During the years of tremendous growth in the career education sector, it was the ideas and innovations freely traded among career college executives that made them innovators in higher education. The spirit of collaboration is what created the unique fabric of career education and the companies that served them. But in recent years, this tradition has dwindled somewhat as more schools and the companies that partner with them have become more protective of their new advancements and less likely to foster the open dialogue that once drove career colleges to outpace other sectors of education.
With Career College Central's session at the 2012 Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Convention & Exposition, it was our intention to recreate that original framework of executives sharing the concepts that have helped them attain success. In what was without question one of the convention’s best breakout sessions, this long-lost collaborative spirit was again recaptured by a panel of esteemed sector leaders.
On the convention's final day, Career College Central Publisher Michael Platt led a discussion panel with four pioneers and continual innovators in the career education sector: Dr. Sabrina Kay, Freemont College; Jim Tolbert, Education Futures Group, LLC; Jack Larson, Triumph Education Group; and Dr. Henry Herzing, Herzing Colleges.
The group addressed a number of diverse topics, such as how schools can keep 90/10 ratios in line. A range of suggestions was offered, from the creation of a scholarship foundation to implementing continuing education classes. The discussion moved on to how the Department of Education's "gainful employment" rule would play out. The panel again offered a variety of assessments with the underlying theme being that the sector's continued focus on student outcomes would carry it through its most challenging times.
Another timely topic was how to address recent cuts to the federal budget that have limited the amount of Pell Grants students can receive and eliminated “Ability to Benefit” options for students who want to attend college, but do not possess a high school diploma or GED. The panel noted that schools can offer support to these students with the creation of prep classes and by staying on top of the students' financial situations. The impact of traditional colleges and universities entering the online space was also addressed with the panel agreeing that the online realm has become more competitive, but that career colleges and universities alike must stay innovative with education delivery.
Continue to watch the Career College Central group page on LinkedIn for more discussion related to our APSCU session.
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