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 creation, pathway planning.
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 expectations of individualized student academic pathway progress.
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 learning outcome achievement, competencies, and curricular evolution.
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, assessment of quality and learning, and dissemination of performance data.
Integrated solutions support institutions when 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 educational pathway-based badges) and institutions can tell exactly where students have opportunities for learning, a clear picture of success emerges.
Continuous Improvement For All
When you empower institutions to create a true model of continuous improvement inside of one integrated system, the chances for increased collaboration and collective support of student success increases exponentially.
However, in many institutions, educational pathway development is static resulting in an educational solution that becomes more about checking pre-made boxes than actual assessment and growth.
Curriculum evolution occurs every term but data to support changes are hindered due to a lack of resources to manually keep data in sync. 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.
Institutions must not only help students make plans, but also provide the tools to achieve them and become more engaged in their learning so that they can answer the question, “How can I better meet the needs for my journey?”
Necessary tools for engaged learning development 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
- 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 collectively.
- Integrated competency based educational pathway badging where students can share their individual mastery with potential employers and others.
Transparency and Data-Driven Decision-making
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 development, assessment management, data dissemination, and program planning is non-negotiable. Simply put, it’s about connecting the silos.
When curriculum development is connected to competency/learning data, meaningful engagement or intervention along a student educational journey is possible. The combination of faculty support 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 student learning and competency, provide the data to make sound decisions for student success initiatives all without over-burdening staff and faculty, and avoiding tremendous cost to the institution.
eLumen Is the Tool You Need
eLumen is redefining multi-system and processes 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.
Discover how eLumen can meet you where you are and help you help your students succeed today.
Learn more at our interactive session co-hosted with Scott Hines, University Librarian and Director of Academic Technology, from Palo Alto University.