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What Can Higher Education Institutions Do to Reduce the College Dropout Rate?

What Can Higher Education Institutions Do to Reduce the College Dropout Rate?

We could go on forever about the reasons students do not return to school, but let’s focus on what proactive institutions can do to improve their retention rate. Simply, engage students in all aspects of campus life. Recognize their accomplishments. Provide support for them academically. And most importantly, prepare them for the workforce.

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Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Mapping to Improve Higher Education Learning

Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Mapping to Improve Higher Education Learning

Regardless of grade level or subject area, virtually every teacher is familiar with the concept of curriculum mapping. Some are actively engaged in the process. This is also true, albeit to a lesser extent, in higher education. Due to the structure of higher education programs, faculty sometimes find themselves focused on their own courses with a bit less awareness of the program at large.

Find out more about curriculum mapping and assessment mapping and why they are so important.

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The Rise of Competency-based Education

The Rise of Competency-based Education

Having joined the education vernacular in the 1960s, CBE (competency-based education), is experiencing a resurgence in interest and popularity. Attention on accountability in higher education, student learning outcomes and a related focus on outcomes-based assessment has brought new energy into the CBE movement. Other factors, including the rise of for-profit universities, the increasing numbers of non-traditional students, the desire to move students to degree completion more quickly and even the effort to provide a more transparent and personalized learning experience all contribute to this growing movement.

So, when it comes to competency-based education, what are the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions to assess and achieve optimal student learning?

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