Learning Outcomes vs Human Skills

 Employers think in terms of “skills,” not “learning objectives.”  This snippet from Burning Glass Technologies, an analytics software company focused on bringing together the spheres of education and the labor market, offers a glimpse into the gap between employers and educational institutions. Burning Glass Technologies delivers job market analytics that empowers employers, workers, and educators to […]

Online Campus Ministries

 As adult, graduate and degree-completion programs continue to increase in enrollment, there is a growing need to explore what online campus ministries could look like. Our current system was designed for the traditional, residential student. Although many adult students already have a church home where they can go for spiritual support and growth, our […]

Split / Hybrid / Online Classes

Not only can enrollment be increased through transfer students, perceptions regarding online education are changing.  According to the 2019 Online Education Trends Report, 99% of administrators found that demand for online education has increased or stayed the same over the past few years. In 2018, 73% of schools made a decision to offer online programs based […]

Non-traditional Student Success Director

 Currently, transfer students into our traditional programs can get lost in the shuffle with getting integrated within the community. Tinto (1993) posited that undergraduate students’ persistence is influenced not only by their own characteristics, goals, and commitments but also by their experiences academically and socially within the institution. Academic experiences include interaction with staff […]

Skill-based learning

To many people, vocational education has often meant learning a trade, but a more profound and important meaning of the term has been coming back into use. Cunningham, D.S. (2019). What college students need most. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/01/07/importance-return-more-profound-meaning-vocational-education-opinion

Small College Issues

Small-college presidents gathered at annual conference work to adapt to a changing market even as they worry about a range of student issues. Steltzer, R. (2019). Small colleges grapple with ‘culture of insecurity’. Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved from http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/01/08/private-college-presidents-seek-adapt-changing-market

Hybrid/Online Course Resources

This report outlines distance education trends across the US for 2018. Online enrollments have grown nationally for the fourteenth straight year, specifically for public and not-for-profit institutions. Seaman, J.E., Allen, I.E., & Seaman, J. (2018). Grade increase: Tracking distance education in the United States. [Annual Report]. Retrieved from  https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED580852.pdf

Hybrid/Online Course Resources

Some colleges are paying instructors to learn to teach online, and offering others incentives — such as priority scheduling — for those teaching hybrid courses. Lieberman, M. (2017). Shocker: Professors like to be Paid. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/23/colleges-offer-stipends-and-more-encourage-hybrid-courses-and

Hybrid/Online Course Resources

The benefits of classes blending online and in-person elements have higher education administrators considering their benefits during — and well after — catastrophic weather events. As NWC continues to grow online adult programs, these need to be considered. Lieberman, M. (2017). Saved by a Hybrid. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/09/20/hybrid-courses-offer-quick-fix-disaster-scenarios-overall