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The 'Q' Newsletter
July 21, 2016

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In this week's news, find tips for staying in sync with your students when teaching online, plus learn about a creative new course teaching students in the sciences how to communicate through social media.

Over on The 'Q' Blog, hear from Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University, and James Muyskens, former president of Queens College, on how to improve student success from the very first course students take.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

"High touch" learning. Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University, and James Muyskens, former president of Queens College, argue that student success requires that the first courses for incoming freshmen be taught by exceptional faculty. (The 'Q' Blog)

Social media in science. In an innovative course at Caltech, students in the sciences learn to harness the power of social media. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Writing vs. testing. David Gooblar summarizes benefits of adding writing to STEM courses and traditional testing to humanities courses. (Vitae)

College history. Corey Ryan Earle reflects on his experiences teaching students the history of their university. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Online presence. An instructor offers suggestions for maintaining timeliness and a sense of urgency to keep in step with students when teaching courses online. (Vitae)

Trained to lecture? In her defense of the college lecture, Christine Gross-Loh looks at how universities’ approaches to rhetoric and oratory have evolved. (The Atlantic)

The reversed ratio. Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report talks with WBUR about how women now outnumber men in colleges and universities, reversing almost exactly the male to female ratio of 1970. (WBUR)

First generation. Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities are working to meet the needs of their first-generation and Pell grant-eligible students. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Faculty Are Key to Student Success
Instructor with students
In their article, "Redeploying Faculty for Student Success," Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University, and James Muyskens, former president of Queens College, describe what they call "high touch" education—what students experience as "professors who made them excited about learning, professors who cared about them as persons, encouraged them, mentored them, and directed them in projects."

In light of the struggle many schools face in helping students persist through their first few semesters of college—especially low-income and first-generation students—the authors argue that the best faculty are needed in the general education program: "The first courses that incoming freshmen take must be ones that motivate them, engage them in real learning, keep them on track when (for a multiplicity of reasons) they go off track, and give them a sense of belonging and purpose."

Read the full article on The 'Q' Blog.

Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared on University Business.
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