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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Faculty Need Larger Role in Student Success

A new paper from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) reported that instructors aren’t being asked to help students succeed often enough, according to an article for Inside Higher Education.

The Evolving Role of Faculty in Student Success, with a corresponding infographic, found that while plenty of pedagogical innovations are available to instructors, training and support may still be lacking. For example, 75% of responding schools purchased or developed early-warning systems to identify at-risk students, yet not all were being used.

The report advised that faculty should be able to customize early-warning systems to make sure they’re being used. It also suggested that provosts and academic deans need to make sure faculty are aware that mentoring should reach all students, not just the most and least at-risk students.

“Critical reforms that pertain to curricular requirements, academic policies, advising practices, and transfer articulation all rely on the willingness of faculty to redesign the institutional approach and carry out a new set of procedures, but many academic administrators have neglected to involve faculty from the outset,” wrote the authors of the report.

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