Going Back to College After 40: Here’s How to Make It Work

Posted on December 2, 2019

“Think you’re too old for college? Nonsense. Here’s how to make it work. None of us are the same people we were at 22. All of those life experiences change us, and sometimes cause us to rethink our decisions. If you find yourself wishing you’d gone to college, why not give it a go? Seriously. You’re never too old to pursue a dream. Abe Lincoln had all but given up on his political future when he joined the newly formed Republican party, aged 47. Henry Ford was 40 when he founded the Ford Motor Company. Anna “Grandma” Moses didn’t start painting until she was 78 years old and went on to become one of the greatest folk artists in American history.” Continue reading

College is not just for young students

Posted on October 7, 2019

As college students across the country return to classrooms for another school year, the images most often associated with back-to-school include the traditional college-age students between the ages of 18 and 21. But the reality is that more and more adults are also going back to school. As dean of Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies, I often reflect this time of year on the pathway of the adult learner in higher education and society, and their commitment to educational aspirations, professional advancement, and lifelong learning. Continue reading

How Online Degrees Can Advance Worker Careers in a Shifting Economy

Posted on September 30, 2019

“If you’re wondering why online learning is booming, take a look at the latest U.S. Department of Labor data showing heightened demand for skilled workers. Those with an undergraduate or advanced degree now represent about 40 percent of the nation’s workforce, while those with just a high school diploma have slipped in the last 25 years from more than a third to about a quarter of American workers.”

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‘Eye nerd’ goes back to school, inspires daughter

Posted on September 23, 2019

“Audrey Broussard only made it through her freshman year of high school. She got married at 16, dropped out of high school and “put him through college.”  She then got her GED and began working. “I’ve done just about everything,” she said, “but for the longest length I was in project management” on several different properties. Now 39, Broussard has a 13-year-old daughter who’s going into the 8th grade. “It was really important to me to show my daughter just that I could make it through school, that everyone can do it.”

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Higher education must not leave working families behind

Posted on September 20, 2019

“The promise of education in America is a promise of opportunity. A promise that education — especially higher education — can offer a pathway to the middle class and an opportunity to build a successful life for yourself, your children and your grandchildren. The unfortunate reality, though, is that our higher education system isn’t delivering on that promise of opportunity for far too many families, particularly those who choose to pursue career-focused learning in fields that require less than a four-year degree. A major barrier is the bias against working students in our current federal financial aid system.” Continue reading

What are the benefits of going to college while in the military?

Posted on September 12, 2019

“In the past, military personnel would waste a lot of their spare time doing stuff like reading magazines and playing card games in the barracks. Nowadays, this has changed. Currently, there are more uniformed men and women using their free time to educate themselves than ever before. There has been a lot of praise when it comes to the efficiency of online study, and military personnel are taking advantage of this. An online degree provides the military student with a highly regarded qualification that can be used in the future. It also gives them something to do with their spare time. Online degrees provide a unique and flexible method of education and can be accessed from all over the world. When you think about it, taking on a college course online while you’ve still got your uniform on makes a lot of sense.” Continue reading

Who’s Getting Online MBAs May Surprise You

Posted on September 11, 2019

“Learn on Monday. Apply on Tuesday.”

“That’s how the Jack Welch Management Institute frames its online MBA program. The slogan has it all: imagery, balance and contrast. More importantly, it represents a certain truth that resonates with Dr. Michael Silverman.  A 50-year-old emergency room M.D. in New Jersey, Silverman describes himself as a “fixer.” He holds three board certifications, along with serving as vice chair of the emergency department and treasurer for his center’s medical staff. However, these achievements pale in comparison to his biggest accolade: “Educator of the Year” in his center’s residency program. In an online MBA program, Silverman switched places and became the resident, testing out what he was learning for an immediate return and reinforcement. “ Continue reading

Does College Still Pay? Seven New Rules For Making A Good College Choice

Posted on September 10, 2019

“On average, a college degree still offers a wage premium says a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. But those averages hide an ugly story of inflated costs, diminishing returns and a widespread worst-case scenario—debt with no degree.  Dizzying choices are making things worse: the employment landscape is complex, dynamic, and localized. And while some colleges are closing, there are more postsecondary options than ever for people young and old to consider.” Continue reading

When US education policy limits a veterans’ ability to get an education

Posted on August 30, 2019

“A drive to protect veterans and members of the Reserve and National Guard, originating with misplaced bias against for-profit schools, will gut options for these patriots when they try to use their GI Bill to get a useful education. That’s the impression one could reach upon examining the federal government’s campaign to hobble the ability of “proprietary” for-profit schools to enroll GI Bill-wielding applicants.” Continue reading