Educators and institution leaders can look for new developments around key areas that support student success

4 student success trends to track in 2022


Educators and institution leaders can look for new developments around key areas that support student success

As a new year takes shape, higher education leaders should make sure they’re tracking the latest trends and developments to help ensure student success. Here are just a few to note.

Focus on higher order skills

In 2021, the spotlight was on the shift towards test-optional admissions, return to in-person or hybrid learning and the continued social and emotional wellness challenges students face. While these topics will likely remain part of broader discussions into the new year, higher education’s alignment to employability will also be a key trend in 2022.  

In the coming year, I believe there will be an increased focus on developing the higher order skills that employers consider essential for post-graduation success: critical thinking, problem solving, and effective written communication. Although acquiring content knowledge remains fundamental, it will be viewed as insufficient on its own. Today’s students need to acquire skills beyond content knowledge to succeed both academically and professionally, including the ability to analyze and evaluate information, develop solutions, and articulate and effectively communicate their ideas.

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