Higher education news and ways to stay in touch with ACUE.

The 'Q' Newsletter

March 3, 2016

Good morning! In this week’s news roundup, read about what higher education can learn from the rise and fall of Polaroid, the value of allowing students to establish criteria for participation, and how to make the most of a class session when you’re being observed. Plus, be sure to stay in touch with us on social media and in the ACUE Community.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Allowing students to set the criteria upon which they'll be evaluated for participation helps raise engagement in class. (Faculty Focus

Assessing student readiness with more than one placement exam and providing workplace training opportunities during developmental education are among the ways to improve graduation rates, according to a new report. (Campus Technology)

The Comprehensive Student Record Project uses new transcripts and technologies to test new ways to track what students do in college. (Inside Higher Ed)

Students from Philadelphia’s public schools were significantly more likely to succeed in earning their college certificate or degree if they started college right after graduating high school, according to a new study. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The American Council on Education calls for a less fragmented credentialing system and clearer communication of the value of students’ competencies in two new reports. (Inside Higher Ed)

The higher education job market experienced its largest quarterly increase since 2012, a trend that some experts see as an indicator of a strengthening economy. (Daily Free Press)


Faculty-led reforms may be the best way to improve graduation rates, according to Achieving the Dream. (Inside Higher Ed)
Dumping information onto your students all at once can lead to “cognitive overload” for them. Planning out email announcements in advance, when possible, can alleviate this well-intentioned misstep. (Faculty Focus)
To improve the odds that an upcoming classroom observation goes well, plan a lesson you’ve successfully taught before, a professor advises. (Chronicle Vitae)
Queens College Professor Andrew Hacker argues for an overhaul of math education to ensure that students are learning about numbers and concepts that they will encounter during their everyday lives. (New York Times)
The director of digital learning initiatives at Dartmouth offers three lessons that higher education can learn from the rise and fall of Polaroid. (Inside Higher Ed)

Stanford University announced a $400 million gift to create a scholarship program that aims to attract the best and brightest graduate students from around the world. (Washington Post)

As Florida Senator Marco Rubio continues his campaign critique of higher education, his comments are reopening debates about the value of a college diploma. (Hechinger Report)

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