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October 27, 2016

Good morning,

This week at ACUE, we attended the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference. Leaders and supporters of the country's historically black colleges and universities convened in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss the HBCU community's proud traditions and continuing contributions to the United States. Read below about how ACUE joined the conversation on promoting student excellence below! 

Elsewhere in higher education news, learn about the important skills that students must possess for success in college and career, and hear from instructors about the benefits to co-teaching. 

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Online learning. Maha Bali says that becoming a self-directed learner is key for adults participating in online learning. Read about her six tips for effective online adult learning. (ProfHacker)

Liberal arts + technical education. Graduates of liberal arts programs may experience difficulty finding employment, while technical education graduates may struggle to advance in their careers without broader education. One college president argues that the solution is each program borrowing elements from the other. (University Business)

Lessons from co-teaching. Three instructors share the benefits of co-teaching, including opportunities for mentorship and collaboration, and a few challenges that may arise. (ProfHacker)

Instructional technology. The annual Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology revealed that faculty are able to serve a more diverse set of students with academic technology, but they are less likely to agree that technology has significantly improved student outcomes. (Inside Higher Education)

Persistence. Attrition in community colleges is often highest for those students who are undeclared or liberal arts majors. To help students better connect to their courses, a community college dean suggests taking a lesson from preprofessional programs and helping students connect to future careers. (Inside Higher Ed)

Hiring for soft skills. Graduates in the class of 2015 with degrees in liberal arts and humanities achieved higher employment rates and starting salaries than their peers in the 2014 class, which some attribute to employers' increasing interest in hires with strong communication skills. (Wall Street Journal)

Change makers. To empower the next generation of leaders, colleges and universities can include more experiential learning, increase partnerships with researchers and practitioners, and help students focus on solving real-world “grand challenges." (Inside Higher Ed)

Academic journals. A new model of academic journal publishing, yet to widely catch on in the United States, proposes charging authors to fund open access for their readers. (The Conversation)

ACUE Addresses HBCU Leaders and Supporters
ACUE at HBCU Week Conference -
This week, ACUE had the privilege of addressing the esteemed Board of the White House HBCU Initiative. The Board, appointed by President Obama at the start of his administration, is chaired by Dr. William Harvey, the longtime President of Hampton College, and directed by Kim Hunter Reed, the Deputy Under Secretary of Education. 

After ACUE Founder and CEO Dr. Jonathan Gyurko delivered introductory remarks, Dr. Genyne Boston, the Associate Provost at Florida A&M, made a presentation to the board about the university's successful pilot and ongoing work with ACUE. Check out The 'Q' Blog for more information about the meeting and their joint appearance. 
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