According to Counselman, the LRM can enhance liberal arts strengths and maybe help alleviate its weakness: Providing career relevance.

“Liberal arts schools tend to really get the importance of relationships,” he noted. “They have really strong learning communities, and students engage in tight mentorship with faculty. They tend to have strong alumni engagement and I think the LRM can enhance all of that by making it explicit and by allowing schools to ensure that every single student benefits from these strengths 100 percent of the time.”

“That being said,” he continued, “liberal arts schools are struggling with their yield from acceptance to start because of a perception that so-called practical studies are better given the current economy. LRM can allow the school to do what they do so well and fill in the gaps of practical training with learning apps, badges, et cetera.”

Counselman said Fidelis, which is currently in partnership with Arizona State University, Lipscomb University, Bryan University and other innovative institutions, plans to release white papers this fall (2014), followed by peer-review papers.

“I can’t give out too much data at this time, but let’s just say our statistics on the effectiveness of the platform is great,” said Counselman. “We have demonstrated powerful effect on yield and retention and student satisfaction and will be releasing the results of a controlled study involving 3,000 students in the fall.”

With peer-reviewed papers, Counselman hopes to get additional feedback on the platform, as well as take the opportunity to develop even more features, such as providing a vetting or rating system to make it easy for students, alumni, and their schools to find well-curated courses.

For more information on Fidelis, as well as how the LRM can work for each specific type of institution, click here.


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