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ERIC Number: ED509870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
"...But What Should I Study? And How Will that Help Me and My Company?" Looking at the Use of Educational Advising for Employer-Funded Tuition Programs. Learning Smart, Working Smart. Forum & News, Winter 2007
Wax, Dorothy; Chodorow, Adele
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1)
During the spring of 2006, CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) conducted a national Career Advising Survey (CAS) to better understand the current state of employer-provided education and career advising or coaching benefits. The CAS research gleaned detailed information about the design, administration, use and effectiveness of employer-sponsored advising and coaching benefits programs. The two major goals of this survey were to identify the profile of employers offering advising and coaching benefits programs and to establish a baseline understanding of the current state of such programs. The survey generated responses from a total of 287 companies, with the largest industry groups represented being: Manufacturing (13%), Healthcare (13%), Financial Services (6%), and Government (6%). Companies responding to the survey were fairly evenly spread among the geographic regions of the U.S., with just over ten percent having an international workforce. The results of this survey give an overall picture of what type of companies are providing advising and the value that some find in it in terms of employee retention and performance. Among the challenges for CAEL is to show that the costs associated with an advising program can be considered an investment in the company's future through the better informed choices employees will make for their education and the resulting knowledge and productivity they will bring to the workplace. Advising can lessen employees' time in the classroom, thereby saving tuition dollars and increasing the return on investment for the participating company.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning