Teaching the Teachers: Expanding the Reach of Foundational Skill Instruction to All Faculty

Seven years ago, Nash Community College in North Carolina realized it had a problem: when they asked local employers what they thought of Nash grads, the responses tended to come with a caveat. The graduates were good at the technical skills associated with their job, but struggled to move out of their comfort zone and Read more about Teaching the Teachers: Expanding the Reach of Foundational Skill Instruction to All Faculty[…]

Core Values: Building a Solid Foundation of Consistent Foundational Skills (Webinar Recap)

Among the most elusive challenges we see when it comes to foundational skills is the difficulty of teaching and assessing them consistently across disciplines. Our recent white paper found that institutions universally value skills like critical thinking and communication, however instruction and learning outcomes vary widely depending on the department, course, or faculty member. But Read more about Core Values: Building a Solid Foundation of Consistent Foundational Skills (Webinar Recap)[…]

Webinar Recap: You Can’t Fix What You Can’t Measure

Marlon Mote of Tarrant Community College District recently spoke about the challenges of consistent assessment of foundational skills like critical thinking, and how he’s overcome those barriers at his institution. He used Credo Education to increase student participation and bolster the consistency and accuracy of TCCD’s assessments, while also saving valuable staff time and resources. Read more about Webinar Recap: You Can’t Fix What You Can’t Measure[…]

Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Pfeiffer University

In this series, we highlight exceptional responses we’ve seen on the part of higher education institutions to the many challenges endemic to America’s foundational skills crisis. This month we profiled Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, where leadership improved student motivation and buy-in through a commitment to cultivating student intentionality and foundational skill development. Key Player: Dr. Tracy Read more about Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Pfeiffer University[…]

The 3 Pillars of a Successful Foundational Skills Development Strategy

Addressing the foundational skills crisis is one of the great challenges for higher education today. While the evidence of the skills gap is overwhelming, and while educators’ belief in critical thinking is sincere, many institutions have struggled to implement successful foundation skills development programs. In interviews with 50+ academic leaders, we learned that the most Read more about The 3 Pillars of a Successful Foundational Skills Development Strategy[…]

Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Lawrence Technological University

In this series, we highlight exceptional responses we’ve seen on the part of higher education institutions to the many challenges endemic to America’s foundational skills crisis. This month we profiled Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, where administrators fully committed to ensuring that faculty develop their instruction of foundational skills, and then consistently teach and measure Read more about Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Lawrence Technological University[…]

The 4 Stages of Foundational Skill Development

As part of Credo Education’s research into the foundational skills crisis, we spoke to academic leaders at more than 50 institutions of higher education across the country. Through these interviews, we were able to construct a better understanding of how colleges and universities address the important matter of outfitting their students with the strong critical Read more about The 4 Stages of Foundational Skill Development[…]

New Research Uncovers Causes and Solutions for Higher Ed’s Foundational Skills Crisis

Foundational skills are universally sought-after in today’s Knowledge Economy, however new research from Credo Education suggests they aren’t being taught effectively enough in higher education. In a survey commissioned by the AAC&U, 91% of employers stated that a candidate’s ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems was more important than their undergraduate Read more about New Research Uncovers Causes and Solutions for Higher Ed’s Foundational Skills Crisis[…]

Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Clarke University

In this series, we highlight exceptional responses we’ve seen on the part of higher education institutions to the many challenges endemic to America’s foundational skills crisis. This month we profiled Clarke University, which recently eradicated “Gen Ed” from its vocabulary in favor of a more holistic approach to building foundational skills and helping each student Read more about Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Clarke University[…]