A team from Marylhurst, Epicodus and Climb attend symposium to further EQUIP partnership
In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced the selection of Marylhurst University as one of only eight academic institutions in the nation to participate in the first phase of EQUIP – Educational Quality Through Innovative Partnerships. The EQUIP partnership will allow low-income students to access federal student aid for the first time to enroll in programs offered by non-traditional training providers. Students will be able to enroll in a 27-week certificate program in Web and Mobile Development and receive federal student aid through Marylhurst’s partnership with Epicodus, a regional coding and software education provider.
This month, representatives from Marylhurst University, Epicodus and Climb will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend The White House Symposium on Higher Education Innovation that Reduces Costs and Strengthens Quality on Nov. 15. (Climb is a leading funder and evaluator of alternative education platforms, serving as an objective, third-party evaluator of the Marylhurst-Epicodus partnership.) At the symposium, participants will discuss innovation that has led to greater equity and student success, including ongoing grant programs and experimental sites initiatives such as EQUIP. The EQUIP participants will convene separately (Nov. 14) with U.S. Department of Education staff to report on progress, identify challenges, and learn from one another. Team members are: Ann Marie Fallon, provost at Marylhurst University, Michael Kaiser-Nyman, founder of Epicodus and Zander Rafael, founder and CEO of Climb.
More about the Marylhurst – Epicodus Partnership
In partnership with Epicodus, a local software coding school, Marylhurst will offer a 27-week certificate program in Web and Mobile Development, with the goal of providing access to careers in computer software coding to low-income and historically underserved students. The program is designed to support students in a variety of ways, including using a flipped classroom approach so that in-class time will be used for exercises, projects and discussions. It will also include a cohort social learning model that pairs students together. In completing the program, students will not only earn a certificate, but also will have access to industry employers through internship opportunities. Climb, Marylhurst’s quality assurance entity, will measure the outcomes for students and progress towards program goals, including data on student satisfaction surveys, persistence, retention, completion, and employment information such as salary data.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.
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