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'Risking Some Discomfort'

Author: Katherine Mangan for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:November 17, 2017

Students from diverse backgrounds feel comfortable around peers with similar backgrounds, but stepping out of comfort zones and interacting across racial and ethnic lines is equally important. Katherine Mangan argues that educational institutions are responsible for creating such learning opportunities, even more so in the time of widening school segregation and challenges to affirmative action.

Published Date: November 17, 2017


Saying Yes to Undergraduate Research

Author: Mitchell Malachowski for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:November 17, 2017

Undergraduate research improves educational experiences and helps prepare more students for graduate school, but yet not all faculty members are willing to participate, especially in disciplines such as the humanities. Studies have shown that involving students in undergraduate research impacts their learning tremendously, thus the investment of time and funds leads to powerful and positive outcomes.

Published Date: November 17, 2017


Teaching Newsletter: Making It OK to Ask for Help. The First Big Grade.

Author: Beckie Supiano and Dan Berrett for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:November 17, 2017

Freshmen often struggle to adjust to higher education grading, which delivers a different experience from what they are used to in high school. NILOA director, Natasha Jankowski, recommends that professors should prepare students for this new type of evaluation and inform them thoroughly what the learning outcomes are, so that students know what is expected of them.

Published Date: November 17, 2017


What Colleges Are Doing To Set Up Grads for an Uncertain Job Market and Future

Author: Scott Munn for the Globe and Mail

Published Date:November 17, 2017

Career-services and higher education, in general, should strive to holistically develop students. Some colleges in Canada and abroad are attempting to fulfill this mission by connecting students with a career as early as possible in their college education; while simultaneously instilling in students a strong sense of "self."

Published Date: November 17, 2017


Being Good Neighbors

Author: Ed Finkel for Community College Daily

Published Date:October 27, 2017

Community colleges are increasingly integrating civic engagement and community service into their campus. Highlighted in this article are centers at Salk Lake Community College, Nassau Community College, and Mesa Community College.

Published Date: October 27, 2017


Creating Data Faculty Can Use

Author: Ashley A. Smith for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:October 27, 2017

Inside Higher Ed interviewed Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz - both from the Institute for Evidence-based Change- about their new book, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A News Model for Educators. The authors discussed the quality of data at the community college level, and how these institutions can leverage the data available to them to improve students' academic success.

Published Date: October 27, 2017


Georgia State Backed Up Analytics with Support System

Author: Jamaal Abdul-Alim for ETS HEIghten

Published Date:October 27, 2017

Five years ago, Georgia State University (GSU) instituted a predictive analytics system that warns advisers when a student demonstrates any of the 800 identified risk factors which could potentially harm students' academic success. However, the key to the system successfully erasing GSU's achievement gap was hiring 42 academic advisers to use the predictive analytics and better support students.

Published Date: October 27, 2017


New Partnership Explores Data Sharing Between Students, Education, Business

Author: Amber G. Duncan and Jason A. Tyszko for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Published Date:October 27, 2017

A partnership between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Lumina Foundation seeks to explore how leveraging data/analytics can benefit employers, institutions, and students.

Published Date: October 27, 2017


New Reference Guide Offers Case Studies of Impressive Post-secondary Career Services

Author: The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling

Published Date:October 27, 2017

A new report, Insights into Impressive Practices in Career Services: A Reference Guide, highlights models of career services found in 15 Canadian public colleges and universities.

Published Date: October 27, 2017


Group Attempts New Twist on Accreditation

Author: Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:October 26, 2017

The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education (QA Commons) is a new initiative exploring alternative approaches to accreditation in higher education. Through its essential employability qualities, the QA Commons seeks to close the gap between institutions, students, and employers.

Published Date: October 26, 2017


Improving the Quality of Education

Author: Derek Bok for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:October 26, 2017

The drive to increase graduation rates may be one of the contributing factors responsible for the decline in the quality of education, claims Derek Bok. One of the problems may be that faculty either ignore the expected learning outcomes in order to boost graduation rates, or fail to design courses to achieve the outcomes.

Published Date: October 26, 2017


Stop Looking at Rankings. Use Academe's Own Measures Instead.

Author: Richard M. Freeand for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:October 26, 2017

Instead of using rankings such as those from the U.S. News and World Report, compare institutions using academically significant dimensions. For example, the Voluntary System of Accountability and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System allow for institutional comparison among various variables such as graduation rates, net cost, aid, student diversity, and academic programs.

Published Date: October 26, 2017


Student Success ePortfolio: Student, Faculty and Employer Perspectives on the Value of ePortfolios in Assessing the Development of Essential Employability Skills

Author: Chris Hinton, Jacqueline Towell, Alexandra MacFarlane, Erica Refling, and Judith Amesbury for Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Published Date:October 16, 2017

A new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) finds that faculty, employers, and students all see value in ePortfolios. ePortfolios research suggests increased student awareness of essential employability skills desired by employers.

Published Date: October 16, 2017


Five Things Undergrads Can Do Now to Prepare to Enter the Job Market

Author: Peter Caven for the Globe and Mail

Published Date:October 15, 2017

With students returning to campus, it is beneficial to think about how to better equip students to enter the job market after graduation. The author offers five skills and opportunities undergraduate students can get to be better prepared for the job market, including communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

Published Date: October 15, 2017


Going All In on Personalized Learning

Author: Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:October 15, 2017

National University has committed $20 million to create a personalized education delivery system that combines adaptive learning, competency-based education (CBE), and predictive analytics. The hope is that this initiative will allow institutions to better serve adult learners.

Published Date: October 15, 2017


How Colleges Can Reclaim the Narrative (and the Facts)

Author: Josh Wyner for the Aspen Institute

Published Date:October 15, 2017

The costs associated with a college education are making Americans – specifically Latinx students and low-income families – turn away from higher education. However, initiatives such as two-plus-two degree pathways and partnerships between four- and two-year institutions can help remedy the cost and enroll more Latinx students.

Published Date: October 15, 2017


Measuring Student Success in Postsecondary CBE Programs: Toward a Student Outcomes Metrics Framework

Author: Kelle Parsons and Carlos Rivers for American Institutes for Research

Published Date:October 15, 2017

The Competency-Based Education (CBE) Student Outcomes Metrics (SOM) Framework developed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) highlights specific measures that support research efforts on CBE programs.

Published Date: October 15, 2017


Degree No Guarantee

Author: Diana Clement for New Zealand Herald

Published Date:October 14, 2017

This New Zealand Herald’s article highlights the growing notion of skills and experiences gained through higher education as the most important learning outcomes in the 21st century. Due to large disparities between credentials from different institutions, it is no longer a degree and good grades that matter the most; instead, it is what students can demonstrate with their knowledge and skills beyond tests and grades that matters.

Published Date: October 14, 2017


From “Additive” to “Integrative”: Experiences of Faculty Teaching Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing Courses

Author: Susan Bickerstaff and Julia Raufman, Community College Research Center

Published Date:October 14, 2017

A new working paper from the Community College Research Center presents findings of case studies and interviews conducted with faculty and administrators in Virginia and North Carolina exploring how they integrated developmental reading and writing courses.

Published Date: October 14, 2017


When Employment Is the Goal, Should ‘Student Success’ Include Dropouts?

Author: Sydney Johnson for EdSurge

Published Date:October 14, 2017

EdSurge’s article contemplates what actually counts as a successful outcome of the higher education experience. The traditional notion of graduating with a degree or dropping out is no longer valid, as many students do not complete their degrees, but instead leave college with sufficient training and knowledge to find employment in their field. The author argues that the higher education community needs to re-evaluate what outcomes matter most to students, rather than to individual institutions.

Published Date: October 14, 2017