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The 'Q' Newsletter
June 30, 2016

Good morning! In this week’s news roundup you'll find headlines about bolstering socioeconomic and racial diversity as well as a story on how some institutions are working to make pedagogy a priority on campus. 

Plus, on The ‘Q’ Blog: Looking for ways to meet all of your students' needs?  Hear from top educators and experts about research-based teaching strategies that can help your underprepared students succeed.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Help students learn more. Underprepared students arrive ill-equipped for the rigors of college-level courses: here are five tips to help them, and all of your students, succeed. (The 'Q' Blog)

Affirmative action upheld. The Supreme Court sided with the University of Texas at Austin and its race-conscious admissions program with unexpected support from Justice Anthony Kennedy. (New York Times)

Second chance. As part of a criminal justice reform package, the Department of Education will provide Pell Grants to 12,000 prisoners so that each may attend one of 67 participating colleges and universities. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Teaching and learning. Driven by a constellation of factors, colleges and universities are increasingly looking to prioritize pedagogical practice for their faculty. (New York Times)

Making memories. A professor interviews Gardner Campbell and reflects on creating lasting memories for students. (Teaching in Higher Ed)


Student aid. Nine California State University campuses will help eligible students enroll in Cal Fresh, a food stamps program that allows them to use benefits on campus. (KPCC)

Emotional IQ. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, argues that students’ ability to handle their emotions matters for their personal success as well as the broader society and economy. (New York Times)

Camera ready. Jason Jones offers a collection of practical strategies for professors to help more clearly communicate their research to journalists. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

A legacy of diversity. The outgoing president of Vassar reflects on her decade of leadership, which resulted in the most diverse student body since the college’s 1861 founding. (New York Times)

Document design. ProfHacker offers a summary of resources to make your syllabus more accessible, inclusive, and engaging. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Race in class. Juniata College takes on the challenge of preparing professors to engage in the conversations students want to have about race. (Inside Higher Ed)
Supporting Underprepared Students
Subject matter experts from ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices.
The Century Foundation’s ongoing College Completion Series recently focused on underprepared students in When College Students Start Behind.

Supporting underprepared students doesn't mean lowering expectations but, rather, providing them with the tools to attain their academic potential. This week on The 'Q' Blog, hear from experts and top educators as they discuss practical strategies to help all of your students - especially those who are least prepared - perform well in your course. 

  • Use early, ungraded assignments to check students’ level of readiness.
  • Share exemplars of work products for your class.
  • Take time to learn about, and reflect on, your students’ goals.
  • Encourage student-to-student support.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use feedback to improve their performance.

Read more about the Century Foundation's Report and tips for underprepared students on The ‘Q’ Blog

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