• Alternative Credential Adoption in Higher Ed

    Nanodegrees. Microcredentials. Digital badging. Whatever you might call them, various types of alternative credentials have gone mainstream in many areas outside of academia. Professional associations, industry organizations, and nonprofits have embraced them as a way for members and patrons to...

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  • The Big Plans of Postsecondary Breakthrough Models

    NGLC’s Breakthrough Models for College Completion initiative challenged the field to employ new academic, organizational, and financial models in order to provide a degree program that enhanced quality and improved completion rates while serving a large number of students. The grant...

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  • Competency-Based Education: Faculty Goals and Student Grades

    Author: Gregory K. Arbuckle I’m working with the faculty in my department at Western Kentucky University to develop a competency-based bachelor’s degree program in Advanced Manufacturing. In a recent meeting of breakthrough model institutions—NGLC grant recipients and...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Effective Systemic Change

    If you’re dedicated to student success and college completion, you probably want to know how to enact systemic change focused on these goals, what promising practices are being used, and at least one example of a college or university that is doing the hard work. Here are three resources to...

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  • Meeting the Challenges of Marketing Non-traditional Programs

    As every organization launching a new service is aware, readying the service for use is only one item on the checklist. Organizations must also envision and attract clients, explaining the offer to them in ways that make clear why they should use it. In short, they must successfully market the...

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  • Competency-based Education Graduates Prepared for the Workforce

    Imagine yourself sitting in front of a potential employer in a job interview. You’re wearing your best suit and have a few extra copies of your résumé on hand, just in case. You’re in the middle of a competitive job market, but you’re confident that you’ll...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Competency-Based Education

    When the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed both report on a development on the same day, you can bet it’s “trending now.” That happened last week when the US Department of Education made a significant policy move, issuing its long-anticipated invitation to...

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  • Colleges’ Innovation Focused on Student Success

    Innovation’s not just a one-time thing for the colleges and universities in the NGLC community. Keeping an eye on these institutions over time, we see that they continue to innovate, win acclaim, and influence their local climates as well, all with a goal of advancing student success. Here...

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  • Digital Design & Innovation Skills for Leaders in Academia

    The launch of the 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy One-off solutions won’t work in higher ed. But you better be ready to evaluate, iterate, and effectively communicate the scalable solutions you’re creating. These were just a few of the insights shared by opening speakers at the...

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  • Salesforce.com’s CRM system becomes a 21st century LMS

    “I don’t ever remember having an educational institution that was on Fast Company’s Most Innovative list. That’s a fascinating perspective to bring to the market…” Brian Peddle, the chief technology officer for College for America at Southern New Hampshire...

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