Professional Development

  • Should I Go Back to College at My Age?

    Should I Go Back to College at My Age?
    Beth Dumbauld

    Whatever your age, a college degree is critical for job stability, career progression, and overall employability. Take unemployment -- the employment rate is dramatically higher for people who have obtained higher levels of education. In 2015, among 20- to 24-year-olds, the employment rate was 89% for those with a college degree and 51% for those who didn’t complete high school. If you’re considering going back to college, sooner is better. By 2020, it’s expected that over 65% of all jobs will require some postsecondary education and training compared to 1973, where only 28% of U.S. jobs required a degree or certificate. Additionally, a higher percentage of jobs created during the economic recovery went to workers with at least s ...

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  • The Top In-Demand Degrees To Earn

    The Top In-Demand Degrees To Earn
    Beth Dumbauld

    Are you wondering which in-demand degrees get you hired quickly after graduation? If so, keep reading, because we've laid them out below, as well as the related job positions those degrees support. It's no secret that careers are changing more rapidly than ever due to increasingly sophisticated technology that drives new products and services. In addition, there are degrees you can earn to meet increasing hiring demands that are non- technical. With that, let's dive into the top degrees you can earn that will get you solid job offers after graduation. U.S. News and Forbes published the top degrees that are most in-demand for 2017 as compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey. They are: Major % ...

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  • StraighterLine Gives Back

    StraighterLine Gives Back
    Jaclyn Nicholas

    At StraighterLine, our mission is to help students reach their educational goals by providing an affordable and convenient way to earn online college credit. We're also committed to improving lives in our community here in Baltimore. ...

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  • The Holidays, Clarity, and How To Prioritize Family and School

    The Holidays, Clarity, and How To Prioritize Family and School
    Anissa Sorokin

    I realized something this morning: it’s been exactly one year to the day since I was pacing around a hospital waiting room, biting my nails and wondering if my husband’s heart valve replacement surgery had been successful. All I wanted for Christmas last year was for him to be okay. In a season when I usually felt overwhelmed with shoulds—I should have been buying presents and sending holiday cards, I should have been decorating, I should have been volunteering, I should have been baking—I felt strangely free. For once, I knew exactly what was important, and it wasn’t deciding which cookies to bake for Santa. While I wouldn’t wish the kind of stress that afforded me that clarity on anyone, I’m grateful to have learned some ...

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  • Competency-Based Education Enters the Job Market

    Competency-Based Education Enters the Job Market
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Marty Chester, M.S.Ed., Student Services Manager, College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University Imagine being able to show potential employers that you have the marketable skills they desire most. Now imagine your transcript will display this in a tech-savvy, visual way. Buckle up because that’s where higher education is headed. Competency-Based Education (CBE) is relatively new on the higher education scene. The idea behind such programs is that students receive credit for being “competent.” This is determined in a variety of ways, depending upon which CBE program a student chooses. For example, if a student selects Lipscomb University’s Organizational Leadership degree, they choose to be behaviorally assessed. T ...

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