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Research Agenda: Schools of Education

Our Schools of Education practice provides forward-thinking research and advising to drive change and improve performance. This research agenda offers insights into the topics we will be covering for the first half of 2016 and will be updated on a rolling basis throughout the year. We will also deliver our research in new formats. Look for the following research deliverables and topics as part of your membership in the Eduventures Advisory Service for Higher Education Leaders:

 

RESEARCH DELIVERABLES

 

EDUVENTURES WAKE-UP CALL EDUVENTURES
TECH-ALERT
EDUVENTURES INSIGHTS TECHNOLOGY DEEP DIVE TOP TRAITS OF HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS
Weekly analysis of pressing topics that matter to today’s higher education leaders in a succinct and digestible format. Focused analyses of the higher education technology market including trends to watch, new product announcements, and other notable events. These monthly issue-based reports are based on our proprietary surveys and primary research, interviews with industry leaders, and client interactions. Assessments of technology segments designed to deepen your understanding of technology trends through data-driven reports, vendor evaluations, and market projections. Research that identifies and benchmarks the people, programs, or initiatives that are leading the way and creating competitive advantage for colleges.

 

UPCOMING RESEARCH

 

RECRUITING EDUCATORS: THE EVOLUTION OF SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION ENROLLMENT PRACTICES
For nearly a decade, schools of education have reported consistent declines in enrollment, particularly in teacher preparation programs. Teacher shortages are regularly front-page news. Recent reports predict that there will be insufficient teachers in the years to come given current enrollment in initial teacher preparation programs. Eduventures conducted interviews with school of education leaders to learn more about enrollment at their institutions. We asked these leaders which programs are growing, which are shrinking, and what changes have been implemented to maintain and grow enrollment. This report identifies common themes and practices from those interviews.

EXAMINING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS: A CASE STUDY
Schools of education cannot and do not operate in isolation. Rather, they partner with P-12 schools, non-profits, community centers, local and state government, higher education institutions, and others. This report will take a deeper look into one school of education’s approach to managing and sustaining its complex network of partnerships.

TOP 10 SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION DATA POINTS FROM 2015
From analyzing CAEP standards and proposed teacher preparation regulations to exploring the views of P-12 principals and investigating significant declines in educator preparation program enrollment, Eduventures produced a number of critical insights in 2015. This presentation-ready slide deck provides a selection of key findings from the past year. While you no doubt relied upon many of these insights, others may have gone unnoticed. Download these slides to use in board presentations, to inform strategic plans, or to make sure you did not miss this year’s greatest hits.

SURVEY DESIGN FOR OUTCOMES DATA
Given the shift toward greater accountability for schools of education to demonstrate their programs’ outcomes, there is a growing need for data collection strategies and partnerships. As institutions respond to this need, concerns about the time, cost, and responsibility associated with collecting and analyzing this data challenge all stakeholders. In this study, we will explore best practices for designing surveys that collect the outcomes data that is most important for schools of education to respond to accreditation and federal accountability measures.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PREP MODELS
Thanks, in part, to teacher shortages in specialized areas, there is a growing number of alternative pathways to teaching and emergency credentialing programs for those trained in non-education fields. We will examine the field of alternative preparation programs and explore models that both partner and compete with schools of education. What can schools of education learn from alternative preparation programs? How much attention should they pay to this growing subset of teacher preparation?

ENROLLING THE NEXT GENERATION OF EDUCATORS
Schools of education are under significant pressure to meet the needs of the P-20 education workforce, particularly for teachers in P-12 public schools. Recruiting for the teaching profession has reached a new peak. This report will provide insights into prospective student mindsets and learning preferences based on Eduventures’ proprietary survey data.

EDTECH FOR SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION
The edtech world is vast and often underutilized in schools of education. What are the possibilities for edtech in a school of education? This report will examine the edtech landscape relative to the needs and opportunities for schools of education.

 

2016 Q1 & Q2 TOPICS

Q1 & Q2

TOP 10 SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION DATA POINTS FROM 2015
From analyzing CAEP standards and proposed teacher preparation regulations to exploring the views of P-12 principals and investigating significant declines in educator preparation program enrollment, Eduventures produced a number of critical insights in 2015. This presentation-ready slide deck provides a selection of key findings from the past year. While you no doubt relied upon many of these insights, others may have gone unnoticed. Download these slides to use in board presentations, to inform strategic plans, or to make sure you did not miss this year’s greatest hits.

FEDERAL REGULATIONS & CAEP
Will there be a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? Will federal regulations on teacher evaluations decrease? How will they align with CAEP accreditation standards? Eduventures will follow the developments around educator preparation and provide insights from our research about the effects of policy decisions.

 

2015 RESEARCH TOPICS

Q1 & Q2

KEEPING PACE WITH COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION
In exploring more outcomes-driven approaches to their programs, school of education leaders are taking notice of competency-based education and its potential for improving access and affordability and preparing the next generation of educators. We will provide analysis of this rising movement, including insight into how colleges and universities approach this practice, seize its benefits, and navigate its challenges. We will also focus in on technology vendors active in this space to provide colleges that are either engaged in competency-based education or new to the practice with analysis and advice for making important technology decisions.

MEET TODAY’S ADULT LEARNER
Today, schools of education serve record numbers of adult learners, including career advancers, changers, seekers, and lifelong learners, who represent a major growth market. Still, these colleges often lack the resources and guidance to effectively reach and retain these populations. To help fine tune your adult enrollment strategy, this report provides insight from recent Eduventures analysis on the national adult learner market. It includes an adult market segmentation based on aspirations for enrollment and four recommendations to help frame your strategy and improve your outreach efforts.

DEVELOPING YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION
Faced with increasing regulatory standards and fewer individuals entering the teaching profession, colleges of education must be equipped to clearly define and articulate their value in order to meet enrollment goals. This report will look at the components of a strong value proposition and offer college of education leaders a roadmap for creating their unique value proposition.

BEST PRACTICES IN IMPLEMENTING CAEP STANDARDS
Beginning in 2016, all teacher preparation programs will need to meet the standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in order to gain national accreditation. With an increased emphasis on program impact and outcomes, how can colleges effectively implement a systematic process to overcome challenges and meet these new standards? Our roundtable and subsequent research will focus on best practices in complying CAEP standards, especially in light of the recent federal teacher preparation regulations.

 

Q3 & Q4

THE EDUVENTURES 2015 NATIONAL SURVEY OF PRINCIPALS
To help schools of education improve teacher training and meet the priorities of P-12, Eduventures conducted a survey of over 700 principals and superintendents from across the United States. Our proprietary data and insight will help you understand the top specializations underserved in today’s schools, the most important factors to employers when hiring teachers, opportunities for partnering with P-12 outside of teacher prep, and perceptions around online learning and technology use in the classroom.

INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, & THE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Many schools of education understand that “less is more” when it comes to training teacher candidates: less time learning in the university classroom and more time gaining teaching experience in the P-12 classroom. But how can schools of education take advantage of different technologies and innovations to ensure an effective clinical teaching experience for their candidates? Our coverage of this area will provide insight into different frameworks and models from leaders in the field and recommendations for how you can adopt the best approach to enhance your field experiences.

SARA & THE STATE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE FOR ONLINE LEARNING
To tap out-of-state markets and grow online enrollments, schools of education need to be up-to-date with state regulations for obtaining and maintaining required authorization to offer distance education. Drawing on over five years of Eduventures research and analysis, our latest look into the state authorization landscape focuses on the emergence of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Our coverage will help you understand when SARA is right for your institution and how you should weigh costs and benefits and decide whether to pursue authorization in non-SARA states.

THE SOE GUIDE TO COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION
In an environment of high stakes testing and outcomes-focused learning, teacher preparation programs must adopt more creative approaches to program design and delivery. This webinar focuses on the different models of competency-based education for schools of education, provides examples of innovative institutions leading the efforts, and maps out a plan for deans interested in developing new competency-based programs.

 

 

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