The Designing the Future(s) Initiative is pleased to announce that Georgetown University will join a multi-institution cohort convened by Education Design Lab to participate in the 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge. Along with five other area schools, the team will explore how to develop and pilot opportunities for students to showcase and receive credentials for their co-curricular involvement, especially since this learning is not typically visible on a traditional transcript. Co-curricular badging in particular can improve student reflection, retention, and career and graduate school readiness in ways that are meaningful to employers and recruiters. The Georgetown team has chosen leadership for the focus of its badge while other institutions have chosen skills such as storytelling and collaboration.
Co-convened by Erika Cohen-Derr, assistant dean for Student engagement and director of the Center for Student Engagement, and Michael Schaub, executive director of the Cawley Career Education Center, the Georgetown team also includes representatives from the Center for Social Justice; the Athletics Department; the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access; the Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources, as well as faculty and students. The other institutions in the cohort are George Mason University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Baltimore, University Maryland University Campus, and the Universities at Shady Grove.