We are thrilled to announce an investment from the Voqal Education Opportunity Project!
Voqal aims to educate and empower the public to foster a stronger, healthier democracy, and seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged populations.
"Voqal is very pleased to partner with CSM as they instill the concept of High Performance in the rapidly evolving learning to work continuum. We are confident that CSMlearn has the potential to be transformational in bridging the education to workforce chasm that is a major contributor to gaps in opportunity, especially for lower-skilled workers."
~ Vinny Badolato, Education Opportunity Project Director
Most career guidance is focused on making a single decision – which college or what occupation. However, in the rapidly-changing modern economy, few people follow a single career pathway, and they’ll need to make frequent decisions throughout their lives leading to career changes or promotions that create a career trajectory.
Career Strategies is a new type of course that builds an internal career coach, always there with you, with the knowledge and strategies to help you make those daily decisions.
WHO IS CAREER STRATEGIES FOR?
Wherever a person is in life, they can benefit from the perspectives of Career Strategies. Career Strategies speaks to a wide variety of people, from high school students making initial career decisions, to college students choosing courses of study, to adults in the workforce looking towards how they can leverage opportunities for career growth.
HOW TO ACCESS CAREER STRATEGIES.
Career Strategies is FREE for all users until July 1st, and will then be included in the Standard Package, so now is a great time to give it a try! It is optimally taken interwoven in the CSM Course, but it can also be taken before or after. You can change your Career Strategies settings in your "My Account" menu accessible under the person icon in the top bar.
You can learn more about Career Strategies here.
The American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended 3 semester hours of quantitative reasoning credit at the lower division baccalaureate level for the CSM Certificate!
At colleges accepting this recommendation, the CSM Course may:
- give you college math credit
- provide placement into college algebra
- satisfy math placement into college
- satisfy math requirements for an AAS degree
For more information on how to request a transcript for the CSM Course, and what colleges accept ACE CREDIT recommendations, click here.
What is the American Council on Education?
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit.
ACE CREDIT® connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education.
CSMlearn participated in the Social Ventures Marketplace at CO Impact Days, a leading conference for connecting social businesses to investors who are looking for a "double bottom line" of social impact as well as traditional financial returns.
Impact investing is in between the poles of philanthropy (only interested in social benefit) and traditional investment (only interested in financial returns). Interest in impact investing is building along with the movement towards B Corps and public benefit corporations. All are united by the ideal that it is not at odds to be both a for-profit company and concerned with your impact and benefits to society. We at CSMlearn fully agree!
Click here to learn more about CO Impact Days.
Our High Performance Communities initiative now has its own website, www.highperformance.community, where you can learn about the vision, the process, and the benefits.
The High Performance Communities model is a fresh approach to transforming education and the workforce across entire communities – empowering individuals to reach their full potential, providing a world-class workforce to existing and new businesses, and uniting the community with common purpose and possibility.
Please take a look, share it with colleagues, and contact us if you'd like to be a Spark for your community!
We have converted CSMlearn into a Public Benefit Corporation so that our legal form is now authentic to who we are as a company! Public Benefit Corporations are a new form of legal incorporation that allows for companies to make decisions for the benefit of all of their stakeholders, not just their shareholders. Our aim is to create broad scale social changes, and while we are a for-profit company, we want to make choices that will benefit the world, not just ourselves.
The Articles of Incorporation of a Public Benefit Corporation require a purpose that the company is bound to. After much deliberation, we came to the statement below.
To empower people around the world to reach their full potential in their education, in their careers, and in their lives -- being particularly mindful of those who are underserved.
Through the business and operations of CSMlearn, to benefit its stakeholders taken as a whole, who include owners; employees; users of its services and products; business partners and suppliers; the local communities in which it operates; and its home, the earth.
The Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy study, funded by the Joyce Foundation and evaluated by SRI Education, evaluated the efficacy of five technologies in adult education: CSM, Reading Horizons Elevate (Reading Horizons), My Foundations Lab (Pearson), ALEKS (McGraw Hill), and GED Academy (Essential Education).
Of the five evaluated products, only CSM had significant positive impact on math scores, and CSM also had the highest improvement in literacy scores. CSM also had the highest engagement.
Click here to download the full report.
We're proud to report that CSMlearn is the recipient of a 2017 Community Champions Award from Cuyahoga Community College for making a difference in the lives and career paths of Tri-C students!
Expert Coach Jessica Hartman (third from left in the blue dress) flew to Cleveland to receive the award from Tri-C President Alex Johnson (far left).
Assistant Dean Vincent L. Briley writes, “We have enrolled over 300 ADP candidates in CSMlearn who have collectively spent over 30,000 hours to improve their reading comprehension, mental mathematics, and computer literacy. More importantly, CSMlearn has provided an elegant mix of online adaptive learning experiences to improve the self-directed learning of our ADP candidates, who are re-engaging their academic promise to meet their career and college readiness goals."
CSMlearn is now a Certified B Corporation® -- which means that we have passed a rigorous assessment to ensure that we meet the highest standards of “verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability”. We join 2140 companies in 50 countries and 130 industries who are trying to make the world a better place by incorporating social impact business best-practices.
Our goal is for the CSM Course and Certificate to provide a meaningful path to opportunity for a billion people worldwide. We want to be a force of system change, individual transformation, and community building, and being a B Corp helps keep us focused on that goal.
Click here to view CSMlearn's Impact Report.
CSMlearn is having a positive impact on adult education, and a consortium of education researchers presented about it at the 2017 Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Patti Constantakis (Digital Promise), Robert Murphy (SRI International) and Shannon Sims (Mockingbird Education) shared the initial results from the Technologies in Adult Basic Literacies Evaluation (TABLE) Study in their session "Do Digital Learning Technologies Support Literacy and Math Skill Development for Low-Skilled Adults?" The TABLE Study examines the implications of technology in adult education by analyzing the effects of five digital adult literacy instructional systems, including CSM, My Foundations Lab (Pearson Education) and ALEKS (McGraw-Hill Education). CSM had the largest gains in both math and literacy, and the highest student engagement.
Vincent Briley, JaNice Marshall, and Victoria Berry (Tri-C Community College) presented on "Mission-Driven Innovation: The Adult Diploma Program at Cuyahoga Community College 2015–2017", highlighting how CSM is helping adult diploma candidates build the skills, persistence, and self-efficacy that they need to pass the WorkKeys Assessments and succeed in career pathways courses in Tri-C's innovative new approach to earning a high school diploma.
In addition, 5 CSM-Certified students were runners up for the Adult Learner of the Year Award. Our congratulations to Brian Russell, Andrea Vulgamore, Jamar Cameron, Patience Eutz, and Rhonda Worley!