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August 22, 2018|Academic Standards|

A Step in the Right Direction: Competency Based Education and Higher Education Policy

August 22, 2018|Academic Standards|

One of the factors discouraging innovation in higher education is what is known as the credit hour. As its name implies, the credit hour is a measure of instructional time and is used to track a student’s progress toward a degree. Think of the credit hour as a type of currency. Each semester-long course is [...]

May 2, 2018|Student Success, Guest Post|

Personalizing Learning for K-12 Grade Students

May 2, 2018|Student Success, Guest Post|

Joanna Eagan-Murray As the Precision Institute at National University explores technology-based personalized learning at the higher education level our colleagues in elementary and secondary schools across the country are also exploring ways to personalize education for their students. Below are the thoughts of Joanna Eagan-Murray, a National Board Certified middle school teacher at [...]

April 27, 2018|Student Success, Predictive Analytics|

Measuring the Fulfillment of the American Dream

April 27, 2018|Student Success, Predictive Analytics|

Although the concept of the American Dream means different things to different people, one constant across definitions is economic mobility—the idea that, generation after generation, children will wind up better off than their parents. Earlier this year, the Precision Institute at National University and the San Diego Workforce Partnership hosted a regional summit at which [...]

April 20, 2018|Student Success|

Personalizing Interventions for Academic Support Services

April 20, 2018|Student Success|

As part of National University’s Precision Education initiative, we’re experimenting with a variety of data-informed tools to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the services we provide and to improve our adult learners’ chances of persisting and succeeding in reaching their educational goals. For example, we’re trying out a system that texts students with questions [...]

February 16, 2018|Student Success|

Leveraging Data to Better Align Student Preparedness With Workforce Needs

February 16, 2018|Student Success|

San Diego has two “advantages of place” that have helped make it economically viable: a welcoming harbor and great weather for most of the year. The former attracted the U.S. Navy, which fueled the city’s growth and continues to be a cornerstone of the regional economy. The latter attracted talented people from across the country [...]

December 21, 2017|Student Success, Data Mapping|

Progress Report: Creating the Precision Education Platform for Personalized Learning

December 21, 2017|Student Success, Data Mapping|

A significant milestone in our research and development of Precision Education at National University was reached this fall when we launched a digital learning platform we are calling NUNav.  The learning navigator platform is being used by students taking introductory algebra and introductory statistics. In two other classes, one on children’s cognitive development and the [...]

December 20, 2017|Academic Standards|

A New Kind of Ranking: Evaluating How Universities Best Serve Adult Learners

December 20, 2017|Academic Standards|

The much-anticipated listings of the nation’s best colleges put out by U.S. News & World Report and other similar national rankings look at metrics that are usually more pertinent to the “traditional” college student. These rankings are based on measures such as the entering class’s test scores, high school class rank, admission rates (the harder [...]

December 12, 2017|Predictive Analytics, Guest Post|

Predicting the Path of Wildfires and Predicting Student Learning Have One Thing in Common: Data Science

December 12, 2017|Predictive Analytics, Guest Post|

Dr. Ilkay Altintas, Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, was the invited speaker as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series, hosted by the Precision Institute at National University Nov. 30. The title of her talk was “Creating a Data Science Environment for Scientific, Societal, [...]

December 6, 2017|Student Success|

Nudging Students Toward College Success

December 6, 2017|Student Success|

Economists and social and cognitive psychologists who study how people make choices have known for many years that people do not always have the time, inclination or mental wherewithal to act rationally. But they’ve also discovered that subtle changes in communications, social norms, or the physical environment—what researchers call “nudges”—can cause people to make more [...]

November 27, 2017|Guest Post|

Precision Education: Bringing a Scientific Perspective to Student Learning and Success

November 27, 2017|Guest Post|

Guest blog post by Dr. Huda Makhluf, Interim Director of the Precision Institute at National University I think of the act of teaching as scientific research, and each assignment as a hypothesis. When I teach biology, I hypothesize that the work I ask students to do will help them learn a key concept. If they [...]

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