Educators often have trouble implementing innovations because the traditional model of institutional change is flawed, asserts Steven Mintz, special adviser to the president of Hunter College for student success and strategic initiatives. In this blog post, Mintz writes that a framework that focuses on transparency, flexibility, and gradual change, while building relationships and empowering innovators helps surmount any roadblocks that may arise.
To best support students, educators and institutions must understand their definition of success, which can vary based on students' personal situations and educational goals, asserts Kathe Pelletier, director of student success community programs at EDUCAUSE. Encouraging student involvement in the evaluation process and using data and analytics to determine and evaluate student motivators and goals can help universities and educators better connect with students to ensure they succeed, Pelletier writes.
In this Q&A, Steve Ellis and John Rogers of The Rise Fund, which is partnering with Arizona State University on workforce education effort InStride, discuss the role of higher education in corporate tuition benefits. Programs such as coding academies and online learning initiatives help higher-education institutions bridge the gap between executive education and graduate programs, Ellis notes.
An interview with Mark Bernhard, North Carolina State University's vice provost for continuing education, touches on his views about the future of higher education, including the influence of technology and a movement toward technological advances and continuing education. Lifelong learning and a growth mindset have been major factors in his own career success, said Bernhard, and he recommends both for aspiring leaders in the field.
The UN has begun focusing on higher education as a part of its 2030 goal of "equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university." UNESCO hopes the plan will provide a guide to inspire governments and institutions with a global system of qualification recognition.
A study from Adobe finds that employers are looking for job candidates who possess soft skills such as creativity, collaboration and communication. Among other recommendations, the study suggests more emphasis be given to teaching soft skills, and that job seekers highlight such skills and continue to develop them.
A report from MDRC explains the challenges faced by career and technical education programs when collecting and using data to improve programs, and suggests ways to strengthen data-collection efforts. The report recommends that programs assess needs, identify top research questions and desired outcomes, establish processes for data collection, and "iterate, adapt and update."
Schools are trying to meet demand for sustainability training by offering special certificates or elective courses for MBA students. "We need to change the MBA without necessarily calling it an MBA in sustainability," said Ilian Mihov, dean at INSEAD, which overhauled its curriculum in 2017.
All students are ensured access to academic resources, despite location, under standards set by the Association of College & Research Libraries, and this is made possible through college libraries. Among other responsibilities, librarians collaborate on course design, share services with other organizations to provide more resources for students, and make it possible for remote students to take advantage of resources.
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