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Tuesday, October 22 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Creating Value: A Call to Improve Student Achievement Through Instructional Quality

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Doubts about higher education’s value are a clarion call to create more value, more equitably, for millions more Americans. Studies consistently find a positive return on higher education. But efforts to better communicate this value are, alone, insufficient. The national average graduation rate of approximately 50% indicates we can expand the value we generate simply by retaining and graduating more well-prepared and career-ready students. Launching more well-prepared students into the world is not only good public relations—it’s our mission.

In this interactive session, facilitators will prompt attendees to consider how they create and communicate the value of higher education at their institutions, with a particular focus on instructional quality and student success. Participants will explore the questions: How does high-quality teaching contribute to institutional value? What is the role of faculty in retaining and graduating more well-prepared students, who communicate the value of their education as alumni?

The Gallup-Purdue Index finds that faculty can double the odds of graduates thriving in their work and lives. Participants in this session will reflect on the preparation and support faculty members need—and deserve—to create the meaningful learning experiences that change students’ lives and serve as the genesis of our value.

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Charity Peak

Academic Director, ACUE
Dr. Charity Peak is an Academic Director at the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). With 20 years of broad-based curriculum design and teaching experience ranging from Pre-K to graduate school, Peak is passionate about student success and faculty development.
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Margaret Wood

Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
Margaret is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Achievement at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Professor of Anthropology, worked as the Director for the Center for Faculty Development, and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT