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The 'Q' Newsletter

April 14, 2016
Good morning!

In the news this week, read one professor's take on meaningful innovation, how faculty are incorporating The Wire into their classes, and how one professor is returning to a pen and paper for her to-do lists.


Plus, be sure to Tour A Module from ACUE's innovative Course in Effective Teaching Practices, or connect with us directly for more information. 
Still frame: A professor leads a discussion with her students

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

The United States is struggling to meet its college graduation goals. The Lumina Foundation reports that although the proportion of Americans with degrees has inched up, the United State is still behind schedule in efforts to hit a national goal of 60% by 2025. (Hechinger Report)


A professor goes low-tech. Confronted with an onslaught of time-management tech gadgets, Anastasia Salter explains why she’s going back to paper for her to-do lists. (ProfHacker)


More than poor students take remedial classes. A new report reveals that low-income college students aren't the only ones paying to take high school courses. (NPR Ed)


A college student nearing graduation looks for answers about what the future holds for her and her peers. (NPR Ed)


Professors are embedding the critically acclaimed television show The Wire into their curricula to create lessons that cut across academic disciplines. (PBS)


When it comes to students’ financial wellness, colleges are increasingly interested in moving beyond conversations about financial aid toward more holistic supports. (Education Dive)



Plans to innovate pedagogy must be research-based and consider goals for students, writes an adjunct professor. (Rice CTE Blog)


An administrator argues that retention and graduation rates, while good indicators of institutional success, say little about a student’s personal development. (Campus Technology)


Two scholars expand the scope of “effectiveness” in higher education beyond labor market outcomes to include academic quality and socioeconomic equity. (Inside Higher Ed)


After scrapping loans for low-income families of undergraduates, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is showing improved retention and graduation rates for that student population. (Hechinger Report)


Florida A&M University ranks among the top historically black colleges and universities in the country. (Essence)


Despite a national push for free community college, many presidents doubt that tuition-free programs will be adopted anytime soon, a new survey finds. (Inside Higher Ed)


Professor pay increased by 3.4% this year, according to AAUP’s annual faculty survey. (Inside Higher Ed)


ACUE Quotes

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— Nathasha Brooks, Essex County College, on the ACUE Community Forums

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