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Is There an App for That? The New Age of Career Services Is here

Posted by Sean Hudson on Oct 4, 2018 10:40:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Advising Resource Center, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching, Career Services

The old career services model—where students seek out help with job searches, resume writing and career preparation—was never all that exciting or engaging for students in years past, and chances are that many of the career services offered today haven’t changed much, other than using new high-tech tools and directing students to online job postings. The truth is that, historically speaking, colleges haven’t made career services a big priority.

Students can tell. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Strada Education Network and Gallup, nearly 4 in every 10 college students have never visited their colleges’ career offices or used their resources.

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What Happens When You Start Listening to the Adults in the Room?

Posted by Sean Hudson on Oct 2, 2018 10:47:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Adult Learner 360, Adult Learning, Case Studies

We have been hearing more and more about “today’s students” and how they are much more likely to be older people who work and have significant family responsibilities. Some people also refer to these students as nontraditional, post-traditional or simply as adult learners. Regardless of what term is used, colleges and universities are starting to pay a lot more attention to these students, but many postsecondary institutions often wonder what they should be doing differently to meet the needs of today’s students.

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Time for a Paradigm Shift on Higher Education Equity

Posted by Scott Campbell on May 8, 2018 11:05:04 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations

According to Reframing the Question of Equity, we may be missing an opportunity to advance equity in higher education if we do not begin to pay attention to the growing population of part-time students, many of whom attend community colleges.

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First-of-its-kind Study Confirms: Education Advising is Essential

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 6, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Topics: Student Expectations, Trends in Higher Education, Student Advising and Coaching

Stakeholders in higher education and employers alike agree: The choices students make in higher education will have a significant impact on their career trajectories. It follows, then, that students would also greatly benefit when they have access to advising which they can harness to make informed choices.

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Supporting Adult Learners to Support Our Economy

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Sep 25, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Topics: Student Expectations, Adult Learning, Trends in Higher Education

Fresh off the release of the publication’s 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings, which for the second consecutive year have drawn attention to adult learners, Washington Monthly has highlighted another important facet of the national conversation on adult learners: the vital importance of supporting adult students in order to remove the much-discussed skills gap that keeps employers and community stakeholders alike up at night.

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Colleges, Students and Employers Agree: Career Services are Vital

Posted by Jennifer Groh on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Student Expectations, Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Student Advising and Coaching

Earlier this month, author of “There is Life After College” and Washington Post writer Jeff Selingo shared his thoughts on how to improve campus career centers to support students’ post-graduation job prospects. Citing a 2016 Gallup study that found that 40 percent of recent graduates never visited their career centers, Selingo noted that institutions must overcome reservations many students have about the value of career services offerings.

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The Unsung Hero for Adult Students: Child Care Services

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 24, 2017 10:32:24 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Student Expectations

A 2014 study (PDF) by the Institute for Women's Policy Research showed that almost five million undergraduate students—26 percent of all students—are raising children. This, Women Employed senior policy associate Sarah Labadie says, makes a recent budget proposal which would end the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program especially harmful for adult learners.

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University of Utah’s Degree-Plus Program Renews the Debate about what a Degree Should Provide

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Student Expectations, Trends in Higher Education, Workforce Development

From Inside Higher Ed comes news about a unique new program at the University of Utah that’s sure to continue the long running debate about liberal arts education and the role of higher education in preparing students for jobs.

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New York to Offer Free Tuition to More than 900,000 Families

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

The push to increase access to higher education opportunities is gaining steam as New York joins Tennessee and other states in offering free or discounted tuition to college. Announced last weekend, the deal will allow qualifying students—those from families with annual incomes $125,000 or less—to attend State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems at no cost.   

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University of Akron Students Give a Look at the Nontraditional Student Experience

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching

Nontraditional students have a lot to gain by receiving a post-secondary degree or credential. As we all know, however, those same students face a number of unique challenges as they pursue their academic goals—challenges that, if unmet, could slow or even halt their progress entirely.

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