LOS ANGELES [June 4, 2018] — Mount Saint Mary’s University has been selected to join a select group of 26 U.S. institutions in the national Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, a new initiative that will prepare up to 500 faculty members to use evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote student success while embedding career guidance into their existing courses.
The Consortium’s colleges and universities were chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). The program is made possible by a $1.2 million grant from Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening America’s pathways between education and employment.
Thanks to its inclusion in the Consortium, a cohort of Mount Saint Mary’s professors will enroll in ACUE’s new course, “Career Readiness and 21st-Century Skills.” The course is based on more than 30 years of research that document the evidence-based teaching practices that have been shown to improve student outcomes, while also providing course-embedded career guidance. ACUE will debut two new modules that specifically address career readiness:
- Embedding Career Guidance, in which faculty members will be able to learn how to provide frequent, course-embedded information about specific careers.
- Preparing Students with 21st-Century, Career-Ready Skills, in which faculty members will develop course content, assignments and assessments to help students develop “career-ready” skills.
“This opportunity will take advantage of the Mount’s strong culture of student-focused teaching and learning,” says Pamela Gist, PhD, dean of traditional undergraduate programs at the University’s Doheny Campus. “By building a cohort of faculty equipped with deeper pedagogical knowledge, able to enrich student learning in their courses with new tools and the integration of career guidance, we will better prepare our students for their futures.”
Kim Middleton, Mount Saint Mary’s director of the Center for Academic Innovation and Creativity, will lead the faculty cohort in the 25 learning modules beginning this fall and mentor them in using new skills in their classes. The course will leverage the long-standing tradition of faculty learning communities at the Mount by providing peer support groups in both face-to-face and online formats. Members of the faculty cohort will be invited to present their new expertise to the campus in a workshop series, at the University’s annual research symposium, and in “mini-lesson” online modules for new faculty.
“This new course prepares faculty members to develop students’ critical thinking, leadership, interpersonal, professional skills and more, which are all crucial to success in obtaining and keeping a job,” says Penny MacCormack, EdD, ACUE’s chief academic officer. “These new modules go a step further to guide faculty members in providing specific career examples and skills assessments throughout their coursework.”
Selected members of the Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance:
Albertus Magnus College (CT)
Albion College (MI)
Alderson Broaddus University (WV)
Bloomfield College (NJ)
Briar Cliff University (IA)
Butler University (IN)
Concordia University Texas (TX)
Dillard University (LA)
Elmhurst College (IL)
Goshen College (IN)
Husson University (ME)
Lebanon Valley College (PA)
Lourdes University (OH)
Lynn University (FL)
Maryville College (TN)
Mills College (CA)
Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA)
Nebraska Methodist College (NE)
Regis College (MA)
Roanoke College (VA)
Sacred Heart University (CT)
Stillman College (AL)
Talladega College (AL)
Tiffin University (OH)
University of La Verne (CA)
Wesleyan College (GA)
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About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary's is the only women's university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equality, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary's provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. msmu.edu
About the Council of Independent Colleges
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 770 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit cic.edu.
About the Association of College and University Educators
The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. In partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, ACUE supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. Faculty members who complete ACUE courses earn certificates in effective college instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. ACUE’s “Community of Professional Practice” connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning. To learn more, visit acue.org.