Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education: REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
In a knowledge-based economy, Pennsylvania‘s citizens rely on their ability to acquire skills and education, not only prior to the start of their first job but throughout their career. Currently, an employee will average seven to…
In a knowledge-based economy, Pennsylvania‘s citizens rely on their ability to acquire skills and education, not only prior to the start of their first job but throughout their career. Currently, an employee will average seven to ten jobs within several careers and employers within their lifetime. Citizens will need and demand access to learning opportunities over time to build upon the skills and knowledge they have acquired to meet new industry demands and areas of personal
developmenti. These life-long learners must have the tools, abilities and support to chart their
own educational paths with a focus on preparing for careers, expanding job skills and personal enrichment. Education pathways and learning must now be personalized and customized as citizens prepare and compete for employment. Learners may also demand alternatives to the traditional delivery approach which better meet their needs such as a more hybrid, blended approach of online and classroom tools and experiences.
Addressing postsecondary learner needs means accounting for competencies including current knowledge and skills. Students would save time and money by receiving credit through systematic and consistent acceptance of competency-based learning within an established framework.
The following recommendations will aid users as they navigate through the education landscape, starting with focused and specialized counseling to assist learners in determining their personal pathway, attention to student preparedness and remediation needs, facilitating portability of education credentials and most importantly, provision of a tool in the Passport to help track and connect the education experiences throughout a student‘s lifetime.
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