Earned Admissions:

A Better Measure of Academic Potential

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Rethinking Admissions Criteria for Working Adult Learners

What would your reaction be if a job candidate, 10+ years into his career, described himself as a great leader because he was the captain of his high school soccer team? Or if she said she would thrive as the communications director because she got over 700 on the verbal section of the SAT? With years of work experience comes new learning and skills development that can qualify adults for a job - and for college admissions.

The rise in the number of working adult learners in need of upskilling and education marks an important opportunity for institutions of higher learning. But in order to support this changing demographic of learners, institutions will need to design their admissions experience to align with the reality of aspiring adult students and gauge their academic potential based on who they are today - not who they were in high school.

This report will provide valuable insight for higher education institutions looking to:

  • Help educate more of the 88M working adults in need of upskilling and reskilling.
  • Understand how other innovative institutions have rethought how we define and measure adult learners' potential to be successful.
  • Retool the admission process to be more inclusive for prospective working adult students.

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About the Authors
Terah Crews

Vice President of Learning Marketplace Solutions, Guild Education

Prior to joining Guild, Terah was a Senior Partner and head of Entangled Solution’s higher education practice where she developed strategy and advised senior leaders from across the higher education ecosystem in over 60 engagements. Through her work, she has designed and built innovation strategies, innovation labs, new programs, centers and ventures for many higher education institutions including Davidson College, the California College System, Harvard Business Publishing, John Hopkins, Southern New Hampshire University, West Coast University, and UT-Austin.

Grace Gardner

Senior Engagement Manager, Guild Education

Grace Gardner is a Senior Engagement Manager on the Learning Marketplace Solutions team at Guild Education. She brings over 15 years of experience in the cross-section of higher education and workforce. Prior to joining Guild, Grace was an Engagement Manager at Entangled Solutions, where she led a multi-year consortia project for a global technology company co-designing solutions for the future of active learning with academic institutions across the United States, in addition to supporting a range of projects focused on building collaboration networks and collective action efforts in the pursuit of scaling innovation in education. Grace started her career in educational design and strategy, leading community outreach to inform long-term master planning work in Los Angeles Unified School District and K-12 districts throughout California and internationally. Since then, her experience has spanned design strategy, user experience design, organizational behavior and communication strategy for K-12, Higher Education and Workplace innovation.

Kara Foley

Engagement Manager, Guild Education

Kara Foley is an Engagement Manager on the Learning Marketplace Solutions team at Guild Education. She brings an expertise in higher education strategy and innovation. While at Guild and previously as a Case Team Leader at Entangled Solutions, Kara has worked alongside universities, philanthropies, nonprofits, and employers to develop transformative higher education learning models to unlock opportunities for individuals. Previously, Kara built the foundation of her career working in market and user research to inform new product development initiatives. She has gained expertise in methodologies such as Jobs to be Done (JTBD) and voice of the customer (VOC) research. Kara earned a dual M.B.A. & MA in Education from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and School of Education, and a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern University.

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Alex Cannon

Manager, Content & Marketing

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Anna Jiang Edwards

Business Development Executive

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Lisa McIntyre-Hite, PhD

Business Development Executive

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"Traditional admissions requirements such as standardized admissions exams fail to capture the learning they have acquired while working and managing a family."

- Eloy Oakley, Chancellor of California Community Colleges

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