#TeeUpTheSkills Kicks off at the University of Maine: What did we learn?

The first stop on our #TeeUpTheSkills tour was a place with an urgent need for employer-driven 21st Century Skills credentials: Bangor, Maine. When we engaged with employers, it became immediately clear that they were struggling to identify candidates with professional skills needed to be successful in entry level jobs.

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The Lab is growing! Meet our newest team members.

We’re pleased to announce that Marta Urquilla and Isaac Agbeshie-Noye have joined the Lab as Chief Program Officer and Education Designer, HBCU Director, respectively.

The Lab’s Recent Foreign Exchange Experience: Visit with delegation from China’s Shandong Province

Delegation from China visits the Lab to talk student centered design, innovation, and entrepreneurship curriculum.

Making “Back to School” better: How two institutions are addressing excess credits, costs, and time to degree for undecided or newly decided transfer students

How might we increase business degree attainment by creating efficient, seamless pathways for transfer students?

Who are we solving for?: UNCF Career Pathways Initiative keeps users at the center of pilot design

How might our institutions provide intentional and sustainable pathways to build 21st century competencies and help our students find meaningful employment in their desired career field?

Meet TRANSFERmation: How two institutions are addressing low bachelor’s completion rates for STEM transfer students

For Miami Dade College and Florida International University, the past year has been a collaborative push to address one question: How might Miami Dade College and Florida International University design pathways to increase successful STEM student transfers and improve graduation rates?

Education Design Lab in the News

Who says the news slows down in August? Between the Lab’s partnership with Credly, announcement of the #TeeUpTheSkills cohort, and recent UNCF convening, we’ve been having a stand out week in the press.

Education Design Lab Partners with Leading Credentialing Platform to Help Universities Close the 21st Century Skills Gap

Education Design Lab, a nonprofit that applies design thinking to create new pathways from education to employment, announced the launch of a new partnership with Credly that will designate participating colleges and universities as authorized issuers of nationally-designed digital credentials that recognize workforce-relevant skills.

Meet VANCE: How two institutions are addressing low bachelor’s completion rates for transfer students

For Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Mason University, the past year has been a collaborative push to address one question: How might community colleges and four-year universities dramatically improve transfer and baccalaureate attainment rates by reframing the end-to-end experience from the student’s point-of-view? A year long design process to better understand the transfer student experience has culminated in a pilot, named Vance.

Work-based Learning Trending Up in the Big Apple

The Lab is laying the groundwork to work with NYC’s Department of Education to launch a multi-year engagement focused on the explicit integration of our 21st century skill digital badges within their P-Tech schools located throughout the city.

Michigan Badging Pilot Measures the Holy Grail: Critical Thinking

Students and employers joined the Lab in Michigan last week to celebrate. A panel of students from Hope College and Aquinas College who earned their critical thinking badges spoke on their badging experience to a warm room of faculty, staff, employers, and peers.