As we all know, many students are struggling to navigate a successful path throughout their college experience. Completion rates aren’t as high as they could—or should—be and nearly half of all students who earn degrees are either unemployed or underemployed once they graduate.
At Blackboard, I am pushing our team to find new and different ways to tackle these and other big issues students are facing and I think we could do a lot more to help students and institutions promote student success. Today, I am very excited to announce a major step in that direction with our acquisition of MyEdu.
MyEdu has created an incredibly successful, free set of student-focused tools that are used by millions of students to find the best path to a degree and build their first “professional profile” that will connect them to job and internship opportunities.
Students use the platform to map out their personal education plan while simultaneously building a unique profile that showcases their academic skills and course experiences. Through corporate partnerships, MyEdu shares these profiles with employers who can easily find qualified, interested students for open positions. MyEdu has already been successfully implemented in some of the largest higher education systems in the country, including the University of Texas System, where over 50 percent of students have a MyEdu profile.
Here is an example of a student professional profile:
The decision for Blackboard to invest in these tools is a critical one for our company. It reflects our shift in focus to learner needs and student success and providing relevant, user-friendly tools that help the students and communities we serve in critical areas.
In the short term, we will be laser-focused on sustaining the incredibly positive experience users have with the platform, which will remain free to students. In the longer term, we will work to determine how we can connect MyEdu’s products into our existing learning platform to create a more holistic experience for students.
You should expect to see more of this type of focus on students and their overall success from us in the near future. We have talked a lot about our new company strategy and I am excited to continue sharing examples like this that show the direction Blackboard is going.
More to come.