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October 13, 2016

Good morning!

We're excited to announce a new campus partnership! Read about it below and hear from faculty about the impact of implementing techniques in the classroom.

This week in the headlines, get ideas for collecting and using midsemester feedback. Plus, find out how several universities are revamping their performing arts curriculum to prepare students with a broad set of skills necessary for today's arts economy.


News in brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education.

Course launch. The University of Nevada, Reno has launched ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices. The partnership was announced shortly after the State of the University address in which university leaders shared the institution’s commitment to diversity and student achievement. (University Business)

Midsemester feedback. With the midsemester mark nearing, Bonni Stachowiak outlines how she collects and uses feedback from students to improve their classroom experience. (Teaching In Higher Ed)

Promote deeper learning. Hear from students about 20 actions that they—as well as professors—can take to help them learn. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Instructor bias. New research finds that students with certain characteristics—a sense of entitlement and an orientation to focus on grades—are more likely to perceive instructors as being politically biased. (Inside Higher Ed)



Department culture. Robert Weisbuch argues in support of the importance of the academic department within the university and offers four suggestions for improvement when dysfunction exists. (Inside Higher Ed)

Performing arts curriculum. With the changing landscape of opportunities for students with performing arts degrees, universities are redesigning the curriculum to include a wider range of practical skills necessary for the new arts economy. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Recruiting academics. Gary Olson, president of Daemen College, takes a page from athletic directors' playbooks to outline how colleges and universities should be actively recruiting professors and administrators to build academic departments. (Huffington Post)

Why HBCUs matter. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University, outlines positive historical contributions to the nation made by historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as the role they have to play in solving the problems of today. (The Washington Post)

Nevada Professor Reflects on Embracing Diversity
We have a new partner! ACUE is now working with the University of Nevada, Reno—check out Nevada Today’s article on the new partnership to read more!

UNR launched launched the program last month, and faculty are already implementing new techniques they learned in the Course in Effective Teaching Practices. 
Below, a faculty member shares her reflection after completing ACUE's module on Embracing Diversity in Your Classroom:
During a recent class discussion, I used the technique of "recognizing and valuing different types of viewpoints" from the embracing diversity module to illustrate a specific theory in sociology. I incorporated hot-button examples including recent protests and the presidential election, which increased student interest and made this theory come alive. From our discussion, students felt encouraged to explain the "other side" of their opinion and better understood how people’s personal experiences influence their viewpoints.    
— Jen M. Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
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