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ERIC Number: EJ930737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-21
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
How to Develop Learners Who Are Consistently Curious and Questioning
Scurry, Jamie E.; Wilburn, Ariel; Villagomez, Alex; McCarthy, Mike
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2010
In a society that reaches for silver-bullet solutions, higher education is not immune from widespread attempts to raise graduation rates through scaling one-size-fits-all models at lower costs. Yet people at Big Picture Learning believe any true, long-term solution that will produce more graduates with high-quality degrees must be "one-learner-at-a-time and competency-based," and not applied in broad brushstrokes to produce quick results. College Unbound brings to higher education the Big Picture Learning philosophy, which has grown over 15 years to a network of more than 70 U.S. schools and almost 60 schools internationally. College Unbound launched its first program, College Unbound @ Roger Williams University, in fall 2009, accepting a cohort of students that will graduate in May 2012. The word "unbound" in the title does not mean that students do not attend college--in fact, all are thriving on their path to a degree. Instead, the authors hope with this name to sum up their work in "unbundling" traditional notions of higher education and creating a new paradigm for 21st-century college. As a key both to student retention and quality of learning, the authors see College Unbound as a "life-to-text" model, a design that puts students in the driver's seat of their educational journey. Students begin their studies focused not on which course they need to take, but instead on questions and ideas that are important to them. They then ground these purposes for learning within the actual problems and questions facing their community and career or interest. Evaluation and assessment are critical components of ensuring College Unbound's effectiveness and student growth. The authors share lessons learned from their two years of experience with the College Unbound pilot.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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