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.

Closing Students’ Achievement Gaps at the National Level

Achieving the Dream was created in 2004 with support from the Lumina Foundation to improve student outcomes at community colleges by using data to inform decisions. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Kelly Field recently interviewed Achieving the Dream’s president and CEO, Karen A. Stout, to discuss the progress that has been made since the organization’s inception in improving outcomes for community college students.

Community College of Denver Uses Digital Storytelling to Improve Student Outcomes

Combining ancient narrative practices with new and emerging technological tools, digital storytelling emphasizes skills in writing, digital media production and design, and also helps students to develop both their personal and academic voice. But beyond these uses, the Community College of Denver has found the technique can be employed as something more: a tool for overall student engagement and retention.

How to Explode a Myth: Reshaping the Conversation About the Liberal Arts

Higher education leaders are living and leading in the context of increased public scrutiny, demands for greater public accountability, and a “new normal” of constrained resources. Educational leaders must redouble our efforts to clarify the essential components of a high-quality college degree and provide evidence on that oft-repeated and anxiety-generated question: Is college really worth it?

Student Success: A Vital Part of the 21st Century College Presidency

There is no dearth of challenges facing college and university presidents these days, from pressures on the higher education business model to questions about how to best leverage fast-changing learning technology.

VIDEO: Nine Groups Endorse Student Achievement Measure

Nine national higher education organizations have endorsed the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by the association community to track student attendance across institutions.

Going Global

Prospects for alternative measures of institutional achievement have been welcomed by many for their potential to focus on institutional progress through the lens of student learning outcomes assessment. Several international organizations have taken an especially strong interest in this aspect of accountability, particularly the OECD, write Brad Farnsworth and Patti McGill Peterson.

Now What? Some Insights From OECD’s Adult Skills Survey

We’re not learning only in the classroom anymore—and maybe we never were. A new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report shows that throughout the world, the workplace is a critical learning environment. The question is, what does that mean for educational policy and adult learners?