Education

Can Competencies Oust Outcomes?

I was recently reading through a heated exchange on an online competency-based education discussion forum when I came across the following statement from an exasperated educator: “Why are we bothering to talk about CBE? Why don’t we just get back to measuring outcomes?!” I was shocked. Read more about Can Competencies Oust Outcomes?

Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

As an academic director, faculty frequently sent struggling students to my office. These students were at risk of being kicked out or doing their best to drop out. From high absenteeism to nonexistent study habits, there was a host of symptoms that contributed to the students’ challenges. But, regardless of the symptoms, I found that student engagement was at the heart of the matter. Read more about Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

The Future of Competency-Based Education (CBE) is Now

Competency-based education (CBE) is making waves throughout the nation in K-12 and post-secondary discussions. While CBE is not new, its rise in popularity in unprecedented. This meteoric surge has not come about by chance. The current regulatory, economic and cultural environments are all working together to propel the CBE movement. Consequently, schools are under great pressure from all fronts to improve access, affordability and the quality of their outcomes. CBE has emerged as the model with the greatest potential to address all three issues.
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Why President Obama Wants Community Colleges to Act More Like For-Profit Colleges

During the recent three-day American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 94th Annual Convention, Wonderlic representatives had the opportunity to speak with leaders from institutions across the nation. This year’s convention was filled with Community College leaders profoundly excited about the White House’s attention and commitment to their sector. Read more about Why President Obama Wants Community Colleges to Act More Like For-Profit Colleges

Student Retention: What Do You Do When “Life Happens”

When adult educators get together and discuss their concerns, student retention is always mentioned as a major issue. This should not come as a surprise, though, because adult education is tasked with serving those most in need.

Adult students come to your classes for a multitude of reasons: Read more about Student Retention: What Do You Do When “Life Happens”

Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Basic skills testing has long been proven effective in identifying gaps on the rudimentary levels for English and math skills. This is very useful for screening and placement for entry-level jobs, training programs and student admissions. But what if you need something that goes a little deeper? What if you’re hiring for a higher-level position, or you have incoming students who are supposed to take challenging courses for their degree program, but in reality they’re not ready? Read more about Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Beyond the Basics: Addressing Advanced Skills Deficits

Everywhere you turn there seems to be bad news about the U.S. falling further behind other countries when it comes to matters of education. Unfortunately, when it comes to mastery of the basics, it’s true. Read more about Beyond the Basics: Addressing Advanced Skills Deficits

Only 6 Months Left to Avoid GED Reset!

Do you have students who have passed portions of the GED test, but not all? Or, have some taken the entire test, but don’t have the minimum overall score? Maybe they have not been able to get a passing score on the essay. Whatever the situation, you and those students are feeling very stressed because time is running out! Read more about Only 6 Months Left to Avoid GED Reset!

Are Your Students Learning What Employers Need?

Your students come to school to gain an education that will lead to gainful employment. But how can you make sure you’re giving your students all the skills they will need to thrive in the workplace?

Traditional Grades are Meaningless
From an employer’s perspective, having a degree or certificate and a good GPA is necessary, but not enough. Just because a person graduated from college doesn’t mean they actually learned and retained what they need to know. Read more about Are Your Students Learning What Employers Need?

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