Completion With a Purpose Blog

Prior Learning Assessment, Financial Education Boost Veterans’ College and Career Success

Prior learning assessment, or PLA, saves students time and money while they’re pursuing their degrees. The practice of awarding credit and certifications for prior experience and training, including that received in the military, is an especially appropriate way to reward military veterans for their service and support their personal and professional advancement. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education…

Honoring a Legend by Expanding Opportunities

Jackie Robinson is a sports legend, known best for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier. But, as last month’s groundbreaking event for the Jackie Robinson Museum reminded us, his legacy lives on in ways that stretch far beyond baseball. That’s why I am so proud — and humbled — to have been at that ceremony. There, we heard about Robinson’s…

Creating Better Pathways From Education to the Workforce

Over the next two months, it will be commencement season across the United States. From high schools to community colleges and four-year universities, students will be encouraged with hopeful speeches and congratulated for their hard work and determination. But for too many graduates, no matter the level of education they’re just completing, the transition to their next destination will be…

Celebrating a Center of Hope for African-American Youth

In the mid-’70s, Indianapolis community leaders cited a number of reasons why African-American youth were failing to graduate from high school, not entering college, and falling short in career achievement. The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) answered the call to develop meaningful experiences to promote education and careers to students and their parents. Forty years and thousands of success stories…

This School Doesn’t Give Up on Struggling Students

Although the high school dropout rate has declined significantly since the 1990’s, each year more than 1.2 million U.S. students continue to leave high school with no diploma. As a result, approximately 7,000 students each day are giving up short of earning the most critical educational credential necessary for their future success. It’s well documented that many high school dropouts…

Six Strategies Growing the Talent Pipeline Movement

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation started the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) initiative with the support of Strada Education Network℠, then known as USA Funds®, in 2014. Since that time, we have seen continued buy-in by the business community of applying supply chain management principles to workplace talent acquisition. Business leaders gravitate to this six-strategy approach because it…

Implementing Adaptive Learning Courseware? New Guide Can Help

One of the most innovative opportunities for addressing student success and personalizing learning today is the use of adaptive courseware. The courseware allows educators to tailor the instructional experience based on a learner’s individual needs. A new guide aims to help institutions implement the tools that facilitate this personalized approach to instruction. The Implementing Adaptive Courseware guide is the result…

Top Education Ideas Connect College and Career Through Technology

How might we better prepare all learners for the needs of tomorrow by reimagining higher education? OpenIDEO has announced the Top Ideas in its Future of Higher Education Challenge — and the results suggest the answer to that question lies in connecting college and career through use of educational technology. A tool that uses data to connect learners to careers.…

Shining a Light on Opportunities in College and Career

I often am struck by the many opportunities I have had in my career and my life, thanks to the college degree I received many years ago. And then I think about the challenges that today’s college students face — challenges that too often prevent them from enjoying the myriad opportunities my degree has afforded me. That’s why I’m proud…

The Intersection of Instruction and Outcomes

What is the relationship between college instruction and student outcomes? A new paper examines that question in five key areas — making the case that “what faculty do and how instruction occurs matter, and matter greatly.” “Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes,” from the American Council on Education (ACE), argues for additional support for faculty, to ensure they’re equipped to…