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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Foreword by Peter T. Ewell
This book describes a seven-year projectQuality in Undergraduate Education
(QUE)that produced important changes in departments and in the teaching of
individual faculty in 21 two- and four-year institutions across four states.
Rather than a blow-by-blow report of the project, it focuses on the problems
that led to the development of QUE: concern about low levels of student
learning in postsecondary institutions and demands by state legislatures that
funds for postsecondary institutions be tied to assessment of student learning.
The story is told first from the organizational perspective in national and
local campus meetings, and then from the point of view of faculty in five
chapters, one for each discipline of biology, chemistry, English, history, and
mathematics. This description of QUE is intended as a model for administrators
and faculty seeking to meet the challenges of increasingly diverse students as
well as the increasingly divergent ways to earn a degree.
The QUE process at the national and local levels
Evolution of a biologists perspective
Chemistry education today
The English chairs guide to a learning-centered curriculum
The QUE project and history learning and teaching
Mathematics and QUE
Reflections and recommendations