How does your institution define student success?
Depending on who you ask or which committee is weighing in on campus, there are likely several different definitions. However, these variations—valid or not—might be hindering your school’s ability to prepare and empower students.
Siloed Systems Don’t Foster Success
If you’re like most institutions, you have disparate teams and tools handling curriculum management, student and program assessment, catalog, pathway planning, and student engagement.
While siloed systems have long been the norm on college campuses, attempting to tackle the range of issues presented with unconnected systems is no longer tenable—especially in a new world of virtual meetings and increased support expectations of individualized student academic path support.
Modern solutions now exist to help you implement an integrated platform incrementally or all at once—letting you define success for your institution while also tracking achievement, competencies, and learning outcome levels for students.
Going from Siloed to Sustainable
If your institution is the poster child for siloed systems, you are not alone.
Most institutions stumble through their curriculum, assessment, and accreditation processes because they assume this is just “how it works.” However, these siloed processes are not merely inefficient. They’re also unsustainable for both the institution and the student—a fact that will become even more apparent as institutions struggle to deal with new models of education delivery and assessment of quality and learning.
Integrated solutions support tracking achievement at the learning outcome and competency level for all students. This makes creating sustainable initiatives around student success not only possible but beneficial for both students and colleges.
When students can tell precisely what they’ve learned (and share via badges, portfolio, and extended transcript) and institutions can tell exactly where students have opportunities for learning, a clear picture of success emerges.
Guided Pathways—For All Student Types
When you empower students to understand and choose their path—and help them stay on that path—the chances they will succeed exponentially increase.
However, in many institutions, pathways are static and not unique to the student, resulting in an educational solution that becomes more about checking pre-made boxes than actual assessment and growth.
Choices and impact of changes are often behind the curve of curriculum evolution occurring every term due to a lack of resources to manually keep data in sync or make the changes easy to understand for the student in relation to where they are at in their academic progress.
This inefficient process slowly starves every student’s unique reason for attending college, and helping students travel from the idea of “I want to be…” to real achievement is essential for institutions.
To do so, institutions must not only help students make plans, but also provide the tools to achieve them and become more engaged in their learning.
Necessary tools for engaged learning include:
- Sustainable tools to regularly evolve curriculum offerings to meet the growing workforce demands that are directly connected to assessment of learning tools ensuring paths are meeting their intended target
- Connected, powerful, and flexible performance assessment tools that are automatically updated with curriculum changes so that faculty are assessing the impact of new SLOs, content, or focus
- Co-remediation tools at the point of learning to quickly identify where students are struggling and inform future curriculum improvements
- Badges and related scorecards designed for courses, learning outcomes and competencies, and program completion that the institution, faculty and the student can see in real-time as students progress
- ePortfolios used as assessment as well as student-generated presentations shareable by URL or to social media
- Extended Transcripts or Comprehensive Learner Records that incorporate competencies, grades, and badges in a single presentation
Engaged Learning is a Product of Transparency and Fully Integrated, Holistic Solutions
Every institution is interested in offering students as many paths to success as possible.
However, the most significant challenge is how to do so sustainably, at scale. Those that have had the greatest success of operationalizing the behind the scenes trench-work that is required to drive student success in all its forms have found that integration between curriculum, assessment, student engagement, and course delivery is non-negotiable.
Simply put, it’s about connecting the silos.
When curriculum and pathways are connected at the competency/learning outcome level, meaningful engagement or intervention along the pathway is possible—including the ability to communicate to students what they have (and haven’t yet) mastered.
This combination of faculty support, and the incorporation of their local knowledge,
combined with unprecedented institutional legibility across academic and student support services creates a new opportunity for institutions and students alike to “Succeed on Purpose.”
An integrated system creates synchronization and support where there was once disorder, giving institutions the tools to develop the curriculum their students need, assess their learning outcomes and competency, put an individualized educational plan in each student’s hands without over-burdening staff and faculty, and avoiding tremendous cost to the institution.
eLumen Designs Success into Courses and Program Pathways
eLumen is redefining three categories into a single new one, presenting the only solution that offers an integrated and dynamic platform to help connect the silos and put your students on a path to success.
Creating student-empowered pathways requires an honest and clear-eyed look at your current processes and solutions.
Discover how eLumen can meet you where you are and help you help your students succeed today.