Completion With a Purpose Blog

Jackie Robinson Foundation-Strada Scholars Inspire Hope for Our Future

NEW YORK – I’m a great admirer of Jackie Robinson, the sports legend, civil rights activist, and American hero best known for breaking through Major League Baseball’s color barrier. But after spending time recently at the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Mentoring and Leadership Conference, talking with JRF-Strada scholars, I am even more inspired by his legacy – a group of young…

Measuring College Value: The Important Role of Minority-Serving Institutions

At Strada Education Network®, we’re interested in supporting all students on their education-to-career journey and we are fortunate to have great partners in this work – partners who understand the value of engaging with students wherever they are on that journey and supporting their success. Many devoted educators have worked for decades to address the challenges their students face, developing…

Strada Invests $8 Million in Innovative Projects Connecting Education to Employment

In our mission to improve the pathway between education and employment, Strada Education Network is dedicated to leveraging the most up-to-date research to inform our philanthropic decisions, based on what’s working, what deserves a chance to prove itself, and what has the greatest potential to scale and make real progress. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce today our latest…

Mentors Matter: Students Value Advice and Guidance from Faculty and Employers

January is National Mentoring Month and students have a message for faculty and employers: Your advice and influence matters. Perhaps more than you realize. Career mentoring is more important than ever in helping learners of all ages and stages navigate pathways between education and employment. Everybody needs the support of a mentor, from young adults entering the workforce to adult…

Three Questions for Strada Education Network’s Beth Bean

Thanks to support from Strada Education Network, Ithaka S+R published Mapping the Wild West of Pre-Hire Assessment: A Landscape View of the Uncharted Technology-Facilitated Ecosystem earlier this month. We asked Beth Bean, Vice President, National Engagement, Philanthropy and Policy at Strada Education Network, to tell us more about the organization’s focus on education-to-employment transitions. Strada Education Network has made innovative…

What Robots Can Teach Us About Being Human

Tell me how you do your job. This simple phrase is one way to determine how quickly your job might become automated in the future. The more clearly that you can describe a task, the easier it may be to create rules for it, whereas, the harder the skill is to describe or enunciate, the more resistant it may be…

Mentoring Matters

This week, recent college graduates affirm a growing body of research: faculty-student relationships matter.  At colleges and universities across the nation, professors play an important role as mentors providing both academic and career advice to their students. According to our new survey of recent graduates, professors represent about two-thirds (64%) of college mentors, and the advice they provide has lasting…

America’s Employers Place Technical Skills and Work Experience Above Rankings

Important news for all students when it comes to getting a job: what you can do is more important than the ranking of the university you attended. According to hiring managers and direct managers at U.S. employers, college rankings don’t determine hiring decisions. The vast majority of students do not attend institutions that are “top ranked,” and this does not…

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…