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August 13, 2020
NC Student Success Center Partners with ACUE to Ensure High-Quality, Equitable Education

The North Carolina Student Success Center (NCSSC) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) have partnered to advance student achievement across the North Carolina Community College System. Through ACUE’s nationally-recognized credentialing programs, faculty will develop evidence-based teaching practices for online instruction to ensure a high-quality, equitable college education is available to students.

The need for best practices in online teaching and strategies for achieving equity is more apparent than ever,” said Susan Barbitta, executive director of the NC Student Success Center. “With such an urgent issue, we were eager to offer our faculty the tools they—and their students—need to succeed."

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Back to Class: Growth Mindset

"Back to Class" means something different during a global pandemic. Nevertheless, faculty are as dedicated as ever to the success of their students.

In a series of "Back to Class" posts, Laurie Pendleton, ACUE's executive director of curriculum and assessment, shares resources to use with students—whether in a classroom or a virtual learning environment—to support deeper engagement and learning.

Growth MindsetDr. Carol Dweck and her colleagues are credited with studying the impact of having a "growth mindset." In short, students who are able to view setbacks and failures as opportunities for growth actually develop their brains to become smarter and more resilient, leading to higher levels of achievement. 

We invite you to read the post, download the student resource, and watch a video about growth mindset.

Download the student resource

Meeting Student Success Goals During a Crisis

Higher education faced an abrupt shift to emergency remote instruction just months ago. This, coupled with other changing dynamics in a volatile world, left many institutions and faculty scrambling.

Rebecca KaroffRebecca Karoff, PhD, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at The University of Texas System (UT), and Susan Cates, CEO of ACUE, recently joined Sherri Hughes, assistant vice president of professional learning at the American Council on Education (ACE), for a conversation on how the UT System is making meaningful progress on student success goals in a volatile and stressful time for students, faculty, and institutions.

Read these Key Takeaways from the conversation, during which Karoff and Cates offered insights into balancing immediate needs with future strategic planning.

Read key insights

Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit

By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty create learning environments where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to achieve at high levels.

To support instructors in creating inclusive learning environments, ACUE created a set of free resources—including videos and downloadable planning guides—that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These practices are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom.

Discover the toolkit
Make a Difference This Fall
You can make a difference this fall—for yourself and your students.

ACUE’s proven learning design, which includes implementation and reflection of research-based teaching practices, is most effective while faculty are actively teaching. 

Enroll in a 6-week microcredential course to become a better instructor—whether you've been teaching for years or you're new to the college classroom (physical or virtual).

It's not too late!

August 22: Inspiring Inquiry and Lifelong Learning in Your Online Course

August 22: Designing Student-Centered Courses

September 19: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

September 19: Promoting Active Learning Online

September 19: Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners
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Partner News
Metropolitan State University of Denver: The Center for Teaching, Learning and Design is partnering with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to layer anti-racist and inclusive pedagogy on top of ACUE's Effective Online Teaching Practices course. (Early Bird)

University of Wisconsin-Parkside: UW-Parkside has been actively offering professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. And with many courses shifting to an online environment, the skills and techniques gained from these opportunities are sure to come in handy. "Reflection is a major portion of the course and this dialogue and sharing of experience tends to be very beneficial," says Jim Robinson. (Racine County Eye)

Community College of Rhode Island: CCRI Engligh Professor Holly Susi was named an ACUE fellow after completing the Effective Teaching Practices course. (The Valley Breeze)

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Fostering an Inclusive Classroom
Tracie Marcella Addy, Derek Dube, and Khadijah A. Mitchell developed a survey for learners to voluntarily, anonymously share items they wanted their instructors to know at their institutions. The institutions and instructors then took small steps to make their courses more equitable, including highlighting diverse individuals in their fields. Students appreciated the efforts, with one noting, “It made people feel more included and represented in the classroom.” (Inside Higher Ed)

Making Remote Learning Relevant
Colleges can’t offer “business as usual” during the pandemic, according to Cathy N. Davidson and Dianne Harris. Instead, they write, this is the time to embrace different methods — particularly those that can demonstrate how the material is essential for understanding the current landscape. One suggestion they offer includes having teams consisting of members from multiple departments to enable students to grapple with the challenges of our time. (Inside Higher Ed)
What Colleges Need to Do Differently if They're Staying Remote
Leaders and faculty share lessons they’ve learned to help them improve the upcoming academic year. To address the lack of social connections, Florida State University set up an online portal giving students remote access to services such as advising and remote social activities. Meanwhile, to fill in income gaps for students who work on campus, Spelman College got donations to allow faculty to hire students as remote research assistants. (The Edge)
How to Assess Learning in a Pandemic
Professors Susan D. Blum and Tony Crider discuss approaches to measuring learning during COVID-19. Blum says her research into the topic found that plagiarism tends to be an educational and motivation problem and therefore suggests instructors create meaningful, engaging work and assess it using an “ungrading” approach—measuring learning that takes place and making grading a discussion between the instructor and student. Crider has embraced “epic finales,” which prompt students to apply their learning to new contexts. (EdSurge)
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Preparing for the Unknown
Justin Harding, senior director for instructional design and new media for Arizona State University’s (ASU) EdPlus, calls the changing dynamics in higher education “a chance to make changes to enhance the learning experience.” As part of this effort, the team has created a catalog of webinars on topics like active-learning experiences in the online space. This is just one of the many ways higher education is preparing for the coming semester. (EdTech)
Safety Tops List of Most Pressing Concerns for College and University Presidents
According to the American Council on Education’s (ACE) most recent Pulse Point survey, “safety protocols for the fall related to COVID-19” tops the list of concerns for college and university presidents. Enrollment and student mental health are also important issues for these leaders. Many of those surveyed are working through how to provide quality instruction amidst uncertainty. (ACE
Welcome to ACUE!
We are excited to welcome our newest institutional members: Arkansas Community Colleges and North / Far North Regional Consortium. 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!

We also are excited to welcome to ACUE:
Cindy Blackwell, PhD, Academic Director
Sarah Diehl, Program Evaluation Manager
Lisa Hammonds, EdD, Academic Director
Robin Luxton, Academic Support Manager
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