Connect Blog

UNT Launches Comprehensive Learner Record

Author: Dr. Mike Simmons I'm pleased to announce that we enrolled selected students from the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, and all French BA majors, into phase 1 pathways of the Connect UNT Comprehensive Learner Record.  The 'pathway' is the first step toward introducing the credentials.  Students will receive notification that they are enrolled in their pathway. Immediately after spring break, we will populate these students' pathways with the micro-credentials (badges) they have... Read more

Career Connect Helps UNT To Join Exclusive Group of Research Organizations!

In November 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) listed UNT among an exclusive group of research-based organizations on ED’s Institute of Education Science’s (IES’s) website (see,SetNumber:1).  IES has certified these organizations as having expert knowledge in ED’s gold standard for group-comparison research designs that target student-learning outcomes, including post-secondary outcomes. Career Connect’s... Read more

Career Connect Service-Learning: Opening Doors for Social Justice

Author: Jordan Rogers and Dr. Özlem Altıok On November 13th, 2019, UNT Career Connect partnered with the Multicultural Center to co-host an event showcasing the work of students enrolled in the Gender and Globalization, a course offered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The event was titled “Opening Doors for Social Justice.” Career Connect partners with faculty and staff across campus who engage students in high- impact and meaningful practices such as the service-learning that... Read more

Career Connect Impacts Student Retention and Cumulative GPA!

Author: Scott Peecksen. UNT faculty and staff from 19 courses and programs across 51 sections had students participate in Career Connect during fall 2017 and spring 2018 and the evaluation results are exciting! Based on causal methodologies to assess treatment impacts on student retention, these students were 1.35% and 14.6% more likely to return to UNT the following semester, compared to students who did not participate. With Career Connect student participation doubling in year 2, we... Read more

Reflection Connection

Author: Jordan Rogers. Recently, the Connect team published a research manuscript in the peer reviewed Reflective Practice Journal for International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. This journal is dedicated to documenting and disseminating research on reflective practices across fields and disciplines to promote learning and foster growth. Importantly, there are few reflection measures that exist in the literature that accurately capture the process of reflection and acknowledge the... Read more

Transformative Learning Conference (TLC)

Career Connect Staff Attend the TLC Author: Jordan Rogers. Members of the Career Connect team attended and presented at the Transformative Learning (TL) conference that occurred March 14 and 15th of 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This conference has been a staple in the University of Central Oklahoma community since its inception seven years ago, and over the last few years the conference has expanded the conversation to include state, regional, national, and global partners. The mission... Read more

Career Connect Success: IADS Capstone

An Outstanding Course Author: Marla Baltazar. In Fall 2018, Dr. Lauren Cross from the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies partnered with Career Connect to provide her students with a service learning project. Students enrolled in her Capstone course were tasked with planning and executing a symposium for the Denton community. The goal of the project was to help students understand how to market themselves in the arts and recognize through practice how their skills play a role in their... Read more

High-Impact on Retention with HIPs

How High Impact Practices Are Benefiting Higher Education Author: Marla Baltazar. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and George Kuh recognize the following 11 educational activities as High-impact practices (HIPs) because they promote a deep learning experience for students, First year seminars and experiences                                   Common intellectual experiences Learning communities                                                           ... Read more

Highlights from Career Connect's First Year of Implementation!

The end of spring 2018 marked the end of the first full year of implementation for Career Connect, the SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan for the University of North Texas’s for the 2016-2026 school years. Based on the experiential learning framework of John Dewey (1916), Kolb (1984) and Kuh (2010), Connect works collaboratively with UNT faculty, staff, and other partners to enhance, assess, and showcase UNT students' marketable skills by engaging them in high-impact practices, experiential... Read more

The importance of reflection

Connecting learning with the real world through reflections in ePortfolio By Jordan Rogers & Rania Elmalky The ePortfolio is a digital tool that fosters connections between the classroom and real-world experiences for students. Embedded within the technology are guided reflection questions to engage students in further developing the valuable metacognitive tool of reflection. [RJ1]  Business Major It made me have a less harsh stance towards the world. I used to be of the mindset that... Read more