Solutions at Work (SAW) LIVE, Bright Horizons Family Solutions’ revamped annual conference, convened 113 representatives from more than 90 organizations on April 9 – 11, 2014 at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida, providing a premiere platform for individuals to connect, share thought-provoking ideas, and engage in meaningful discussions about the key issues facing today’s workplaces.
At the event, EdAssist executives and its clients shared insights into the latest trends, research and best practices in tuition assistance and educational advising; benefits that are catapulting organizations’ workforces to the next level. EdAssist is a Bright Horizons solution and a leading provider of outsourced tuition assistance management services with more than 30 years of experience designing and administering successful tuition assistance programs.
EdAssist “Learning Labs” at SAW LIVE included:
Spotlight on Tuition Assistance: Trends and Strategies for Success
In this session, Mark Ward, VP and General Manager of EdAssist offered the latest information, industry trends, data and best practices around tuition assistance. Specifically, Mark addressed how the aging baby boomer generation and shifting higher education landscape are game changers for today’s adult learners. As organizations ride this wave of change, Mark offered advice as to how employers can use tuition assistance to support and retain their workforce.
Classrooms of the Future: Leveraging New Education Formats
The options for adult learners looking to further their education are expanding. Today, there are new, innovative, and cost-effective ways to develop skills in your workforce. In this session, John Zappa, Vice President of Product Development for EdAssist and Pam Tate, President and CEO of CAEL, weighed in on new trends such as MOOCs, competency-based learning, and continuing education programs. Zappa and Tate helped create a deeper understanding of these alternatives and why these new offerings can be game changers.
The Business Impact of Tuition Assistance: Engaging Key Stakeholders
When it comes to tuition assistance, who owns it? In this session Alan Robins and Jessica Kaplan of EdAssist, Dorothy Martin from Verizon Wireless and Marilyn Collings from Cleveland Clinic provided a framework for understanding how to identify and involve key stakeholders within a business to ensure that the tuition assistance program has organization-wide impact. The session offered in-depth case-studies and a lively discussion.
Beyond the Discounts: Cultivating Strategic Partnerships with Schools (Panel Discussion)
Colleges and universities can offer a lot more than just “discounts” to employees. What does it mean to form a strategic partnership with a school that goes above and beyond prices reductions? EdAssist’s panel of experts from both the corporate and higher education sectors shared best practices on how to build relationships between companies and schools that can greatly benefit employees and take tuition assistance programs to the next level. The session was moderated by EdAssist’s Director of Academic Services Jay Titus and Stephanie Rose.