Profiling College Success

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 1:00pm

A new study released in January finds that just 36% of college students show significant learning gains after four years of higher education. These findings are consistent with longstanding reports by employers lamenting the quality of the college graduates they hire. With most new jobs requiring advanced skills, the need to reassess the meaning and value of a college degree has never been greater.

With these factors in mind, the Lumina Foundation has unveiled a new proposed framework for defining and ultimately measuring the general knowledge and skills that individual students need to acquire in order to earn associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Called The Degree Qualifications Profile, this report sets forth a set of “reference points” that students should be able to meet in five primary areas of competence: Specialized Knowledge, Broad/ Integrated Knowledge, Applied Learning, Intellectual Skills, and Civic Learning, with the goal of ensuring that college graduates are fully prepared to meet new challenges in every sphere of life. On Wednesday, February 9, ICW was joined by Holiday Hart McKiernan, vice president of operations and general counsel for the Lumina Foundation, to discuss the progress being made with their Degree Qualifications Profile initiative.

Download The Degree Qualifications Profile (pdf)

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EST

Speakers included:

  • Holiday Hart McKiernan, vice president of operations and general counsel, Lumina Foundation
  • Moderator: Domenic Giandomenico, director of education and workforce programs, Institute for a Competitive Workforce

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