Planning for Higher Education Journal

Taking the Long View

Ten Recommendations about Time, Money, Technology, and Learning
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From Volume 39 Number 2 | January–March 2011
By Stephen C. Ehrmann
Challenges: Change Management

Ten recommendations outline a strategy for departments to make gradual, visible, and rewarding improvements in the learning outcomes of their degree programs. Time is a crucial factor. Change occurs slowly in universities, so the strategy needs to be persistent and cumulative.Among the levers for improvement: familiar technology used by students and faculty to save time on core disciplinary tasks, curricular change, and group work; peer support among faculty; short, accessible increments of faculty development; extensive use of assessment and evaluation to help make glacially slow change visible and subject to conscious control; and careful development of coalitions inside and outside the academy.

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