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GOAL II
OBJECTIVES

OUR INTENDED
ROLL OUT

Right from the get-go, we will integrate industry voice and recognition of these students’ pathways – thereby enhancing the range of career opportunities and intrinsic motivation of students to persist.

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YEAR ON YEAR
OBJECTIVES

ACADEMIC YEAR ’23
Objective 1: Identify and Publish Transferable Competencies of the 21st Century (21C) Graduate

ACADEMIC YEAR ’24
Objective 1: Round One of 21C Assessments Conducted; and Identified Pathways Published

ACADEMIC YEAR ’25
Objective 1: Round Two of 21C Assessments Conducted; Initial Testing and Assessment of Pathways and Students at Stages Along Pathway

ACADEMIC YEAR ’26

Objective 1: A Majority of Engage NJ Campuses Comprehensively Assess 21C Across Pathways

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THRIVER: Claudia Wetzel, Ramapo College of New Jersey

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We will strive to:
•    Gain clarity on 21C competencies
•    Develop a 21C rubric and assessment method
•    Consider programs advanced by Engage NJ and also those occurring across campuses in identifying pathways to develop 21C competencies

This goal of showcasing 21st-century competencies and experiential pathways resonates with
“College Civic Learning”, whose signatories include:

  • American Council on Education

  • College Promise

  • American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

  • ETS

  • and many more


 

The College Civic Learning Shared Commitment  reads, 
We must rally to build public recognition that, just as civic learning is a core purpose for postsecondary education, it also builds essential workforce skills. Teamwork, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and engagement across differences are the real-world skills that build both better democracies and creative economies. Investing in democracy learning expands economic opportunity as well.

While there certainly are categories of knowledge and practice that are distinct to specific areas of work, it is the development of competencies that are actually transferable between, say, the voting rights activist, the climate change education intern, or the water quality engineer, that are of most benefit to this goal. 
 

SUCCESS WILL BE MEASURED BY

An ongoing goal of continuous improvement and increased engagement in competencies assessment and identification of various experiential pathways, as follows:

  •  3 targeted annual rounds of assessments of 21st-century competencies

  • 2 targeted rounds of pathway identification and refinement

  • A minimum of 15 Engage NJ campuses showcasing the pathways and developed 21st-century competencies of its graduating cohort

  • If we assume that approximately 50,000 students will graduate from the predicted 30 Engage NJ member institutions, then we expect to be pulling from a proportion of a total pool of 25,000 students minimum among the 15 members

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