Minority-Serving Institutions Measuring College Value Grant Information

Building on its 15-year-long initiative to enhance the capacity of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) for promoting higher education access and success and the career readiness of minority students, and consistent with its focus on Completion With a Purpose®, promoting student success in college and career, Strada Education NetworkSM launched the MSI Measuring College Value initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to support two- and four-year MSIs in their efforts to measure the value of postsecondary education and training programs and to improve student completion and workforce outcomes.

May 21, 2018 Webinar

April 10, 2018 Webinar

January 22, 2018 Webinar

November 13, 2017 Webinar Slide Deck


2017 MSI Measuring College Value Grantee Meeting

Major Influence: Where Students Get Advice on What to Study in College
Speaker: Carol D’Amico, Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement and Philanthropy, Strada Education
Initial findings from the Education Consumer Pulse™ (ECP) revealed that more than 51 percent of U.S. adults would change at least one aspect of their education path — major, school or type of degree — if they had to do it all over again. In the latest ECP report, “Major Influence: Where Students Get Valued
Advice on What to Study in College,” Americans discuss where they obtain advice on what to study and how they value those resources. This presentation will include an overview of the findings from the newly released ECP report.

Chronicle of Where the MSI Measuring College Value Project Has Been/Is
Speaker: Lorenzo Esters
Lorenzo Esters will showcase the progress of the grantee work over the last year, including the purpose of the grant, the progress to date, and confirmed plans for moving forward in the implementation period.

Showcase of Expected Promising Practices Among the Fantastic Five
Speakers: Randy Swing, Higher Education Consultant, and Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and NSSE Institute, Indiana University
Randy Swing and Jillian Kinzie will share a summary of the various practices on which each institution is focusing in its approved implementation plan.

Introducing Plans for Gallup Survey and American Institutes for Research (AIR) Data Support
Speaker: Matthew Soldner, Principal Researcher, Higher Education Practice, American Institutes for Research
Insight into the experiences of both current students and recent alumni is an important component of campus efforts to improve graduates’ workforce outcomes. In this session, AIR will lead a discussion as to how innovation teams may leverage existing data — and collect new information — to deepen that insight. We will discuss plans for the Gallup Alumni Survey, describe how we plan to customize data coaching around AIR data tools and evaluation needs, and introduce new data resources that AIR hopes to develop on behalf of sites over the coming year.

Communicating the Success of Individual Institutional College Value Projects
Speaker: Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC
In this session, Richard Lui will engage the grantees in a facilitated workshop on how to showcase and market the value of their projects and their progress to date and over the next two years of the implementation grant. A representative from each grantee institution will rehearse an eight-minute TED-style talk in front of the group and receive feedback from Richard in preparation for the live recording later.

Beginning With the End in Mind: Starting College With a Focus on Career Success
Speakers: Dhanfu Elston, Vice President, Complete College America; Charles Ansell, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategic Planning, Community College System of New Hampshire; and Betty Fortune, Executive Director, Success and Completion, Houston Community College
As more institutions and higher education leaders consider guided pathways for students, more emphasis is being placed on career outcomes. Too few students are beginning their college experience with an understanding of majors and associated careers. With support from Strada Education Network, Complete College America (CCA) is working with states to develop an operationalized purpose-driven approach to student onboarding and major choice that includes labor market data, return on investment, and academic/personal assessment. Panelists will share early learnings and implications for institutions seeking to improve student and career outcomes.

Paul Quinn’s Urban Work College — An Innovative Model for Connecting Work and Education
Speaker: Nithya Govindasamy, Dean, Work Program, Paul Quinn College
This session will provide an inside look into Paul Quinn’s unique Urban Work College model and how it has contributed to the College’s goal to help eradicate urban poverty. Additionally, Nithya Govindasamy will provide an overview of the Work Program and how it provides students with meaningful pre-professional training and work experiences to help them compete in the global marketplace, while also allowing students to graduate with less than $10,000 in debt.

Making Workforce Employability Outcomes Essential
Speaker: Ralph Wolff, President and Founder, The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education
Surveys of academic leaders and employers consistently reveal a major gap between their perceptions of graduates’ preparedness for the workforce. Ralph Wolff will address how workforce readiness outcomes can be defined, evaluated and verified in ways that can support students’, employers’ and institutions’ goals and needs. The Quality Assurance Commons is developing and piloting new approaches to quality assurance that will address this gap. Uniquely, the QA Commons has made students and employers integral to the new QA design, and he will share how students and employers are engaged with 27 pilot programs to co-design a new Certification process.