Completion With a Purpose Blog

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…

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…

MSIs Off and Running to Enhance College Value

In August, according to USA Today, 31 percent of small businesses indicated they had positions they couldn’t fill. With the right skills and experiences, students can become job candidates that help meet employers’ unfilled demand. That’s why Strada Education NetworkSM supports Completion With a Purpose®, strengthening the pathways between education and employment. And it’s why we focus…

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…

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…

Bold, Intentional and Focused: Early Lessons From MSI College Value

If you had $325,000 and three years to improve the success of students and the value of a college education, what would you do? USA Funds® posed that question to a group of minority-serving institutions through a competitive grant process, selecting seven of the schools for the award based on their responses. The MSI Measuring College Value initiative aims…

Purpose First Means College and Career Success Later

Ask students why they pursue a college education, and their answers often focus on finances and future employment opportunities. In fact, issues related to jobs and future earnings command the top three spots in the list of reasons students gave for attending college in a 2015 College Decisions Survey by the New America Education Policy Program. Yet many colleges and…

Leaders in Higher Education Innovation Offer Wish List for New President

As our nation prepares to welcome a new president to the White House, we face one of the most important times in the history of higher education. Educational attainment levels have risen for all Americans in the past 20 years. But whites attain bachelor’s degrees at nearly twice the rate of African-Americans — and at almost 3 times the rate…

Five Key Measures of Success in the First Year of College

As summer comes to an end, colleges and universities across the United States are welcoming new students through orientation and other freshman year rites of passage. But as many as one in three of those first-year students won’t make it back for a sophomore year. Changing students’ experience during their first year of college is vital in improving undergraduate education…

What College, University Leaders Need to Know About College Value

Higher education is facing more scrutiny than at any other point in recent history, with federal and state legislators, parents and students demanding more accountability and transparency. This increased attention on higher education has led key stakeholders — students and alumni — to question the value of their degrees. To help stakeholders understand the value of college, and to arm…