A series of free bi-monthly webinars examining topics vital to the future of higher education (scroll down for links to our past webinars).
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March – af·ford·a·bil·i·ty/əfôrdəˈbilədē/ noun – Affordability is a complicated subject, made even more so by multiple perspectives: student, institution or state. It seems that the only agreement is that college is not affordable and getting less so all the time. Yet lacking any common definition of affordability and how to measure it, we might not recognize it if we saw it, nor do we have a target for goal-setting in order to bring us closer to achieving it. Brian Prescott leads a dialog on a subject that is at the forefront of policy debates affecting everyone from students and their families to communities, institutions, systems, states, and the federal government. It’s a simple word with major implications.
January 2019 – The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same In the 50 years since NCHEMS first began its work, many changes have occurred in the external factors affecting postsecondary education including the public policy environment. Dennis Jones leads a webinar highlighting curves in the policy road since 1969 and shares opinions on how policy will have to keep evolving to meet looming conditions. Pat Callan and David Longanecker will add their voices to this conversation.
April 2019 – It’s a Systemic Thing. (Or it should be.) Higher education institutions are facing ever-increasing amounts of scrutiny and pressure as the importance of a college education to both individual success and a healthy economy becomes more apparent. Yet institutions acting on their own will struggle to navigate an increasingly perilous pathway in states that have unfavorable demographic futures combined with state disinvestment, as many do. State higher education agencies and multi-campus systems can add value by exercising bold, decisive, and forward-thinking policy leadership that promotes a systems approach, marked by cross-institutional collaboration, to solving these challenges. Brian Prescott leads a discussion with Aaron Thompson (Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education) and Jason Lane (State University of New York). They focus on how the role of state higher education agencies and multi-campus systems is evolving to help meet the demands to achieve attainment goals and close equity gaps – even as resources are stretched thin.
May 2019 – Quality Never Goes Out of Style The changing world of higher education, shaped by new forms of instructional delivery and constantly shifting demands for relevant credentials, demands new definitions of quality and new approaches to quality assurance. In this webinar, Peter Ewell addresses the evolution of quality assurance since the emergence of the “assessment movement” in the early 1980s, with an emphasis on the role of institutional accreditation and the constantly improving array of approaches to gathering evidence about what and how much students have learned. Assisting Peter as resources for this webinar are a faculty member with expertise in learning outcomes assessment (George Kuh of Indiana University and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment) and an expert in accreditation and quality assurance policy (Melanie Booth – Associate Vice President at Dominican University and served with the WASC Senior Commission and the Quality Assurance Commons).
July 2019 – A Little (Culture) Change Just Might Do the Trick For the past two years, NCHEMS has hosted The Foundation for Student Success (FSS), setting up teams (or pods) of schools in Mentor/Mentee relationships to examine how some institutions of higher education have interrupted undesirable trends in student success measures of historically underrepresented and underserved populations. Sarah Torres Lugo and her guests, Paul Dosal (University of South Florida) and Sally Johnstone (NCHEMS) discuss the critical role of data in igniting and sustaining campus culture change that creates more fertile conditions for equity gap elimination and improvements in overall student success.
September 2019 – Is That a Classroom In Your Cellphone?
It’s been decades since broadband brought classrooms into our homes, making quality education outside of a brick-and-mortar institution a new norm. Sally Johnstone and her guests—Candace Thille, Dale Johnson, and Heather Hiles—discuss the importance of the developing advances in learning science and tools that support students’ greater success. They will also discuss the ever-evolving world of alternative delivery systems and how these tools will help address the needs of an agile workforce.
February 2020 – It’s More Than Just a Pretty Chart
While “too much data” isn’t really a thing, sorting through what is relevant to whom, what should be in focus at what altitude, and ultimately how to use the vast stores of information at our disposal leads to a dizzying array of choices. Rachel Christeson and Gina Johnson lead a discussion on data visualization: how to avoid some of the rabbit holes you trip over if you try to answer too many (or the wrong) questions and how to keep the audience for your visualizations in mind as you prepare them. They will be joined by two other NCHEMS colleagues, John Clark and Linda Leyba, who will share their expertise at finding publicly available data.
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