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Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis With Innovative Program

XPRIZE | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education

Five years ago, more than half a million adults in Philadelphia lacked basic literacy and work skills, imperiling their ability to land jobs and climb out of poverty, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board reported.

Now LeBron James Is Helping Ohio Parents Get Their GEDs Too

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.09.2015 | Sports

LeBron James has had quite an impressive summer, and for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar quie...

Time for Higher Ed Partnerships to 'Prove it'

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 09.01.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Recently, my organization, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, has been getting a fair amount of press about our recently announced partnership with Anthem, Inc.: Accredited college degree programs for 50,000 eligible workers, at no cost, if they want it.

Back to School At Age 60

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 07.24.2015 | Fifty
Michael Rosenblum

One of the most popular essays, perhaps not of college, but certainly of grade school was: "What I Did On My Summer Vacation." Well, here is what I did. I went back to school.

Answering Our Call to Service: Educating the Public Sector

Jayson Boyers | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Jayson Boyers

Anyone who has followed my columns in the Huffington Post knows I am a vocal proponent for establishing a three-way partnership between higher education, industry and community.

Sparks Fly: Competency-Based Education Catches

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Our educational outcomes -- particularly for lower-wage workers -- remain abysmal. And, our quality of life is suffering -- the Social Progress Index 2015 ranks the U.S. 16th in the world on that measure. And, yet, I see a glimmer of hope.

The Dollars and Sense of a Basic Education

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

When average length of stay is over a year and over half the families who leave shelter return, would it not make sense to address the gap in a parent's education while they wait for a viable housing option to become available?

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

I'm A Fast Learner

Nancy Roman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

"Don't feel bad," said the teacher. "Toddlers have a very low center of gravity. You are much more tippy, so it's harder for you."

Shouldn't Education and Training Lead to a Career?

Judy Berman | Posted 04.11.2015 | DC
Judy Berman

The District of Columbia's economy is thriving, but not all residents benefit from the boom in development and the disparities are staggering. Over 60,000 District residents lack a high school diploma or equivalent degree, a significant barrier to economic security.

Contemplating College at Age 53

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Dean Dauphinais

In a world where popular opinion says that a college degree is necessary in order to find a decent job and be successful, I've managed to meander my way through my work life without one.

Even Before Free College, Three Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year of Higher Education Reform

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.

Workplace Moneyball -- Your Best Players Aren't Who You Think They Should Be

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

What I am saying is it is time to bring the same level of focused attention to these adults as we do to our traditional coming-of-age students.

Why Are Adults Left Out of Hands-On Science Learning?

Marcos Stafne | Posted 12.07.2014 | Science
Marcos Stafne

A struggle I have with trying to learn science as an adult is that it's often a solitary activity. Working in a children's museum, I'm constantly trying to promote interactive science experiences for kids, but outside museums I haven't found consistent hands-on opportunities for adults to deepen my understanding of science.

Trading Stuff for Knowledge: How Trade School LA Wants to Change Community Learning

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Elan Barnehama

I don't know who signed up for my class, but I know that we share the belief that community matters. To paraphrase Grace Paley, a community might not be changed by talking to one person at a time, but it can be known.

A Nontraditional Resolution

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

If the typical resolution routine is not working for you, perhaps it is time to think about a true investment in yourself and your future. Consider the viability of going back to school in 2014 and continuing your education as an adult learner.

For Working Adults, the Lure of a College Degree Remains Strong

Tracy Lorenz | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Tracy Lorenz

The topic of the "ROI of a college degree," may be the strongest factor for working adults and other nontraditional students looking to return to a degree program. The need for higher education in this country is clear.

A New Era Of Adult Education Testing

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GED test, for decades the brand name for the high school equivalency exam, is about to undergo some changes. On Thursday, an ...

Don't Let Excuses Stop You From Finishing Your Degree in 2014

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. For many of the 37 million Americans who have some college education but no degree, life simply got in the way of their college pursuit.

MOOCs and Lifelong Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

An argument asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating MOOCs that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and by implication well-off, middle-class) lifelong learners who already have so much.

Needed: A Better Way to Teach Adults

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Lee D. Lambert

Multiple pathways to academic achievement run through PCC and the nation's community colleges. We have a unique role to play in leading the U.S. back to the top, but it will take cooperation and creativity to succeed.

Opening Doors

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Lee D. Lambert

It is essential for adult education and community colleges to partner to provide clear articulation paths, and for adult education courses to prepare students for college or careers without the need for remediation.

Engineering an Expansion of the College Pipeline

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 09.17.2013 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

Only 42 percent of the U.S. population between 25 and 64 years of age hold an associate degree or higher. It is crucial to find more ways to help the millions of adults who lack a degree.

Follow the Money: Immigration Reform

Anne Spear | Posted 08.31.2013 | DC
Anne Spear

English language literacy will lead to financial literacy and a better grasp of what it takes to achieve the American dream, whether it is becoming part of a skilled workforce, buying houses or creating businesses.

Literacy Means Business, English Language Literacy and Workforce Development

Anne Spear | Posted 06.13.2013 | DC
Anne Spear

We as a country educate every child; we made that commitment decades ago. To not help the parents of the children in our classrooms is short-sighted. Helping the parents speak English positively impacts the whole family, and society as a whole.