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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September/October 2011 EDUCAUSE Review Now Available Online

Just look at this interesting line-up in this EDUCAUSE Review, September/October 2011, Volume 46, Number 5.

Diana G. Oblinger, President and CEO of EDUCAUSE writes, "The challenges facing higher education in the United States today are unprecedented.
Something has to change. How do we do better with less?"

In this issue of EDUCAUSE Review, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) President Freeman Hrabowski III contends that higher education “must begin by transforming its own culture, which is reflected in the questions we ask (and those we don’t), the achievements we measure and highlight (and those we ignore), and the initiatives we support (or don’t support).” Faced with unprecedented challenges, what can our community do to shape a better future? One answer appears to involve the more effective use of data.

Assessment and Analytics in Institutional Transformation
By Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Jack Suess, and John Fritz
Assessment and analytics, supported by information technology, can change institutional culture and drive the transformation in student retention, graduation, and success.
Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education
By Phil Long and George Siemens
Learning analytics can penetrate the fog of uncertainty around how to allocate resources, develop competitive advantages, and improve the quality and value of the learning experience.
Seeking Evidence of Impact: Opportunities and Needs
By Malcolm B. Brown and Veronica Diaz
The SEI program is working with the teaching and learning community to gather evidence of the impact of instructional innovations and current practices and to help evaluate the results.