Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Nash Community College

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. We’ve interviewed dozens of provosts and chief academic officers as part of our research into this area, and these are some of the most noteworthy practices we’ve come across. Read more about Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Nash Community College[…]

The Difference Between Good and Bad Assessment

A recent article in the New York Times Sunday Review questioned “The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’”. UNC Professor Molly Worthen raised many of the concerns one often hears in debates about the necessity of assessment in higher education: Bureaucratic number-crunching is a waste of everyone’s time The purpose of higher ed isn’t to mass produce Read more about The Difference Between Good and Bad Assessment[…]

Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Davidson County Community College

In this series, we will highlight exceptional responses we’ve seen on the part of higher education institutions to the many challenges endemic to America’s foundational skills crisis. We’ve interviewed dozens of provosts and chief academic officers as part of our research into this area, and these are some of the most noteworthy practices we’ve come Read more about Foundational Skills Innovation Spotlight: Davidson County Community College[…]

A Question of Confidence: Do Students Feel Prepared for the Workforce

According to a recent Strada-Gallup report, 86% of college students view getting a better job as a critical factor in their decision to pursue a degree—however polling from a number of sources show that they (and prospective employers) are less confident than ever that these graduates will succeed in the workforce. Why is this disconnect Read more about A Question of Confidence: Do Students Feel Prepared for the Workforce[…]

Does Net Neutrality Help or Hinder Critical Thinking?

On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on whether to repeal a set of standards better known to the public as net neutrality. Net neutrality means that internet service providers (ISPs) are regulated as public utilities providers, and as such must provide a level playing field for internet traffic. For example, because the Read more about Does Net Neutrality Help or Hinder Critical Thinking?[…]

When AI Meets Fake News

“Fake News” is Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2017. From Russian spies, to Balkan troll farms, to Facebook, the creation of purposefully untruthful articles has dominated our discussions this year. One would hope that recognition of the threat would stymie its effectiveness, however there’s every reason to believe the fake news crisis is about to Read more about When AI Meets Fake News[…]

The State of Critical Thinking among 6th to 12th Graders

A recent Washington Post analyzed data from one of the country’s largest websites that helps students hone writing and critical thinking skills. After looking at billions of answers provided by over 200,000 students, the results were… underwhelming. A few highlights from the story: Fewer than half of students are able to identify when a claim Read more about The State of Critical Thinking among 6th to 12th Graders[…]

Bridging the Skills Gap from Both Sides

In a recent article for Chief Learning Officer, CEO Lee Maxey sidestepped the usual finger pointing when it comes to who is responsible for the skills gap. It’s true, he argued, that higher ed should invest in teaching the core competencies that business leaders complain are in short supply. Critical thinking and communication are highly Read more about Bridging the Skills Gap from Both Sides[…]

Webinar Recap: Using Rubrics in the Implementation of 21st Century Learning Outcomes Across the Curriculum

When Winston-Salem State University evaluated their Gen Ed curriculum in 2009, they discovered that their goals of improving skills like critical thinking and communicating were hindered by several factors that would need to be addressed. Interim Provost, Dr. Lynn Berry recently joined us to share how her campus worked with Credo Education to implement rubrics Read more about Webinar Recap: Using Rubrics in the Implementation of 21st Century Learning Outcomes Across the Curriculum[…]

21st Century Problems: Are We Preparing Students for Modern Challenges?

In times of change, it can be difficult to know what’s a passing fad, and what represents a fundamental shift in the bigger system. The pace of change today adds another layer: preparing for the future is like trying to hit a moving target in the best circumstances, and now that target is rocketing along Read more about 21st Century Problems: Are We Preparing Students for Modern Challenges?[…]