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Kaplan University has begun to provide all of its 40,000-plus students with personalized competency reports detailing their proficiencies in knowledge, skills, behaviors and abilities (Graphic: Business Wire)DAVENPORT, Iowa--As part of its ongoing commitment to measuring student learning, Kaplan University today announced that it has started providing its students with a personalized Competency Report. The report provides assessments of a student’s skill and knowledge demonstrated throughout his or her program(s) of study at the University. It includes how the student applies the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required to execute work-related activities and projects. Kaplan University students will have competency reports available to them by July 1, 2015.

Kaplan University’s Competency Report contains a list of professional and programmatic competencies denoting one of six levels of proficiencies achieved-No Progress, Introductory, Emergent, Practiced, Proficient, Mastery. Kaplan University is one of the first institutions in higher education to issue such a report for each of its students at this granular level and on this scale. Today, approximately 42, 000 students attend Kaplan University.

“The detailed reports we are now providing to all of our students are a very powerful complement to a traditional college transcript. Our reports highlight work-relevant competencies a student demonstrates throughout his or her studies at Kaplan University. Combining an official graded transcript and the Competency Report provides a more complete picture of a student’s academic achievement, ” said Kaplan University Provost Dr. Betty Vandenbosch.

The Competency Report, visible to each student through the student portal at any time during his or her program, is available as a printable PDF. Students can tailor the printed report for the intended recipient by choosing which competencies to share.

“The Competency Report is incredibly valuable to not only our students to augment their resumes but to employers looking for employees who are job ready on day one. Increasingly, employers are placing more emphasis on what students and graduates can do rather than simply what they may know, ” added Jennifer Lasater, Kaplan University’s Vice President of Employer and Career Services.

Lasater noted that finding talent with the right skills is a big challenge for many employers. According to ManpowerGroup’s 9th annual Talent Shortage survey (2014), 40 percent of US employers surveyed reported difficulty filling jobs. The top two reasons employers are having difficulty, according to employers surveyed, are the lack of both technical competencies (hard skills) and workplace competencies (soft skills) at 47% and 39% respectively (1).

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