From Goucher College President José Bowen: Using Feedback From Students to Improve Your Teaching

José Bowen, president of Goucher College (MD), says encouraging his college instructors to take risks is crucial to promote a culture of teaching on campus. Dr. Bowen recently spoke with the Association of College and University Educator about how instructors can use student feedback to improve their teaching, a topic he discusses in depth as a subject matter expert for ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices.

The Potential of Degree Reclamation

In 2015, more than 35 million Americans aged 25 and older had completed some college but had not completed a degree. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), examines how two degree-reclamation initiatives, Project Win-Win and Credit When It’s Due, can be scaled up to the national level.

Seeking Better Student Outcomes? Start With Improving Instructional Quality

As the focus in higher education becomes more concentrated on student outcomes, the impact of instructional quality on student retention, persistence and success rates—and institutional efficiency—has come to the fore.

VIDEO: How an Engagement Trigger at the Start of Class Improves Student Engagement

Bonita Veysey is leading a cohort of faculty who are enrolled in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which launched this semester as a cornerstone initiative of Rutgers University–Newark’s P3 Collaboratory. Vesey andAlexander Sannella spoke with The Newark Times about teaching practices they’ve learned and implemented and the immediate response they’re seeing from students.

Equity Attainment Gaps Growing in Most States

A recent blog post from Young Invincibles examines equity gaps between white, African American and Latino students. Data shows that over the past 10 years, educational attainment gaps between white and African American students widened in 38 of the 45 states, and the gap between white and Latino students widened in 39 states and DC.

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2017 Trend Report

The Pell Institute and PennAHEAD recently released the annual Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States report for 2017. According to the report, equity gaps remain in American higher education. The cost of college has continued to increase, and yet, Pell Grants do not cover the same proportion of the average cost of college as they once have.

NOVA-Mason Partnership Provides Guided Pathways for Transfer Students

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College have expanded upon an existing partnership to provide “guided pathways” for transfer students through ADVANCE: A NOVA Mason Partnership.

Institutions, Students and Degree Production: Increases Over the Past Decade

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy has released an updated version its Basic Facts About U.S. Higher Education Today infographic as part of the Higher Education Spotlight series. This analysis examines the diversity of the higher education landscape, student outcomes, and the widespread payoffs of a college education.

Bringing “America’s Promise” to Rural Communities in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia

Tucked in the hills of rural Hardy County, West Virginia lies a small college with a big vision: to breathe life and bring jobs to the Appalachia region. Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College in Moorefield is one of the latest recipients of a $3.6 million America’s Promise Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, given through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

New Gates Foundation Podcast: Innovation, Equity, and Excellence

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success team recently released the first episode in its new podcast, To a Degree. Moderated by Casey Green from The Campus Computing Project, the podcast will feature higher education professionals, institutions and organizations discussing various issues related to postsecondary innovation, policy, practice and success.

Tara Turley: Student of the Year Award Represents Possibility for Adults Returning to Education

Tara Turley, a single mother and electrician who employed her skills to assist her flood-ravaged West Virginia community, received ACE’s 2016 Student of the Year March 13 at ACE2017. In her acceptance speech, Turley said the award “represents all the hardworking men and women that I stand next to every day in the field, it represents… Read more »

Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García: “Diversity Is the Key to the American Dream for All of Us”

Watch Mildred García, president of California State University, Fullerton, accept the 2017 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award March 14 at ACE2017.