The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation's reckoning with racial injustice have heightened the importance of a postsecondary system that better serves Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, and students from low-income backgrounds. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success strategy is driven by the belief that educational opportunity should not depend on race or income.

Updating, revising, and re-envisioning a core curriculum is a complex—but critical—task for colleges and universities. Different stakeholders often have different goals. Balancing these perspectives can be a challenge, but the key to success is a transparent process of shared governance among administrators, faculty, and students.

For some faculty members, redesigning part or all of a course can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you know that you’ve had a positive impact on student learning? As you finalize preparations for the fall, this article shares a roadmap for designing and implementing a plan to improve student learning in your courses.

The American Council on Education (ACE) has a long history of providing guidance on the collection and utilization of data to inform decisions about education programs and policies. In the video below, ACE President Ted Mitchell discusses how colleges and universities can embrace new strategies to adapt and succeed in this age of big data.

For many instructors, reentering the classroom this fall will mean closing Zoom, dusting off our lecture notes, and finally reinhabiting the same spaces as students. But what awaits us? In the return to the classroom, educators should revisit the age-old argument that student learning hinges less on content and more on engagement.

Though employers and educators might use similar terms to describe skills like critical thinking or teamwork, their interpretations and descriptions can vary significantly across different academic and workplace communities. If thousands of colleges, universities, and companies (and even more faculty and employers) are using these skills to evaluate the achievements of students, new employees, and employees poised for advancement, having a common understanding is essential.