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April 1, 2021

Florida College System Schools Creating Change

Logos of IRSC, Broward College, Tallahassee Community CollegeIn 2013, Florida became one of the first states in the country to enact legislation to take significant action on developmental education reform. Senate Bill 1720 dramatically changed the landscape for public higher education in Florida. Implementation of the aggressive policy fell to the 28 member colleges and universities under the Florida College System (FCS).

Indian River State College took a comprehensive approach to ensure faculty are partners in student-centered innovation.

Broward College sought to remove barriers to post-secondary completion by leaning on its Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning.

Tallahassee Community College is laying a foundation to incorporate comprehensive faculty learning opportunities into its recipe for student success.

Read about the innovations

Faculty: We Can't Pour From an Empty Cup

Headshot of Lindsay Wright.Dr. Lindsay Wright, ACUE-credentialed associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator in the School of Child and Family Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), is passionate about setting an example, not only for her colleagues but also her students—one of self-care. 

“Our jobs are stressful and the work is demanding, but to best serve our students, we need to set boundaries for ourselves,” she says. “As faculty, we need to be role models for our students and for one another. You don’t need to be working constantly to be successful in your career. The fact I’ve been able to earn tenure while setting personal boundaries is proof of that."

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Wright started applying some of those self-care principles she was using personally on a professional level with her students.
Read Wright's take on self-care

ACUE at CCCAOE Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

What’s something that recently made you smile?

Faculty who took part in the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) Conference session featuring ACUE-credentialed faculty Mari Morris Mas and Hollie Fortkamp from Santa Rosa Junior College said it could be the sun, cats, flowers, or even a delicious donut.

The brain warm-up was the beginning of an interactive discussion on evidence-based, inclusive teaching practices led by ACUE Academic Director Martha Bless.
Watch the recording

Impact Spotlight: Accountability Method
Data, research, and insights showcasing ACUE's impact at partner institutions

In Connecting the Dots, ACUE researchers present an accountability method to evaluate the impact of faculty development on teaching practices and student outcomes. This six-level evaluation approach is grounded in the industry training model of Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick (2007) and informed by Guskey’s (2000) and Hines’s (2011) application to educational settings. 

This approach guides ACUE's research that fully connects the link between faculty development, changes in teaching practices, and the consequent impact on student outcomes.
Read the paper

Community Spotlight
Faculty and administrators share their experiences with ACUE.

To advance the student-focused culture at the College of Lake County, more than 50 faculty members engaged in ACUE's program in effective teaching practices. Here's what some of them had to say about the experience.

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast: Florida Coffee Shop

In the latest episode of Teaching in Higher Ed, Bonni Stachowiak talks with Jodi Robson and Michelle Levine about their community of professional practice, the Coffee Shop. ACUE's Barbara Rodriguez joins the conversation as well.
Listen to the episode

Open Enrollment Info Session: April 8

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. This session will be most helpful for faculty who are considering a microcredential course for themselves.

  • Designed for all types of college faculty
  • Delivered fully online through a facilitated faculty learning community
Register for the info session

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Life Expectancy in Adulthood Is Falling for Those Without a BA degree, but as Educational Gaps Have Widened, Racial Gaps Have Narrowed
According to a new study, those who earn a bachelor’s degree have life expectancies an average of three years longer than those who don’t. Researchers analyzed data for people ages 25-84 between 1990 and 2018, controlling for factors beyond “old age.” Meanwhile, racial mortality gaps are narrowing. (Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)

10 Habits to Humanize Online Classrooms
“Antiracist pedagogy itself is grounded in the work of humanizing,” Amaarah DeCuir writes. DeCuir has developed 10 habits to humanize the classroom and embody antiracist pedagogy, including acknowledging the historical and ongoing impacts of systemic racism, checking in on people’s lived realities, and addressing contemporary issues. (Inside Higher Ed)

It’s Time to Rethink Higher Education
Brian Rosenberg wonders how far colleges are willing to go to mitigate the current crisis and challenge assumptions. He suggests beginning with the question of higher education’s impact on society, opining that it should lead to a equitability, innovation, and economic security. For example, he envisions reorganizing majors such that the courses are interrelated with other disciplines to better prepare students to grapple with real-world problems. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

COVID-Era College: Are Students Satisfied?
A Student Voice survey finds that students are ambivalent about the return to campus and college as a whole. For example, nearly one-third of surveyed students say they “never want to take another class via Zoom,” and 80% are struggling with motivation to complete coursework or attend classes. Meanwhile, nearly half say they spend more time studying or working on assignments, (Inside Higher Ed)

Accessibility in a COVID-19 World
As a disability services professional, Kam Williams knows that weathering the pandemic requires flexibility. Before COVID-19, she writes, students with disabilities already faced barriers to access and equity, adding that institutions will need to continue offering flexible online learning formats to ensure inclusivity. Meanwhile, according to Williams, faculty must also take students’ individual needs into account when making recommendations and accommodations. (The EvoLLLution)

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