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April 30, 2021

Quality Teaching a 'Crucial Lever' in California's Dev Ed Reform

CCSFIn California, the work to systematically overhaul remedial education is well underway. Implementation of the policy-enabled changes is still early and far from complete, but the positive impact was immediately apparent after just the first year. Community college completion rates increased significantly across student demographic segments, and at the California State University (CSU), nearly 7,800 more students completed college-level math courses—compared to 950 students the previous year.

Increasingly, faculty are seen as a crucial lever for implementing strategies that increase student retention, completion and graduation.

Grant Goold, a full-time faculty member at American River College who in 2017 who was tapped by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to help the system implement the Strong Workforce Program, said, "Once I started to really look at the quality of instruction, I found that many of our faculty were not exposed to professional-level, high quality development in pedagogy." 

Following the implementation and measurement of impact of ACUE programs across the system, Grant shared, “The proof is in the pudding. We had incredible outcomes. We had a shift in mindset for many of our faculty.”

Read about California's efforts

Congratulations! Reflect on Your Accomplishments

LinkedIn video
Check out this great ACUE celebration video from Erin Whitteck, who facilitated the ACUE course at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis this year. She created it for her faculty cohort colleagues who took the course and earned credentials in Effective College Instruction. Congratulations!

CUNY Chancellor Emeritus Remembrance of Vartan Gregorian

Image of Vartan GregorianACUE is saddened to mark the passing of Dr. Vartan Gregorian, a legendary figure in the world of education and long-time president of The Carnegie Corporation of New York. ACUE was first brought to Dr. Gregorian's attention by CUNY Chancellor Emeritus Matthew Goldstein, who received the Corporation's 2007 Academic Leadership Award. Goldstein also served as founding chairman of ACUE’s board of advisors and shares his remembrances.
Read Matthew's memorium

Open Enrollment Courses: Enrolling Summer 2021

Learning DesignRecharge over the summer—with ACUE.

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  • Delivered fully online through a facilitated faculty learning community
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Discover summer opportunities

Seen on Social
We love seeing faculty share their badges and credentials on social media. Tag @ACUE_HQ for a chance to be featured.

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Biden Proposes Free Community College, Pell Expansion
On April 28, 2021, President Biden proposed a plan to make community college free, saying it will help strengthen the economy. The American Families Plan allocates $109 billion for two years of free community college, $80 billion for Pell Grants, and $62 billion for a grant program to improve completion and retention, among other components to help students attend and graduate from college. (Inside Higher Ed)

How to Stand Up for Equity in Higher Education
In order to advance equity on college campus, Steven Mintz urges institutions to take steps such as conducting an equity audit, creating a more inclusive curriculum — one that includes different perspectives and interpretations — and reconceptualizing pedagogy and assessment with intentionality and a holistic, multipronged approach. (Higher Ed Gamma)

The ‘Motivating Presence’ of Professors and Peers
During the pandemic, many instructors have missed being together with their students. In fact, research shows that instructors create the conditions for learning, with human contact playing a huge role in students’ decisions. Beckie Supiano suggests colleges work to build community online. For example, Los Angeles Pacific University, operating online, has created channels on an app for students to connect over common interests. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)

5 Things that Forced Me to Reevaluate My Instruction During the Pandemic
Luisa Ferriera spent the pandemic, in part, taking a hard look at her pedagogy. Some of the lessons she learned include how and why to keep humor alive during Zoom classes, understanding which resources she had at her disposal, and acknowledging her strengths — as well as encouraging her students to do the same. (eCampus News)

Engaging with Students in Uncertain Times
In an interview, Hal Higdon discusses how Ozarks Technical Community College has coped with challenges of teaching and learning remotely. For instance, the institution created a flow sheet and script to call and check in with students about issues they were facing. They’re also connecting students to advisors who are tasked with getting them to graduation, as well as supporting and building trust with faculty. (The EvoLLLution)

We Are Not OK and We Need Your Help
Student Joseph Maronski reminds the higher education community that students are struggling with their mental health and need support. Based on what he’s seen at High Point University, he suggests that institutions stay honest with students and admit their own sense of uncertainty. The school, he writes, has also instituted new activities and programs to give students opportunities to decompress and destress, such as organizing a carnival. (Inside Higher Ed)

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