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The Interrelatedness of Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances


June 15, 2017 3:00 PM

ACE commissioned a white paper as part of the Council’s collaboration with Strada Education Network to explore whether improvements in instructional quality can increase a postsecondary institution’s net revenue. This webinar will focus on insights from the white paper, Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Financesand offer how faculty development at one university has had a demonstrable impact at an institutional level.

The paper provides a conceptual framework in which improvement in instruction leads to better student outcomes such as increased retention rates, decreased repetition of courses, and faster time to degree. These improvements in student outcomes, in turn, lead to increases in marginal revenue that are larger than the marginal costs of improving instruction and of serving a larger student population. Surveying the literature, the authors find evidence supporting this hypothesis, though no previous study has explored it directly.


  • Catherine Haras

    Senior Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, California State University, Los Angeles

  • Joel Hartman

    Vice President for Information Technologies and Resources, University of Central Florida​

  • Martin Kurzweil

    Director, Educational Transformation Program, Ithaka S+R

  • Steven Taylor

    Associate Director of Academic Innovation, American Council on Education


Registration for this webinar is now closed.

This even took place online at the following date and time


Thursday, June 15, 2017
3:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)




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