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.

Please see our FAQs below.

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.

Courses

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.

Credentials

Faculty who satisfy course requirements will be awarded a Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education.

Community

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.

Analytics

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.

Selection Process

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.

Costs

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.

Deadline

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.

Application

View the application guidelines and submit an application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should participation in the Consortium align to my institution’s overall strategic plan?

Yes. Your application should include your rationale for joining the Consortium and how participation will advance your college’s goals and strategic plan, particularly with regard to support of faculty members in their work on student learning, persistence, degree completion, and career guidance.

Which and how many faculty members should we enroll?

Your application should indicate the number of faculty members (minimum 20) you believe are necessary to achieve the goals of this program and to advance your institution’s strategic plan.

Will faculty members take the course with colleagues at other institutions?

No. Typically faculty are enrolled in cohorts with colleagues from their own institution. CIC and ACUE will consider joint proposals from small institutions that seek to enroll their faculty members together.

How will outcomes of interest be measured?

Data to evaluate changes in faculty members’ attitudes about their teaching, their knowledge of evidence-based practices, and their teaching practices, including career guidance, are collected within ACUE’s course through a secure learning management system.

Data to evaluate changes in student attitudes, course completion, learning, persistence, degree completion, and internship or job placements will be collected by the institution.

How can we ensure that faculty members complete the ACUE course?

CIC will provide selected institutions with $500 stipends for each of up to a total of 500 participating faculty members and $3,000 stipends for each of up to a total of 25 course facilitators assigned by Consortium institutions. Institutions are encouraged to provide additional incentives including but not limited to special recognition, release time, consideration for promotion, and research opportunities.

Is ACUE’s course offered online?

Yes. Faculty at participating institutions are enrolled into online cohorts and complete the course together.

Is ACUE’s course facilitated?

Yes. Selected institutions will supply course facilitators who receive extensive onboarding and ongoing support from ACUE. These facilitators are typically faculty developers or teaching center personnel.

How long is the course?

The course is organized into 25 online learning modules that each take about one hour to complete. Faculty typically complete one module per week, over a 25-week schedule to be customized by ACUE with the selected institution.

What if our institution is too small to commit to 20 to 25 faculty participants?

This minimum program size has been established to generate sufficient data at any one institution to measure program impacts. CIC may consider joint proposals from small institutions seeking to meet this minimum requirement.

What if our institution would like to credential more than 25 faculty?

To have a greater impact, large institutions may propose to credential more faculty members than the required minimum. Institutions should indicate how many faculty they wish to credential, above and beyond the number of faculty supported by CIC, with costs assumed by the institution.

Who is responsible for implementation of the ACUE course?

ACUE works in partnership with your institution to implement the ACUE course.

ACUE is responsible for providing:

  • Academic Lead: An academic director from ACUE who supports the facilitator with program implementation and communicates with the administrators leading the instructional excellence initiative.
  • National Reader: A trained ACUE team member responsible for scoring course-taker reflections against a common rubric and providing feedback.
  • Technical Support Specialist: A technical support staff member who creates a unique course instance in the LMS and offers ongoing product support.

Institutions are responsible for selecting and compensating:

  • Campus Lead who collaborates with ACUE’s Academic Lead on course planning and logistics, facilitator selection, and course-taker recruitment.
  • Course Facilitators, teaching experts on campus who will receive ACUE training to help them guide, monitor, and mentor course participants toward completion of the course.
  • Faculty Course-Takers who will complete the ACUE course.
What kinds of support does ACUE provide?

ACUE provides comprehensive support to all of its partner campuses to ensure high-quality programs. Program supports include:

  • An academic director who assists with program design, recruitment, and implementation support
  • A national reader who evaluates course-taker assignments
  • Analytics to track progress and assess the impact on faculty and students
  • Onboarding and continuous support to course facilitators
  • Issuance of digital badges and certificate for completing modules and the course
  • Secure access through a private LMS instance
  • Technical support before and during the program

Beyond the course, ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts, and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

What is the ACUE Effective Practice Framework?

ACUE’s Framework is an independently validated statement of the teaching competencies that every college educator should possess. ACUE’s courses recommend over 200 evidence-based practices aligned to the Framework, equipping faculty with a comprehensive foundation of teaching essentials. The framework is organized into five major 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

 

How will program effectiveness be evaluated?

CIC will select an independent evaluation partner to assess the impact of this program across a number of measures, including changes in faculty teaching practices and associated changes in student academic and career-readiness outcomes and job or internship placements. The program evaluation will be informed by institutional goals, baselines, and data capabilities.

Evaluation of faculty outcomes will be based on metrics collected throughout the course, such as changes in faculty attitudes toward, knowledge of, and implementation of recommended teaching practices.

Student outcomes will be assessed for courses taught in fall 2019 and then for courses taught in spring 2019. These assessment results will be compared to results for 2018–2019 so that progress in student learning outcomes can be measured and analyzed. The evaluator will prepare a final report. The report will be printed and disseminated widely among campus leaders and the higher education community.

How does the ACUE course prepare faculty for supporting career readiness of students?

ACUE’s course is embedded with techniques to prepare faculty to develop and support the career readiness of students. Additionally, ACUE has developed two evidence-based modules specifically focused on career guidance and career readiness skills.

Module 1: “Embedding Career Guidance”

Learning Objective: In this module, faculty will learn how to effectively provide frequent course-embedded information about the specific careers for which their discipline prepares students.

Module 2: “Preparing Students with 21st-Century Career-Ready Skills”

Learning Objective: In this module, faculty will adjust course content and assignments to ensure students develop and are assessed on their development of career-readiness skills.

What is the program timeline?

Phase 1 (January–December 2018)

  • January 2018: Grant opportunity announced and RFP released
  • February & March 2018: Technical assistance, webinars, and consultations from CIC and ACUE with interested institutions
  • April 2018: Applications submitted by April 6, 2018; winners notified by April 27, 2018
  • May 2018: Pre-launch preparation; faculty selection and course enrollment; course facilitator training
  • August & September 2018: Program orientation and launch
  • September to December 2018: Faculty members take the course (Semester A)

Phase 2 (January–December 2019)

  • January to June 2019: Faculty members complete the course (Semester B)
  • January 2019: Outcomes for students and faculty members assessed for fall courses taught (Baseline A)
  • June 2019: Outcomes for students and faculty members assessed for spring courses taught (Baseline B)
  • September to December 2019: Ongoing support through online community

Phase 3 (January–December 2020)

  • January 2020: Student outcomes and changes in faculty practice assessed for fall 2019 courses taught
  • June 2020: Student outcomes and changes in faculty practice assessed for spring 2020 courses
  • July to October 2020: Full analytical report compiled by evaluator
  • November & December 2020: Final report printed and disseminated
What is ACUE’s mission and purpose?

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. In partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, ACUE supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. Faculty members who complete ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices earn a Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts, and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning.