Addressing college affordability is increasingly an imperative among higher education institutions, particularly with economists raising concerns that $1.5 trillion in student loan debt pile could have economic impacts. At the same time, more employers are putting a premium on advanced degrees and lifelong learning through workforce development.
According to a report released earlier this year by the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, more than 80 percent of teachers believe that social emotional skills are beneficial to students and concurrently want more support to implement these approaches to learning.
Radical change in higher education is happening right now in the nonprofit university sector where new initiatives and partnerships are driving the creation of scalable online learning models. Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the San Diego-based National University System, joined other educator panelists at the ASU GSV conference to share insight into how National University System acquisitions, partnerships and edtech platforms are transforming higher education.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Kathy Cook and Elizabeth Higgins shared how social emotional learning is foundational to children's health in a presentation entitled "Healthy Kids Learn Better: Why Social Emotional Learning is Foundational to Children's Health" at the 2019 ASU GSV Summit. During their session, they emphasized the importance of a child's physical, mental and social emotional health, explaining that is vital to their academic success.
An area of interest among a growing number of higher education institutions is in how to better leverage predictive analytics to improve the student experience. At the 2019 ASU GSV Summit, National University Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success Dr. Brandon Jouganatos and Vice President and Chief Data Officer Jonathon Chillas shared insight into how National University, though its Precision Education initiative, is increasingly using predictive analytics to identify at-risk students, engage with them, and intervene at opportune times in a panel presentation titled "Leveraging Predictive Analytics to Identify, Engage, and Support At-Risk Students."
Today's college students have become accustomed to experiencing tailored digital experiences through Google Maps and commerce-site product recommendations. At the ASU GSV Summit, several National University faculty and staff spoke on a panel about how higher education can better respond to these expectations by creating learning pathways that are distinctively personalized to how each student learns.
Communities in trauma is a topic that has taken on greater urgency as schools and agencies look for ways to support cases where families have experienced severe hardships such as abuse, neglect, homelessness or hunger. More communities are considering ways to integrate social emotional learning into outreach services to children, to help equip youth with the skills to cope with these stressors.
Dr. Frances Gipson, chief academic officer for one of the nation's largest districts, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), delivered a powerful presentation entitled "Finding a Network of Opportunity in LA Unified" at the 2019 ASU GSV Summit today. Her talk touched on the district's commitment to an equity agenda of access, innovation, and acceleration and stirred important dialog among conference attendees.
The nonprofit National University System (NUS), a network of undergraduate and graduate universities that provide quality, affordable higher education for more than 45,000 working adults, announced today that it is launching Workforce Education Solutions to expand its efforts nationally to create educational pathways for employees in high-demand fields. Workforce Education Solutions aligns degree programs with employer-defined professional competencies so that students can pursue a more direct and affordable pathway to degree completion. Through this approach, students acquire skills that allow them to advance their careers and fill future job demands while ensuing employers can benefit from a highly-skilled workforce.
Education experts representing the National University System (NUS), a network of nonprofit education institutions serving over 45,000 PreK to doctoral-level students nationwide, will be presenting April 8-10 at the 10th annual ASU+GSV Summit, a San Diego gathering of global leaders in education and innovation. NUS leadership, including the Dean of National University's Sanford College of Education Dr. Judy Mantle, and invited researchers and educators will share insight on innovative initiatives in social emotional learning (SEL) that are transforming society.