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May 28, 2021

In New York, Accelerating Developmental Education Reform

Across New York, both the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) have been overhauling their development education, removing or minimizing standardized placement tests and giving greater weight to students’ high school grades, a key predictor of success in college. The results were immediately apparent. Both CUNY and SUNY  immediately saw dramatic improvements in the numbers of students who placed into, and passed, credit-bearing courses.
Read about NY schools' student success efforts

Celebrating Faculty Achievements
Congratulations to all the ACUE-credentialed faculty who have completed ACUE courses and microcredential programs this year. Here are just some of the creative ways that college and universities are recognizing their faculty.

A group of 30 Utah State University instructors recently finished a 25-week Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) course. Each instructor was pinned during a virtual graduation ceremony for the course. In advance of the event, ACUE facilitator Shelley Arnold, Coordinator in USU’s Office of Empowering and Teaching Excellence, traversed the state to hand-deliver framed Certificates in Effective College Instruction.

Congratulations to the 2021 ACUE Honorees from Shasta College and College of the Desert who earned their Certificates in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education.

Check out their 2021 ACUE Yearbook publications to see a full list of the ACUE-credentialed educators and remarks by college leadership:

Student and Faculty Mental Health: Q&A With Dr. Sarah Lipson

Headshot of Dr. Sarah LipsonStudent mental health is a growing issue at colleges and universities. According to the Healthy Minds Study, in fall 2020, nearly 50% of students nationwide had clinically-significant symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Given the state of mental health in college student populations, there is a need to identify students in distress and to help those in need connect with helpful resources.

Last year ACUE and Active Minds teamed up to release Creating a Culture of Caring: Practical Approaches for College and University Faculty to Support Student Wellbeing and Mental Health. The report highlights the important role that faculty can play and offers an important resource to complement institutional resources.

We’re excited to continue this important conversation with an interview with Dr. Sarah Lipson, who shares insights from her research and on the connection between academic performance and student mental health.

Read the Q&A with Dr. Lipson

Open Enrollment Courses: Enrolling Summer 2021

Recharge over the summer—with ACUE.Learning Design

Elevate your teaching and earn microcredentials through ACUE’s Open Enrollment Courses.

  • Designed for all types of college faculty
  • Delivered fully online through a facilitated faculty learning community
  • Based on ACUE's research-based learning design
  • Short, 6-week courses
  • $600 per course enrollment
Apply today

REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit June 9-10, 2021

Join us 6/10/21 at 10:00 AM PST for our session: Empowering Faculty to Create a Better Normal and Live Q&A. 

Amid disruption and hardship, faculty reached students this past year in new and creative ways, to help them engage and keep learning. From this experience, what should we take forward to welcome back students to a “better normal”? Join this panel of faculty to discuss how professional development in effective teaching practices this year empowered them to make a meaningful impact on their students. During the discussion, the panel will share teaching practices they will continue to carry forward to create inclusive, effective virtual learning environments—ones that you can also implement in your courses.

Register today

ACUE Community: In the News

Open Stax: David Harris, editor in chief of OpenStax, answered questions with Inside Higher Ed's Joshua Kim. (Inside Higher Ed)

Husson University School of Pharmacy: This school profile highlights ACUE-credentialed educators at Husson University. (Pharmacy Times)

The University of Texas at San Antonio: Fifty-six faculty members from across UTSA participated in ACUE's course in Effective Teaching Practices. (UTSA Today)

New Mexico State University: NMSU named Rebecca Campbell, PhD as associate provost for academic administration. Campbell is an ACUE-certified educator. (El Paso Herald-Post)

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

What Students Want Instructors to Know About Responsive Teaching
At Bryn Mawr College, the Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT) program, established in 2006, connects students with faculty to help them strengthen their teaching. Students Maria Bohan and Hurum M. Tohfa discuss insights from the program, encouraging instructors to remember students’ humanity, consider what’s most important for students to know, and think about challenges first-generation students face. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)

15 Ways That Online Education Advances Learning
Joshua Kim offers a list of reasons why colleges and universities should prioritize online education. They include the fact that it responds to student demand for flexibility, it enhances accessibility, and it promotes collaboration and communication skills. (Learning Innovation)

Students Struggling With Mental Health Often Confide in Professors. Faculty Want More Guidance on How to Help.
In a year largely shaped by a pandemic, faculty have encountered numerous students who are struggling with mental health issues. But while they’re willing to help, according to a report by Boston University School of Public Health, the Healthy Minds Network, and the Mary Christie Foundation, they don’t often know how. The report findings suggest that colleges should support faculty in assisting students in distress. (The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students give passing grades to pandemic learning
A Digital Learning Pulse Survey shows that a majority of students give pandemic learning an “A” grade, higher than the “B” most faculty and administrators award it. The survey also found that students are more optimistic about online learning than they were pre-pandemic. (eCampus News)

What Will College Look Like This September?
No one wants to relive the past academic year, Betsy Corcoran writes, but that doesn’t mean the past year can’t inform the future. For example, at Arizona State University, faculty are sharing stories about what pedagogical practices worked best online, and the provost’s office created a resource collection to support faculty. (EdSurge)

Summer Schedule
ACUE will be moving to a monthly newsletter for the remainder of the summer. Check your inboxes on: June 10, July 8, August 12, and September 2.
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