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July 29, 2022
ACUE's Board of Advisors: Why I'm Joining ACUE

Earlier this summer, we shared that 18 higher ed leaders have joined ACUE’s Advisory Board to help advance our mission: student success and equity through quality instruction, in every class. We wanted you to hear directly from a few members about why they’re joining:

Dr. Levy Brown

Dr. Brown is the Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at the North Carolina Community College System. He is joining because he believes ACUE’s “game-changing” impact can make a positive difference in higher ed nationwide.

Hear from Dr. Brown
Dr. Levy Brown
Dr. Rebecca Karoff

Dr. Karoff is the Associate Vice Chancellor for The University of Texas System. She is joining because she believes in the power of systems to help colleges and universities take student success through quality teaching to scale.

Hear from Dr. Karoff
Dr. Rebecca Karoff
Dr. Laura Ortiz

Dr. Ortiz is the Dean for Faculty Development and Engagement at Waubonsee Community College. She is joining because she believes that all faculty should be supported by a community of practice.

Hear from Dr. Ortiz
Dr. Laura Ortiz
Dr. Kristina Ruiz-Mesa

Dr. Ruiz-Mesa is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Cal State LA. She is joining because she is passionate about ensuring all students feel a sense of belonging in college.

Hear from Dr. Ruiz-Mesa
Dr. Kristina Ruiz-Mesa
Dr. Amber Ward

Dr. Ward is the Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Delaware State University. She is joining to showcase and strengthen quality teaching at HBCUs across the country.

Hear from Dr. Ward
Pioneering Educators at North Carolina A&T

“For faculty who complete the program, the impact on student learning is clear: Students in classes taught by ACUE-credentialed faculty experience higher retention rates and increased learning,” said Dr. Audrey Dentith of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) at the college’s first ACUE pinning ceremony. “This is particularly significant among students of color and first-generation students.”

NC A&T's first ACUE cohort.

ACUE's partnership with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) began less than a year ago and already the success and enthusiasm of these pioneering educators have paved the way for many more faculty to participate. Fast forward to this summer — we came together to celebrate this first cohort’s successful completion during NC A&T’s first ACUE Pinning Ceremony.

North Carolina A&T's Center for Teaching Excellence deserves a lot of credit for the partnership's success and growing impact. From day one, Dr. Audrey Dentith, the center's director, and her team have shown a commitment to putting quality teaching at the heart of student success. With support from institutional leadership, including Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson, interim provost and executive vice-chancellor of academic affairs, ACUE is helping to scale these efforts. 

Congratulations to the newly ACUE Certified faculty members! We look forward to continued success in the months and years to come. 

The Student Lens: "I'm Worth Reading About"
Welcome back to The Student Lens, a series that elevates students’ voices and illustrates — without a doubt — that they recognize and feel the power of effective teaching.

In Episode 4, you’ll hear from Marshelle, a student at Cal State East Bay, about how Professor Ireland, who is ACUE Certified, encouraged her to persist by communicating confidence in her writing ability, ultimately inspiring her to pursue one of her lifelong goals.

Episode 4 of ACUE's "The Student Lens" series
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Telling a Campus Impact Story

Colleagues at the AASCU meeting. How can colleges and universities drive student success and equity — and also tell a powerful data-driven impact story about it? 

At our American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Summer Meeting focus group last weekend, we heard from higher ed leaders about the types of eye-popping impact stories they seek to tell.

As our participants made crystal clear: effective teaching matters, and it is key to driving greater student outcomes. At the same time, college and university leaders need to be able to tell powerful stories centered on data and rigorous evaluation. That’s what ACUE has focused on since our inception.

At AASCU, Dr. Amy L. Chasteen shared The University of Southern Mississippi's powerful story. In 2016, USM launched the ACUE Faculty Development Institute, working hand-in-hand with ACUE to lead high-quality, large-scale research to measure the direct impact of ACUE Certified faculty on student outcomes. 

The result? ACUE partners like USM can point to measurable outcomes: higher student retention, completion rates and achievement, lower DFW rates, narrowed and closed equity gaps as a result of their investment in their faculty.

USM Partnership Story
Key Developments in Higher Ed
How Colleges Can Avoid the Dreaded Data Dump
Colleges have plenty of data but what does that data mean when it comes to improving completion rates, access, and equity? Mamie Voight, president and CEO of the Institution for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), joins the podcast and talks with Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer about IHEP’s work on Capitol Hill in support of students, including through the College Transparency Act, and offers suggestions for colleges looking to avoid the dreaded “data dump.” 

ACE's dot.eduNew Proposed Title IX Regulations are Here. Now What?
Jonand Sarahupdate listeners on recent policy developments as Congress heads toward the August recess, then ACE's Anne Meehan and Peter McDonough talk about what the newly proposed Title IX regulations mean for college campuses and the effort to address and prevent sex-based discrimination. ​​​​​

Breaking the Grip of the College Rankings Game
Colin Diver, author of Breaking Ranks: How the Rankings Industry Rules Higher Education and What to Do about It, visits the podcast to talk about how U.S. News & World Report and other rankings force colleges into standardized hierarchies and threaten the institutional diversity and social mobility that is the hallmark of American higher education. 

Additionally, the House passed two bills last week that seek to address the growing mental health crisis on college campuses. The legislation, which is endorsed by ACE and a number of other higher education groups, was approved with bipartisan support. Learn more.

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Faculty Focus on Belonging Can Improve Student Experiences and Grades, Report Finds

The Student Experience Project surveyed 10,000 students across the country and found when learning environments promote social belonging, students are more likely to take advantage of campus resources and succeed in college. Moreover, the project emphasizes that faculty are essential to improving the student experience and can do so with the right resources and institutional support. (Higher Ed Dive)

5 Ways Online Learning Benefited Some Students

Karen Powell Sears reminds educators of some key benefits of remote learning. For example, she believes that remote classes accommodated students with disabilities in ways that a physical classroom could not. She also opines that virtual learning places students on equal footing and is more inclusive in many cases. (Inside Higher Ed)

Teaching: A New Approach to Supporting Faculty Members This Fall

According to Andrea Aebersold, after months of pandemic teaching, faculty at the University of California at Irvine were “completely burned out and experiencing compassion fatigue.” So, she and a colleague proposed a new position: pedagogical wellness specialist. This position involves working with faculty on teaching practices with an eye on students’ mental health, as well as advocating for instructors. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)

10 Arguments for Inciting Learning

Research shows that active learning methods are more effective than traditional modes, write Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis, who outline how the approach incites students to learn. According to the authors, active learning is rigorous, empowering, effective, accessible, and equitable. They also describe how specific activities, such as think-pair-share, are widely applicable. (Inside Higher Ed)

If a Recession Hits, Community College Enrollment May Worsen—Plan Now

With a potential recession on the horizon, Shalin Jyotishi proposes that community college leaders should see it as an opportunity to convince students to come back to school. Ideas include improving the quality of workforce offerings and wraparound services, along with focusing on “earn and learn” opportunities. (New America)


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