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.
Articulating Learning Outcomes in Doctoral Education
The Council of Graduate Schools released a paper on Articulating Learning Outcomes in Doctoral Education. The CGS paper is a result of a research project that aims to define clear learning outcomes assessment and program goals at the doctoral level. The paper makes the case for doctoral-level learning outcomes, explores degree frameworks, and provides multiple perspectives and recommendations on learning outcomes assessment at the graduate level.
Professionalizing Students’ Campus Jobs
A special report by the Chronicle of Higher Education features a series of articles on institutions making campus employment more meaningful so students can realize the value of the on-the-job skills they are acquiring.