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August 18, 2016

Good morning!

In anticipation of a new academic term, this week's news features tips for starting the year strong, whether you're a veteran instructor or teaching for the very first time. 

Plus, we've gathered some timely highlights from the ACUE Community, where thought leaders shared their insights on first day jitters, connecting with your students, and sparking engaging class discussions.

You may notice that our 'Q' Newsletter comes with a bit of a facelift this week. Email Geoff Decker at to let us know what you think!

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Too smart to fail? Joseph Holtgreive shares his experience with the struggle that high-performing students face in their transition to college and how their focus on grades can negatively impact learning. (Inside Higher Ed)

Semester resolutions. An instructor sets his four pedagogical resolutions for the start of the new semester“the real new year in academe.” (Vitae)

College ready. To better understand what it takes to get students ready for college, researchers will study the effectiveness of so-called "transition courses" intended to fill gaps in a high school education. (Hechinger Report)

Fresh start. ProfHacker went to the archives to bring together a collection of resources focused on preparing for a new semester. (ProfHacker)

First-timer. Teaching your first class this fall? Get 10 tips from a professor of higher education to make your first semester a success. (Higher Ed Professor)

Make it matter. Leo M. Lambert, president of Elon University, and Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, share what they have identified as the two most important factors in ensuring that students have a “transformative undergraduate experience.” (The Conversation)

21st-century success. To prepare the future workforce for what the future will require, leaders should turn their attention to higher education. (Washington Post)

Community Highlights
We've heard from the experts on a range of topics in the ACUE Community. This week, take a look back at some of what's been shared on topics that may be on your mind as you kick off a new semester.
Stage fright? Get insight from Linda Nilson on how to calm your nerves on the first day of class.  

Research shows that connecting with students increases both their motivation and their ability to learn. 
Use these strategies for connecting with your students starting from first introductions. 

And get the learning started on day one with these ideas for sparking engaging class discussions.

Join the discussion and share what you're doing to prepare for the start of the term in the ACUE Community Forums.
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