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Can an Investment in Instruction Improve a College’s Bottom Line?

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to simultaneously cut costs and improve student learning outcomes. There is a perceived tension between these goals: the conventional wisdom is that increasing instructional quality is not possible without increasing expenditures, but colleges and universities have limited resources to spend on improving instructional quality. But what if the relationship between institutional finances and instructional quality were more complex than that? In Instructional Quality,…

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Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances
Martin Kurzweil at ACE 2017

On March 12, Martin Kurzweil is speaking on "Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances" at the American Council on Education's Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Interviewed by ACE's Steven Taylor, Kurzweil and Kenneth Furton, provost at Florida International University, will discuss the relationship between effective classroom instruction and improved student outcomes, and how the two may help an institution’s bottom line. The panel will take place from 9:45 am…


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Convening on the Future of Higher Education Quality Assurance

There is a growing consensus among those who study and work in higher education, and those who make policy for higher education, that the current U.S. system of higher education quality assurance is not working. While recognition of the problem is growing, attempted solutions have yet to pan out, and there is little agreement on the best way to proceed. With a new presidential administration in place and a reauthorization of…


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Roger Schonfeld Selected to Deliver Bryant Jackson Lecture
At Milner Library, Illinois State University

On Thursday, April 13, Roger Schonfeld will deliver the Bryant Jackson Lecture at Illinois State University's Milner Library. He will speak on "The Library's Academic Support Role in a Time of Educational Transformation." The Bryant Jackson Lectureship, an annual event at Milner Library that draws librarians from nearby states, was endowed in 2003 by former university librarian Joe Kraus. He established the event and fund to honor his associate university…


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Martin Kurzweil to Deliver Keynote Address on Responsible Use of Student Data
The Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum

Martin Kurzweil will deliver a keynote address on the "Responsible Use of Student Data in the Digital Era" at the Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum at the University of Arizona. His talk is scheduled for 8:00 am on Monday, April 24. Registration for the conference opens on January 17. For more information, please visit the conference website.


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Lessons for Scholarly Communication from The Next Wave 2016

Since taking part in ITHAKA’s The Next Wave 2016 a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting on what I heard and what it means for the libraries and publishers we work with every day. As higher education changes to meet the needs of 21st century students, libraries and publishers must also adapt. Here are just a few of the big takeaways from my perspective. We need to align behind…

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Joining Together to Expand Access and Opportunity
Introducing the American Talent Initiative

Thirty of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities today announced a new venture to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates. Coordinated by Ithaka S+R and the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and supported by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the American Talent Initiative (ATI) brings together a diverse set of public and private institutions to ensure…

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Supporting Research Habits with Tools for Success
An Information Literacy Webinar Hosted by NFAIS

Ithaka S+R's Christine Wolff will join Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kate Lawrence, EBSCO, for an NFAIS webinar on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Registration for "Information Literacy: Understanding and Supporting Research Habits with Tools for Success" is now open on the NFAIS website. From the NFAIS website: Last year, the Ithaka S+R  US Faculty Survey 2015 reported “an increase in the share of…


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Martin Kurzweil at Comprehensive Student Records Convening

Martin Kurzweil is participating in a convening on the Comprehensive Student Record in Indianapolis on November 28-29. From the convening website: Learning occurs in many different ways and places, both day and night. The comprehensive student record project supported the innovative work of colleges and universities that tried new ways of verifying and documenting the diverse experiences of today’s learners that help them hone and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities.…


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Seeing Students Succeed
Roger Schonfeld at the Charleston Conference

Roger Schonfeld and Kate Lawrence, vice president for user research at EBSCO Information Services, are speaking on "Seeing that Students Succeed: rising expectations and the library’s role in teaching and learning," at the Charleston Conference on Thursday, November 3, from 2:30 -3:10 pm. They will be in the Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott. "Interest in supporting students and their competencies and learning outcomes shows signs of surging." This was one…