“There is no one-size-fits-all path to (or through) college. We need to support students
accordingly.” –Susan Desmond-Hellmann
Susan Desmon-Hellmann took to twitter to share this powerful statement and infographic below,
and with 47 retweets and 50 likes we think it hit home to many others as well. Although the
statistics don’t show how students learn best, they show how students’ circumstances and
demographics could influence their academic journey. Thinking of America as a pie of 100
college students, 75 take their courses via classroom only, 11 online only, and 14 combine the
When you look at each slice of the pie, it gets harder to recognize the “typical” college student.
The actuality is, spending time pinpointing the typical college student detracts from time spent
catering to them.
Here are two ways we are helping students and faculty members achieve a more personal
approach to higher education:
1. Course Content:
In each Bearface online course you will not only hear the health and wellness buzzwords, but
will learn ways to practice them beyond the textbook/lecture model. The online learning
environment allows students to learn about themselves through self reflection and assessment.
This experiential approach eliminates the memorization test-taking model and uses real-time
analytics and reporting to collect student’s progress during the course. Taking online courses
gives the student freedom to complete tasks and assessments when it fits best into their
schedule, as the infographic above shows that many students work part-time or full-time and
balance family lives during their studies.
2. Custom Publishing Solutions:
With our partner, SkyPack, we can help you create your own custom textbook and solution for
your course. With their easy and affordable way to replace textbooks, students can access the
course via electronic devices, such as tablets and smart phones. The SkyPack motto is a fun
one; “We help professors feel like rock stars, students afford more burritos, and universities
earn bragging rights.” Imagine it, professors – having the freedom to customize course content
to match learning objectives, student demographics, and your own unique teaching style. We
can, and the outcome for both you and student is mind-bogglingly better.
The stats prove the “one size fits all” mentality cannot be applied to higher education, so let’s
open up the conversation in ways we can support student’s individual paths through university.