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October 20, 2016

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In an exclusive interview, Dr. Saundra McGuire talks to the ACUE Community about what inspires her work and shares her hopes for the future of student success in higher education. Dr. McGuire, a featured expert in ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices, will also speak at this week's 23rd National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, proudly sponsored by ACUE.

Scroll to the bottom for an excerpt from the conversation, or check out the full interview here — Saundra McGuire

News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Saundra McGuire at HBCU. ACUE is proud to sponsor the 23rd National HBCU Faculty Development Conference in New Orleans where Dr. McGuire will be a keynote speaker. Find out more about Dr. McGuire's inspirations and scholarship in an exclusive interview for the ACUE Community. (The 'Q' Blog)

My syllabus. Christy Wampole reflects on how the syllabus serves as the "interface between the institution, the instructor and the student." (New York Times)

Student labels. Melissa Scholes Young explores the experience of first-generation college students and how assigned labelsespecially if conflating low-income with first-generationcan hinder rather than help students. (The Atlantic)

College presidents. Three leaders in higher education weigh in on what traits a successful college president must possess in the 21st century. The most important? Flexibility and sustainability. (Education Dive)

Academic innovation. What drives innovation? Steven Mintz, Executive Director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning, outlines the obstacles that must be overcome for innovation to occur and important elements involved in its success. (Inside Higher Ed)

Use of technology. Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shares her research on how technology has affected teaching and learning and urges instructors and students to "reclaim conversation." (EdSurge)

Completion crisis. Michael Crow, Arizona State University President, examines the impact of student debt on those who haven't completed a degree and outlines new ways that ASU is working to prevent students from leaving school, as well as reengaging those who already have. (LinkedIn)

Instructor assignments. Instructors completing the work they have assigned to students can be a quality control measure that also helps them relate to the experience students are having and better guide them toward success. (Vitae)


Exclusive: Saundra McGuire Interview — Saundra McGuire

This week, Dr. Saundra McGuire shares insights and learning strategies as keynote speaker at the 23rd National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, proudly sponsored by ACUE. Dr. McGuire is featured in the Engaging Underprepared Students module of ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices.

Dr. McGuire spoke to the ACUE Community in the days leading up to her presentation. Check out excerpts from the conversation below.

On what changed the trajectory of her research and scholarship.

Before I got to LSU, I really didn't understand that there were strategies for students to use to increase the quality of their learning. I knew how to teach chemistry. I'd won teaching awards, and I was a very successful faculty member. But I didn't know that you could give students very simple information and strategies that would empower them to take control of their own learning.

On how instructors can get started in teaching students how to learn.

First, help your students identify the differences between what they have been doing and what they need to do to excel in the course.

On one change in higher education that could make a big difference in student success.

The change that I would love to see is an institutional attitude that every admitted student can and will succeed with the learning tools they need and that institutions will provide them with those tools.

Find the full interview on the ACUE Community.

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