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

August 22, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

This Graduation Season More Students Than Ever Are Choosing to Learn Online

July 11, 2018|0 Comments

Among the 3000 students awarded National University degrees in California over the past couple of months, was Juan Flores, a U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Africa, and Japan. Flores had not [...]

Personalizing Learning for K-12 Grade Students

May 2, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Measuring the Fulfillment of the American Dream

April 27, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Personalizing Interventions for Academic Support Services

April 20, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Leveraging Data to Better Align Student Preparedness With Workforce Needs

February 16, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

Progress Report: Creating the Precision Education Platform for Personalized Learning

December 21, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

December 20, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

December 12, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Nudging Students Toward College Success

December 6, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

November 27, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Video Lecture: “Teaching for Understanding” by Dr. James Stigler, Inaugural Fellow of the Precision Institute at National University

November 17, 2017|0 Comments

Dr. James Stigler, a professor of developmental and cognitive psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), is the inaugural research fellow with the Precision Institute at National University. He appeared at National University Sept. [...]

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

October 18, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

How Precision Education Supports Career Planning

October 18, 2017|0 Comments

Career placement offices provide valuable services on college campuses: they help students find out about the job market, make the most of a job interview, write eye-catching resumes, and, if students contact the office early [...]

Precision Education: A National University Professor Unbundles a Course

September 20, 2017|0 Comments

Guest post by National University human anatomy and physiology adjunct faculty member Nima Salimi, a biologist who also works in the Division of Vaccine Discovery at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. He [...]

Unbundling the College Experience to Help Students Reach Their Goals

September 20, 2017|0 Comments

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, [...]

Open Education Resources: The Building Blocks of Precision Education

August 31, 2017|0 Comments

by National University President Dr. David Andrews Creating a variety of ways for students to learn a concept or master a skill is one of the core ideas behind Precision Education, a research-based initiative launched [...]

Oxford University Professor Speaks at Launch of Precision Institute at National University

August 25, 2017|0 Comments

The digital revolution that has occurred over little more than a generation has disrupted work, communications, travel, shopping, and even our sense of identity. It has also generated vast amounts of data, so much that [...]

What Precision Education Has in Common with Precision Medicine

August 18, 2017|0 Comments

Precision Education has much in common with what is known as Precision Medicine, a comprehensive approach to personalizing healthcare delivery that has emerged in the last decade. Both refer to using a variety of information [...]

The Credit Hour Reconsidered: Why the Carnegie Unit’s Time Has Passed

August 17, 2017|0 Comments

The credit hour, sometimes also referred to as the Carnegie Unit, has since the early 20th Century been the commonly accepted measure of the quantity of college education someone has completed. Credit hours have played [...]

Precision Education: Are Adult Learners the Future of Higher Education?

July 14, 2017|0 Comments

Studies of college student success have found that students who live on campus, attend college full-time, participate in campus activities, interact with faculty outside of class and have close relationships with peers are more likely [...]

Looking to the Future: Can Predictive Analytics Improve Student Success in Higher Education?

July 14, 2017|0 Comments

It has become common for business to rely on the accumulation of large amounts of data and the application of analytics to predict our behavior. Credit ratings, for example, are based on statistical correlations between [...]

Can Google Maps Navigation be the Future of Higher Education?

July 3, 2017|0 Comments

The Global Position System (GPS), initially developed by the U.S. Department of Defense and made public in the 1980s, has forever changed the way we think about navigating our way through an ever-complex world. I’ve [...]

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

June 22, 2017|0 Comments

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. [...]