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  • STEM in Demand: Two- and Four-year Degrees Needed

    The STEM shortage is real and profound, according to recent findings published by Bayer, and is particularly relevant for occupations requiring two- and four-year degrees.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/25/2013 10:59:17 AM

  • Education Pays

    The financial benefits of postsecondary education are trumpeted in a recent report from the College Board. In 2011, a person with a bachelor's degree, working full-time, had median earnings of $56,500, about $21,000 more than a high school graduate. This gap is slightly narrower than in 2008, but still substantial.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/25/2013 10:59:40 AM

  • Business Roundtable Promotes Pathways, Postsecondary and Industry Alignment

    Through member CEO feedback and interviews with education and workforce development experts, the Business Roundtable (BRT) has identified five priorities for developing a highly skilled workforce that focus on pathways and alignment to help students move through education and into the workforce with valued credentials.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/21/2013 3:48:54 PM

  • Return on Investment for Some College, No Degree

    A recent release from The Hamilton Project analyzes the lifetime earnings of those who complete some college but not a two- or four-year degree. Researchers Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney find that these individuals' lifetime earnings are about $100,000 more than the earnings of those who finished their education with a high school diploma.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/21/2013 3:48:42 PM

  • Troubling U.S. Performance on Survey of Adult Skills

    The OECD has conducted its first Survey of Adult Skills, analyzing the skills of more than 150,000 adults across the world in literacy and numeracy as well as problem solving in technology-rich environments. The United States was ranked below average in each of the three domains.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/15/2013 9:53:38 AM

  • Associate Degrees Offer Return on Investment

    Associate degree holders earn an annual rate of return of four percent on their college investment, in comparison to workers with a high school diploma as their highest credential, according to new research from the Nexus Research and Policy Center and the American Institutes for Research. This return on investment (ROI) can be even higher given certain institutional characteristics and educational choices, including majoring in health and other CTE fields.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/9/2013 12:39:01 PM

  • Combining Work and Learning to Launch Young Adults Into Careers

    Young adults are delaying their launch into careers and taking longer to achieve median earnings, according to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. The publication proposes helping younger people ramp up into careers through work-based learning, flexible work arrangements and transparency about how education connects to careers.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/7/2013 5:19:16 PM

  • Work Experience, Well-rounded Education Are Keys to Success

    An analysis of several polls administered to the U.S. public and to U.S. hiring decisionmakers finds that a well-rounded education, accompanied by work experience, are major factors in career success.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/3/2013 5:02:32 PM

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