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May 7, 2020

Four University Systems to Scale Instructional Excellence to Advance Student Success

The National Association of System Heads (NASH), through a collaboration with ACUE, recently announced four leading higher education systems have been selected to participate in Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success, a strategic initiative focused on improving quality instruction and student success through intentional, high-quality professional development for faculty. 

The California State University System, City University of New York, The Texas A&M University System and the University of Missouri System will collectively enroll more than 1,500 faculty in ACUE's faculty development programs in evidence-based teaching practices. Many will enroll in ACUE’s course for effective online instruction to strengthen the quality of remote teaching and learning. Recognizing the impact of effective teaching on students’ academic success, this initiative is estimated to benefit nearly 300,000 students annually. This initiative is made possible with generous support from the Charles Koch Foundation.
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Cal State LA Math Faculty Excel During Uncertainty
This spring semester, the precalculus team in the math department at Cal State LA drew on their expertise and a powerful combination of partnerships to help students to excel, even in uncertain times. The school has worked with ACUE for several years to equip educators with effective teaching practices. And, Cal State LA uses Open Education Resources (OERs) like OpenStax to reach more students.

“I sent individualized emails to all my students to check on them," said Dr. Hichem Hajaiej, an ACUE-credentialed math professor. “It turned out that some students can only connect at night, others were working to survive, and some needed to take care of their families. I work a lot on equity and inclusiveness, and this was a good opportunity for me to put it into practice.” 

The results of the team's hard work were nothing short of amazing: the number of students who passed Midterm 2 went up 12%.

Read about the experience and watch a video about the Cal State LA math faculty. This is part of ACUE's Resilient Faculty series through which we’re highlighting the extraordinary leadership of educators during this time of unprecedented change.
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Teaching in Higher Ed: Commitment to Change
On episode #307 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, Bonni Stachowiak talks with Dale Hoffman about her commitment to change. 
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Short Courses, Earn Micro-credentials
ACUE is committed to preparing faculty to teach effectively—in a traditional classroom and online.

Did you know our courses in effective teaching practices are available in open enrollment, micro-credential short courses? We're enrolling now for courses in effective teaching practices and effective online teaching practices.

May 16: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

May 30: Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing LIfelong Learners
June 20: Promoting Active Learning Online
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Partner News
The City University of New York:  José Luis Cruz, CUNY’s executive vice chancellor and university provost, comments on the system’s commitment to developing effective online teaching skills among system faculty. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Texas A&M University System: Four University Systems to Scale Instructional Excellence to Advance Student Success (West Texas A&M University News)

The California State University System: Eight CSU campuses to participate in the Association of College and University Educators’ faculty development programs to boost student achievement and close equity gaps. (CSU System News)
National Association of System Heads: NASH, ACUE pilot a new education initiative to improve teaching and transform student learning (The Charles Koch Foundation)
Florida Atlantic University: Viviana Pezzullo, ACUE-credentialed graduate teaching assistant, lends her perspective on the balance of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. (Inside Higher Ed)
American Council on Education: ACE and ACUE Support Faculty Development and Student Success During COVID-19 Crisis (ACE News)
The University of Texas Permain Basin: The University of Texas System has expanded its partnership with ACUE to benefit hundreds of faculty members at all eight UT academic institutions, including UTPB. (OA Online)

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.
Might This Be the Beginning of Education?
Paul Hanstedt proposes a silver lining to the pandemic: It has broken the boundary between “static university learning and the wicked fluidity of the world.” In other words, students are able to see applications of theoretical content and draw connections between disciplines as they play out in real time, such as how science is “helpless” without public policy. Hanstedt urges instructors to help students grapple with these complexities and learn with their students. (Inside Higher Ed)
How to Build Psychological Resilience in Your Students in the Time of COVID-19
During this period of unprecedented stress and uncertainty, instructors must understand the obstacles students are facing that could impact their learning, according to Omid Fotuhi. Among other suggestions, he advises faculty to be attuned to the difficulties students may experience when using new technologies, account for the different ways people learn, and create norms and structures that enable them to connect. (The EvoLLLution)
Maintaining the Campus Experience in the Time of Social Distancing
Steven Mintz notes the traditional campus experience will likely be lacking come fall. In order to provide some semblance of the experience, Mintz suggests “Campus Lite,” in which students participate in learning and extracurriculars in small groups, or “The Digital Campus,” where institutions facilitate greater student-faculty online interaction and make high-impact teaching practices integral to the academic experiences, among other ideas. (Higher Ed Gamma)
Beating Pandemic Burnout
Having experienced burnout herself, Rebecca Pope-Ruark sees the signs in colleagues during the pandemic. She advises others to rearticulate the purpose of their work and their values, practice compassion toward others and oneself, connect with students and other faculty, strive to achieve some semblance of work-life balance, and believe that you and others are doing the best you can. (Inside Higher Ed)
College Campuses Must Reopen in the Fall. Here’s How We Do It.
“Colleges and universities must be able to safely handle the possibility of infection on campus while maintaining the continuity of their core academic functions,” writes Christina Paxson, president of Brown University. Paxson believes academic institutions must reopen in the fall and proposes a path forward. For example, she suggests that they must be sensitive to the challenges of controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus and conduct rapid testing for all students. (The New York Times)
Why You Shouldn’t Try to Replicate Your Classroom Teaching Online
Many instructors initially worried that the quick transition to remote learning would give online learning a bad name. Others are having trouble replicating their courses in a video-conferencing environment. Robin DeRosa shares online tools for connecting with students differently from how they could in a face-to-face environment, including the app Hypothesis, which allows people to socially annotate texts, and urges faculty to make decisions about their courses in an informed way. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)
Welcome, New Partners!
We are excited to welcome our newest institutional members, Bryant University, City University of New York, Essex County College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida College System, New Mexico State University, San Antonio College, Southeastern University, The California State University System, The Texas A&M University System, University of Missouri System, and University of New Hampshire. We look forward to working with you to credential your faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement and learning!
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