• Tristan Denley: Building Smart Pathways for Student Success

    Sometimes to better understand a wicked problem, you have to start by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. That’s exactly what mathematician and higher education leader Tristan Denley did, and the resulting effort--a course recommendation system called Degree Compass--has led to...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: The State of the Completion Agenda

    Simply focusing on increasing quantity without keeping a close eye on ensuring quality spells out trouble in all kinds of situations. Academic experiences shouldn’t be excluded from that assumption. Within the college access movement, for example, this has proved to be the case. While...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Microcredentials and the Higher Ed Hype Cycle

    Author: Malcolm Brown Remember the good old days? Surely you do. Ah yes, the good old days in higher education—when we spoke of and wrote about disruptive innovation, disintermediation, and re-aggregation with grand abandon. Heady days indeed, where we imagined, right and left, a...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Early Days for iPASS Research

    iPASS, the acronym for Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success, is a term only now gaining currency across the landscape of higher education reform. Accordingly, research into the efficacy of this comprehensive approach to improving advising by infusing technology is in its early days...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Career Planning and Student Success

    Several studies demonstrate the impact a college degree has on our income earning potential. Estimated lifetime earnings for 40 years of full-time employment means $1 million more for someone with a college degree.  A college degree is a good investment; there is no doubt. Degrees and...

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  • Does a Degree Ever Expire? Examining the Extended Transcript

    Can a student’s learning experience be accurately summarized in a list of courses and grades? A number of higher ed leaders agree that it cannot—and that transcripts should evolve to encompass a variety of activities, accomplishments and experiences beyond those that occur within the...

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  • Personalized Learning: Using Technology to Improve the Student Experience

    Author: Rosalind Ong de Trevino, Project Coordinator, University of Texas at San Antonio Personalization is a powerful tool; when applied to education, it can improve student success. Students entering higher education bring their own stories and approaches to learning based on their diverse...

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  • Designing and Implementing a Transformed Advising Model at Austin Community College

    By: Wade Bradfute   Katie Sanders received the Student Presidential Achievement Award from Austin Community College for 2016. At graduation she spoke about her struggle after dropping out of high school, not believing she could go to college, and trying to raise five children. Katie...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Transfer Student Success

    I once taught a University 101 course for transfer students. The students came from community colleges and other four-year institutions. Some were residential and others commuted to the campus. The university adapted the curriculum and syllabus for this course, which was originally designed...

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  • The Myths of Competency-Based Education: Questions of Equity and Quality

    Over 200 colleges in the U.S. are now exploring technology-enabled competency-based education (CBE). Some of this interest is spurred by the realization that the ‘new normal’ in higher ed is a 27-year-old who is the first in her family to attempt to go to college—with a job...

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