Studies at Rutgers-Newark and UN-Reno find Stronger Grades Course Evaluations

We’re delighted to share the results of two new studies that find improved outcomes among students taught by ACUE-credentialed faculty members at two leading public research universities:

• At Rutgers University-Newark, students were significantly more likely to earn A, B, or C grades in courses taught by ACUE-credentialed faculty than in comparison classes

• At the University of Nevada, Reno, students gave stronger marks on course evaluations—that improved over time—for ACUE-credentialed faculty, and earned higher grades than comparison course sections

These two studies measured outcomes from 106 ACUE-credentialed faculty members and 19,338 impacted students (non-unique) in a longitudinal comparison. They join ACUE’s large body of independently-validated research showing similar—and positive—student impact.

“We are very encouraged by these initial, quantitative observations. They tangibly show that students respond positively to the pedagogy employed by faculty who have taken the ACUE course,” said Kevin Carman, executive vice president and provost at University of Nevada, Reno. “It is also good news for faculty as they pursue their goal of promotion and tenure. On a broader scale, I see this is an important step in advancing our ongoing commitment to a culture of student success that is facilitated by excellence in teaching.”

The findings from RU-Newark—the most diverse university in the country–show how effective instruction promotes greater equity. Another recent study at Texas Women’s University found a course completion gap eliminated between Black/African American and other students.

“A particular strength of these newest findings is the sustained impact over time,” said Meghan Snow, ACUE’s executive director of research. “Overall, we’re finding positive outcomes in R1s and community colleges and private liberal arts institutions, in urban and rural setting nationwide.”

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