Very interesting and compelling research and presentation by AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities), Loyola, and Taskstream looking at what employers and legislators (funding) are demanding from Higher Education in preparing students to become innovative, productive, contributing members of society. Legislators are sending the funding message to Higher Education, “If you want more money, prove you deserve it.” They’re frustrated about completions, transfers, and students taking over six years to graduate.
Employers expect students to
- complete a significant project before graduation that demonstrates their depth of knowledge in their major AND their acquisition of analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills
- complete an internship or community-based field project to connect classroom learning with real-world experiences
- work through ethical issues and debates to form their own judgments about the issues at stake.
They want to be assured that students develop the skills to research questions in their field and develop evidence-based analyses. They want proof.
The Loyola ePortfolio Continuum (developmental, scaffolded, and progressive build) is presented with the AACU’s LEAP Program’s High Impact Practices and the Value rubrics. The Loyola model begins with eportfolios started in the University 101 gateway courses and continues with Service Learning and Internships to the capstone Career ePortfolio. Please review. I was impressed right from the start with Loyola’s Motto – Preparing people to lead extraordinary lives.
This is a compelling study and presentation that all educators (faculty, staff, and administration) need to consider and ask the question, “Are we preparing our students to lead extraordinary lives?”
STIMULATING INNOVATION WITH E-PORTFOLIOS
- Dr. Terrel Rhodes, Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) email@example.com
- Dr. Patrick Green, Director, Center for Experiential Learning
Loyola University Chicago firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ashley Kehoe, E-Portfolio Program Manager Loyola University Chicago email@example.com
- Taskstream, events@taskstream.
Find more information on the AACU study and ensuring employer involvement program at https://you.stonybrook.edu/eportfolioconsultants/2014/01/17/do-employers-value-eportfolios
IT TAKES MORE THAN A MAJOR: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
An Online Survey Among Employers Conducted On Behalf Of:
The Association Of American Colleges And Universities
By Hart Research Associates
April 10, 2013
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