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UNCW Selected for National Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

UNCW is one of 54 institutions selected to participate in the 2022 Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute. Co-directed by the American Association of Colleges and Universities and IBM, the virtual institute supports efforts to strengthen connections between college learning and workforce preparation and developing productive campus-industry partnerships.

Through the fall 2022 semester, teams from participating institutions will develop projects with an emphasis on co-curricular alignment, defined learning and skill development and high-impact experiences with a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary perspective. Leaders from across higher education and industry will serve as institute mentors.

UNCW’s Curriculum-to-Career team members are:

  • Jess Boersma, Associate Dean for Student Success, Policy and Undergraduate Scholarship and Director of Applied Learning
  • James M. DeVita, Director of High-Impact Pathways and Associate Professor of Higher Education
  • Chris Lewandowski, Associate Director for Career Development
  • Adam Nelson, Student Success Center Advisor
  • Nadirah Pippen, UNCW Career Center Director
  • Sheri Shaw, College of Health and Human Services Assistant Dean for Student Success

The cohort identified refining the definition of work-based learning category, developing a design thinking-based approach to curriculum-to-career pathways mapping for students and securing resources to support those efforts as its top goals. Creating a process that is flexible and available to all student populations (traditional first-year enrollees, transfer, online and graduate) and ensuring that any resources developed are accessible across those segments will help advance campus’ commitment to equity.

UNCW continually develops and refines academic programs to prepare students for careers in emerging industries and high-demand fields. An R2 institution, the university offers 58 majors, 37 master’s degrees and six doctoral degrees.

— Caroline Cropp

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