time to focus on adult students

In 2017 “85% of Americans enrolled in postsecondary institutions are ‘nontraditional’ learners.” 85%. Not a minority. Not a slight majority. The overwhelming majority. If, as a nation, we intend to remain competitive in the world…

California Regulations Mandate Online Student Services Equality

It is the California Community College (CCC) systems intent to deploy an intuitive and user friendly virtual meeting and collaboration platform, designed to provide synchronous online counseling and advising to all of the 113 colleges of the…

High-quality Mentors as buffers to ambient racial discrimination

Mentors offer many benefits to protégés: they may be role models who sponsor and coach protégés, offer them guidance, help them advance in the organization, and promote their careers (Ragins & Kram, 2007). Our research revealed yet another…

Lumina Foundation: The Future of Student Needs

Defining the domain of student life allows us to zoom in on emerging student needs as they relate to a student's life as a whole. What would the future look like if our present trends continued? Our baseline future explores these possibilities…

Goodbye College Advising - Hello College Coaching

“College advisors have always played an important role helping students navigate the degree process,” said Gates Bryant, a principal at Tyton Partners, an advisory firm focused on education. Historically, an academic advisor’s role has…
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Mentoring - Critical Component of Student Success

Article Synopsis.. A senior executive with the Gallup polling organization recently summarized for educational and legislative policymakers the key ingredient that enables students to become dreamers and to succeed in school and in life.…

Online Education Can Fix Its Student Retention Problem

Enhance your MOOC strategy by connecting it to an Expert Knowledge Network to improve collaboration. Few MOOC platforms include features that allow students to collaborate or ask questions in real time. Students are often expected to just click…
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Student Success Top Priority for 2017

Decision-makers share thoughts on student success, technology and social media. Campus success comprises a wide range of initiatives. Expanding college access, helping first-generation or low-income students, improving retention, and improving…

GALLUP: WELCOME TO THE EXIT ERA OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Welcome to the Exit Era of Higher Education Historians of higher education may one day come to describe recent decades as the "Entrance Era" of higher education. It's been an era defined by a near-obsession with getting into college…

Personal Relationships Matter

The emerging field of Learner Experience Design or LX design is about balancing the need for quality course design with the central role of human interaction in online learning. It’s a collaborative process that engages faculty in the design…
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Relationships Key to College Completion Rates

The new worst case scenario is attending college, accumulating debt and dropping out–and it’s becoming an epidemic. As an example of low on time graduation rates, only 10% of San Jose State students graduate in four years. One reason may…

NACE: Connections Key to Career Community Model

We needed to provide a direct connection between students and their opportunities. The new model features 10 communities so students can explore how their discipline relates to industry-specific opportunities. This will enable students to…

college student coaching improves retention and graduation rates

The study, conducted by Stanford University Associate Professor Eric Bettinger and doctoral student Rachel Baker, reviewed the academic records of more than 13,500 students from eight colleges and universities across the 2003-4 and 2007-8 academic…

Student Success - Look Outside of the Classroom to Prevent Dropouts

It’s often not an “academic” problem: most students who fail to graduate are derailed by what happens outside the classroom. For adult learners, who increasingly make up the majority of students in postsecondary education, the biggest…

Driving Toward a Degree 2016

Student success and degree completion are among the highest priorities for colleges and universities today, especially as the value of a college degree increases and more post-traditional students enroll in campuses across the country. While…
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What is an Expert Network?

According to Wikipedia, "Expert networks are generally people networks that connect individuals with expert resources or a subject matter expert to provide valuable information or assistance." The phrase "expert network" was originally coined…
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The Power of Mentoring

When Jeff Immelt, the current CEO of GE was asked about the most important lesson he learned from his mentor Jack Welch, he said “The importance of people-attracting them, inspiring them. I spend at least 50% of my time on people. I teach,…

GALLUP PURDUE INDEX REPORT 2015

Gallup Purdue Index Report examines two important questions: Do U.S. universities provide students with opportunities equal to increasing college fees? And: Do students graduate well-equipped to find good jobs and prosper financially, as well…

Effective Practice with Entering Students

Early Connections When students describe their early college experiences, they typically reflect on occasions when they felt discouraged or thought about dropping out. Their reasons for persisting almost always include one common element: a…