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Imagine this scenario at a hypothetical university: it’s the early 2000s, and online learning is an emerging concept growing in popularity. The university’s president comes up with an innovative idea to get ahead of the e-learning curve, trim the university’s budget, and provide more course flexibility for the institution’s many non-traditional students. The president instructed colleges and departments to reduce the number of classroom sections for introductory gateway courses, and replace them with online sections taught by the same instructors, with identical content. He theorized this shift would help working students fit introductory courses into their busy schedules.
One year later, to the president’s chagrin, first-year student retention rates had dropped by 7 percent overall – and by 15 percent for first-generation college students.
This wasn’t the outcome he’d been hoping for. But the results proved critically important. Read the full post.
USU in the News
, Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success of Georgia State University
has been recognized as on of the sixteen most innovative people in higher education
by the Washington Monthly
is part of the inaugural class of the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program
. This program spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.
CEOs for Cities will host its National Meeting
, "The Opportunity City" in Columbus, OH on September 27 - 29, 2016. Participants in The Opportunity City will explore how cities and regions are working to achieve inclusive economic growth and opportunities for widespread economic success.
The spotlight is on Wayne State University
and it's new grant to support homeless college students. The university has received a substantial grant in June from the Detroit-based McGregor Fund
to aid such students as well as to find long-term solutions to the problem.