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Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review

By Dr. Wallace E. Boston, Jr., President Emeritus, American Public University System
After reading a short blurb about “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines,” by Lumina CEO Jamie Merisotis, Boston was skeptical that anyone would be able to make an argument that the number of jobs will increase as AI continues to be embraced by more and more companies. After reading and rereading “Human Work,” Boston continues to be a skeptic, but is more of a believer in the methodology proposed by Mr. Merisotis.

Trends and Opportunities from the 2020 General Election

Trends and Opportunities from the 2020 General Election

Written from a presentation given at the CECU CEO Summit by Bruce Mehlman, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
The 2020 election is one many people will not forget, as a record number of people voted absentee due to the ongoing pandemic, charges of voter fraud continued for weeks after Election Day and President Trump mounted legal challenges to overturn the results. But Bruce Mehlman, founder of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, a bi-partisan government relations firm in Washington, D.C., said trends can be seen in the election results, as well as opportunities for the future that makes him optimistic for change and collaboration.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review

A Phenomenological Exploration of Adult Basic Education Teachers’ Experiences with Professional Development

By Joel Floyd, Ph.D., Chief Executive Director of Adult ESL and Continuing Education, English for a Lifetime Language Institute and Steven Roth, Ed.D., Graduate Professor of Education, Coordinator of the Master’s Programs in Education, Keiser University
Adult basic education (ABE) teachers’ lack of professional development is alarming given that their primary responsibilities are to instruct nontraditional adult learners in obtaining basic literacy skills to prepare this student population for the workforce. Employing a phenomenological research methodology, this study included five ABE teachers’ lived experiences with professional development. The results indicated that the ABE field lacked a stable and consistent professional development program.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review

Higher Education is Facing its Greatest Challenges Since WWII

By Wallace K. Pond, Ph.D., Education Practice Partner, Top Gun
Building a firewall against obsolescence is a complex and long-term project. The first step for at-risk institutions of higher education (which is most of higher education) involves self-education on the current reality and elimination of all denial about that reality.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review

What Industry Says is Missing in Their Entry-Level Graduates – And What They’re Willing to do to Fill the Gap

By Wallace K. Pond, Ph.D., www.WallaceKPond.com
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) contracted Pond to conduct a research study to assess what gaps might exist between graduate KSAs versus what industry needs those graduates to know. While some of the findings will seem familiar some of the findings reflect clear changes in industry needs and, surprisingly, the lengths that some employers are willing to go to close the gaps in technical, soft, and business support skills.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review

No More Square Pegs in Round Holes: Eduventures’ Adult Learner Mindsets

By Howard Lurie, Principal Analyst, Online and Continuing Education, Eduventures, A Division of the National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA)
Adult learners are anything but monolithic. Eduventures’ 2017 “Adult Prospect Survey” acknowledges this complexity and sheds new light on the range and variety of behaviors and preferences among adult learners.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review

Enhancing the Evaluation of Unaccredited Institutions: Using the CIPP Model

By Laura Vieth, Deputy Director, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
In an effort to develop improved processes for evaluations of unaccredited postsecondary institutions, a regulatory state agency recently completed a research study to explore, test, and implement appropriate measures for use in assessment. This was achieved through a utilization of the action research methodology and the Stufflebeam (1971) Context Input Process Product (CIPP) Model.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines – A Book Review