What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

The short answer is—it’s not what teachers do, it’s what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and out—but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn.

General Education Essentials by Paul Hanstedt

Every year, hundreds of small colleges, state schools, and large, research-oriented universities across the United States (and, increasingly, Europe and Asia) revisit their core and general education curricula, often moving toward more integrative models. And every year, faculty members who are highly skilled in narrowly defined fields ask two simple questions: “Why?” and “How is this going to affect me?”

General Education Essentials seeks to answer these and other questions by providing a much-needed overview of and a rationale for the recent shift in general education curricular design, a sense of how this shift can affect a faculty member’s teaching, and an understanding of how all of this might impact course and student assessment.


Meaningful choices, not more choices

Tina Rosenberg – New York Times

Part One: When a Few Bucks Can Get Students to the Finish Line

Part Two: At College, a Guided Path on Which to Find Oneself

AAC&U: The Dollars and Sense Behind General Education Reform

Ann S. Ferren, professor of educational studies, Radford University and Ashby Kinch, assistant professor of English, Christopher Newport University

Why Don’t They Apply What They Learn by James M. Lang

The Chronicle of Higher Education

On providing opportunities for students to “transfer” what they learn.

Task Force

Paul Hanstedt’s visit on May 18 & 19, 2017

Keynote Speech: “Creating Wicked Students: Why we should, how we can.”  Video  Slides PDF document

Town Hall: “Current Trends in Liberal Education: What’s driving the change?”  Video  Slides PDF document


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