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September 5, 2019

New Certificate to Strengthen Guided Pathways


Nationwide, the guided pathways movement is helping more students succeed. But as Sova co-founders Alison Kadlec and Paul Markham observe, “not nearly enough has been done to meet faculty where they are, speak to their interests, and bring them into this work as true partners.”

To bolster faculty engagement—for the strongest possible impact on student success—ACUE and Sova are developing a new certificate in guided pathways implementation. This credential will focus on best practices that ensure student learning and persistence to completion—pillars three and four of the pathways model.

Sova supports higher education organizations across the country in efforts to scale evidence-based student success initiatives. It provides facilitation support to the Pathways Partner Collaborative, a group of leading student success-focused organizations responsible for supporting the implementation and scale of guided pathways nationwide.

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Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted: Grading Participation
“I started asking faculty why they graded Harry Brighouseparticipation and what they counted. The standard response was that you have to grade it, ‘otherwise students won’t talk.’ I was skeptical,” writes Harry Brighouse, Mildred Fish Harnack Professor of Philosophy and Carol Dickson Bascom Professor of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a regular contributor to the ACUE Community of Professional Practice.

In this exploration of grading students’ participation, Brighouse examines the constraints—due to the “human limitations on us all”—of equating participation and talking, suggests a broader take, and encourages us to “become more acute observers of the other and rich forms of participation outside of discussion.”
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Teaching in Higher Ed: Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan

Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan discuss inclusified evaluation through ACUE’s collaboration with Bonni Stachowiak's Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education

Fall Course Prep
Faculty share how they are gearing up for Fall semester. One instructor describes how she is “reinventing the wheel” by changing her readings and assignments and adding a diversity, equity, and inclusion strand to her courses. Another is preparing to teach a course that came about as a result of students voicing the need for a policy-making course dealing with race, class, and gender. (University of Venus)

Explaining the Value of the Liberal Arts
Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, believes a liberal arts education prepares students with the skills necessary for having meaningful careers and making contributions to society. In a survey of 500 CEOs and 500 hiring managers, the AAC&U found that employers believe in the value of a liberal education. (EdSurge)

Coaching Through College
According to federal data, low-income students are less likely than their peers to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Many institutions are looking for ways to close this graduation gap with programs like Catalyze. Through Catalyze, students are coached by young alumni from similar socioeconomic backgrounds who serve as point people for issues they experience and help them navigate resources on campus, such as academic tutoring. (Inside Higher Ed)

How to Cut College Dropout Rates
Seeking to address the college dropout issue, CUNY instituted the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative at its community colleges. Through ASAP, students receive support including course schedules that accommodate advising and work and family responsibilities. Fifty-three percent of ASAP students earned their associate’s degrees within three years, and now CUNY is testing the program at John Jay College, attempting to replicate the results at four-year colleges — with initially positive findings. (The New York Times)

Re: Hellllllp!!!!
Finding that many students don’t know how to compose concise, grammatically correct, and contextually appropriate emails, some instructors are teaching students how to email them at the beginning of the semester. For example, many suggest treating it like a business letter and personalizing the email, such as by referring to a comment from class. Ultimately, though, faculty should accept that there’s no one right way to communicate and have compassion for students who make mistakes, according to senior lecturer Jesse Stommel. (Inside Higher Ed)

Partner News

Ohio University Southern: OUS faculty members selected for new initiative (Ironton Tribune)
West Virginia University: WVU Celebrate: Fostering a Culture of Professional Development (YouTube)

Photos of the Week

Congratulations to the ACUE credentialed faculty at Albion College, University of Colorado Denver, and Indian River State College! (Above, clockwise from left.)
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