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Involving Employer Partners in Career Development

Forward thinking universities are starting to involve their employer partners more and more in their students' career development. Employers don't just want to speak with your graduating seniors. Employers want to have the opportunity to interact with Freshman and Sophomore students on campus so they can begin building key relationships earlier on. Learn more by reading this eBrief!

Connecting the Dots - Student Engagement vs. Student Development

The term student engagement is used a lot in higher ed. Depending on who you ask, student engagement can mean something different. It can refer to things like concerts, ice cream parties, or showing up to the dining hall. When we mention student engagement, it is always in the context of a student's development. The two complement each other and without one, the other is lost. Download to learn how to clearly connect the dots between a student's engagement and their development into a future professional.

Constructing Flagship Co-curricular Programs and Pathways

Over recent years, universities have made tremendous progress in how they teach and distribute their academics; with online classes, blended degrees, and even through various technologies that help them manage their student curricular success. However, to stay amongst the most competitive, universities are beginning to realize that they need to offer a learning experience which transcends grades and a GPA. By doing so, they are adding an unprecedented level of value to their overall educational experience.

How Does Suitable Engage Students?

Suitable helps universities increase student engagement and prepare their students for the workforce. This eBrief covers four of the ways Suitable helps universities engage students. Universities have seen up to an 100% increase in engagement for their programs by switching to Suitable.

Executive Briefing on 4 Key Trends for the Future of Global Learning

The ever-evolving landscape of higher education's internationalization and global learning strategies will put leaders in global affairs onto their university's main stage. Download to learn more about the 4 factors at play.

Engaging Students on Their Smartphones

What kind of mobile presence do you have? If your institution has not included mobile as a priority in its student engagement strategy then there is an opportunity for you to make an impact. Download to learn more about how Suitable can help your school open up a channel to engage students on mobile.

4 Factors for Forward Thinking Higher Ed

We have been working on many creative programs with forward thinking schools and have observed some commonality in those that are most successful. Download to learn about the 4 factors for forward thinking schools.

Bigger and Better: Why You Need a Flagship Co-Curricular Program

A 2016 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed that being involved in extracurricular activities had more influence on hiring decisions than a student's GPA. Research by Gallup also shows that students involved in extracurricular activities are 60% more likely to feel prepared for life after college. If you believe this data to be true, then why doesn't your university have a flagship co-curricular program? Yes, you have co-curricular workshops and events but why aren't they part of something bigger and better?

A Closer Look... Personalized vs Standardized Education on Student Achievement

The traditional practice in education is to force students to use the same key to try and open different, unique, locks - many will never succeed. This educational practice is being increasingly disrupted via personalized learning, which has historically been contained inside of the classroom. Education hasn't been the only industry to adopt this contemporary technique. Consider the Pandora Music app, the more that a person uses their app, listening to music, liking/disliking songs, etc., the more tailored each next song becomes. Examples like these beg the question, why not do the same for a college student's learning experience outside of the classroom?

The Battle for the Middle: Higher Ed's New 20-60-20 Rule

Have you ever heard of the 80-20 rule? This rule has famously been used in business for years to explain some simple yet true customer interactions. In fact, this rule has also been used to describe a school's student body: 20% are engaged and 80% are disengaged. Instead of two student groupings, a school's student body can be separated into three groups that signify a student's level of engagement. 20% are actively engaged, 60% are socially influenced, and 20% are intentionally disengaged. Download this eBrief to learn how 80% of a school's students can become engaged. A school can influence their middle 60% of students to become engaged by making a few small changes to their offerings. To be effective, engagement needs to add development value for the student and that value needs to be clearly articulated and realized by students.

Three High Impact Practice Recommendations

Our niche line of service in higher education has afforded us unique research opportunities to identify best practices in student development. Our team recently took time to work with our partner colleges to compare notes on High Impact Practices. We found three that were commonly linked to tangible improvements on key outcomes. Two are aligned with AAC&U and one finding is unique to Suitable.

The Evolution of the SLO: 3 Reasons Why You Should Embrace SLO Data so that it Informs your Student Experience

Your Student Learning Outcome (SLO) data is a proverbial gold mine filled with valuable insights on student career readiness, development, and overall institutional value, if done right. For those three reasons alone, institutions should thoughtfully consider how they are thinking about their SLOs and why they may need to expand the boundaries of their applicability to a student's learning and achievement. Suitable is advocating for a new approach to university SLOs and this eBook will provide three reasons why your institution should consider an evolution in this regard. This approach does not eradicate or abolish the current notion of your Student Learning Outcomes. It complements already existing SLOs and props them up in a more expansive and data analytical way.

Four Absolute Truths for Creating Student Professional Development Pathways

More and more schools are starting to formalize student professional development pathways to guide students from day one on campus (or online) through employment after graduation. We are seeing this phenomenon first hand and wanted to offer some guidance for schools that are considering the creation of a formalized student professional development program. Our guidance is grounded in four absolute truths.

What Can Higher Ed Learn From Fortnite and Other Popular Games Students are Playing?

If you work in higher ed, it is likely that you know students who can't stop playing and raving about the new video game called Fortnite. Why is this game relevant to administrators in higher ed? Because it sheds light on the science/human nature of people's intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. This understanding will challenge and expand your current strategy (and investments) around student engagement and development.

Student Professional Development Programs - Why Core Competencies Matter

We are working with schools to enhance their existing professional development programs or to design new professional development programs using their existing offerings and resources. For those schools that are considering something like this, we want to share information on the importance of using core competencies within the professional development program.