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I have learned the steps to obtaining and maintaining EWS Certification. ACCSC has adopted guidelines and preparation assistance so that any institution can be successful in implementing EWS.

EWS Programmatic Certification is a valuable tool to evaluate current operations, policies, and procedures. Implementing a certification like this will take some time to determine what can be used.

As instructors, we should offer evidence-based activities in higher education. This allows students' learning history, and prerequisites to predict their success. Because when students use evidence-based activities, their learning success improves. They are more motivated to learn and specific behavioral learning aspects aid in the research on self-regulated learning.

The key factors are attitudes, perceptions, and capabilities, which are not only an afterthought but an inherent part of an intervention process that must be nurtured, monitored, updated, and followed.


Applying EWS shall be challenging in many ways. For example, incorporating value and the understanding that concrete skills are different from ambiguous skills as they relate to a workforce environment. The known and the unknown is the key to this interpretation and use.

Defining essential workforce skills in a way that is actionable versus something more ambiguous is a concept I had not considered. I have a difficult time getting my students to see the value in developing these skills, as the lesson pointed out, students often see non-technical skills as "fluff." Moving forward, I think we will revisit how we define esstential workforce skills and work to incorporate self-reflection activities more intentionally throughout our programs. 

Documenting and verifying outcomes is very important when implementing an ESW. This programmatic Certification ensures that students have the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace.

Employers are just as concerned with soft skills as they are with the technical and academic skills of future employees. 

In my opinion, both learning on the job and obtaining certifications or degrees have their merits. Learning on the job provides practical experience, while certifications and degrees offer a structured knowledge base. The effectiveness depends on the individual's goals and the specific field.


Carmín Deysi Briceño Meza

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