The latest news in higher education and around ACUE
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September 29, 2016

Good morning!

This week, ACUE Board Member Kevin Reilly talks about the important role that boards play in advancing effective instruction on campus. Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor at the University of Wisconsin System, writes in a new column for Trusteeship Magazine that great teaching and classroom pedagogy must be central to every institution’s student success plans.

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"One reason teaching has been frustratingly absent from discussions about student success is a leadership gap," Reilly writes. "As board members, a first step is to foster a collaborative dialogue with senior administrators, faculty, and other key members of the campus community about the central role teaching can play in meeting students’ and the institution’s goals."

Elsewhere in the news this week, student motivation is highlighted as central to improving retention. Plus, get tips for teaching powerful note-taking skills to students.

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

What boards should know. Kevin Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor at the University of Wisconsin System and founding member of ACUE's board of advisors, shares why boards need to understand effective teaching so they can be a force for good on campus. (Trusteeship Magazine)

Student motivation. A professor argues that in order to improve retention, universities should focus on motivating students to persist. (Inside Higher Ed)

Nontraditional students. Colleges and universities need to be better equipped to accommodate older students, experts say, as nearly half of all students enrolled today can be categorized as "nontraditional." (NPR Ed)

STEM + humanities. Highlighting the link between innovation and liberal arts, an editorial board makes the case that the importance of STEM education cannot be elevated at the cost of the humanities. (Scientific American)

Taking notes. Get practical tips for helping students understand how to take better notes and why they should be taking notes in the first place. (ProfHacker)

Apprentices. Federal funding is spurring the expansion of apprenticeship programs in the United States, including at 260 community colleges that are now committed to giving students credit for participating. (Hechinger Report)

Active learning spaces. Get a closer look at how colleges and universities are redesigning lecture halls to better accommodate active learning in large classes. (University Business)

College ranking. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have paired up to publish their list of the top US colleges. The new ranking system puts less emphasis on student inputs and more emphasis on students’ postgraduate success and opinions about the quality of their education. (Wall Street Journal)

Is a "C" good enough? New data from predictive analytics are sparking conversations at several universities about how curricular policy should respond to findings about student grades and completion. (Inside Higher Ed)

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