Highlights from the 129th APLU Annual Meeting

We were proud to partner with the Association of Public Land-grant Universities for the group’s 129th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization that represents hundreds of public research universities across all of North America. Annually, APLU members enroll 4.7 million undergraduates and 1.2 million graduate students.

“Learning, Discovery, and Engagement” was the theme of last month’s three-day event and was the focus for many of the sessions and speeches. ACUE’s Kevin Reilly kicked off the event on Sunday evening with a call to action regarding the need for great teaching in higher education.

“We have paid too little attention to the connections between what goes on in our classrooms and whether our students are on course to earn their degree,” said Reilly, President Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System. (Click here to read Reilly’s prepared remarks in full.)

Reilly also showed a video featuring leaders in higher education who amplified the urgency to make effective instruction a core component of the student success agenda. The video also showcased some of the classroom demonstrations and teaching techniques featured throughout ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices.

The next day, it was standing-room only for a presentation by ACUE Chief Academic Officer Penny MacCormack. In the presentation to presidents and provosts—titled “Great Teaching: The Missing Link in Your Student Success Agenda”—MacCormack discussed the research behind effective instruction and improved student outcomes.

APLU also recognized some of the many amazing instructors with teaching awards. Congrats to all of the winners!

Thank you to APLU and its members for welcoming the ACUE team. Your commitment to student success is what inspires ACUE’s work every day. We look forward to #APLU2017!


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