Ellucian Announces Becker College as Beta Partner for Ellucian Brainstorm

New learning management system will help college manage the content delivery, learner interaction space, and dynamic analytical needs of its CBE programs

Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Fairfax, VA

Ellucian, the leading global provider for higher education software and services, today announced Becker College as a beta partner for Ellucian Brainstorm, the company’s new solution for helping higher education institutions support their competency-based education programs. Under this partnership, Becker College will use Ellucian Brainstorm to power certificate programs in its Center for Accelerated & Professional Studies adult curricula.

Higher education institutions are quickly realizing the value and potential of competency-based education (CBE). The Harvard Business Review raised concern when noting that only 11% of business leaders believe that graduates have the requisite skills for the workforce, compared to 96% of chief academic officers. Further, the HBR says that CBE is “going to revolutionize the workforce” because the model quickly learns what skills a student has mastered and defines a clear pathway to address the skills students need for course completion and career advancement. Ellucian Brainstorm is designed to help higher ed institutions leverage CBE to drive student success.

“Institutions that embrace CBE are addressing the professional skills gap problem head-on,” said Jeff Ray, CEO at Ellucian. “Becker College understands that the typical college student is no longer an 18-22 year-old high school graduate who can commit four years to traditional classroom learning. Becker’s institutional commitment to CBE and its unique approach to education will help ensure higher student success rates and more effective student engagement.”

Ellucian Brainstorm is a modern Learning Management System (LMS) that powers institutions to offer competency-based education programs with highly personalized learning experiences for their students. Leveraging social media-like engagement, big data, and mobile capabilities, the Ellucian Brainstorm CBE-based LMS focuses squarely on the student and faculty experience, enabling both groups to deeply engage, and to clearly understand and nurture pathways to student success.

Ellucian Brainstorm also integrates with Banner® by Ellucian and Colleague® by Ellucian.

“Becker College has an insatiable appetite for innovation,” said Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., President of Becker College. “Our commitment to student success means that we have to consider how we can best serve our non-traditional student population, such as adult learners or part-time students who already have careers, to help them achieve their desired outcomes efficiently. For the adult learners in our Center for Accelerated & Professional Studies, Ellucian Brainstorm will help our faculty work with students on the precise skills they need to develop in order to advance in their professional lives. Shaping the product and becoming a landmark example of CBE success is a great honor.”

Ellucian is currently at EDUCAUSE, higher education’s premier IT event, and is showing demonstrations of Ellucian Brainstorm at Booth #909. For more information on the product, visit http://www.ellucian.com/competency-based-education-cbe/.

About Becker College

Becker College is ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best 380 colleges in the U.S. With a 95 percent placement rate for its graduates for employment or further study, Becker serves more than 2,100 students from across the country and around the world. Becker offers a wide range of quality degree programs—from nursing to veterinary science, and a variety of adult learning options—that prepare graduates for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century. Becker’s undergraduate video game design program has been top-ranked by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years—it is the only institution on the East Coast, and one of four worldwide, to maintain this longstanding distinction. In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Becker is also ranked first among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates among Becker graduates consistently exceeding state and national rates. Fifty-four percent of Becker students are enrolled in STEM-based programs of study. With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Mass., Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions—one founded in 1784 and the other in 1887—and has more than 18,000 alumni worldwide.

 

About Ellucian

Ellucian is the technology leader of software and services powering higher education forward. More than 2,500 institutions in almost 50 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education for over 18 million students. Ellucian provides a broad and versatile portfolio of solutions, including student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions.

With more than 1,400 institutions subscribing to unique deployments of Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions to colleges and universities. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com.

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