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 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 [...]

October 18, 2017|Student Success|

In the Driver’s Seat: How Dashboards Can Support Student Success

October 18, 2017|Student Success|

One of the most important features of Precision Education is that students can move at their own pace, following pathways customized to help them reach their educational goal. In order to stay motivated, they need to know what competencies they need (traditionally represented as courses) and to be able to see, in real time, how [...]

September 20, 2017|Student Success|

Unbundling the College Experience to Help Students Reach Their Goals

September 20, 2017|Student Success|

The process of what we call “unbundling” the college experience has already revolutionized other aspects of our lives, including how we listen to music. We can choose to listen to individual songs from Spotify, Pandora, or similar services, for example, without having to purchase an entire album. Meanwhile, the system identifies and offers us options [...]

June 22, 2017|Student Success|

Precision Education:  An Introduction from National University President Dr. David Andrews

June 22, 2017|Student Success|

Commencement is without a doubt the most gratifying day at any university. For me, the fun is in visiting with students as they celebrate with their families, all of us taking pride in their accomplishments. At National University’s most recent commencement, I was struck by the diverse backgrounds of our adult learners and their families, [...]

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