Matt Bergman

Program Director & Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Evaluation, & Org. Development

University of Louisville


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Matt Bergman

Program Director & Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Evaluation, & Org. Development

University of Louisville

Matt Bergman, PhD, Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development that is recognized as a national expert on Prior Learning Assessment. Dr. Bergman’s research is focused on adult learner persistence, prior learning assessment, leadership, and degree completion programs. His work has appeared in refereed journals such as the Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Adult Learning, Human Resource Development Review, International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, and his work highlighted in international media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME. In 2015, Bergman and his colleagues won the E. F. Holton III Outstanding Article of the Year. His program was the recipient of the 2016 ACHE South’s Distinguished Program Award and the 2013 AAACE Malcolm Knowles Award for Adult Education Program of the Year. The program was also acknowledged as a 2014 National Program of Distinction in the American Public and Land Grant Universities’ MVP Awards for Campus Based Strategies for Student Success and the 2013 Innovation for Educational Attainment from the Gheens Foundation and 55,000 Degrees based upon local implementation of his research. Dr. Bergman was awarded the Metroversity Outstanding Faculty for Adult Learners in 2015 and has been a Faculty Favorite at UofL from 2012-2017. He is a teacher, administrator, and ambassador of adult degree attainment both locally, and nationally.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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