The 10 Worst States for Student Loan Debt: Is Your State on the List?
A recent slideshow in Employee Benefit Advisor identified the top 10 worst states for student loan debt. As an employer, should you care whether any of the states in which you hire are on the list? Based on an article by Randy Abbott, a senior consultant for Willis Towers Watson, in Employee Benefit News (EBN) […]
Did Your College Offer A 15% Tuition Rebate?
When you went to college, did tuition come with a 15% tuition rebate if you did not find a job within nine months after graduation? Now a law school is setting a precedent. Brooklyn Law School, as reported in The New York Times, will “repay 15 percent of total tuition costs to those who have not […]
Adult Learning with Technology: a Market Ripe for Innovation
Interest from investors in education technology startups has reached an all-time high. Venture and private equity funding in the segment reached $1.87 billion in 2014, up 55 percent over the previous year, according to CB Insights, a venture capital database. But, if we dig a little deeper, we find that the bulk of spending was […]
Honoring the Ingenuity of Girls
Why so few women major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in college, or choose STEM careers, is a question of much debate. Some people still believe that women innately are not as good as men in math and science. Others believe that women just prefer humanities and the arts. Neither explanation is true. […]
When Girls Learn, Everyone Benefits
March 8th was International Women’s Day. In recognition of the important role women can and do play in every aspect of daily life, this past week President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new initiative to expand access to education for young women worldwide, called “Let Girls Learn.” The statistics that drive the […]
Despite Flaws, Starbucks’ New College Plan Breaks New Ground
Earlier this month, Starbucks announced a new college tuition reimbursement plan to help its employees earn four-year degrees in online classes at Arizona State University (ASU). The offer is available to any of Starbucks’ 135,000 U.S. employees who work for the company more than 20 hours a week. Noting the high-cost of college and America’s […]
MOOCs Won’t Replace Brick-and-Mortar Colleges
In one of my early posts as a LinkedIn Influencer, I wrote that sophisticated, relatively inexpensive technology and free educational content available online were coming together to create a huge new opportunity to learn. What I didn’t write then – and am writing now – is that MOOCs won’t replace brick-and-mortar colleges. I’m not the first person to […]
The Primary Care Physician Shortage [Part I]
Let’s start with the problem. If the ACA is successful, eventually we’ll have as many as 30 million more people who will be insured. We don’t have enough primary care physicians to meet this new demand. There are many possible solutions. We’ll explore three of them in a series of posts: Shortening the amount of […]
Think We No Longer Need Libraries? Think Again.
Public libraries in America are under attack. If we’re not careful, we could lose one of our nation’s most valuable learning and community resources. In an American Library Association (ALA) survey of 7,260 public libraries on public usage and funding for the budget year 2011-2012, 57% of participating libraries reported that their funding was flat or decreased. […]
1 in 5 Americans Don’t Use the Internet
I’m sure it’s hard for members of LinkedIn reading this post to imagine that 1 in 5 Americans – about 60 million people – don’t use the Internet. Who are they? Why aren’t they online? What does it mean to the rest of us? The demographics of people who don’t use the Internet won’t surprise […]