Ellucian Brainstorm™ Used for Competency-Based Education

University of the Incarnate Word joins beta program to deliver its first competency-based education program for today’s modern student

Published Monday, September 28, 2015 - Fairfax, VA.

Ellucian, a leading global provider for higher education software and services, today announced the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) as one of the first beta partners for Ellucian Brainstorm, the company’s new cloud-based solution for helping higher education institutions support its competency-based education programs. The university will use Ellucian Brainstormto power its Extended Academic Programs (EAP).  

Higher education institutions are quickly realizing the value and potential of competency-based education (CBE). A 2013 CAEL CBE report mentioned that 87 percent of institutions surveyed thought they had prepared students well for employment. However, only 49 percent of employers agreed that new employees had the training they needed. CBE assesses what skills a student has mastered and defines a clear pathway to address the skills students needed for course completion and career advancement. This flexible approach helps students clear the hurdles of access and cost by focusing on efficiency. Ellucian Brainstorm is designed to help higher education institutions leverage CBE to drive student success.

“The University of the Incarnate Word is not just another traditional campus. Our unique position allows us to be at the cutting edge of market changes and respond to them quickly,” said Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, UIW Vice President for Extended Academic Programs. “We understand that our students today are not like those of yesterday and require new methods of engagement. With Ellucian Brainstorm and CBE, we’re pushing to understand what students already know so we can more effectively engage with them.”  

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.

“Institutions that embrace CBE are addressing the professional skills gap problem head-on,” said Jeff Ray, President and CEO at Ellucian. “Dr. Porter and UIW understand that achieving student success today, in which the traditional student is no longer in their early 20s, takes an innovative approach driven by technology. UIW’s institutional commitment to CBE and its cutting-edge approach to education will help ensure higher student success rates and more effective student engagement.”  

For more information on Ellucian Brainstorm, please visit our product page.

About University of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word is a private liberal arts university with over 130 years of tradition educating diverse populations throughout the world within the context of faith. UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. Nearly 80 degrees are offered to the nearly 10,000 students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Students enjoy small classes and a close network of family-like relationships between students and professors. UIW, with a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio, has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

UIW is a leader in international education, with 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries. UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

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