News Roundup: Pop Culture Lessons and Future Leaders

This week, the American Council on Education (ACE) selected a new class of emerging college and university leaders for its prestigious ACE Fellows Program, and a law professor is using The Wire as a teaching tool.

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Future leaders. The American Council on Education has selected a diverse group of 46 emerging college and university leaders for the 2017-18 class of the ACE Fellows Program, the longest running leadership development program in the United States. (Inside Higher Ed)

Teaching with television. A law professor is bringing HBO’s classic series The Wire into the classroom to help students analyze the contemporary criminal justice system. (The Huffington Post)

College dreams. Three professors discuss the range of motivations for attending college, from a thirst for lifelong learning to the need for job-ready skills. (University of Venus)

Successful collaboration. Instructors who assign group-work projects should make sure students understand best practices ahead of time to avoid common pitfalls. (Just Visiting)

Valuing students’ stories. Christopher Emdin urges educators to empathize with students who have faced traumas and incorporate personal experiences into their teaching. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Data-based learning. Miami Dade College President and ACUE Advisor Eduardo Padrón is bringing heightened attention to the data science and analytics skills gap, echoing the findings of a new report that calls for enhanced faculty training and support. (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education)

Higher learning champions. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has launched a national campaign encouraging college and university trustees to play a more active role in advocating the value of higher education. (AGB)

Showing compassion. Rather than airing frustrations about students in public forums, instructors should demonstrate greater empathy and strive to understand students’ motivations in more productive ways, Joshua Eyler writes. (Inside Higher Ed)

Learning from lectures. Although many academics see lectures as outdated, Miya Tokumitsu explains how effective lectures build knowledge and require students to be engaged listeners and active learners. (The Chronicle Review – Paywall)