Archive | November, 2013

The Case for College Curriculum on Social Media

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody
Director of Continuous Program Improvement, School of Education, American Public University

My inbox was recently inundated with headlines focused on the “clumsy” remarks of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding critics of the Common Core state standards initiative. In this age of social media, everything is captured and broadcast to a much larger audience more quickly than ever before in history.

Higher Education Prepares for the Common Core

Friday, November 15, 2013


Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody
Director of Continuous Education Program Improvement in the School of Education at American Public University

In the near future, colleges and universities will be receiving graduates of K-12 public education who have been immersed in the common core standards. The general hope is that students will be better prepared for college curricula, but now is a time of uncertainty as educators work across states and grade levels to implement the common core.

Measuring Student Learning

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Julie Atwood
Director of Assessment at American Public University System

All universities face the question, “how do we know our students are learning?” To answer that question at American Public University System (APUS), we gather data in a number of ways, including key course assessments, capstone course assignments, nationally-normed tests, and surveys.

All universities gather student learning data and report it to accrediting bodies, such as regional accreditors and government agencies.

Implementing the Degree Qualifications Profile Framework at the American Public University System

Friday, November 8, 2013

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Jennifer Stephens Helm
Dean and Vice-President of Institutional Research and Assessment, American Public University System

To enhance the learning experience for students and ensure they are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need for success, American Public University System (APUS) adopted the Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) framework across its associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 2011.

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