Building Capacity to Measure Essential Employability Skills: A Focus on Critical Thinking
Stemming from a three year study, George Brown College developed an assessment rubric and accompanying handbook that can be used at other institutions to incorporate critical thinking into their curricula.
Bipartisan Push on Career Education
Despite the various concerns surrounding career education – specifically how it creates a two-tiered education system where students of color and those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds tend to be overrepresented – there is bipartisan support for increasing career and technical education. The reason for this push is high employer demand for technical jobs where workers need specific skills but not necessarily a four-year degree.
Guided Pathways in Community College
Stemming from a 2015 report by the Community College Research Center (CCRC), two-year colleges have begun to implement best practices for guided pathways. Included in these guidelines are program maps to explicitly show students a path that could lead them to higher employability and further education.
Fast-Tracking Military Attainment: Creating Credential Pathways for Service Members
In this interview with Margherita Clark, Dean of Health and Human Services, and Marvin Helmker, Paramedic Program Director, both from Lansing Community College (LCC), the impetus for colleges and universities to recognize military experience as knowledge takes center stage. Specifically, LCC’s Military Medic to Paramedic program accelerates military medics’ path towards a certificate which also counts toward an associate’s degree.
Indiana’s Active-Learning Mosaic Expands
Indiana University is expanding its use of its home-grown active-learning initiative called Mosaic. The university currently has approximately 50 faculty using it, and plans to add 50 each year across its various campuses. Mosaic allows faculty – regardless of discipline – to increase student engagement and change class sessions based on students’ needs.