This week, Education Dive took a look at the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success' new college application and two institutions' thought processes behind adopting it. Also in higher ed, the rush to offer short-term certificate programs that give working adults an opportunity for quick retraining is fueling debate over whether stackable credentials are now a necessity. And calls from faculty at San Jose State University in California to dropouts — particularly those of color, who were even more likely than their white peers to leave before graduation — discovered institutional barriers to student success on campus.
On the digital front, Pearson is expanding the reach of its digital course materials with a new 30-course partnership, and institutions are increasingly dealing with the question of who is responsible for analytics — a job that largely seems to fall to traditional administrators.
Be sure to check out our look at expert advice on making K-12 ed tech purchases and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- Are stackable credentials now a necessity?: Holly Moore, executive dean of South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus, gives her take on the need for stackable credentials in higher ed — for students and for schools.
- The Coalition application's potential for admissions — and its limits: The new application will allow schools to diversify their cohorts and admissions procedures, but in some ways, it won't change much about how students apply.
- 30-institution partnership expands reach of Pearson's digital course materials: The company will work with institutions to provide students affordable materials delivered on the first day of class and faculty opportunities to access new learning data.
- Looking to dropouts to improve retention, graduation rates: Interviews with San Jose State University dropouts are helping faculty develop support programs to assist future students.
- Who has ownership of campus analytics?: The number of traditional administrative roles overseeing institutions' predictive analytics efforts is particularly interesting.
- Consider these 2 pieces of advice while making ed tech purchases: Two K-12 IT thought leaders share tips for schools considering tech for the next academic year.
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