Boot camps can teach coding skills, but workers also need soft skills to break into the field, writes Amy Ahearn, who leads career success strategy at Pathstream. Companies such as Galvanize and Adobe have included growth mindset instruction into their education programs and set up support networks to help students persevere and succeed in the job market, Ahearn notes.
Many small independent universities and colleges are struggling as demand for traditional liberal arts programs declines, but some are taking promising steps to address these challenges, writes Mary Marcy, president of the Dominican University of California. Successful colleges are working to meet the needs of a smaller and more diverse student population, identifying practices for student success and aligning programs to meet the professional needs of their community, Marcy writes.
The New England Board of Higher Education received a grant to support a program designed to streamline transfers between community colleges and four-year colleges in three states. NEBHE is partnering with two organizations on a program that guarantees community-college graduates with an associate degree are accepted at an independent four-year school.
The estate of a 1958 graduate is donating $1.25 million to Wichita State University. The gift will supplement the university's Brenton D. Myers Engineering Scholarship.
Leaders in education technology anticipate an uptick ahead in the use of credential stacking and short-form credentials, according to this roundup. Another prediction is that companies will look more to institutions to help them provide continuing education to their employees.
In 2019, more than 3 million people took courses in Python programming, project management, online marketing and Excel from LinkedIn Learning. Python is an in-demand skill among tech employees, while project management, online marketing and Excel are skills useful across professions.
Employees are pursuing continuing education to prepare for career changes brought about by automation, and many cite employer tuition reimbursement benefits as enabling their education efforts, according to the Working Learner Index from Bright Horizon. Among those surveyed, 53% participate in online-only education programs, results showed.
Next year, colleges are expected to expand their use of technology to improve efficiency, Adam Stone writes. Institutions will use artificial intelligence to help bolster enrollment selection and improve connectivity and productivity through the implementation of smart campuses, he predicts, but he warns that institutions must remain vigilant against phishing and ransomware attacks.
Cloud-enabled legacy ERP -- or enterprise resource planning -- platforms are increasingly difficult to integrate into newer systems, but many companies are still delaying upgrades, writes Keith Fowlkes, vice president for E&I Technology Contracts for E&I Cooperative Services. Fowlkes notes that many institutions are becoming frustrated with the workarounds required to interface with newer, cloud-native programs.
Johns Hopkins University created a Classics Research Lab to provide a social space and physical laboratory where students collaborate on projects such as recreating an author's library online. Classics department chair Shane Butler was inspired to create the lab when he heard students say they felt alone in a STEM-focused, research-oriented campus.
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