ACE Issues White Paper Examining Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence
October 30, 2017

Quality postsecondary instruction yields benefits that extend far beyond the classroom.

A new ACE white paper concludes that quality postsecondary instruction yields benefits that extend far beyond the classroom.

The impact of excellent college instruction can reach into students’ co-curricular experiences and contribute to students’ achievement—retention, persistence, and success—ultimately leading to improved institutional efficiency, states Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development (6 MB PDF).

In addition, the paper finds that higher education institutions must leverage their unique assets (such as faculty, instructional expertise, and educational technologies) to design and implement student-centered, attainment-focused instructional approaches and practices that can lead to improved student outcomes and timelier postsecondary credential completion. It is divided into five chapters, each offering a distinctive perspective on postsecondary teaching and focusing on multiple audiences: faculty developers, deans, provosts, and presidents. But faculty is the constant thread tying the paper together.

The paper was commissioned by ACE as part of the Council’s collaboration with Strada Education Network to examine higher education instruction and assess the connections between quality teaching and student success. It was unveiled last week in Montreal at the annual conference of the POD Network, which works to advance the research and practice of educational development in higher education. 

ACE was a co-sponsor of the conference, and Steven Taylor, ACE’s director of academic innovation & initiatives and principal investigator on ACE’s effective teaching research, led two sessions: “Measuring the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development: A National Benchmarking Effort” and “A Shared Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Investing in the Future of Faculty Development.” 

ACUE also was a conference co-sponsor and led two sessions examining “The Evidence: Pairing Research and Practice to Drive Student Success.” ACE is invested in ACUE’s success and works in collaboration with ACUE to expand dramatically the use of effective teaching practices to benefit students, faculty, and institutions.

Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence is part of ACE’s work to elevate the important role that teaching plays in helping students and institutions succeed and that faculty development plays in improving teaching practice by identifying connections between instructional quality, student outcomes, and institutional efficiency. 

It is the third in a series of papers released in collaboration with Strada. The first two were Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes and Institutional Finances (2 MB PDF) and Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes (1 MB PDF).