Effective Education Practices

Master Higher Education

Assignment: Course Project – Effective Education Practices (Part 2)—Best Practices

This week you will begin working on the second part of your Course Project (Part 2—Best Practices). If needed, review the scenario presented in the Course Project Overview section of Week 1. see below

For this assignment, you will gather information on three programs, policies, services, or procedures that engage students and produce desirable outcomes for the institution. You must include at least one initiative not covered in the course texts and one primary source (college/university Web site, promotional material, discussion with program administrators, etc.). Prepare a 2- to 3-page paper describing the practices. Make sure to address the following items:

· Nature of the practice (goals, objectives, target population, theoretical base)

· Type of institution (2-year/4-year, public/private, large/small, research/teaching institution, etc.)

· Number and types of students being served

· Effectiveness of the practice (how do we know that it works?)

Assignment length: 2–3 pages

Consider this scenario: ** F.Y.I*** Nothing to do here just information

The Board of Regional U. has charged the University President with increasing the number of students who graduate each year. Regional U. boasts a very diverse student body, and the Board has observed that graduation rates seem to vary among different student groups. Leaders of the University have decided that the best and most equitable way to improve the general graduation rate is to improve graduation rates for those subgroups.

As a first step in the process, the University President has convened a Taskforce to gather information on the different student groups and present the findings at a joint faculty/staff training session. She has appointed 10 members to the Taskforce, including you. Each member is charged with recommending an educational practice that will promote the success of a particular subgroup.

To accomplish this task, you will need to research learning/development challenges for the subgroup and educationally effective practices that have been implemented at other universities. You will deliver your recommendation (with supporting references) in the form of a PowerPoint presentation at a joint faculty/staff training session.

** Nothing to do here this part has been completed just F.Y.I***

This course explores the changing student population and introduces key concepts surrounding their persistence and achievement. This body of research has serious implications for the success of higher education as a whole. Researchers at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (Horn, Peter, & Rooney, 2002) have identified 7 significant “risk attributes” that have a negative impact on whether students stay in college and attain their degrees. These factors characterize an increasing number of today’s undergraduates. They include:

· Delayed post-secondary enrollment (by one or more years)

· Part-time or full-time employment**** I started off this project with this group**

· Financial independence

· Parenthood (or custody of other dependents—especially single parenthood

· High school dropout or GED status

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