Making the College Promise a National Reality, One City at a Time
Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education, discusses the opportunities and challenges surround College Promise programs in this interview.
Students Want Outside-classroom Learning, Marketable and Flexible Workforce Skills, Survey Shows
The growth of online courses and non-traditional training organizations that teach narrow but defined set of skills is attributed to the national scrutiny regarding the value of higher education. Learners often find courses that teach certain skills over a few month perios, on-line or with flexible schedules, more convenient and promising to gaining their desired employment. In order to address these trends, traditional educational institutions should adapt and find ways to work with non-traditional organizations to provide valuable learning experiences for students.
CSU Innovations In Developmental Education Will Support Those Who Need It Most
Through the national debate regarding the importance of student success and applicability of skills gained through higher education to potential employment, California State University (CSU), is on the forefront of addressing another problem: a shortage of highly skilled professionals with undergraduate degrees by 2030. CSU’s initiative is expected to increase the graduation rate in order to reduce the shortfall. This program is primarily designed to assist students from underrepresented communities, who are often the most prompt to drop out of college. Implementing creative programs that assist those who struggle to advance their skills to expected learning outcomes is a positive development indicating that institutions are more interested in getting to know their students and provide learning in variety of ways that address their needs.
Unprepared and Confused
One of the reasons for higher education to be under current scrutiny is doubt about whether or not it is worth the time and investment for graduates. Strong emphasis on student’s ability to demonstrate skills that are sought after by employers leaves many with doubt about the education they received and whether it will lead to gainful employment. This study indicates that learners that used extra resources and found mentors within faculty, feel more confident about their future, which underlines that institutions should put strong emphasis on training their faculty so that they could provide guidance to future graduates.
Relationships Are Central to the Student Experience. Can Colleges Engineer Them?
There is more to successful learning experiences for students than simply remembering as much content as possible during classes. Quite the opposite, actually, as most graduates retain relationships and connections that they have made during their educational experience, which lead them to success. Beckie Supiano explores student relationships with mentors who contribute a little extra beyond the usual, arguing that relationships are often enough to inspire the learner through a successful experience, therefore it is in campuses interest to encourage and support such relationships for the benefit of everyone.