Online Learning: What’s in It for You?

“Taking courses online has made it easier for thousands of college students to meet their degree requirements, but this type of learning may hold the most benefit for people who are interested in continuing education throughout their lives. Courses that let you explore a topic of interest or gain a new skill for work keep your mind sharp and could even pay off with a promotion. Being able to do coursework online often means you can fit it into your schedule, no matter how hectic it is. This is especially true if you choose a class with pre-recorded sessions, though you might prefer one with a live experience and participant interaction.”

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7 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With Just a High School Degree

“A college degree is the best-known way to secure a high-paying job. But it isn’t the only one. The cost of earning a four-year bachelor’s — or even a two-year associate’s degree — just keeps climbing, with the average cost of an associate degree recently hitting more than $21,000, according to the U.S. Department of Education. It’s no surprise that many people are looking for jobs that pay high wages, while only requiring a high-school diploma or GED.”

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Where Did All the Students Go?

Higher education has fully entered a new structural reality,” argues Bill Conley, vice president for enrollment management at Bucknell University, in a recent essay in The Chronicle Review. When Bucknell failed to hit its enrollment goals this spring, it wasn’t alone — National Association for College Admission Counseling data show a large increase in the number of colleges still soliciting applications after the May 1 deadline. “Up and down the selectivity ladder, especially among private colleges,” Conley writes, “yield models had been invalidated by a sea change in student college-choice behavior.”

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Valley woman finds success through trade school education, encourages others to learn more

“Air conditioner rejuvenation takes precision, concentration, and knowledge. In order to get that knowledge, Sara Rinehart says, you have to get an education. “You definitely need a solid background before jumping into the field,” she said. Rinehart works for Goettl as an HVAC technician. As a teenager, she never thought she’d spent her days in hot attics, making sure we all stay cool. But when it came time to graduate from high school, she didn’t really know what she wanted to do.”

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The Workforce Is Calling, Higher Education, Will You Answer?

“This week, the IBM Institute for Business Ventures announced that its most recent study found that 120 million people worldwide will need to retrain in the next three years in order to be ready to work with automation and advancing organic cognition (colloquially known by the misnomer “artificial intelligence”). Of those, per the report, nearly half are Chinese (50.3 million), followed by Americans (11.5 million), Brazilians (7.2 million), Japanese (4.9 million), and Germans (2.9 million). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, current undergraduate enrollment in the United States is about 20 million. American universities are in crisis, with their very business model and value proposition under threat. “

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Is college no longer necessary?

“Less than a generation ago, going to college was as American as apple pie and a basic rite of passage for youngsters after high school — even for those without high academic grades and SAT scores. Anyone without a degree from an accredited institute of higher learning was deemed part of an inferior pool of workers and condemned to a lifetime of low wages and low-level career prospects.  And then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, the tides turned against the social mandate for a college education. Famous dropouts became a fixture of the corporate elite. Big companies started to drop degree requirements and re-train their staff instead. All the while, college tuition continued to rise well ahead of inflation, leading millions to question the necessity of a college degree in today’s world.”

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How the Value of Educational Credentials Is and Isn’t Changing

The first year after the Great Recession, 2010, marked the historical peak of college and university enrollment in the United States. In the decade since, a popular narrative has emerged that the value of a college degree is rapidly declining. As a new wave of well-capitalized educational technology companies arrived on the scene — including massive open online courses (MOOCs) — it became popular to prognosticate about the disruption of American higher education. Badges earned online would challenge and replace traditional diplomas. Renowned business theorist Clayton Christensen forecasted that half of all colleges may be in bankruptcy within 15 years. Others said the degree was “doomed.”

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Higher education must not leave working families behind

“The promise of education in America is a promise of opportunity. A promise that education — especially higher education — can offer a pathway to the middle class and an opportunity to build a successful life for yourself, your children and your grandchildren. The unfortunate reality, though, is that our higher education system isn’t delivering on that promise of opportunity for far too many families, particularly those who choose to pursue career-focused learning in fields that require less than a four-year degree. A major barrier is the bias against working students in our current federal financial aid system.”

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Just 1 in 3 Americans satisfied with higher ed, report finds

“Only about one-third of adults said U.S. higher education was “fine how it is,” though their responses mark a small increase over previous years’ findings. In 2018, just 27% of respondents were satisfied with the sector.  Other polls have found a similar lack of trust in American higher education.  A 2018 Gallup poll, for instance, found that around half (48%) of respondents had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the sector, down from 57% who said the same three years prior. Much of that decline is attributable to Republicans, whose reported confidence in the sector fell 17% from 2015 to 2018. “

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