UPCEA/Pearson Survey Draws Attention to the Challenge Facing Alternative Credentials.

“The root of the word ‘credential’ is credence, and the value offered by credibility is only possible when credentials are based on a foundation of solid learning and assessment design, backed by trusted, experienced learning organizations.”
-Jim Fong, Director, UPCEA Center for Research and Marketing Strategy

UPCEA and Pearson recently released insightful research on the rise of credentialing in higher education. Alternative credentials, nontraditional learning outcomes derived from non-degree assessments, are making their mark in higher education and in the workforce. Ninety-four percent of the institutions surveyed in the information-rich study offer nontraditional credentials. The brand recognition of these institutions plays a crucial role in developing trust in alternative credentials. But is that enough for the workforce to follow the footsteps of universities in credentialing nontraditional avenues? Can other tools support and enhance higher education’s efforts?

The university brand alone cannot provide nontraditional credentials with the trust that they need and deserve. Edtech tools enhance assessment and engagement processes, and are the additional, necessary driver in the growth of alternative credentials. Edtech will bring nontraditional credentials from the fringe of higher education to the center by enhancing the existing trust in alternative credentials.


ProctorFree Welcomes Sarah Smith

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 by

Improving Our Communication with Partners and Friends.

ProctorFree is excited to welcome Sarah Smith to the team. As Marketing Coordinator, Sarah’s main focus will be managing projects and executing marketing functions. She will manage ProctorFree’s communication tools (follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook), and also ensure our communication effectiveness.

Sarah is a recent graduate of Georgetown University and a current Venture for America Fellow, a fellowship for recent graduates who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. As a Linguistics major, Sarah focused on analyzing workplace communication. Sarah also minored in Italian and Classical Studies. During her time at Georgetown, Sarah worked as the General Manager of two student-run businesses. ProctorFree’s commitment to convenience and accessibility in higher education appealed to Sarah’s own passion for education.

In her free time, Sarah can be found playing squash or softball, trying to learn how to rock climb, checking out Charlotte’s breweries, and searching for a pizza that is comparable to the pizza of her hometown of New Haven, CT.

Cheaters in China Now Threatened With Jail Time.

For the first time in the nation’s history, Chinese high schoolers are now facing potential criminal charges if they cheat on the “Gaokao”, the equivalent of the SAT in the United States. China is fighting a growing cheating industry that utilizes everything from sit in “student” item bankers to test-taker proxies. In an attempt to curb this behavior, Chinese educational authorities are cracking down and threatening cheaters with sentences of up to 7 years in jail, as well as a 3-year ban from national education exams. While one might reasonably argue the cheating is a form of fraud, a 7-year sentence seems a bit extreme.

So, what punishment fits the “crime” when it comes to cheating on high stakes standardized tests and course work? As occasional witnesses to cheating and academic fraud, we see a full spectrum of punishment: from absolution to expulsion. Most of our partners fall somewhere in the middle and reasonably apply standardized policies.


Succeed in Online Classes

Friday, 17 June 2016 by

Tips for Success from The State News

Pursuing an online class can also be an exciting and challenging task many college students. The MSU Department of Psychology suggests “taking an online class requires just as much time and effort as a class on campus.” In fact, many students find that online classes can take a bit more time and effort than traditional campus-based classes. To help students succeed in online classes, Michigan State University’s State News recently shared a few tips to help students succeed in online classes. Students utilizing these tips are more likely to succeed in the class and enjoy the experience. Among the many helpful suggestions: establish good communication with your professor, find a regular study spot, and create a consistent study schedule.

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