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Motivating professors to improve teaching

January 25, 2010

Nearly 1,900 presidents, provosts, and faculty members gathered last week for the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Many speakers insisted that colleges and universities should go ahead and take drastic steps to improve the quality of their instruction, without using rigid faculty-incentive structures or the fiscal crisis as excuses for inaction.

Ken O'Donnell, associate dean for academic program planning for the California State University system's office of the chancellor, is working with campuses to adopt what he calls "high-impact practices" - including classroom models that involve more active student learning and less rote lecturing - in introductory courses where students often struggle.

Those reforms do not involve any substantial expense, he said.

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