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September 1, 2016

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Jan Tillman and Ann Pearson have different backgrounds when it comes to their expertise in college instruction. But they agree on one important idea: Learning never ends. The two educators presented on separate topics at last month’s Lilly Conference, but they came together for a combined interview and shared those different insights for the ‘Q’ Blog

Also, Washington Monthly recognizes 16 innovators in higher education working to improve outcomes for students. Plus, K-State Professor Michael Wesch, whose work is featured in ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices, talks about his unique efforts to connect with students. 

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News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Learning never ends. Two educators, one interview: Different approaches to similar goals for sharing insights, building community locally, and more. (The 'Q' Blog)


Higher ed innovators. From college presidents to network leaders and CEOs, read how 16 individuals in higher education are spearheading innovative solutions to improve outcomes for students. (Washington Monthly)


Measuring success.  A recent poll asking college presidents how they measure success found that school ranking was far less important than ensuring students graduate with the skills necessary for their chosen career.  (Gallup)


Diversity curriculum. Professor Karen Brewer, Hamilton College, describes how each department will now design courses for its majors to meet diversity requirements as part of a new initiative. (NPR)


Connecting with students. Professor Michael Wesch has a new podcast chronicling his journey to connect with students in order to be a more effective teacher. Wesch’s teaching is included in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, and his work has previously been featured on the ‘Q’ Blog. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)


Decision time. A new report from EAB shows that students who change their major are more likely to graduate than students who never switched. (Inside Higher Education)


Political history. Two professors make the case that the shrinking field of American political history deserves to be restored as an area of scholarship at colleges and universities. (New York Times)


What you don't know. A college dean offers advice (that likely went unaddressed in the doctoral program) for new faculty on teaching, advising, and getting involved in governance. (Vitae)
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This week we feature the latest installment in ACUE's interview series with educators from around the country. 

Feeling the time crunch already?  "Stopping to reflect is not wasted time—it’s crucial to you growing as an instructor," says Ann Pearson, Assistant Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and an English professor at San Jacinto College in Texas.  


Jan Tillman, a Clinical Assistant Professor in East Carolina University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program, shares about her quest to continue improving as an educator, "I may be an excellent nurse practitioner, but I’m learning about education."

Over on the 'Q' Blog, see what Pearson and Tillman had to say about their presentations, how they are building faculty learning communities, and what new learning they will be applying to their own practice.

 
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