Study Shows: The Perception of Online Education is Changing

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 4/13/17 1:20 PM

The perception of online education is changing. Seen for many years as the poor relation of brick-and-mortar institutions, online education is rapidly gaining respect. According to the 2013 Survey of Online Learning, perceptions of online education dramatically changed during the previous decade. Indeed, the proportion of academic leaders rating online courses as offering the same or superior learning outcomes as face-to-face tuition has now risen from 57 percent to 74 percent.

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Topics: Education, Learning and Development, adult learners, online high school diploma

What Is the Role of Higher Education in American Manufacturing?

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 4/3/17 5:03 PM

With the advent of increased automation and high-tech manufacturing tools, revolutionary ways of doing work have begun to bridge the collegiate and blue collar divide. Plant managers and manufacturing business owners need workers with specific skills to fill integral positions. Consequently, employers are becoming increasingly focused on training their current staff to fill these roles and urging candidates to take courses that certify them for modern, tech-heavy work. 

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Topics: Employers, Education, Skills Gap, Industrial, Manufacturing, Higher Ed

How Blended Learning Can Promote Equity and Inclusion

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 3/29/17 1:13 PM

Blended learning is the combination of traditional classroom education and digital elements, such as interactive applications on a laptop or online homework and reading. Many schools are embracing technology to promote learning. One area where technology performs particularly well is improving English language learner and low-income student outcomes.

 

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Topics: At-Risk Youth, Education, Learning and Development, blended learning

How We Can Help Encourage More College Enrollments

Posted by Dara Warn on 3/16/17 10:00 AM

Low-income and low-opportunity high school students have reached a 74.6 percent graduation rate. These steady improvements are a step in the right direction, as targeted interventions help at-risk demographics to achieve their goals. However, their post-secondary education pathway is often challenging. High schools need to put resources in place to show low-income students feasible options for their post-graduation learning.

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Topics: High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Colleges & Career Schools, At-Risk Youth, Education, High School Diploma

Education Deserts: What They Are & What We Can Do About Them

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 2/10/17 5:45 AM

You’ve most likely heard of food deserts, a term describing the systematic structural inequality of access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods across low-income and communities of color. These inequalities also stem across access to housing, healthcare and transportation.  A report from the American Council on Education’s Center for Policy and Research Strategy has proposed a new term to describe a similar situation involving educational equity and opportunity. Education deserts convey how similar lines have been drawn for educational access based on geography. The report emphasises that place matters greatly when considering going to college, especially for nontraditional students.

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Topics: Industry News, Colleges & Career Schools, Education, Learning and Development

Investing in Learning & Development, Part 3: Improve Productivity and Efficiency

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 2/8/17 2:10 PM

Companies are increasingly recognizing the value of offering training and development programs for their employees. In 2014, businesses spent an average of $1,229 per employee on training and development initiatives, according to the Association for Talent Development's latest annual State of the Industry report.Employees received an average of 32.4 hours of training, while employees in organizations recognized by ATD as demonstrating the most enterprise-wide success received 43.9 hours of training. Bersin by Deloitte principal Josh Bersin also notes that high-performing companies spend more per employee on training.2

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Education, Learning and Development, Upskilling, Skills Gap

Investing in Learning & Development, Part 2: Boost Morale and Build Brand Culture

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 1/19/17 9:53 AM

Employer spending on learning and development soared in 2015, swelling 14.2 percent to $70.6 billion, Training magazine reported.1 Employers value employee development because they see its return on investment. HR Magazine found that employers who invest $1,500 or more per employee annually see 24 percent higher profit margin on average than companies who spend less on training.2 In addition to this direct financial return, learning and development programs offer other benefits that indirectly boost revenue, including increased employee self-esteem, greater employee self-direction, better morale and a stronger brand culture.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Education, Learning and Development, Skills Gap

Achieving Historic Distance Education Success Through Championing Student Support

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 1/10/17 11:20 AM

Above all else, Penn Foster is dedicated to creating positive outcomes for our students. Earning their diploma, getting that promotion, continuing onto higher education - these are all outcomes we strive to help our student obtain. Through the dedication and hard work from our partners, Penn Foster has achieved a historic level of success with more than 44,000 high school, career school and college graduates in 2016. Of those graduates who were employed and responded to an outcomes survey, 78% cited a positive change in their job status. Significantly, post-graduate surveys show Penn Foster graduates are more confident than ever, and are finding jobs in high-demand fields, including allied health, skilled trades, hospitality and early childhood education, as a result of their level of preparedness.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Education

Adult Learning in America: What the Experts Have to Say About Non-Traditional Students

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/23/16 12:16 PM

In the US, over 30 million adults do not have a high school diploma.1 To shed light onto this issue, USA Today just launched Adult Learning in America, featuring leading education organizations including Pearson, Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Upskill America, Golden Gate University, and Penn Foster. The campaign calls attention to the unique challenges that adult and nontraditional learners face in today’s social and economic landscape, while also aiming to help connect adults who are thinking of going back to school with the tools, resources and knowledge needed to achieve the success they deserve.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Employee Retention, Employers, Education, adult learners

Addressing the Confidence-in-the Future Gap with a Company Mission that Matches the Moment

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 12/15/16 4:06 PM

As election post-mortems continue, a growing confidence-in-the future gap has driven a tidal wave of engagement as both sides of the aisle grapple with the growing populist anger. This gap in confidence in our nation's powerful institutions presents us with a challenge as well as an opportunity. As a leading skills organization focused on building competencies, career pathways and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, Penn Foster has a role to play in helping Americans build stronger futures. We're all anxious to build a nation where we can life each other up, and we believe education is the cornerstone sector to start:

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Education

 

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