"No one rises to low expectations." Many educators have probably heard this quote at some point in their professional career. The saying challenges us as educators to set the bar high for our students, and for ourselves; to seek excellence as a standard, not as a fortunate surprise. It challenges us not to engage in deficit-minded thinking when we interact with students, because our words and our actions send a powerful message that can quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Colleges and universities are “not doing enough to use the data they collect to improve teaching and learning.” So noted a recent Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog (7/16/09) quoting Stan Ikenberry, (coprincipal investigator for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, an initiative begun in 2008 to find and detail best practices in assessment across college campuses) regarding new findings from a recently completed NILOA study.