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Grade Inflation: Rescuing Students from Unrealistic Expectations

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Grade inflation has been a drag on the quality of education for sometime and sets students up for future failure . The artificial , and often accidental , inflation of grades persists and does n’t appear to have an immediate resolution . Professors feel pressure to continue providing high grades despite its long-term damage to the student , the university , and future employers . Looking out for students requires holding the line on grade pressure . Its easy to give high grades when the benefits significantly outweigh the costs of holding students accountable for learning . Professors mentioned that grade inflation is a result of poor student evaluations, poor student-teacher relationships , financial aid requirements , and excessively high student expectations (Caruth & Caruth, 2013). Giving accurate grades comes with internal and external pressure to lower the standards. On the first day ,

Webinar: A Model for Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Assessment

Date : Tuesday, March 24 Time : 12:00pm CT Presented by:  Dr. Lance J. Tomei- Director for Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Management  at University of Central Florida This webinar will include an introductory overview of the important interrelationships among IE assessment, strategic planning, budgeting, and accreditation. The presenter will suggest desirable characteristics of an effective IE assessment system, as well as strategies and tactics for developing and maintaining an effective IE assessment system – which include organizational structure, technology support, engagement (“buy-in”), and training considerations. He will discuss a proposed method for modeling desired continuous quality improvement practices through the continuous evaluation and improvement of the IE assessment process itself. Link

Webinar: Supplemental Instruction: Improving Student Engagement, Performance And Course Completion

Tuesday, April 8, 3:00-4:30 (EST) online webinar Overview Engaging students in active learning programs outside of the classroom is a proven strategy for increasing learning. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-led team learning in study sessions. This method provides students with the opportunity to review course concepts and develop effective learning strategies. Data from institutions around the country, and in several other countries, show that SI is effective in improving student grades in historically difficult courses. Data also shows its success in increasing the number of students who complete the course with a grade of C or higher. This webinar will present the salient features of Supplemental Instruction (SI), the cognitive science principles upon which the program is built, the steps necessary for setting up an SI program, and the materials available from the International SI Office. Key Concepts - Describe Supplemen

Webinar: A Campus-Wide Approach To Improving Higher Order Thinking Skills

When: Tuesday, February 25, 1:00-2:30 EST Type: Online Webinar Host: Innovative Educators http://www. innovativeeducators.org/ product_p/2105.htm Overview: One of the most exciting innovations in higher education in the past few years has been the development of High Impact Practices. Building on platforms such as service learning, internships, and other active and collaborative learning experiences, researchers such as George Kuh have articulated pedagogical guidance for making an impact on educational experiences inside and outside of the classroom. These practices have been demonstrated by decades of research to improve student learning and success. They have also been linked to the development of Higher Order Thinking Skills. In an age in which higher education is transitioning from models that stress knowledge acquisition to an emphasis on critical thinking, reasoning skills, and information literacy, these programs provide practical ways to pursue these important goals