to stay at their jobs for fewer than three years. That means millennials could potentially have 15 or more jobs that span their work life. That could make for an interesting career, but how do workers learn the ...


The Growing Need for Registered Nurses in Many Roles

May 6-12, 2018 is National Nurses Week. This week celebrates the many diverse ways that registered nurses work in health care. Nurses aren’t simply the people in scrubs who bring you meds in the hospital, take your blood pressure in the doctor’s office or treat your wounds in the emergency room. While they deliver health care, they also conduct research, educate other healthcare providers and take on leadership roles. There is a growing need for registered nurses, no matter which role they play. Nurses can be very proud that ...


Business Needs Drive Higher Education Innovation

It appears that the future of higher education will be one of innovation. The increasing presence of nontraditional students, artificial intelligence, and global economic markets are creating an environment that demands higher education innovation. The need for innovation will impact many stakeholders including policy makers, higher education institutions, businesses and their employees. Most higher education innovation supports student success. High impact practices include advising, mentoring and collecting student data to help students stay on track. Colleges and universities have developed online education, flexible scheduling, and alternative methods of awarding credit to make higher ...


The Time is Right for Adult Nontraditional Students

The time is right for all prospective adult nontraditional students who may be wondering if they should pursue higher education to take action. The time is right for employers to encourage employees across their company to upgrade their skills, gain knowledge that will keep them competitive and earn the degree that may be a life-long goal. The adult nontraditional student population is rapidly growing and changing the higher education environment. Institutions of higher education are recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of older students in terms teaching methods they use and ...


Automation Increases Need for Higher Education

There’s good news and bad news about the impact of automation on our world. On one hand it will increase productivity and bring economic growth. On the other hand it will cause some jobs to decline or be eliminated. In the midst of uncertainty, one thing is certain: business leaders, policy makers and individuals must all prepare to meet new demands. The impact of automation is all about change. The McKinsey Global Institute report Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation is really about jobs change. ...