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Data Management for Apprenticeship-Based Learning in Higher Education

May 17, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. PT

Once reserved for the trades, apprenticeships and other on-the-job learning experiences have reemerged within the mainstream of higher education as a fast-growing option for students of all backgrounds and pursuits. These pathways hold immense opportunities to create more equitable, learner-centered opportunities– and ones closely linked with gainful employment opportunities upon graduation– but they also present significant new questions. Among them, higher education is held to certain statutory accreditation requirements that the government’s apprenticeship processes and existing data collection tools are not built to support.

This webinar will first summarize the most common data challenges leaders have unearthed at the intersection of higher education and workforce development. Second, it will share tangible next steps for any accredited program looking to access apprenticeship funding– both the launch process, and ongoing data reporting requirements. Third, webinar participants will explore and provide feedback on Craft, a free data tool purpose-built to address the complexities of apprenticeship-based learning in higher education. Attendees will leave with a concrete roadmap on how they can take the next step in this process for their institution, tailored to their institution’s particular needs.

Mallory Dwinal-Palisch

Chancellor, Reach University & CEO, The Craft Education System

Mallory Dwinal-Palisch has dedicated her career to innovative educational model; she currently serves as the Chancellor of Reach University and the CEO of the Craft Education System. She began as a Spanish teacher with Teach for America and, later, co-founded and led the Oxford Day Academy (ODA), a public charter school in the San Francisco Bay Area. ODA has adapted and codified the Oxford tutorial pedagogy for K12 students from all learning backgrounds. From there, she co-founded the Oxford Teachers Academy (OTA), a Bachelor’s Degree program that scales the learnings of ODA by training the next generation of classroom teachers– particularly from remote rural areas– in ODA’s modified tutorial pedagogy. OTA is now a part of Reach University, and has expanded to develop the next generation of teachers in urban and rural communities alike through apprenticeship pathways. Craft is the data layer that powers Reach’s apprenticeship-based teaching degrees.

Mallory graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and International Studies; additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in Education from Oxford University (dissertation focus: rural teacher shortages), which she attended as a U.S. Rhodes Scholar, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Courtney Hills McBeth

Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Western Governors University

Dr. Courtney Hills McBeth is the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Provost at Western Governors University (WGU) and leads WGU’s Schools of Health, Education, Technology, and Business, and more than 80 programs. In this role, she is responsible for academic affairs, including academic program offerings, faculty mentors, credential integrity, accreditation and compliance, program development, curriculum and instructional design, and assessments.

Dr. Hills McBeth brings a fresh perspective to academia. Before joining WGU in 2024, Dr. Hills McBeth served as the senior vice president and chief program officer at Strada Education Foundation, where she led the programmatic work to deploy Strada’s unique combination of philanthropy, impact investments, and research to transform the postsecondary education-workforce landscape to drive more equitable outcomes.

With nearly three decades of leadership experience in higher education, Dr. Hills McBeth began her journey at the University of Utah, where in addition to her academic pursuits she was a captain and All-American soccer player. From there she embarked on a trailblazing career at the University of Utah, scaling global and domestic internship programs, and leading academic programs, executive education, and student services efforts at the Eccles School of Business, Sorenson Impact Institute, and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. In Utah’s president’s office, she led university-wide strategic planning, presidential initiatives, and innovation efforts, including developing an outcomes-based finance model and leading an entrepreneurship challenge with a coalition of national universities. Dr. Hills McBeth
has developed and taught in-person, hybrid, and online courses in political science, business, and higher education at the University of Utah and Purdue University.

Dr. Hills McBeth holds a doctorate degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Utah. When she’s not shaping the future of education, you’ll find her soaking up the beauty of Salt Lake City with her husband and three boys. From biking to skiing and everything in between, Dr. Hills McBeth thrives in the great outdoors, embodying the same spirit of adventure she brings to her professional endeavors.

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