ERIC Number: ED496448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Seven Steps for Taking Student Learning Seriously
Kuh, George D.
Trusteeship, v13 n3 p1-3 May-Jun 2005
Graduating more students prepared to meet the social, civic, and economic challenges of coming decades is a national priority. Indeed, institutional graduation rates are being scrutinized by state legislatures and by those in Congress drafting the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Every college and university can improve its graduation rates and the quality of undergraduate programs by paying more attention to the conditions that matter for student success, one of which is student engagement--the time and effort students devote to their studies and related activities. In this article, the author offers seven principles for boards that want to foster student engagement at their institutions: (1) Student success is everybody's business; (2) Make sure that student success is featured prominently in the institution's mission; (3) Strategically invest in student learning; (4) Require that evidence guide policy decisions and improvement efforts; (5) Include student success indicators in the president's performance review; (6) Review board priorities with student success in mind; and (7) Stay the course.
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate, Educational Policy, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Accountability, Institutional Mission, Theory Practice Relationship, Effective Schools Research
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.