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Employers Express Doubts About Online Degrees*



College Enrollment Slips, For-Profit Institutions See Greatest Decline*



Fast Fact ~ College Costs Grow With No Relief in Sight



Quotable Quotes of Notable People ~ Snoopy on the Prospects for Advancement



Recession and Job Woes Linger in the Minds of U.S. Workers*



Managing the Stress Associated with a New Job*



New CPCs and CTSs ~ August and September 2013



NAPS Education Question ~ Continuing Education for Dual Certificate Holders



Message from the Editor ~ Let The NAPS Credential Hear from You



About The NAPS Credential




Note: Articles that are marked with an asterisk (*) can be read for continuing education credit by NAPS certificate holders. Any CPC, CTS, CERS or PRC who reads three of the linked articles can count one hour of contact time (one tenth of a Continuing Education Unit) toward the 17 hours he or she must earn each year as a part of their certification maintenance. In this edition, for example, four links are asterisk-marked and qualify for professional reading. Reading all six bimonthly editions of The NAPS Credential and their links over the course of the year can qualify the reader for six contact hours or .6 CEUs annually.
Volume 8, Number 5                                                                                                                     September/October 2013

Employers Express Doubts About Online Degrees*
by Frank Burtnett Ed.D., NAPS Certification and Education Consultant

The continued growth of Internet or online education since the beginning of the millennium has been viewed as one of the more significant trends of the period. Most have cited accessibility and convenience as the strongest features of studying online. Now a report by Public Agenda is casting some aspersions on the quality of the education that is being achieved using this learning vehicle.

Public Agenda, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that addresses education, health care and energy matters, surveyed more than 600 employers and 200 community college students in four major U.S. cities and discovered the following:

The majority of employers (56%) prefer a job applicant with a traditional degree from an average school over an applicant with an online degree from a top university (just 17% say they'd prefer the latter).

At the same time, 80% of employers say that online-only degrees and certificates provide opportunities for older students to get valuable college credentials. Half say online degrees help younger; first-time college students get a high quality education.

More than six in ten (61%) of community college students say online classes require more discipline from students than traditional classes, yet four in ten (42%) believe students learn less online. Many community college students currently taking online classes wish they took fewer of them.

Online education and degree offerings have become a fixture on the global education landscape. In fact, the number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has exploded in just the past year or two. Observers of postsecondary education study, however, point to the need for additional research into the quality of online educational experiences and their benefits first to the students who enroll in them and then to the firms, organizations and agencies that employ them as graduates.

Public Agenda report:
http://www.publicagenda.org/files/NotYetSold_PublicAgenda_2013.pdf



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College Enrollment Slips, For-Profit Institutions See Greatest Decline*

The total college enrollment in the fall-2012 term dropped by 1.8% from a year earlier, according to a report released earlier this fall by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Four-year, for-profit institutions saw the sharpest decline, 7.2%, among the sectors tracked by the study. Enrollment at four-year, private, nonprofit institutions increased by a half a percentage point.

NSCRC report:
http://research.studentclearinghouse.org/files/TermEnrollmentEstimate-Fall2012.pdf



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Fast Fact: College Costs Grow With No Relief in Sight

According to the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education, the average total cost of education for first-time, full-time freshmen, before financial aid, was about $21,000 at in-state public four-year colleges in 2011-12 and $41,420 at private nonprofit ones. After grant aid, such students paid an average of $16,820 to attend four-year colleges.



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Quotable Quotes of Notable People ~ Snoopy on the Prospects for Advancement
Yesterday I was a dog. Today, Im a dog. Tomorrow Ill be probably still be a dog. Sigh! Theres so little hope for advancement.
Snoopy, Peanuts cartoon character created by Charles M. Schultz



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Recession and Job Woes Linger in the Minds of U.S. Workers*

A Gallup Poll report issued in September shows that nearly five years after the start of the global financial crisis that spurred up to 10% unemployment in 2009 and an associated spike in job worries among U.S. workers, employed Americans continue to express elevated concerns about their job security. Workers' worries about having their benefits and wages reduced, their hours cut back, and being laid off surged between 2008 and 2009, and time has not alleviated these concerns.

Gallup report:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/164222/workers-haven-shaken-job-worries...



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Managing the Stress Associated with a New Job*

An entry, posted at the CareerBuilder, Inc. blog, has some thoughts for individuals who are struggling through the early stages of a new job. The blog offers seven tips that new professionals can use to get through what can be an anxiety ridden period.

CareerBuilder blog:
http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-2406-Workplace-Issues-I-hate-my-new-job...



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New CPCs and CTSs ~ August and September 2013

The following direct hire and temporary staffing professionals earned their NAPS certification during the August and September 2013 time period. The strong late summer and early fall count was bolstered by Certification Immersions Classes (CICs) in Chicago, IL, Las Vegas, NV and Raleigh, NC.

Since 2005, 1,244 staffing professionals have used the CIC route to certification.



Diana Anderson (KS)
Craig Ballargeon (MI)
Tina Boulding (OH)
Don R. Cartwright (NC)
David Dodge (MN)
Ben Dolan (TX)
Nicole Evans (TX)
Kerri L. Francisco (AZ)
Natalie F. Garza (TX)
Beth S. Hair (TX)
Cameron Hollingshead (OR)
Holly K. Kapitan (TX)
Dan Rodabaugh (OH)
Richard Rue (CA)
Lindsey Schwartz (IL)
Bronwen Scott (TX)
Amy Spahr (WI)
Carlos Sotomayor (TX)
Brianna Schegetz (WI)
Kimberly Shelton (TX)
Darren Lee Shrum (NC)
Randy Sims (MO)
Teresa Sims (MO)
Monica Singer (TX)
Tony Smalls (MO)
Philip A. Stark (MO)
Ruth Steele (IL)
Mark Andrew Thibodeau (MI)
Brian Tobin (WI)
Erin K. Welch (MO)
Carrie White (NE)
Scott Yeakey (NC)
Rachel Elizabeth Yee (NC)


Melissa R. Beauchamp (IL)
Amy Blaser (MA)
Kevin Keifer (CA)
Greg Knudsen (OR)
Casey Landers (TX)
Donna Ivey McIlveen (TX)
Megan Mahler (WA)
Ken Markunas (IL)
Roshan Mehta (GA)
Jessica Monestero (NE)
Mary Morton (TX)
Aynk Murtty (MI)
Catherine M. Parker (OH)
Lindsey Pearsall (WA)
Eric A. Posner (AZ)
Michael Anthony Rios (TX)
Akil J. T. Campbell (NC)
Lori J. Carson (NC)
Victoria Cash (NC)
Christina Dubois (OH)
Karamie Hartman (NC)
Brian Hicks (NC)
Cameron Hollingshead (OR)
Sarah Jadelis (NC)
Rosalind M. Keeys (NC)
Megan Mahler (WA)
Brian McLeod (ME)
Gail Love McMillian (NC)
Hillary McNichol (NC)
Mary Means (SC)
Lindsay Pearsall (WA)
Randall G. Reid (NC)
William Romero (TX)
Shelley Ross (WA)
Dana Sanchez (IL)
Darren Lee Schrum
Kerry T. Smith (IL)
Erica Swaim (NC)
Bao Ta (IL)
Rene Valdez (TX)
Summer R. Van Wagnen (NC)
Chuck Venvertloh (IL)
Rachel Elizabeth Yee (NC)


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NAPS Education Question ~ Continuing Education for Dual Certificate Holders

Question: Does holding both the CPC and CTS designation mean I must double my continuing education hours?

Answer: No. Individuals who hold both the CPC and CTS need only complete 17 hours annually to meet the continuing education maintenance requirement that is a condition of certificate renewal. Questions about continuing education should be directed to Frank Burtnett, NAPS Certification and Education Consultant at fburtnett@recruitinglife.com.



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Message from the Editor - Let The NAPS Credential Hear from You

Have a question about certification or continuing education? Let us know the issues and concerns that are on your mind and they may become FAQ subjects for future editions of The NAPS Credential. NAPS encourages readers to submit information about certified persons and accredited firms who are making the news and performing outstanding professional feats. Our goal is to provide news, research and resources that will help CPCs, CTSs, PRCs and CERSs do a more effective job. Direct comments and input to: fburtnett@recruitinglife.com.


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About The NAPS Credential

Copyright 2013. This electronic newsletter is distributed to all active Certified Personnel Consultants (CPCs), Certified Temporary Staffing-Specialist (CTSs) and Certified Employee Retention Specialists (CERSs) for whom NAPS has email addresses. Should you know an individual who is certified and not receiving The NAPS Credential, tell him or her to go to www.nrcsip.com and post their name and basic contact information on the National Registry of Certified Staffing Industry Professionals (NRCSIP). Once his/her credentials have been verified, the individual will be automatically placed on the distribution list for this newsletter.

The reference to a product, service or activity or appearance of a web site in The NAPS Credential does not imply endorsement by NAPS. Any views and opinions are those of sponsoring organization and may or may not be shared by NAPS. Direct comments, questions and submissions to fburtnett@recruitinglife.com. All submissions will be subject to review by NAPS for accuracy, timeliness and relevance to the readership and may be edited to meet space parameters.

Aaron Wandtke, CPC, CERS
Chairman
Executive Staffing Solutions
aw@ess123.com

John Sacerdote, CPC, CTS
President
jsacerdote@recruitinglife.com

Frank Burtnett, Ed.D., Editor
NAPS Certification and Education Consultant
fburtnett@recruitinglife.com

Marc Freedman
NAPS Legal Counsel
mfreedman@mdflaw.com

NAPS Credentialing Committee

D. Mark Barnhart, CERS, Chairman
TouchPoint Recruiting Group
MBarnhart@touchpointrecruiting.com

Glenna Cose Brin, CPC
Alliance Staffing
Glenna@alliancestaff.com

Robert Krzak, CPC
Gecko Hospitality
Robert@geckohospitality.com

Joe Madden, CPC
Harbor Legal Search
jmadden@hlsboston.com

Karen Richards, CPC, CTS, CERS
Fidelis BioPharm
krichards@acsdallas.com

Aaron Wandtke, CPC, CERS
Executive Staffing Solutions
aw@ess123.com

National Association of Personnel Services web site:
www.recruitinglife.com

National Registry of Certified Staffing Industry Professionals web site:
www.nrcsip.com



 
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