Despite countless dollars being invested in the spirit of innovation, research has shown that the success of technology integration, particularly in the classroom, is largely dependent on each faculty member’s interest, willingness or even understanding of how to use the technology. As IT leaders gather at EDUCAUSE to consider technology innovations to bring to their institutions, it is imperative they consider the full spectrum of support needed to ensure the success and integration of the investment by faculty members.
A lesser-discussed component in the student success equation is the role of the faculty. It is acknowledged that faculty are critical players in many initiatives. Faculty members have the most contact with students and are able to see, communicate and guide in ways that others cannot. Yet, in the larger push to implement and effect change, it is possible and even likely that not enough space has been created for broad faculty engagement and ongoing development to fully position the efforts for success.
Faculty Guild, an educational services organization offering personalized professional development to help higher education faculty improve their own teaching and produce better student outcomes, has named Tony Pianta as its founding chief technology officer. In this role, Pianta will drive the technology development, security and IT operations for the company.
In the same way that part-time students are hidden from view and may feel that they are operating at the margins of higher education, so too is another population in higher education – part-time faculty. Part-time or adjunct faculty are critical to helping students succeed. Unfortunately, higher education systems were not designed to support part-time faculty or sufficiently integrate them into the institution’s culture.
Faculty Guild, an educational services organization offering personalized professional development to help higher education faculty members improve their own teaching and result in better student outcomes, has named Dr. Julie Johnson as its founding chief academic officer.
By all accounts, institutions are serious about helping their faculty members start the term off right. But what if institutional support for quality teaching was the norm throughout the year? After all, the goal of professional development is to help faculty members challenge their own thinking and to drive their own change. What kind of impact could this have on student outcomes?
Faculty Guild, an educational services organization dedicated to better student outcomes by helping higher education faculty members improve their own teaching through re-invented and personalized professional development, has named John Plunkett as its chief operating officer.
In our work at Complete College America, Starfish Retention Solutions (now part of Hobsons) and Blackboard – three leading voices in the student success movement – we have proudly seen appropriate focus put on remedial education reform, wraparound student services and pathways. These game changers help students increase momentum and overcome challenges to achieve graduation.
For years, though, we have wondered: “Given that faculty can have the greatest impact on student outcomes, how are we engaging faculty in the student success conversation?”