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APSCU 2015 Convention

Walk Away With Today's Solutions and Tomorrow's Goals

The 2015 APSCU Convention will prepare postsecondary career education professionals to provide new traditional students with the skills needed to achieve career success.

With an emphasis on outcomes, the APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition on June 2-4 in Denver, Colorado is expected to provide the kind of content and experiences that will live beyond the few days in June.

This year, attendees can choose from 50 sessions divided into four education tracks: INFORM, ENGAGE, PREPARE, and INNOVATE. Each track was crafted and developed to fill a specific need within postsecondary career education.

APSCU staff worked with leading professionals in the sector, track leaders, to select the most relevant session topics for each educational track. The track leaders looked for content that would facilitate further discussions, was engaging and thought-provoking, and would leave attendees with immediate solutions and long-term goals.


3 Forward-thinking Ideas You Can Expect to Hear at the APSCU Convention

The formula for what our sector needs to produce successful outcomes in postsecondary education requires focus on how we engage with particular segments of the population, how to innovate for the future, and how best to prepare for what's ahead.

The APSCU Convention and Exposition on June 2-4 in Denver, Colorado will feature three plenary sessions with successful outcomes in mind. Here are three forward-thinking ideas about higher education that you can expect to hear:


"…50 percent of the GDP in the 21st Century will consist of knowledge and learning activities. That's why world-class innovators realize that one of the key concepts that they need to take in to the future is that learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st Century."  –Jim Carroll, education futurist


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    When Henry David Thoreau said “This world is but a canvas to our imagination,” he was envisioning the type of creative talent showcased at the PTI School of Design Portfolio Show held Wednesday on campus. Dozens of advanced design students presented their work to a gathering of potential employers, PTI faculty and staff as well as family and friends.

  • Berkeley College Participates in Brooklyn Tech Triangle Consortium (03/18/2015)

    Entrepreneurs from throughout Brooklyn were on hand at Tech Triangle U events on Wednesday, hoping to be the next Etsy, or vying for the winning gaming app that could compete with the likes of Diner Dash, a popular game also born in Brooklyn. Diner Dash was developed by Eric Zimmerman, a founding faculty member of the New York University (NYU) Game Center whose former company, Gamelab, created Diner Dash and a host of other games. “If you have a good game idea, go for it,” said Darshan Desai, Ph.D., Professor of Management at the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business during a panel discussion on gaming, held at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering at 5 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn.

  • 5 Big Ideas from the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium (03/04/2015)

    For two days, APSCU convened some of the most provocative thought leaders in postsecondary education and workforce. The result was several engaging discussions on how best to close the skills gap, align academic programming with workforce demands, and best serve today’s new traditional student.

  • 7 Things You'll Learn More About at the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium (03/02/2015)

    Bringing together the best minds in postsecondary education and workforce trends, the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium in Washington, DC will address the important issues facing America today: jobs and economy. Over the next two days, labor economists, higher education experts, policymakers, and thought leaders will share their insight and analyses on emerging occupations and the occupational skill demands that lie ahead. The goal is to chart the course that helps solve the education and workforce issues Americans face today.

  • Three Ways Workplace Trends are Impacting Higher Education (02/27/2015)

    Throughout history, higher education and the workplace have always directly impacted one another, and this is evident now more than ever. The current job market demands workers who are trained with real-world experience rather than a textbook education, and colleges and universities have had to follow suit. As a result new trends and learning concepts are arising that are arming graduates with the skills they need to land a job upon graduation.

  • National Tractor Trailer School Provides Student Veterans With Opportunity (02/27/2015)

    In the current issue of GI Jobs, National Tractor Trailer School (NTTS) is profiled as a unique private sector institution that provides a career pathway for military veterans in the trucking industry. With a 90 percent employment rate for graduates, 20 percent of NTTS’ student body is made up of veterans and 18 to 20 percent of NTTS staff are also veterans.

  • How does Berkeley College Support Online Learning? (01/07/2015)

    For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College is proud to be distinguished by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category rankings. Berkeley College Online® also has the distinction of being one of a select group of colleges and universities awarded Quality Standards certification by the United States Distance Learning Association.

  • eBooks, Textbooks, or Both? (12/18/2014)

    Is the shift to more digital content what students really want, or is having a choice more important? Ambassador Education Solutions' newly published white paper, "eBooks and Printed Textbooks: The Value of Student Choice" addresses this key development.

  • Globe University and Schneiderman’s Furniture Partner to Bridge the Skills Gap (12/18/2014)

    Globe University is proud to announce a newly-formed partnership with Minnesota-based Schneiderman’s Furniture. The Schneiderman’s Business and Sales Cooperative Training program, developed by Globe University, provides the training and education necessary for the business to retain, develop and grow a competitive workforce.

  • Military Student Beats the Odds, Finds Success in Business (11/18/2014)

    Daniel Albrecht has been through a lot to get where he is today. He’s a cancer survivor, wounded combat military veteran, father of three, successful business owner and now Globe University graduate. Daniel attended the Woodbury campus where he was in the business administration program and says he was attracted to the size of the school.

  • Apples to Apples, Public Institutions Cost Taxpayers More Than Private Sector Institutions (09/26/2014)

    One often cited “reason” for using the “gainful employment” regulation to shut down private sector institutions and deny access to postsecondary education for millions of students is that the regulation is looking out for government dollars. The irony of this logic is that public institutions, and even private non-profits, rely heavily on direct and indirect government appropriations to keep the price of tuition and fees much lower than the actual cost of providing the education.

  • Gainful Employment Denies Students The Value of Education (09/22/2014)

    In early 2011, Pres. Obama told the TechBoston academy that “[t]here’s no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates…” He was commenting on the significant individual and economic benefits of obtaining a degree and the growing importance of postsecondary education in the economy. Given these benefits and the need to increase the number of graduates, why is the U.S. Department of Education threatening to shut millions of students out of higher education?

  • PTI Sets Example of Successful Employer-Institution Partnership (09/18/2014)

    An integral part of career services and placement begins with curriculum design. Many private sector institutions dedicate a tremendous amount of time and effort to develop academic programs to meet employer demands. Some institutions might focus on employers’ needs within their local market and weigh the potential job growth of a certain career.

  • What Happens When You Apply Gainful Employment Metrics To All Of Higher Education? (09/09/2014)

    Of the many issues that exist with the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment” regulation, one that stands out with the greatest hypocrisy is that only certain programs, mostly at private sector institutions and community colleges, are subject to the regulation, while degree and graduate programs at public and non-profit institutions get a pass.

  • The “Gainful Employment” Regulation Will Cost Taxpayers Over $1.7 Billion (09/04/2014)

    The “gainful employment” regulation will force states into an unpalatable choice between hiking taxes to cover the excess education expenditures, raising tuition, or simply turning away the students from unfunded programs. The likely result is a significant decrease in educational access, which promises to have severe individual and national economic consequences down the road.

  • Bill Gates Praises Private Sector Institutions (07/22/2014)

    Yesterday, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers during the association’s annual conference in Seattle, WA.

  • Spending on Instruction: Bang for the Student Buck? (07/16/2014)

    If we asked you who spends more money on teaching students, the five largest private sector schools or the University of Texas system, which would you pick? The answer might surprise you: private sector institutions. As a proportion of revenue, these institutions outspent the University of Texas by over 10 percentage points.

  • Eight Innovative Ideas That Came Out of the 2014 APSCU Convention (06/18/2014)

    The 2014 APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition included five keynote speakers, several hundred exhibitors, and dozens of breakout sessions, all energized around one theme: the education evolution. During the many facets of the Convention, there were eight ideas that regularly emerged about how best to innovate and collaborate in postsecondary education

  • The Regulatory and Monetary Cost of “Gainful Employment” (05/14/2014)

    The U.S. Department of Education has claimed that the “gainful employment” regulation is about saving taxpayers money, but the magnitude of the burden that the Department has imposed through it belies that goal. In reality, the regulation will be extremely costly to students, institutions, and taxpayers, but this has been ignored by the Department as they recklessly target private sector institutions and the students they serve.

  • The Facts Related to Student Financial Aid & Student Defaults (04/22/2014)

    In a debate about numbers, we must remember that there are real students behind each statistic. While the following three statements seem obvious, they are often forgotten during conversations concerning student access and borrowing for postsecondary education.


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills.PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.