Friday, August 19, 2022

What are the top five in-demand skills for career success in the new normal - Arun Verma, Financial Express

Every individual possesses a unique skill. The only thing required is to manifest them adequately and at the appropriate time in order to progress in their career. Online tutoring not only assists students in developing self-discipline habits, but also teaches scholars how to hone their skills. Such platforms play an important role in developing life and career skills by providing them free access to an infinite amount of educational materials in a friendly environment.  The top in-demand skills are linked below.

75% of New Jobs Require a Degree While Only 40% of Potential Applicants Have One - David Trend, Truthout

The numbers are deceptively simple: 75 percent of new jobs insist on a bachelor’s degree, while only 40 percent of potential applicants have one. According to the advocacy group Opportunity@Work, employers mistakenly equate college completion with work aptitude, while disregarding self-acquired knowledge or nonacademic experience. The group asserts that the nation’s undervalued workforce “has developed valuable skills through community college, certificate programs, military service, or on-the-job learning, rather than through a bachelor’s degree. Workers with experience, skills, and diverse perspectives are held back by a silent barrier.” As a consequence, more than 50 percent of the U.S.’s skilled workforce has been underemployed and underpaid.

With the New Challenges of COVID- 19, Can We Depend Entirely on Online Learning for Higher Education in the Medical Schools? - Mohammad I Jumaa, Safaa M Hanafy, Mostafa A Arafa - DovePress

Results: The mean attitude scores for the conventional lectures, seminars, and practical sessions were significantly higher. Students expressed positive attitudes towards the three teaching modules. Students agreed that themes related to computer skills and technical Internet infrastructure (71.55%) and administrative procedures (61.74%) are essential for improving the online teaching process.
Conclusion: Conventional learning is the main target of student learning. Improvements in computer skills, technical Internet infrastructure, learning resources, staff communication, examinations, and development of blended learning will enrich the learning process, especially during the impending challenges.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Faculty Survey Breaks Down the Role of the Library in Higher Ed - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new report from Ithaka S+R explores the multi-faceted role of the library in higher education. Every three years, the research and consulting firm's US Faculty Survey tracks faculty views on research, teaching and publishing practices to identify critical trends in higher education. For its latest iteration of the survey, conducted in fall 2021, the researchers polled 7,615 faculty members at four-year colleges and universities across the country about topics such as the value of the library, instructional support, equitable and holistic teaching practices, and more.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2022/07/28/faculty-survey-breaks-down-the-role-of-the-library-in-higher-ed.aspx

The Number 1 Growth Killer Is Leadership Debt - Patrick Flesner, Inc.

Founders seem to believe the no. 1 reason for startup failure was running out of cash. In my experience as a growth capital investor, running out of cash is not a reason for failure, but a consequence of failure. It is the consequence of the founders' failure to develop strong leadership skills, transition from founder to leader, and build a strong leadership team. If you want to lead your business from initial traction to sustainable high growth, you should start developing your leadership skills now. The longer you wait the more leadership debt you incur and the higher the likelihood your startup will not make it through the growth valley of death.  [ed note: this is likely relevant to PCO leadership as well]

Tech’s key role in planning for an uncertain enrollment future - Melissa Harrell Frey, eCampus News

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) shows enrollment across all colleges fell 2.7 percent in the autumn of 2021 and 2.5 percent in 2020. The risk of these lower enrollment numbers is the waterfall effect these altered revenue projections have on financial planning across the entire institution. To plan, budget, and forecast in this new era of enrollment volatility, CFOs and other finance professionals at higher education institutions must be well-equipped with agile planning capabilities and tools.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

College degrees don’t equate to career readiness - Laura Ascione, eCampus News

By requiring a degree and not focusing on a candidate’s skills or experience, employers are substantially shrinking their potential talent pool.  While U.S. employers say they’re facing a talent crisis that’s threating their business sustainability and growth, the reality is that employers are contributing to the talent crisis with the majority (62 percent) requiring degrees for entry level jobs, and more than a quarter (26 percent) admitting they do so to “filter the candidate pool” or because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” Exposing this outdated mindset, Cengage Group’s 2022 Employability Report (Part 2) of 1,000 U.S. hiring decision makers reveals that one of the biggest drivers causing the talent crisis is the skills mismatch between the current workforce and employers’ needs.

What Is Innovation Debt? - EJ Widun, Gov Tech

Innovation debt and technical debt result from not evaluating and improving system and platform capabilities. In recent years, government has gotten better at solving for technical debt. All levels of government are making investments to remove the technical risk; however, often these investments are done with the dreaded vision of “like for like.” When governments simply upgrade in a “like for like” manner they miss the opportunity to provide new service improvements for customers: elected officials, citizens, residents, constituents, employees. “Like for like” creates a void in innovation and even negates the ability to have the conversation to pursue system upgrades and achieve innovation at the same time.

https://www.govtech.com/opinion/what-is-innovation-debt

What Is a Cyber Risk Score? - Tanium, Government Technology

Cyber risk scores can be expressed numerically, much like a credit score, or can be presented as percentages, with 100 percent representing complete visibility into all cybersecurity vulnerabilities of the organization. The score shows what percent of the risk has been satisfied by controls, such as effective patch management and monitoring tools.  An organization’s accepted risk will depend on its cybersecurity budget, the ease of mitigating known vulnerabilities and its risk tolerance. The first step in creating a cyber risk score is developing a picture of the risk inherent throughout your organization by prioritizing IT assets and assessing the risk factor for each.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Is Higher Ed Really Ready to Embrace Hybrid Learning? - Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

The future of higher education will bring more hybrid learning models—but colleges may not yet have the staff and systems they need to scale up high-quality programs that blend in-person and online experiences. So believe chief online officers at U.S. colleges, according to a new survey of more than 300 such leaders published by Quality Matters and Encoura Eduventures Research. It’s the seventh edition of the Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) report.

Higher Ed Must Change or Die - Jason Wingard, (president of Temple U) Inside Higher Ed

I am the president of Pennsylvania’s second-largest institution of higher education. Temple University is a public, R-1 research university in a major East Coast city with a medical school and health system. Our research portfolio has more than tripled in the last decade. You would think all of these key distinctions would help me rest easy at night. That has not been the case as of late. I do not take the role as president of Philadelphia’s public university lightly, and I recognize the weight of my words. So, let me be crystal clear with what I am about to state next. In the goodness of transparency, please know that I hope that every university and college president and administrator, across the country, sees this op-ed as my version of a burning platform memo.

Remote learning slightly decreased student performance in an introductory undergraduate course on climate change - Sattik Ghosh, Stephanie Pulford & Arnold J. Bloom, Nature

Undergraduate students who chose the online version of an introductory course on climate change performed 2% worse (on a scale of 0–100) than those who chose the face-to-face version. The convenience of the online course—it required only one synchronous, online meeting per week versus three synchronous, on campus meetings per week—might be worth this small penalty. In particular, students who have to be away from campus classrooms for employment opportunities, family obligations, athletic events, year-abroad programs, or social distancing are well served by an online format.

A New Vision for the Future of Higher Education: Prioritizing Engagement and Alignment - Brian Kibby, Modern Campus

The pandemic shone new light on the need for upskilling, reskilling, and the trend toward lifelong learning. It also changed the trajectory of higher ed as a whole—bringing forward trends and ideas that carry the potential to change lives and communities.   On this episode of the Illumination podcast, host Amrit Ahluwalia is joined by Brian Kibby, the Chief Executive Officer of Modern Campus. The two discuss the role higher education can play as a community builder, and how colleges and universities have an opportunity to be lifelong learning partners for their students.  

https://moderncampus.com/blog/new-vision-illumination.html

Monday, August 15, 2022

Even interested students wonder: Is college a worthwhile investment? - Rick Seltzer, Higher Ed Dive

More than half of high school students who’ve shown some interest in college — 53% — wonder if it is a worthwhile investment, according to a survey released Thursday by Modern Campus, a higher ed software provider, and Ruffalo Noel Levitz, an enrollment, student success and fundraising consultant. Meanwhile, 65% of survey respondents said they expect colleges to provide them with specific skills they will be able to use in the workplace. About half, 49%, expect to have a job offer when they graduate.

3 ways to combat higher ed skepticism - Amrit Ahluwalia, eCampus News

According to the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce, only 60 percent of college graduates earn more than those with only a high school diploma within a decade of graduating. What’s more, at more than 30 percent of all colleges, fewer than half the graduates who leave the institution earn more than high school graduates after 10 years. As a result, the American public is highly skeptical of the value of a college education. A new study from Public Agenda found that more than half of Americans believe a college education to be a questionable investment due to high loans and limited job opportunities. Here are three ways modern college leaders can work to address the skepticism of today’s students.

3 in 5 higher education employees feel unheard at work, survey says - Laura Spitalniak, Higher Ed Dive

More than half of higher education employees, 59%, reported feeling unheard at work, according to a new survey from consultant Grant Thornton. Only 17% of respondents said they are actively looking for a new job, but 49% would consider a switch if a new opportunity presented itself. Faculty and staff also expressed discontent about their pay and compensation. Just 37% said their pay allows them to live the lifestyle they choose. That’s compared to 46% of respondents from Grant Thornton’s cross-sector State of Work in America survey.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

What a New Strategy at 2U Means for the Future of Online Higher Education - Phil Hill, EdSurge

The fortunes of Online Program Management companies, or OPMs, are falling fast these days. These companies, which help colleges set up online programs and often help finance them as well in exchange for a cut of revenues, have lately seen a barrage of bad news. Wiley posted an 8 percent drop in university partner enrollment for its OPM segment, Pearson lost its biggest OPM customer (Arizona State University) and reported falling enrollments (1 percent) and revenue (2 percent), Coursera saw a 4 percent drop in revenue and lowered full-year guidance, 2U dropped its full-year revenue guidance by 10 percent and began an across-the-board 20 percent set of layoffs, and FutureLearn reported that it may not survive another year without new investment.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2022-08-05-what-a-new-strategy-at-2u-means-for-the-future-of-online-higher-education

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: STUDENTS GO DIGITAL - eLearning Inside

Given the fact that increasing numbers of people are able to complete everything from grocery shopping to work meetings online, it’s no surprise that CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are also available in virtual form. Online classes have been a thing for years, but CEUs tend to be more specialized. They may not count towards the credits you’d need for a degree, but they can be just as valuable in terms of getting your dream job or salary. Even if you’re just taking a CEU because you want to explore a subject more in-depth, that could translate to concrete benefits for a future career.

Online programs offer education, regardless of location - Laren Fox, Spinnaker

Imagine earning a college degree without commuting to campus, getting dressed for class or even leaving your bed. For many students, this may not sound too far-fetched after living through a pandemic, but according to University of North Florida (UNF) Assistant Vice-President for Digital Learning and Innovation Deb Miller, online learning offers benefits beyond keeping students socially distanced. “For a lot of non-traditional students, the ability to take courses online is really important to them because they might be taking care of their families and working a full-time job,” Miller said. “Taking online courses, even for our traditional students, helps them improve time to graduation.” 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Survey: 66% of adults say college doesn’t meet needs of today’s students - Lilah Burke, Higher Ed Dive

Adults across party lines are concerned about the high tuition, student debt and time commitments they associate with getting a college education, according to polling results released in July by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research organization. Two-thirds of respondents said they see colleges as “stuck in the past” and not serving the needs of today’s students. Findings suggest that institutions may need to change what they’re offering to the public, while policymakers might have success winning public buy-in by being specific about plans and initiatives, said David Schleifer, vice president and director of research at Public Agenda.

https://www.highereddive.com/news/survey-66-of-adults-say-college-doesnt-meet-needs-of-todays-students/628773/

HAMPERED BY THE PANDEMIC, SALARIES UP ONLY SLIGHTLY FOR CLASS OF 2021 - Kevin Gray, NACE

The overall average salary for Class of 2021 graduates is $55,911, which is only 1.2% higher than that for the Class of 2020 ($55,260). The fact that the increase in starting salary is small may simply be a case of timing as the Class of 2021 was still experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the job market.