Completion With a Purpose
Through High-Quality Instruction
CIC Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance
ACUE is honored to serve as The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)’s program partner and support CIC institutional members selected for the CIC Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance.
CIC is inviting their institutional members to apply to become members of this consortium to be supported by a grant from Strada Education Network. This consortium will seek to improve student learning, degree completion, and career placement through a renewed focus on instructional excellence and career guidance.
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Specifically, each institution that is accepted into the Consortium will have the opportunity to enroll faculty members in a special program developed by CIC and ACUE. Faculty members will complete an online course, “Effective Teaching Practices,” that leads to a Certificate in Effective College Instruction.
This initiative is based on CIC’s commitment to educational excellence and Strada Education Network’s mission of “Completion with a Purpose.” Gallup survey data suggest that students who major in the liberal arts are less likely to be aware of their plentiful career options. Moreover, career guidance is often treated as a student advising function rather than as a component of students’ academic experience. The Consortium aims to address these issues through a program that has demonstrated results in enhancing faculty members’ use of evidence-based teaching practices that promote retention, degree completion, deeper levels of learning, and greater career readiness.
ACUE was selected by CIC to serve as its program partner following CIC’s consideration of the quality and relevance of ACUE’s courses and ACUE’s record of building on existing campus initiatives.
ACUE’s courses prepare faculty members in the teaching essentials that improve student achievement. Courses are offered online, certified by Quality Matters, and equivalent to three hours of graduate credit. Faculty work together in cohorts, receive expert facilitation, and implement evidence-based teaching approaches in five areas of practice:
- Designing an Effective Course and Class
- Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
- Using Active Learning Techniques
- Promoting Higher Order Thinking
- Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning
These areas of practice are organized into 25 learning modules. Recommended teaching practices address both face-to-face and online instruction.
In addition, at CIC’s request, ACUE’s program will include two additional learning modules:
- Embedding Career Guidance, in which faculty members will learn how to provide frequent, course-embedded information about the specific careers for which the discipline prepares students and
- Preparing Students with 21st-Century Career-Ready Skills, in which faculty members will be aided in the design of course content and assignments to ensure that students develop—and are assessed on their development of—“career-ready” skills.
Faculty who satisfy course requirements will be awarded a Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education.
Participating faculty are also members of ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, through which they receive information and ongoing support to refine their craft and stay current on research.
In collaboration with an independent evaluator and ACUE, coalition members will evaluate program impacts. Key outcomes of interest pertaining to faculty and teaching include changes in faculty members’ attitudes about their teaching, their knowledge of evidence-based practices, and their teaching practices; changes in career guidance practices by faculty members; changes in students’ attitudes about their courses and learning; course completion; improved learning, persistence, and degree completion; placement in internships; and placement in jobs or graduate school.
CIC will select, through competitive application, 20 to 25 institutions to participate in the Consortium, through which a total of 500 CIC faculty members will be credentialed. Each institution is expected to commit to a minimum of 20 to 25 faculty members completing the ACUE course during the 2018-2019 academic year. Large institutions may propose to credential more faculty members than the required minimum, and CIC may consider joint proposals from small institutions that wish to participate but cannot meet this minimum.
CIC, with Strada’s support, will cover the cost of enrolling and credentialing up to 500 faculty members through ACUE’s course. Program “seats” will be allocated based on each institution’s proposed program size. ACUE’s services also include technical support before, during, and following the program. CIC will provide stipends for participating faculty members and for course facilitators assigned by the institution and supported by ACUE.
Applications are due Friday, April 6, 2018. Full information on the application process is available here.
Technical Assistance for Grant Applications
CIC will present webinars for interested applicants on the following dates:
- February 6, 2018 from 11am-12pm EST
- February 7, 2018 from 12-1pm EST
- February 8, 2018 from 4-5pm EST
The webinar will explain the application process, ACUE’s program, and the technical support from ACUE. Register for the webinar now.
Additionally, a downloadable PDF guide to the webinars is also available.