November 12, 2019
Volume 4, Number 7
We All Need to Be Data People
More than ever before, colleges are making real efforts to improve student success. Flipping classrooms, expanding student-support services, and increasing course availability through innovative delivery methods are a just a few of the many strategies institutions are deploying. Despite the effort, too many students, particularly those who are low income, are not graduating on time — or even graduating at all.

One reason is that, although there is a lot of institutional, state, and federal data that could be used to improve student success, few people at colleges know how to make sense of it. More important, even fewer know how to use it effectively.

The need to fix that lack of data literacy is critical. Lawmakers are setting up accountability policies like performance-based funding that require institutions to pay more-granular attention to measures of student success. Accreditation standards emphasize the use of data and evidence to ensure institutional effectiveness. Students and families want to know whether attending our institutions will be worth it.

Higher education is recognizing that it needs more "data people." In 2016, the Association for Institutional Research articulated its aspirations for the institutional-research function at colleges. AIR observed that an institution’s data and analysis functions have been traditionally siloed in an institutional-research office given the primary job of compliance reporting, and of serving the interests of a select few (usually the president or provost). But AIR’s vision puts student success front and center and calls for restructuring institutions’ data-and-analysis functions to serve an expanded definition of decision makers, including the faculty, frontline staff members, and even students themselves.

This summer, the professional associations representing institutional researchers (AIR), information-technology officers (Educause), and business officers (Nacubo) released a joint statement reaffirming "higher education’s commitment to the use of data and analytics to make better strategic decisions." The statement urges institutions to "accelerate the meaningful use of analytics and take advantage of the power of data to make the decisions and take the actions that just may save higher education. Really."

Although there’s a growing recognition that data literacy is critical, not everyone who works at a college has a background in statistics, research methods, or quantitative and qualitative analysis. Not everyone is conversant with institutional, state, and national data sets. Not everyone can create compelling dashboards and informative pivot tables.

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– by Archie P. Cubarrubia, The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Trust: Gather & Share Event
The FCTL is offering "  Gather & Share  " events on the 1st Monday of each month, from 3:45pm - 4:45pm in ADUC 310. The objective is to have a "topic" area and share a couple of ideas and then have folks gather and share about the topic.

The Next Gather & Share Event:
Topic: Failure
When: Monday, December 2, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 310
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “Curiosity” at this “Gather & Share” event. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Registration: click here to register
Blackboard Buzz
Assignments Overview (Student)
Do you know how your students are doing homework in Blackboard? Do you have students who are struggling on assignment submit? Blackboard Inc. has a tutorial video on how to use Assignment feature in Blackboard.

This (YouTube) is the video in question. You can see for yourself to see how the system works in students’ end or just send it to your students who need it.

Email for additional information and on-campus support.
What I Love About Teaching Campaign
Hello Educators!

We are looking for your response to the question "What do you love about teaching?"

Click the link below to share your response:
12th Annual Conference on

Higher Education Pedagogy

 February 5-7, 2020  

Virginia Tech / Blacksburg, Virginia, USA


For information about conference registration and associated fees, visit the conference website:

If you have an interest in attending this conference as part of an MSU cohort, send an email identifying your interest (why), what you hope to gain from the conference, and what you will be willing to share with the MSU community upon your return to
Call for Proposals: The 2020 Pedagogicon
May 15th, EKU
Proposals Due: February 16th

The conference theme, “ Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning,” encourages us to examine and promote students-as-partners strategies for teaching and learning that encourage deep, transferable academic experiences.
Do you have an exceptional strategy to share? Do you have a new theory or practice that might enhance teaching and learning, faculty development, educational practices, or student engagement at your institution and beyond? Presenters are encouraged to engage their audience, so preference will be given to those submissions that specify how this engagement will be provided. The conference will host an opening session on transparency in learning and teaching.
Threads might include but are not limited to:
  • Use of technology to enhance students-as-partners in teaching and learning
  • Creative instructional techniques that engage students in partnership experiences
  • Faculty development initiatives, programs, and processes that promote students-as-partners in teaching and learning
  • New ways to use Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to enhance student partnerships in teaching and learning
  • Strategies for incorporating diversity, culturally responsive pedagogy, and/or inclusive excellence into students-as-partners teaching and learning models and designs
  • High-Impact Educational Practices that enhance students as partners in teaching and learning
  • Student perspectives on partnerships in teaching and learning.

Presenters will also have the opportunity to submit their work for consideration in the annual Proceedings, to be published in late 2020. 

Submit proposals online at
19th Annual  Posters-at-the-Capitol
March 5th, Frankfort

Posters-at-the-Capitol  an event hosted collaboratively by Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, is intended to help members of Kentucky’s legislature and the Governor better understand the importance of involving undergraduates in research, scholarly, and creative work. It provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in scholarship, research, and creative work that is important to their educational experience and professional development. We encourage faculty to have their students participate in  Posters-at-the-Capitol to help those in Kentucky who fund higher education understand why these experiences are so important. 
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University