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Innovative Practices

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Innovative Practices

  • A broad range of educational innovations—technological, pedagogical, structural, and financial—is playing an increasingly important role in supporting student persistence and degree completion in our national drive to increase postsecondary attainment. The Center for Education Attainment and Innovation is involved in a number of initiatives designed to better understand these innovations. Using an evidence-based approach, we help students, faculty, and institutional leaders identify the innovations best suited to their unique needs. Our work includes helping senior leaders understand the forces driving change in higher education; how to advance and scale change and transformation initiatives at an institution; and the roles of educational technology, open educational resources, new business models, and new pedagogical models such as competency-based education.

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    Center for Education Attainment and Innovation

    ACE's Center for Education Attainment and Innovation is committed to students and attainment and offers a wide range of programs and initiatives that support postsecondary access and success.

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    Alternative Credit Project™

    ACE is engaging in an Alternative Credit Project to encourage greater acceptance of students’ alternative credit and a more flexible pathway towards post-secondary education attainment for the more than 31 million non-traditional students who may have some college credit but no degree.

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    Quick Hits

    A series of “Quick Hit” papers: briefs on current and emerging topics in the realm of education attainment and innovation.

  • Presidential Innovation Papers

    A series of papers which reflect some of the important conversations of ACE's Presidential Innovation Laboratory group.

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    Portraits of CBE Practice Report

    To better understand the state of CBE implementation and the prospects for mainstream growth, Eduventures and Ellucian have initiated a 3-year longitudinal study of CBE in U.S. higher education. The American Council on Education is a strategic partner.

Previous Content

  • January 24, 2017

    Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes

    A paper discussing the relationship between quality faculty instruction and student outcomes.

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    November 30, 2016

    ACE Co-Sponsors Crowdsourced Competition to Close Skills Gap

    ​ACE is teaming up with Credly and the American Society of Association Executives for a Lumina Foundation-supported competition to identify breakthrough ideas in training and credentialing for high-demand skills and competencies.

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    October 19, 2016

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    ACE, Strada Education Network to Explore How Effective College Instruction Can Lead to Greater Student Success

    ACE and Strada Education Network today announced a groundbreaking collaboration to examine higher education instruction and assess the connections between quality teaching and student success.

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    August 16, 2016

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    ACE Working With Northeastern, GE on Federal Initiative Seeking New Education and Training Models

    ​ACE is providing its quality assurance expertise as part of a collaboration with Northeastern University and General Electric through the Department of Education’s EQUIP program.

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    July 27, 2016

    CBE Survey

    Competency-Based Education: Rising Interest, Gradual Implementation

    A survey of leaders at 251 colleges and universities active or interested in competency-based education reveals that even while interest in CBE is rising, implementation of CBE courses and programs remain gradual.

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    March 8, 2016

    ACE and ACUE Announce Landmark Collaboration to Advance Student Success Through Effective College Instruction

    The shared goal of the collaboration is to dramatically expand the use of effective teaching practices to benefit students, faculty and institutions.

  • February 25, 2016

    Communicating the Value of Competencies

    This paper provides context for understanding the value of competencies among higher education institutions, students, and employers, as well as structure for improving communication of this value. It is intended to help higher education decision-makers consider how they currently articulate competencies throughout their programs, in the definition of credentials, curricular structures, and students’ own evidence of learning. This paper includes definitions of key terms, problems stakeholders currently encounter, and challenge questions to stimulate discussion and visualize potential futures that address these problems.

  • February 25, 2016

    Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials

    This paper provides context for understanding the value of connected credentials. It is intended to help higher education decision-makers analyze the connectedness of credentials an institution already provides, those it is considering developing, and/or those to which it connects or plans to connect through articulation, transfer, credit for prior learning, career pathways, and/or education-to-employment bridges. This paper includes definitions of credentials, problems stakeholders currently encounter, six dimensions of quality that support connected credentials (transparency, modularity, portability, relevance, validity, and equity), and challenge questions to stimulate discussion and visualize potential futures for enhancing the quality of connected credentials.

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    February 24, 2016

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    Two New Papers Explore Benefits of Improved Postsecondary Credentialing, Effective Communication of Competencies

    Improving the higher education credentialing system and better communicating the value of competencies offer significant benefits to students and employers, according to the white papers.

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    October 21, 2015

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    ACE Unveils Alternative Credit Project Course Pool

    ACE today announced the pool of courses selected as part of ACE's Alternative Credit Project,™ a groundbreaking initiative to boost the ability of millions of nontraditional learners to gain a college degree.

ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

2016 ACE Student of the Year - Tara Turley

ACE Student of the Year Award

Tara Turley has been selected as the 2016 ACE Student of the Year Award Recipient. The Student of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.