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Monitoring Student Attrition to Enhance Quality

by Shah, Mahsood; Nair, C. Sid;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 1 (2) August 2010 article by Mahsood Shah and Chenicheri Sid Nair. Student retention is one key performance indicator used in universities to track learning and teaching performance. Research indicates that student retention and success in higher education improves an individual’s chance of securing employment opportunities, achieving career goals, and contributing to society and the economic development of the nation. Some consider retention as a moral purpose of a university to improve student success— particularly for the most disadvantaged student groups. This article outlines survey findings from a large public university in Australia with first-year undergraduate students who enrolled and later withdrew. The survey was conducted as a result of consistently high student attrition rates compared to other Australian universities. The university took the initiative to determine the reasons for student withdrawal and implemented a university-wi

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  • Publish date: 2010-08
  • Keywords:Quality Approaches in Higher Education, Continuous improvement, Assessment/Surveys

Integrating Writing into the Freshman Engineering Curriculum

by Newborg, Beth; Ford, Jr., Michael W. ; Budny, Dan;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 1 (2) August 2010 article by Dan Budny, Beth Newborg, Michael W. Ford, Jr. of the University of Pittsburgh. This paper describes the English/ Freshman Engineering Writing Program (E/FEWP) at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. This ongoing collaboration among engineering and English department faculty and engineering librarians has made university-level research and writing an essential, integral part of the engineering experience. By describing the writing projects and the concepts that created them, we hope to provide useful tools to assist other educators in developing and/or enhancing the use of writing within their engineering curricula and classrooms.

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  • Publish date: 2010-08
  • Keywords:Quality Approaches in Higher Education, Student Support

Metrics and Methodology for Assessing Engineering Instruction

by Watson, Karen; Taber, Richard M. ; King, J. Judson; Fortenberry, Norman L. ; Cady, Elizabeth T.; Arreola, Raoul; Ambrose, Susan A. ;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 1 (2) August 2010 article by Karen Watson, Richard Taber, J. Judson King, Norman L. Fortenberry, Elizabeth T. Cady, Raoul Arreola, Susan A. Ambrose. In recent years, increased attention has been devoted to the assessment of teaching. For example, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) issued a 2007 report that offered a conceptual framework (quantity, quality, and engagement) and specific categories of educator activity (such as teaching, curriculum, advising and mentoring, educational leadership, and learner assessment). We can define assessment-of-the educator activities specified in the AAMC report as an assessment of teaching effectiveness. This article discusses this assessment and includes a recommended rubric.

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  • Publish date: 2010-08
  • Keywords:Assessment/Surveys, Quality Approaches in Higher Education
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Editorial: Sooner Than Later

by Nicole Adrian

(From the August 2010 Education Brief) Learning about and having real-world experiences and on-the-job situations can only lead to more successful careers...

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  • Publish date: 2010-08
  • Keywords:Career Development, Higher Education Brief
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I-BEST: Moving Low-Skilled Citizens to Career and College Pathways

by Tina Bloomer

(From the August 2010 Education Brief) Washington state’s community and technical college system has designed I-BEST, an instructional model to meet the learning needs of undereducated and low-skilled workers to fill jobs...

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  • Publish date: 2010-08
  • Keywords:Career Development, Higher Education Brief
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Hands-On Learning: Managing an Investment Portfolio

by Judith Swisher

(From the August 2010 Education Brief) Students in Western Michigan University’s student managed investment class learn valuable, real-world lessons from an instructor who works in the field. These senior-level finance and MBA students with finance..

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  • Publish date: 2010-08
  • Keywords:Career Development, Higher Education Brief
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Workforce Development Brief, Vol. 1 No. 1

by Deborah Hopen

ASQ Education Division Journal: Workforce Development Brief, Vol. 1 No. 1...

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  • Publish date: 2010-07
  • Keywords:Workforce Development Brief
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GPS: Goals + Process = Success

by Valerie Ford

(From the July 2010 Education Brief) Weatherford Independent School District in Texas uses quality tools—including plus/delta and consensograms—that provide immediate feedback from students...

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  • Publish date: 2010-07
  • Keywords:Leadership, Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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Creating Teacher Leaders With a Demonstration Classroom Model

by Kim Rector and Kelly Trudelle

(From the July 2010 Education Brief) Iredell-Statesville Schools used a model to ensure teachers learn best practices from one another and students get the best teachers...

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  • Publish date: 2010-07
  • Keywords:Leadership, Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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Editorial: Strong Leaders Mean Strong Students

by Nicole Adrian

(From the July 2010 Education Brief) Schools, classrooms and students cannot be improved if high-quality teachers aren’t already in place...

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  • Publish date: 2010-07
  • Keywords:Leadership, Primary and Secondary Education Brief

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