Completion With a Purpose Blog

Stop Talking and Start Doing: How to Deliver 21st-Century Student Engagement and Education

This post was first published by The Evollution on July 6, 2018. It’s interesting to see the evolution of the conversation within education reform circles. The “college for all” access agenda seems to have had its day. Getting in is no longer enough; many are recognizing the need to get better at the through and out parts, as well. At…

First jobs matter: Avoiding the underemployment trap

This article was first published on June 1, 2018, by The Washington Post.  We all have heard stories of newly minted college graduates working as baristas or selling clothes at Gap. It’s what economists call underemployment: people doing jobs for which they are overqualified. Generally, however, we dismiss the phenomenon as a relic of the recession or a short-term problem…

Investing Early in the Workforce of the Future

We’re a nation of workers – so we all understand the elation that comes when an employer praises our work. Nayib Kuncar of KITEWIRE, a mobile device software and application developer in Arlington, Va., certainly knows that feeling. Nayib’s supervisor, KITEWIRE CEO Jere Simpson, said, “Nayib saved us $30,000 in just half of one of his work days by improving…

Time to Build: Why We’re Launching Strada Institute for the Future of Work

In our national discourse on higher education, we give a lot of lip service to lifelong learning. But we’ve done little to rework our systems, infrastructure, and architecture of delivering higher education, so that it works better for working learners of all ages. While our rhetoric suggests that learning is lifelong, our actions seem to indicate that school is somehow…

Re-Imagining March Madness

Like millions of others this time of the year, I’ve been watching the action unfold during the NCAA Tournament. As always, I’ve been intrigued by the passion that surrounds this annual event — passion that has led us to often refer to it as March Madness. What if we were as passionate about the success of students in their first…

We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future

“Any useful statement about the future should at first seem ridiculous.”
—Jim Dator, futurist at University of Hawaii-Manoa Here’s something ridiculous for you: Futurists and experts on aging and longevity are now suggesting that the first people to live to be 150 years old have already been born. That is a long time to live — and work. It’s almost…

Catherine Haras

Faculty Development as an Authentic Professional Practice

Editor’s Note: This post originally was published on the American Council on Education’s Higher Education Today blog. ACE released the piece as part of a collaboration between ACE and Strada Education NetworkSM to examine higher education instruction and assess the connection between quality teaching and an improved student experience — which may lead to increased retention, persistence and success…

Making an Impact in Higher Education Equity

Addressing equity gaps in postsecondary education will help more students thrive in college, complete their degrees, and find fulfilling careers. At Strada Education NetworkSM, we call that Completion With a Purpose®. And it’s at the core of all that we do. That’s why we are excited to be a part of Committing to Equity and Inclusive…

5 Lessons in ‘Setting Course’ for College and Career

Editor’s Note: Despite growing up in a place many consider to be paradise, thousands of Hawaii’s local-born residents are leaving the state year after year — many to pursue career opportunities. Hawaii native Keakealani Pacheco joined a two-week excursion from Roadtrip Nation®, a Strada Education NetworkSM company, to learn more about the diverse careers offered right in…

Bringing ‘Blind Auditions’ to the Job Market

When “The Voice” premiered in 2011, it distinguished itself from other televised singing contests by featuring a blind auditions phase. Contestants had 30 seconds to sing their hearts out while four rock-star judges sat with their backs turned to them. During that short 30-second interlude, each person had the opportunity to lure one or more judges to turn their chairs…