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Getting Started With Skills

Why and How to Adopt a Skills-Based Framework for Program Evaluation

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  • Why skills? Why now? (2:50)
  • WilmU’s road to a skills-based framework (10:45)
  • Case study: MBA in Finance at WilmU (38:20)
  • Q&A (42:13)

Slide Deck and Skillabi Info

You can download a copy of the slide deck here and learn more about Skillabi here.

Overview and Outline

Amidst strong interest from learners, employers, and policy makers in “skills-based” education options, a growing number of colleges and universities are recognizing the need to apply a similar skills-based lens to their own academic programs.

But where do you start? And how do you build consensus among stakeholders in a way that leads to meaningful change?

In this webinar, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how Wilmington University is answering these questions through strategic implementation of a new, skills-based framework for program evaluation. Hear from Morgan Halpert (Emsi Burning Glass) and Jacqueline Varsalona, Ed.D. (Wilmington University) as they share lessons and insight, including:

  • Unique advantages of a skills-based framework for evaluating program-to-market alignment
  • Wilmington University’s seven-step process for successful implementation
  • Case study: Enhancing the MBA in Finance with a skills-based framework

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University (WilmU) is a private, nonprofit university serving over 20,000 students nationally and internationally, both in-person and online. WilmU offers over 200 accredited, career-focused degree and certificate programs with a special focus on serving non-traditional, working adult learners.

Jacqueline Varsalona, Ed.D

VP of Institutional Advancement

Wilmington University

Morgan Halpert

Enterprise Account Executive

Emsi Burning Glass