ACE Research Outlines Best Practices to Support Effective Teaching and Improve Student Learning
February 07, 2018

Comprehensive, institution-wide efforts to improve teaching quality are highly effective at helping to improve graduation and retention rates and are also linked to higher student satisfaction, improved faculty morale, and higher pass rates, according to several case studies presented in a new ACE white paper.

Instruction is most effective when institutions focus on evidence-based practices that encourage collaboration, active learning, faculty development, assessment, and first-year student achievement, finds Effective Teaching: A Foundational Aspect of Practices That Support Student Learning (5 MB PDF), which 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. 

The paper focuses on the effectiveness of pedagogical practices at three public colleges and universities–California State University, Fullerton; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. It also explores the challenges and strategies associated with implementing those practices.

Effective Teaching: A Foundational Aspect of Practices That Support Student Learning 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 fourth in a series of papers released in collaboration with Strada. The first three were Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes and Institutional Finances (2 MB PDF), Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes (1 MB PDF), and Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development (6 MB PDF).

The paper is co-authored by ACE’s Brice Struthers, academic innovation program manager; Steven Taylor, ACE’s director of academic innovation and initiatives; and Penny MacCormack, chief academic officer at the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). ACE is invested in ACUE’s success and works in collaboration​ with ACUE to dramatically expand the use of effective teaching practices to benefit students, faculty, and institutions.