Since 2011, 22 colleges have used theStudent Outcomes Alignment platform to align more than 900 courses across 61 awards. The goal of this work is to maximize student employability, earnings and economic contributions to the community. Based on positive responses from faculty and administrators, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the common skills language methodology for all colleges to validate curriculum in Texas.
This approach enables curriculum to be optimized objectively. Colleges also can invite industry subject matter experts to validate competencies based on criticality, frequency and level of proficiency. The results of a more qualified talent supply are wins for everyone involved: employers, students and their parents, taxpayers and the college.
The common skills language project has been funded by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Legislature via Texas State Technical College’s technology forecasting initiative. With the ongoing support of these agencies, the core skill library is being expanded, improved automation is being developed, and the workplace competencies are being integrated.
Twenty Texas public colleges will be selected to participate in the next round of curriculum alignment starting in September 2014. Colleges interested in trying out the platform can apply now for the next round of curriculum analysis.
Selection criteria will be used to meet the objectives of the grant and to improve the fidelity, speed, and flexibility of the tools.