Eight Innovative Ideas

Career College Central Summary:

The 2014 APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition included five keynote speakers, several hundred exhibitors, and dozens of breakout sessions, all energized around one theme: the education evolution. During the many facets of the Convention, there were eight ideas that regularly emerged about how best to innovate and collaborate in postsecondary education:

  1. The terms 'military-friendly' and 'veteran-friendly' are upheld through a framework that promotes transparency, compliance and support for student veterans, student servicemembers and their families.
  2. There is a strong need to demonstrate value of competency-based programs to students, employers and politicians. The best way to do this is through direct assessment of the program which will define competencies, survey employers to validate the competencies, and empirically demonstrate validity and reliability of competency-based learning.
  3. The role of innovation in the next generation of higher education will be all about knowledge-sharing and acquiring a deeper understanding of the students that institutions will serve.
  4. We must empower people to make choices about their education. We need to embrace the digital revolution and move towards customized learning. Allow students to learn at their own pace through competency-based education.
  5. Millennial voters don't hate government, but they don't love government. Their impression is that government doesn't work well after witnessing the Administrations of Bush and Obama, so they are more are willing to consider private sector options, but social issues are deal-breakers for this demographic.
  6. By 2022, the United States will fall short by 11 million of the necessary number of workers with postsecondary education. In terms of the Workforce Investment Act, it's important for institutions to connect with the workforce boards in their local communities and states to collaborate on shared goals and make sure their voices are heard.
  7. Open badges help standardize specific student achievements, but help provide more transparency for employers and their needs, as well as customization for students. Open badges should originate from a recognized brand, require some form of rigor in the subject, and should represent marketable skills.
  8. The stigma associated with vocational or technical training lies in tension between young people who are pro-education and the older generations who only want to invest in what will benefit them, while business is caught in the middle of that tension.
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