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March 19, 2021

Three Colorado Schools With a Common Goal: Student Success and Equity

Logos of CCA, UC Denver, and MSU DenverIn Colorado, higher education leaders have been laying the foundation for developmental education reform for nearly a decade. The first co-requisite offerings began rolling out in 2016.

With growing urgency, several Colorado institutions have recognized that their strategies for advancing success for every student must include a focus on quality instruction.

Discover how three Colorado institutions are creating inclusive learning environments leading to more equitable student outcomes, particularly among students who need the most support.

Read about equity in Colorado

Join us! ACE Annual Meeting


ACE and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) have collaborated since 2016 to advance student success through effective college instruction.

We welcome you to join the conversation during one of our sessions:

We look forward to seeing you there!
Learn more about ACUE events at ACE2021

Impact Spotlight: Online Teaching Resources 
Data, research, and insights showcasing ACUE's impact at partner institutions

These resources have been viewed more than 225,000 times and counting. We invite you to revisit these resources on our website:
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Community Spotlight
Faculty and administrators share their experiences with ACUE.

What does effective online instruction look like for community colleges?

This video features faculty from Dallas College, Community College of San Francisco, Community College of Rhode Island, and Maricopa Community Colleges, as well as students, reflecting on the online learning experience.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty share effective online teaching practices in this video.
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Last Chance to Register! March Open Enrollment Courses

Teaching online? Face-to-face? Hybrid? HyFlex?

ACUE can give you new ideas, confidence, and support through Open Enrollment Courses in evidence-based teaching practices.

  • Designed for all types of college faculty
  • Delivered fully online through a facilitated faculty learning community
  • Learn more during an Open Enrollment Information Session
View upcoming courses

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

By Putting Tensions on Stage, Colleges Aim to Change Campus Culture
Applied theater programs at a number of institutions are helping make the culture more inclusive for people who feel marginalized in academica. Through original sketches and shows, actors model conflicts in college settings, and academic members of the audience participate in facilitated discussions about how to address them, helping them grapple with these issues and identify resolutions. (EdSurge)


A Serious Look at Fun in College Classrooms
COVID has introduced new stressors to students’ lives, according to Sharon Lauricella and T. Keith Edmunds, including social isolation. They believe play and fun have a “rightful and important role” in the classroom and advocate ludic pedagogy, which focuses on creating fun experiences while maintaining academic rigor. They offer five recommendations, including injecting humor, gamifying learning, bringing in social opportunities, and more.  (Inside Higher Ed)


6 Things We Can’t Afford to Lose When Campus Life Resumes
College life will never fully return to normal, Rob Jenkins writes, but in his opinion, that’s not an entirely bad thing. Considering how much we’ve learned in the past year, he believes there are some elements of the new learning atmosphere that higher education should maintain, such as small-group work. “Much of what we do in higher education, technically, can be done online just as easily as in person and in some cases more efficiently and more accessibly,” he writes. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)


How One Professor Uses Slack for Teaching
In an interview with Joshua Kim, George Ehrhardt explains how he uses Slack in his teaching. The political science professor mainly uses the platform to facilitate student-student interaction, creating private channels to allow students to meet virtually outside of class and even create their own channels. He also liveblogs via Slack, and students can drop in during events like election night to read his thoughts. (Learning Innovation)


How One Small College Exemplifies Higher Education’s Problems and Potential Solutions
Grappling with challenges like falling enrollment in light of the pandemic, Emmanuel College is making changes to attract and retain students, such as providing significant aid. It’s also part of a consortium with other schools in the area, in which institutions pool programs and share course offerings and certain facilities. Additionally, Emmanuel is expanding science and health programs to better connect students with cutting-edge research and medical establishments. (The Hechinger Report)

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