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The Skills Outcomes Alignment platform uses the skill library to help colleges match what is taught in the classroom with work performed in business and industry. Colleges upload course learning outcomes which are matched and compared to competency profiles found for over 900 occupations. The output shows which learning outcomes are most relevant and which additional competencies may need to be incorporated into curriculum.

 

Initiatives

 

 

Competency-Based Curriculum Alignment

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 BoardTexas 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.

Texas Colleges Invited to Apply

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

Selection criteria will be used to meet the objectives of the grant and to improve the fidelity, speed, and flexibility of the tools.

    • Have not yet been analyzed
    • Will add to our understanding of curriculum alignment
    • Will be applicable to other Texas public colleges
    • Will impact the economic development of the state
    • Will help improve the competency database

Notification

We will inform colleges what programs have been chosen for analysis by November 2014. Select Texas public college awards not chosen for inclusion in Leadership Grant funding will be eligible for analysis at cost based on available resources.