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What Skills Do Employers Say They Want in Online Job Postings?

Committee for Economic Development, December 08, 2015

Approximately 60-70% of all job openings are now posted online, and over 80% of openings require a bachelor’s degree or higher.  What can these job listings tell us about the skills that employers are demanding? […] Burning Glass, the job market analytics company, has come out with a fascinating new report on this topic based on nearly 25 million unique online job listings posted online between September 2014 and August 2015. READ MORE

Should There be a “Driver’s License” for Online Programs?

eCampus News, August 5, 2015

The American Council on Education (ACE) has released a paper on the importance of implementing a standardized approach to recognizing online degree programs across different states. Essentially, the report argues that the process for regulating postsecondary online courses and programs must become more uniform nationally in order to safeguard students and ensure that institutions can provide quality education at a reasonable cost. READ MORE
Full Report:  “A More Uniform Way of Recognizing Online Degree Programs Across State Lines, with SARA as a Focus”

How Online Education Could Narrow the Global Skills Gap

Fortune, July 20, 2015

Business leaders and educators are turning to new technologies to fill jobs and train workers. It has been widely reported that U.S. employers have a hard time finding skilled talent to fill critical jobs. Rapid developments in digital technology, as well as innovations in science and engineering, have created a gap between need and availability of the skills required across these industries. READ MORE

Cyber-education: More Pros than Cons

Nurse.com, July 10, 2015

Besides offering a curriculum equal to that provided in a classroom, successful online nursing graduate programs use technology, group projects designed for online learning, and one-on-one time with instructors to create an academic environment, foster a sense of teamwork and offer professional socialization to students who almost never see each other and may have completely different schedules, said online instructors and students in three of the nation’s top-ranked programs. READ MORE

Skills Gap Increasing in Higher Ed-to-Business Talent Pipelines

Campus Technology, July 8, 2015

Employers are struggling to find college graduates with the necessary skills for their jobs, according to a new report from the Human Capital Institute (HCI). As a result of this challenge, companies are focusing their efforts on developing the skills of existing employees rather than hiring new graduates to fill positions. READ MORE

Online Students Develop Marketable Professional Skills

Educause Review, July 6, 2015

Students today face a growing list of questions when pursuing higher education online. An online program’s appeal includes saving on relocation costs, avoiding lengthy commutes, and having more flexibility to balance competing priorities such as family responsibilities. Although an online degree might look appealing and convenient, students must also assess their education’s value and consider whether their degree will help them find a job after graduation. READ MORE

Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space

Educause Review, June 22, 2015

The next generation of learning spaces will take all the characteristics of an active learning environment – flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based – and add the capability of creating and making. Companies are seeking creative, collaborative employees who have an exploratory mindset. Employers seek graduates who can be more immediately productive in today’s fast-paced economy. Colleges and universities around the country are responding by creating flexible, multimodal, and authentic learning experiences. It’s a complex ecosystem of education—and it’s evolving right before our eyes. READ MORE

SARA Tipping Point: 27 SARA States

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, June 20, 2015

As of June 29, 2015, twenty-seven states have now joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative, a key moment for SARA and higher education. In the past month, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Iowa, approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) on June 1. Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma soon followed with approval by Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to join the Southern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (S-SARA) on June 29. READ MORE

An Increasingly Popular Job Perk: Online Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2, 2015

A partnership between Southern New Hampshire and Anthem Inc., a health-insurance company, will allow some 55,000 Anthem employees to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through the university’s College for America, a competency-based assessment program. Free online-learning benefits could help companies retain more highly trained employees and help colleges and universities increase their online enrollment. READ MORE

Global Survey: Students Want a Bigger Focus on Career Outcomes

Campus Technology, May 7, 2015

A majority of students all around the world stated that they believe the primary purpose of education is to improve their employment prospects. 93% of students surveyed report that their institutions should work directly with employers to help teach students the skills they need to be successful. A similarly high number — 96 percent — said they would encourage their schools to foster an entrepreneurial atmosphere. READ MORE

3 Ways You Can Use Nontraditional Education to Win the War for Talent

Fast Company, April 3, 2015

Businesses need to expand how they approach finding future employees, hiring them, retaining them, and developing them. Here are some approaches they should consider:

  1. Deepen relationships with academia in the development of programs and curricula.
  2. Broaden recruitment strategies.
  3. Offer employees better opportunities for learning. READ MORE

Obama Administration Aims to Erase Science Talent Deficit

Scientific American, March 23, 2015

By 2022, the U.S. is projected to have a deficit of at least one million college-trained workers in science- and technology-related fields. Attracting women and minorities to science-related fields is essential to meeting demand for high-tech workers. President Obama has championed initiatives aimed at drawing more students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The goals include training 100,000 more STEM teachers, promoting mentoring within the workforce, and exploring broadly the creative avenues through which all sectors of the country’s increasingly diverse and capable population can be encouraged and inspired to engage in STEM studies and careers. READ MORE

Addressing Disconnect Between Student Skills and Employer Needs

Education Week, March 11, 2015

What students are learning in school and what employers need on the job often are two different sets of skills. There is a high percentage of college graduates who are unemployed or underemployed; and at the same time businesses have millions of jobs they can’t fill with qualified workers. Part of the blame rests on K-12 and higher education, where educators are still focused on content when employers want creative problem solvers. “What the world cares about is not what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” READ MORE

Nine Ways to Encourage Faculty Experimentation with New Online Teaching Technologies

The Evolllution, March 9, 2015

Creating an environment where faculty are excited about innovation is critical to institutional growth. Teaching online can be demanding. Faculty teaching online often spend their breaks between semesters refining and rethinking their classes. Because online classes can be developed from anywhere, they are developed everywhere—not just on campus. As such, faculty support to explore new technologies may not be at the top of the to-do list. Once faculty have developed a few tried and true tools that meet their specific teaching needs of online course delivery, instructional designers may find these faculty reluctant to try out new teaching technologies. When I attend professional conferences and talk with faculty, the number one comment I hear is that adequate support for new technologies is not available on their campuses. This list will suggest nine ways to encourage faculty to experiment with new online teaching technologies. READ MORE

Education Funding Taking Hits Nationwide

The Huffington Post, February 25, 2015

Education funding is taking a hit nationwide as more and more states are instituting cuts. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget calls for $75 million in cuts to the state’s public universities. Louisiana higher education officials, meanwhile, are facing the reality they may be forced to close college and university campuses to deal with potential budget cuts. State leaders there may cut $300 million or more from their higher education budget. In addition, Georgia public colleges and universities officials are looking at possibly merging Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College – the state’s sixth consolidation in the last two years. READ MORE

11 online learning demands from today’s picky students

eCampus News, February 10, 2015

Online learning enrollment is slowing down. At the same time, student preferences and demands for online courses and degrees are changing. And this is all due to increasing online learning options provided by colleges and universities. The online learning growth accounts for nearly three-quarters of all U.S. higher education’s enrollment increases last year. READ MORE

Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?

Washington Post, January 26, 2015

Many employers find that today’s college graduates severely lack some basic skills, particularly problem solving, decision making, and the ability to prioritize tasks. The best preparation for today’s job market is a mix of classroom learning that can be applied in real-world experiences, or a combination of academic experience and practical experience. READ MORE

Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource

American Hospital Association

A 2013 report from American Hospital Association encourages hospitals and health systems to use continuing education “to advance the strategic aims of the organization.” Noting that hospitals and health systems provide 35 percent of all CME activities, the study calls for “greater use of technology to streamline CME processes.” READ MORE