Seeing Both Sides . Myra has lived in the HR world for let’s just say “a long time” and she knows what employers are struggling with and what they are looking for in employees. She’s also worked in higher education for “a long time” and she knows what students are learning, and more importantly how many are struggling post-graduation to get a job that is relevant to their degree. She began seeing the disconnect and the need for Competency Based Education (CBE) years before it was the hot topic and education workshops.
There is a disconnect – and a big one.
Myra noticed most schools focus on delivering well-rounded graduates, but not well-rounded future employees. Many colleges and universities have legacy cultures – as in “this is the way we’ve always done it and this is the way it should be” and are unwilling to change those cultures to teach students what they want to learn and give them the exact skills they need for a specific job. AHA moment – the solution has always been crystal clear for Myra. Competency Based Education CBE is the answer – for non-traditional AND traditional students. She launched Fast Forward Learning & Development and the Crosswalk Coalition Mastermind to facilitate change and help bridge the divide between employers and students.
The struggle is real – the future is hopeful. Like many working mothers, Myra decided to finish her degree and was looking for an alternative that would not only fit her lifestyle but give her the biggest bang for her buck. She chose Bay Path University’s Saturday Learning program allowing her to fast track her degree. It was perfect. Bay Path also introduced Myra to one of the major disruptors and change agents in higher education – Dr. Carol Leary, President and CEO at Bay Path. Myra saw how Dr. Leary literally changed the course of the then college’s future by embracing change, connecting deeply with local businesses which included secured funding and taking an almost extinct school to one of the premier 4 year universities on the east coast. Myra knew Dr. Leary was on to something bigger than Bay Path – and the rest is well, history.
It’s simply a passion. Let’s just say, she isn’t letting go anytime soon. Myra is passionate about ensuring that every student that enrolls – traditional or non-traditional – in college receives the core competencies they need for success once they graduate. Not only is she passionate about Competency Based Education, she is passionate about the future of our private 4 year schools who are facing a daunting future with declined enrollment. She believes shifting the way we educate will help right the decreased admissions, save schools, save communities and save jobs.