Bryn Mawr’s Teaching and Learning Initiative Highlighted in U.K. Higher Ed Press

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 3:42 pm.

mast_blankTimes Higher Education, best known for its “World University Rankings,” recently highlighted Bryn Mawr’s Teaching and Learning Initiative as a model for instructor training and evaluation.

From the article…
“In the US, colleges commonly boast about the number of staff with doctorates as they woo prospective students. Some UK institutions such as City University London and Birkbeck, University of London have anticipated the demand for credentials and are encouraging and supporting academics without doctorates to study for them so as to emboss the university prospectus.

Students will be more attentive to this information and rightly so: they need to know that those who teach them are qualified to do so. But they can play another vital role in the process. At Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, students are paid to monitor classes. They assess and offer feedback to new tenure-track professors who sign up to take part in return for teaching just two courses in the first semester rather than the standard three (current academic staff can apply for a stipend to take part). Close to 100 academics have participated in this teaching and learning initiative.”

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