Tag: higher education

Webinar on CBE Student Outcomes Metrics Framework

November 29, 2017 by

The American Institutes for Research and the Institute for CBE at Texas A&M University-Commerce have developed a CBE Student Outcomes Metrics Framework to support a common language for measuring student success within and across higher education CBE programs. This framework is designed to support local continuous improvement efforts as well as field-wide efforts to build evidence about student outcomes in CBE programs, and is based on ongoing CBE student outcomes research with seven program partners.

In general at CompetencyWorks, we keep the articles and resources on CBE in post-secondary institutions separate from those directed at K-12. However, this is a powerful set of work to guide the field of CBE in higher education and can certainly inform the work of K-12 as we enter into a new stage of field-building and attention to quality. I’m certain K-12 will think differently about student outcomes – and this report can help by providing something to react to. We need to make sure that communication goes both ways. As K-12 thinks more deeply about metrics, it’s likely that it will be helpful to institutions of higher education as well, especially those serving younger students entering directly from high school.

On December 14th from 3-4 pm ET, a webinar discussion will be held on the Student Outcomes Metrics Framework. Presenters will be Kelle Parsons, Researcher, Postsecondary Success, American Institutes for Research, and Carlos Rivers, Operations Research Analyst, Institute for Competency-Based Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Click here to register.

The Role of Advisory in Personalizing the Secondary Experience

September 13, 2017 by

This post originally appeared at Getting Smart on August 24, 2017. 

The goal of an advisory is to help students figure out who they are, where they’re headed and how they’re going to get there. Through an advisory system, each student has an adult who knows them and helps them navigate high school so that they leave with a meaningful, personalized plan and are prepared for post-secondary options.

An advisory is a key component of a distributed student guidance strategy that includes regular meetings at regular intervals between an advisor and a group of students, has a clear focus and is something in which all students and staff participate. Student ownership is key to an advisory process, and there is typically a “gradual release” of responsibility from advisor to advisee. With the support of the advisor, students craft and own outcomes as they pursue postsecondary learning opportunities.

In the paper Core and More: Guiding and Personalizing College and Career Readiness, we assert that the best student guidance systems are blended (leveraging technology and in-person instruction and services), distributed (leveraging staff in addition to school counselors) and scheduled (utilizing an advisory period).

This advisory period is really the glue that holds it all together. The structure of the advisory should reflect the school’s mission, vision and philosophy of learning and should provide additional opportunities for students and staff to personalize their experiences.

High school can be a confusing time with increasing options for students due to the rapid expansion of digital learning. Advisory has to be the spine of the next generation high school. Sustained adult relationships can help students navigate this new digital landscape and maximize tools and systems to enhance their personal learning plan and map their trajectory beyond high school graduation.

Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy (SLA), believes that student-teacher relationships radiate from the advisory period. “Think of advisory as the soul of your school. And in everything you do, remember that you teach students before you teach subjects. Advisory is the place in the schedule where that idea has its core and then it spreads into everything else we do,” Lehmann said.

Beth Brodie of Partnership for Change notes that a key function of the advisor is to ensure that every student has someone, “who knows them well and supports them at school meetings and conferences.”

Five Core Elements

We see five core elements that should be part of every secondary advisory system: (more…)

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