How Uber and the Sharing Economy Could Improve Education

Posted by Frank Britt on 7/31/14 3:30 PM

We hear a lot these days in business about the movement to more fluid, trust-based business models and consumer services. In the so called "uber" economy, trust takes on new forms and becomes  even more essential to success. We human beings do not like to be faced with uncertainty, vulnerability, or risk, and the next generation of businesses and institutions are proving that they can both deliver greater consumer value and embrace that trust defined as competence and integrity is a precondition to buying or enrolling. 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News

Discover How One Private Sector College Increased Enrollments by 10% During our Webinar

Posted by Garth Fasano on 7/30/14 11:00 AM

I work with many administrators from private sector and career colleges, so I have a good understanding of the key challenges they face.  Their challenges can be categorized into three or four main categories, and one of the most pressing is enrollments.   Since 2008 and the height of the recession, many of our partners have seen declining enrollment volumes through traditional marketing channels across their campuses which has further strained their schools.  I specialize in helping colleges increase their enrollments of confident and motivated students by supporting a new group of candidates qualified for enrollment at your college
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Topics: High School Completion, Penn Foster News & Events, College Enrollment & Retention

Economies of Scale in Education

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 7/28/14 2:30 PM

Students who choose to study business become very familiar with the concept of “economies of scale”.  At a high level, achieving economies of scale means that the cost per unit of production decreases as volume of product increases.  It creates a huge cost advantage when companies can “go big” and the savings can be passed on to the consumers. 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events

3 Ways Online Education Increases High School and Academic Success

Posted by Dara Warn on 7/28/14 10:02 AM

Graduating high school students across America has escalated into a massive undertaking. High school graduation is contingent upon a wide range of variables, including unique learning needs, monetary deficits, lack of or inadequate resources, and absent or weak support systems, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention

The Best Tech Tools for Classroom Engagement

Posted by Ray McNulty on 7/24/14 10:00 AM

Educators are continually torn by their love/hate relationship with technology in the classroom. On one hand, technical gadgets are perceived as the end of face-to-face interaction. On the other, tech tools make higher education more readily available than ever before. Blended learning is not about choosing sides; it’s about combining efforts to enhance the learning experience. With the ever-increasing number of college students enrolling in online courses, finding ways to incorporate personal tech devices in the classroom is an education prerequisite.
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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Colleges & Career Schools

The Secret to Revolutionizing Education

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 7/22/14 1:00 PM

Blended learning — blending face-to-face, in-classroom instruction with active online learning — is still a relatively new and emerging educational trend permeating the changing landscape of higher education. In spring 2005, Penn State Berks, a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University, was an early adopter of blended learning with the mission of enhancing the learning environment and improving student success. The Penn State Berks CIO and associate dean of Academic Affairs chose to design a blended learning course for Chemical Principles, a commonly failed course with low retention, yet high enrollment rates, shares EDUCAUSE Review Online. Administration envisioned that a blended design would boost average course GPA, student satisfaction, retention and cost. The vision proved to be true.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth

How Career and Education Development Increases Employee Retention & ROI

Posted by Frank Britt on 7/21/14 2:00 PM

Economists celebrate the market’s return to stability with pomp and circumstance as headlines boast continued economic uprise. If your business is partaking in the festivities, don’t let the hype blind you from seeing the true value of your company’s future. Though increased spending and consumer confidence are integral cogs in the wheel of profitability, your employees are the key to keep it going. Overlooking employee satisfaction could cost your company millions in lost profits as the labor market improves. With the average employee turnover rate predicted to rise to 23.4 percent from 20.6 percent, your organization could be at risk of losing valuable staff.1

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

FAPSC 2014: How Schools Can Increase Student Access to Higher Education

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/21/14 10:00 AM

Let me pose a question to you: If someone asked you what is the best way for a high school dropout to earn their high school diploma, what would you say? Chances are you might suggest that they try to get their GED right? While that may be the best solution for some high school dropouts…that is not the best option for all. In reality, there are many different options available for these students to earn their high school diploma, and that is what we are hoping to highlight when Penn Foster heads to the Florida Association of Private Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) 2014 Annual Conference at the end of July. 

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Topics: High School Completion, Industry News, College Enrollment & Retention

Using Apps To Help At-Risk Students Achieve Work/Life Balance

Posted by Ray McNulty on 7/18/14 12:30 PM

Mobile devices and tech tools help bridge the gap between financial roadblocks and family obligations that plague at-risk youth. Among the widest ranging resources available, technology often gets overlooked as an educational benefit for low-wage and disenfranchised populations. Studies prove tech tools withstand socio-economic barriers, and rather, create opportunities among communities otherwise left behind.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Public & Private High Schools

Natural Allies in Education: America's Promise Alliance & Penn Foster

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 7/18/14 10:00 AM

At the conclusion of World War II, America launched an initiative formally known as The European Recovery Program.  It was an effort of unprecedented scale to rebuild and revitalize Europe after the devastation from years of war.  The initiative is more commonly known as The Marshall Plan, named after the United States Secretary of State George Marshall.  The phrase "equivalent of the Marshall Plan" is often used to describe a proposed large-scale rescue program.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Penn Foster News & Events

Igniting an Education Movement for Troubled Teens

Posted by Frank Britt on 7/17/14 11:00 AM

Helping At-risk Youth-Adults Increase Opportunities, Personal Growth and Lifetime Earnings Through Education

The consequences of America’s high school dropout epidemic impacts lives beyond the individual. It causes a ripple effect that permeates across the communities. Every 29 seconds, another student gives up on school, resulting in more than 1 million American dropouts a year—or 7,000 every day according to research by That’s 7,000 youths at risk of poverty, crime and becoming single parents. In an economy where about 75% of jobs require at least a high school degree the consequence of remaining a “non-completer” influences a student’s destiny in profound ways – and few of them are positive.2

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Topics: High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools

Academic & Professional Advancement: 4 Pros of Career College Opportunities

Posted by Frank Britt on 7/16/14 6:00 PM

Year after year contentious dialogue continues to circulate around a four-year college education, insomuch it's practically become trite to hear about. High tuition rates, swollen student loan debt and languishing employment opportunities for college grads perpetuate the skepticism over a college education that concerns academia, American households, and our youth.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employee Retention, College Enrollment & Retention

High School Completion Program Awareness and Alternatives

Posted by Dara Warn on 7/15/14 4:00 PM

More than 30 million adults haven't earned a high school diploma.1 The college enrollment rate for high school graduates in 2013 dropped from the previous year and was the lowest figure (65.9 percent) in a decade.2 Our educational communities are crying out for reform to improve the lives of young people and subsequently, the larger economy.

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Topics: High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

214 Former High School Dropouts Get a "Fresh Start"

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 7/10/14 3:00 PM

Back in 2007, Polk County School District in Florida was facing a significant challenge –  a 40% high school dropout rate (a rate much higher than the national average).  That same year, Polk County partnered with Penn Foster on a Dropout Retrieval program to re-engage students in danger of dropping out, and those who had already dropped out, giving them a second chance at earning a high school diploma.  The “Fresh Start “ program provides these at-risk students with focused on-campus facilitator support, a self-paced testing schedule, and career-focused electives to prepare them for success beyond the classroom.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Opportunity Youth, Public & Private High Schools

Student Motivation Techniques That Work for Troubled Teens

Posted by Ray McNulty on 7/9/14 4:30 PM

Home life for at-risk youth is far from inspired. Growing up without direction or mentorship, these troubled teens walk a path toward failure paved in low-self esteem.  

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools

How a High School Completion Program Increases Long-Term Student Success

Posted by Dara Warn on 7/1/14 3:31 PM

It's simple to state—a high school diploma just isn't the number one priority for students who leave high school without graduating. But the cluster of factors for why students abandon their high school education are quite complex. In the "Don't Call Them Dropouts" study by America's Promise Alliance and Center for Promise, many non-graduating high school students actually want to stay in high school and don't necessarily lack motivation. Toxic living conditions—homelessness, absent parents, violent environments, family health traumas and abuse—overwhelm and prevent students from focusing on their education.

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools


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