CSM aligns with key aspects of the Common Employability Skills Framework.

By Lucia Laudisio, August 3rd, 2018 at 11:56 am

What are the foundational skills that any employee needs to succeed, regardless of where they work, what position they hold, or what functions they perform?

To answer this question, the National Network consulted with employer representatives from the major economic sectors to identify the core skills that they need in their employees. They created the Common Employability Skills Framework, which details the personal skills, people skills, workplace skills, and applied knowledge that are universal and fundamental to employee success.

Valerie Taylor, lead author of the Common Employability Skills Framework, notes that "The CSM High Performance course and certificate addresses a core set of the Common Employability Skills that is directly linked to high performance on the job. It focuses on individuals being their personal best: Caring about what they do, pushing through failure, having high expectations for themselves and following through."

The National Network represents major business sectors and is funded through a collaborative partnership of Business Roundtable (BRT), ACT Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and Walmart Foundation. Members include leaders in the manufacturing, retail, health care, energy, construction, hospitality, transportation, and information technology sectors.

Learn more about the Common Employability Skills framework here.

New Coach Training: High Performance Coaching

By Lucia Laudisio, January 15th, 2019 at 9:21 am

We've built a new online training course for CSM coaches – and it's FREE!

Our new High Performance Coaching course teaches the best practices for coaching students on CSM, and empowers coaches to assist students while utilizing all of the tools that CSM has to offer. Coaches play a key role in student success on CSM, shortening time to completion and increasing engagement.

High Performance Coaching has special lessons interspersed between the first few skills on CSM, and covers topics such as the role of coaches, the coaching Toolkit, effective communication with students, and more. Coaches learn firsthand what CSM feels like from the perspective of a student, what resources they have available to learn, and hopefully also gain some empathy for students, as they might find their first few hours on CSM very challenging.

To check coaches' understanding of the material, each lesson has a short number of questions to answer, and some require a short written response. Our Expert Coaches will review each coaches' responses and work with them to improve their answers so they can have a sophisticated understanding of the material.

We offer a certificate for 3 clock hours of professional development for coaches at educational institutions.

Get started today by logging into your Toolkit and selecting Go to Your Student Account in the menu. 

Southern New Hampshire University Articulation Announcement

By Lucia Laudisio, December 1st, 2018 at 4:17 pm
CSM articulates as MATH 125: Quantitative Reasoning and Problem Solving at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). CSM may fulfill math requirements for some programs and degrees!

More about SNHU
Southern New Hampshire University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university with an 80-year history of providing high-quality education. It is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. In 2017, it was named Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities" by U.S. News & World Report.

Western Governors University Articulation Announcement

By Lucia Laudisio, January 4th, 2019 at 2:08 pm
CSM articulates as C459: Introduction to Probability and Statistics at Western Governors University (WGU). CSM fulfills a general requirement for business and information technology degrees! Learn more at our partner page.

More about WGU
Western Governors University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university that works with you to find quality and transferable degree programs.  It was created by a group of U.S. governors in 1996 and was named one of 2019's top 10 "Most Innovative Schools" by US News & World Report. 

CSU-Global Articulation Announcement

By Lucia Laudisio, October 1st, 2018 at 11:43 am

CSM articulates as 3 semester credit hours of general elective credit at CSU-Global.
In addition, CSM Certificate holders receive a 10% tuition discount on any program (undergraduate or graduate)! Learn more at our partner page

More about CSU-Global:
CSU-Global is the first independent, 100% online state university in the United States. This fully accredited online university offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide variety of subjects. U.S. News and World Report ranks CSU-Global as one of the top 10 online bachelor's programs.

CSMlearn honored as Best For The World

By Miriam Goldberg, June 20th, 2018 at 8:36 am

CSMlearn is proud to be a Certified B Corp®, and is even more excited to be named a 2018 Best For The World honoree! We earned this honor by scoring in the top 10th percentile of all Certified B Corporations in the Customer portion of the B Impact Assessment. To be a Certified B Corp, CSMlearn had to pass a rigorous assessment to ensure that we meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

This assessment "measures the impact a company has on its customers by focusing on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit and if those products/services are targeted toward serving underserved populations. The section also measures whether a company’s product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (improving health, preserving the environment, creating economic opportunity for individuals or communities, promoting the arts/sciences, or increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises)." You can learn more about the criteria used to choose the Best For The World at the B Lab website.

And congrats to our law firm, Blue Dot Advocates, for earning a spot on the Best For The World 2018 list for their clear and transparent corporate governance!

David Goldberg to present on "An Innovative, Practical Strategy for Workforce Transformation" at the Drive|Lead|Suceed Conference

By Lucia Laudisio, October 24th, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Join David Goldberg for his plenary session Friday, October 26th at 10:50am at the Economic Development Council of Colorado's Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference in Estes Park, CO. The description of his talk is below.

An Innovative, Practical Strategy for Workforce Transformation
Communities’ long-term economic prospects depend heavily on their workforce, yet economic developers and other community leaders have little funding, minimal authority over education and training efforts, and few practical frameworks for improving both workforce development and the education system that feeds it. Our new approach is based on the idea that while conventional education and workforce efforts are focused on conventional academic and job-specific skills, we have found that high-performance characteristics are most important for individual success and that employers desire for all employees, across sectors, business functions and positions. This talk will describe inexpensive, scalable new tools for building high performance, which can be shared across schools, colleges, workforce development, and employers, from those with basic education to those with advanced degrees.

Voqal Education Opportunity Project Investment

By Lucia Laudisio, July 3rd, 2018 at 10:41 am

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


Introducing Career Strategies!

By Lucia Laudisio, May 2nd, 2018 at 11:03 am

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.


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.


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.

ACE CREDIT® Recommendation for the CSM Course!

By Miriam Goldberg, April 20th, 2018 at 4:29 pm

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.

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