Aug. 7, 2014

UNLV will soon join the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in leading a national project focused on effective practices for increasing historically underserved students' success in college. Part of the AAC&U'S ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative, this new project examines the degree to which greater faculty intentionality in clearly articulating expectations for students' learning can help to increase student success. It also explores how problem-centered instructional strategies can help deepen student learning. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, the coordinator of Instructional Development and Research and the director of the Transparency in Teaching and Learning Project at UNLV, has been named a senior fellow at the AAC&U and will oversee UNLV's role in helping the AAC&U to administer this new project at a group of minority-serving institutions to be chosen through a competitive application process.  

Funded by a grant from the TG Philanthropy Program through January 2016, the project is titled “Examining Student Engagement,Transparency, and Faculty Intentionality for Improving Underserved Student Learning and Success.” It will build upon existing research on intentional and effective classroom strategies, high-impact educational practices and programs, and assessment approaches that use rubrics to evaluate levels of students’ demonstrated achievement. The project includes a special focus on understanding effective practices for underserved students’ development and success in college.

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