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Higher education news and a recap of Dr. Matthew Goldstein's speech at the 2016 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting.
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The 'Q' Newsletter

February 11, 2016

Good morning! In this week's news roundup, a multi-year study finds faculty development programs lead to positive student outcomes. Plus, Dr. Matthew Goldstein discusses the need to elevate good teaching in higher education during a speech at AASCU's Academic Affairs Winter Meeting.

News in brief
The latest higher education news and opinions.

Connecting Pell Grants to student success by rewarding students for completing their education on time is among the higher education goals of President Obama’s budget for 2017. (Department of Education)


Preparation is key to acing your campus faculty interview. A good first step is to read everything you can on the institution, school, and department websites. (Higher Ed Professor)


Goucher College is challenging traditional college admissions standards by evaluating students primarily on the basis of a two-minute video submitted by applicants. (Inside Higher Ed)


While faculty should be recognized for their pedagogical knowledge, there is still a need for content expertise, an education expert argues. (Elli Goudzwaard)
While unwarranted praise of student writing is counterproductive, being overly critical has far more damaging repercussions, argues Professor Thomas Batt of Maine Maritime Academy. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

 


Faculty participation in professional development activities positively affects classroom pedagogy and student learning, according to results from a new study. (Inside Higher Ed)
African American students are overrepresented in low-paying majors, according to a national review of 137 majors. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Butler University’s Jay Howard explains why facilitating effective classroom discussions is so challenging and important, and he offers strategies to maximize student engagement. (Faculty Focus)
President Obama is proposing a $2.5 billion tax credit over five years to businesses that help train and hire new community college graduates. (Reuters)
As it did with print media, the Internet is set to challenge the influence of higher education by undermining its prestige, writes Michael Kinsley. (Washington Post)
Despite stagnant completion rates, low-income students can graduate at high rates when they receive financial and academic supports from external groups, according to two new studies. (Inside Higher Ed)

Dr. Matthew Goldstein discusses the importance of effective instruction

New on The 'Q': In a major speech last week, Dr. Matthew Goldstein urged senior academic leaders of state colleges and universities around the United States to “elevate the importance of good teaching” in their plans to improve student success.

“With effective instruction, college students learn more, develop important life skills, and complete their degrees,” Goldstein said in the speech, delivered at AASCU's 2016 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Goldstein is Chairman of ACUE’s Board of Advisors and Chancellor Emeritus of The City University of New York, having served as Chancellor from September 1999 to June 2013.

Read the full story on The 'Q' blog.

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