Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

As an academic director, faculty frequently sent struggling students to my office. These students were at risk of being kicked out or doing their best to drop out. From high absenteeism to nonexistent study habits, there was a host of symptoms that contributed to the students’ challenges. But, regardless of the symptoms, I found that student...

Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Basic skills testing has long been proven effective in identifying gaps on the rudimentary levels for English and math skills. This is very useful for screening and placement for entry-level jobs, training programs and student admissions. But what if you need something that goes a little deeper? What if you’re hiring for a higher-level...

Beyond the Basics: Addressing Advanced Skills Deficits

Everywhere you turn there seems to be bad news about the U.S. falling further behind other countries when it comes to matters of education. Unfortunately, when it comes to mastery of the basics, it’s true. Where are the Skills Deficits? Grammar, spelling, math, reading comprehension… these are the foundations of educ...

Should You Share Test Scores With the Test Taker?

An administrative question our clients commonly pose is whether test scores need to be shared with job applicants. This issue generally arises when a non-competitive applicant requests information regarding their test score due to the perception that the test was the basis of having their application rejected. The intent of this artic...

The Cost of Student Disengagement

It is alarming that disengaged students represent approximately 18% of postsecondary students. Simply put, disengaged students are less motivated to improve their educational outcomes, and they place less emphasis on their education. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that disengaged students have the poorest educational outcomes, which are...

How Can You Tell if Your New Graduates Will Meet Employer Needs?

Producing students who are properly prepared for the workforce is not only beneficial to the student, it is also representative of the quality of your program. When your graduates consistently have the necessary skills to be successful, the reputation of your school is strengthened and employers are likely to recognize your students as be...