Rapidly evolving expectations from today’s learners mixed with concerns about the value of a college degree have forced higher education institutions to re-examine their value propositions to students. Delivering on a new higher education value equation starts with addressing access, belonging and engagement in order to create the conditions for students to thrive and perceive meaningful value from their educational experience. 

Nina Bilimoria Angelo, Top Hat VP of Product Marketing and Corporate Strategy, and Jeff Selingo, New York Times bestselling author, sat down with a panel of higher ed experts to uncover what steps institutions can take to drive flexible, empathetic and insight-driven learning experiences this fall.

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Brandon Busteed, Global Head of Learn-Work Innovation at Kaplan, emphasizes six key undergraduate experiences (what he deems ‘the big six1’) in priming students for success and wellbeing after college. ‘Relationship-rich’ and ‘work-integrated’ learning are the cornerstones of Busteed’s philosophy on elevating the value and relevance of higher education for today’s students.Laura Freberg, Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, takes a connection-first approach to building confidence. “Emphasize that co-learner aspect. Students say that they want us to be real. That means letting your guard down,” Freberg says. Confidence can also translate to curiosity. Addressing the ‘curiosity gap’ means making material relevant and applicable in order for students to seek out answers. Jamienne Studley, President, WASC Senior College and University Commission, advises institutions to ask the right questions about data and chart their progress against a handful of key milestones. On the professor level, take advantage of insights—whether performance or completion—and use this data to tailor your instruction to support retention and engagement.

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  1. Busteed, B., and Auter, Z. (2018). Career-Relevant Education Linked to Student Well-Being. Gallup. https://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/226934/career-relevant-education-linked-student.aspx

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