GSV-ASU Return on Education Innovation Awards
Acrobatiq is a winner of the 2015 Return On Education (ROE) VentureED Innovation Award. Acrobatiq was singled out from among more than 270 presenting companies for its potential to dramatically improve learning outcomes and increase access to education. Sponsored by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, an investment firm, the annual Summit brings together more than 2,400 key stakeholders – educators, investors, policy makers, foundation leaders, business leaders, social and commercial entrepreneurs, and philanthropists – in one place to collaborate and drive change, and serve as a launch pad for new ideas and ventures.
The ROE awards honor companies who demonstrate a high return on education by significantly increasing access to education; greatly reducing the cost for learners and/or learning institutions; dramatically improving learner outcomes; providing substantial leverage to learning leaders; and/or making a sustainable and scaled impact.
This award follows our being named a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge Grant recipient.
The Lumina Foundation: Stronger Nation
The Lumina Foundation has released an update on US progress toward higher post-secondary completion rates. The foundation said 40 percent of working-age Americans held a two- or four-year degree in 2013, a modest improvement from the previous year’s rate of 39.4 percent.
Employer Perspectives on Competency-Based Learning
- Employers’ overall awareness of competency-based learning is low, but the small minority of hiring managers already aware have a favorable view of the model.
- Competency-based learning programs generally employ student-centric marketing efforts, as opposed to employer-centric marketing messages, which may help explain the low levels of employer awareness.
- Employers rooted in traditional hiring approaches express significant misgivings that targeted skill-building approaches (as in competency-based learning) may come at the expense of more general skills. Still, two-thirds of employers think that they could be doing better at identifying students with the skill set required for each job.
- Institutions offering competency-based learning programs should partner closely with employers to help students attain the general and specific skills they need to succeed in the labor market without breaking the bank.