Lisa Kujawa is the assistant provost for enrollment management at Lawrence Technological University and has worked in the fields of admissions, recruitment and enrollment management for more than 20 years. She also chairs numerous committees at the university.
Before joining Lawrence Tech in 1998, she worked at Mercy College of Detroit as the director of admissions and scholarships and the University of Michigan-Dearborn as the associate director of admissions and director of information support services.
Q. How important is it to keep continuing education in the budget for companies in today’s economy?
It is very important because many people work in a field without the education to back up their titles. Education is critical for these people to move up in a company, and this won’t happen as much without companies helping pay for the advancement. Tuition reimbursement has been cut so drastically, I don’t know that it will ever come back. If it returns, it will come back as education that is very specific to the company and not just any type of schooling the employee may want to pursue. When you look at the companies now in Michigan, their benefits packages will be leaner and 401(k)s and tuition reimbursement will be less predominant.
Q. What type of education should companies focus on if they will be making their education budget leaner?
There should be a process by which the company identifies what and why the employees should be trained in a specific area. Identify what is important for the company what is their focus? Identify what direction the company wants to go and what skills they want to identify in their employees.
Q. How can a company determine effective training techniques to maximize education dollars?
Companies need to plan. Performing a needs assessment to identify all departments’ needs is necessary. Determining if the education that is needed is a degree required area or noncredentialed training and education. The type of training makes a huge financial difference. Companies should never perform training just to be doing it; always have a purpose.