Annual Perspectives on Learning and Understanding Students (A PLUS) Conference
Stroud described current 18-22 year olds as technology immersed, but perhaps not as technology savvy as one might expect. Stroud’s presentation was followed by a session led by Dr. Russell Mayer, VP for Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment, which focused on attitudes and behaviors in the traditional college aged population. Mayer discussed the career orientation of today’s college students, the challenges in adjusting to college they face and their social connectedness.
The highlight of the day was the time that Merrimack faculty spent with Dr. John Gardner, founder and president of the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Gardner emphasized the importance taking a comprehensive approach to educating students in their first year of college, a critical transitional moment in their lives. Dr. Gardner helped the faculty reflect on the strengths and areas for improvement in the Merrimack experience and worked with the faculty to develop particular areas in which to focus their efforts going forward aligned with research and best practices in the field. In general, the conference was a great success in combining research and practice to advance the educational mission of Merrimack College. Materials presented at the conferences are available below:
In support of its growing initiatives to enhance and promote teaching and learning, Merrimack College is pleased to announce it has received a $200,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, a leader in higher education philanthropy across New England. The multi-year funding will help launch the College’s new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), which seeks to engage faculty and the academic community in developing and implementing creative, effective, and innovative strategies that enhance student learning and support academic success.
Dr. DeCesare published an essay in the Summer 2013 issue of Teaching/Learning Matters.