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Sowers, Nicole; Yamada, Hiroyuki – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015
The Community College Pathways initiative consists of two pathways, Statway┬« and Quantway┬«, that accelerate post-secondary students' progress through their developmental mathematics sequence and a college-level course for credit. Launched in 2011, the Pathways have been remarkably successful, helping thousands of students achieve success in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Program Descriptions, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Change
Silva, Elena; White, Taylor; Toch, Thomas – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015
Early in the twentieth century, the industrialist Andrew Carnegie established the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to create a pension system for the nation's college professors. The introduction of this pension system proved an ingenious educational reform. At the time, American higher education was a largely ill-defined…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Competence
McKay, Sarah – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015
On December 5, 2014, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's DC office hosted an invitation-only gathering of fifteen federal, state, and local education policy experts in both the public and nonprofit sectors. The goal of the meeting was to explore strategies to improve Title II, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy
McCaffrey, Daniel F. – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2013
Value-added evaluations use student test scores to assess teacher effectiveness. How student achievement is judged can depend on which test is used to measure it. Thus it is reasonable to ask whether a teacher's value-added score depends on which test is used to calculate it. Would it change if a different test was used? Specifically, might a…
Descriptors: Scores, Accountability, Achievement Gains, Teacher Effectiveness
Bryk, Anthony S.; Gomez, Louis M.; Grunow, Alicia – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2010
In this Carnegie essay by Anthony Bryk, Louis Gomez and Alicia Grunow, the authors argue that the social organization of the research enterprise is badly broken and a very different alternative is needed. They instead support a science of improvement research and introduce the idea of a networked improvement community that creates the purposeful…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research and Development, Disadvantaged, Achievement Gap
Sheppard, Sheri D.; Macatangay, Kelly; Colby, Anne; Sullivan, William M. – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2008
This multi-year study of undergraduate engineering education in the United States initiated questions about the alignment of engineering programs with the demands of current professional engineering practice. While describing engineering education from within the classroom and the lab, the report on the study offers new possibilities for teaching…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Study, Instructional Effectiveness, College Curriculum
Tinto, Vincent – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2008
The author writes that for too many low-income students the open door to American higher education has become a revolving door. In examining what can be done, he recognizes the centrality of the classroom to student success.
Descriptors: Low Income, College Students, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power
Huber, Mary Taylor; Breen, Molly – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2007
As one means to combat the dis-integration of the undergraduate experience, the authors make a case for the kinds of integrated education needed to prepare students to respond creatively and with commitment to our society's most critical challenges.
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, School Desegregation, Undergraduate Study, College Students
Ehrlich, Tom – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006
The committee charged with reforming the current Core Curriculum of Harvard University has instead recommended a minimum distribution requirement for undergraduates: three courses in each of three fields. The Core Curriculum was adopted by Harvard in the 1970s with a view to ensuring that undergraduates be broadly educated in seven approaches to…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, General Education, Research Universities, Service Learning
Bacchetti, Ray; Ehrlich, Thomas – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006
The writers call for foundations and educational institutions to build their programs around the goal of increasing educational capital through more open and accountable forms of education grant-making and educational activity. Recognizing that education needs philanthropic foundations to enliven imagination, spur improvements and test solutions;…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Program Effectiveness, Educational Change, Organizational Objectives
Marchese, Theodore J. – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006
The author asks whether higher education reform has run out of new things to say. The final two decades of the twentieth century were a remarkable period for innovation in undergraduate education. Many of higher education's earlier waves of reform had focused on curricular issues, on what should be taught. The new reformers by and large ignored…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Educational Change, College Instruction, Teaching Methods
Bond, Lloyd – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2005
The writer reminds readers that the polemics of reform frequently portray the realm of teaching and learning in more extreme terms than is really necessary. Likening calls for educational reform to scientific revolutions sparked by Kuhn, Darwin and Copernicus, that jettison completely the assumptions and premises of the theories they replace, Bond…
Descriptors: Modern Mathematics, Phonics, Educational Change, Reading Instruction
Huber, Mary Taylor; Cox, Rebecca – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2004
The authors comment on incentive systems that impede serious scholarly work on teaching and learning. The hallmark of academic freedom is the opportunity it affords faculty members to pursue innovative or unconventional scholarship. Over the past decade or so, teaching initiatives in higher education are gaining visibility, innovation is on the…
Descriptors: Faculty Evaluation, Incentives, College Faculty, Scholarship