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.

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.

How Higher Education Leaders Are Making Great Teaching A Priority On Their Campuses

How can institutions ensure that effective instruction is a key component of their student success plans? That question was at the center of a lively discussion at ACE2017 on Sunday afternoon. In the concurrent session “Great Teaching Is No Longer Optional,” college and university leaders shared fresh insights on how they are implementing new programs… Read more »

Diverse Faculty for Diverse Students: How Two Leaders Are Transforming Their Approach

As a Latino and an equity-minded scholar, I often find myself engaged in conversations and attending conference sessions on topics of diversity with other people of color. This is often the case whether I’m at a scholarly conference or most recently at ACE2017, a conference for senior-level administrators including chancellors, presidents, provosts and chief academic officers and deans.

Connections Between Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes and Institutional Finances

During a packed Sunday morning session at ACE2017, three panelists discussed the critical connections between effective classroom instruction, improved student outcomes and institutional efficiency. The session was part of a collaboration between ACE and Strada Education Network to produce research, white papers, and a quality framework on the topic.

The ACE Fellows Program: Considering the Move From Faculty to Administration

Faculty member or administrator? Rob Deemer, member of the ACE Fellows Class of 2016-17, says maybe both: Leadership development programs can add to your career options rather than make you abandon the academic discipline you love.

The Power of the ACE Fellows Program: Preparing Leaders to Serve

Sherri Lind Hughes, a former member of the ACE Fellows Program and now the director of the program itself, writes on the power of the program to prepare leaders in higher education.

A Path Forward for Faculty in Higher Education

The American higher education system, despite its challenges, remains the envy of the world. But to meet the needs of future students and maintain its vaunted status, U.S. colleges and universities must address a few important dynamics. The TIAA Institute’s Stephanie Bell-Rose looks at the path forward.

Small Teaching Changes, Big Learning Benefits

As 2016 comes to a close, now is the perfect time to take stock of the fall semester’s accomplishments and put the final touches on preparation for the upcoming term. One approach is highlighted in a new article “Small Teaching Changes, Big Learning Benefits,” by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, part of the monthly Expert Series published by the Association of College and University Educators.

New Study Highlights Value of ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

According to a new study, many department chairs receive only minimal training. And when chairs do receive training, they typically focus on hard skills “that may or may not be relevant rather than on interpersonal and other soft skills that can make or break a departmental climate.” That is an area where ACE’s Leadership Academy for Department Chairs can make a difference.

Shared Governance, Shared Responsibility: One CAO’s Lessons Learned

In many ways, these are times of upheaval in American higher education. Operating assumptions that institutions have relied upon to guide practice seem no longer to be reliably practical or even wise. Birmingham-Southern College (AL) Provost Michelle Behr shares tips culled from BSC’s experience with engaging faculty to help address the challenges facing their college.