Previous Essays

Teaching to Lead
Teaching practices that help students develop leadership

Knowing About vs. Knowing How
The challenges of translating what we know about good practices into making our classes, majors, and programs more effective

Clear and Organized Teaching
Why a basic and under-appreciated teaching skill is critical for student learning

Improving Educational Quality
Lessons learned from liberal arts colleges about the conditions that facilitate the use of evidence to improve student learning

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Wabash National Study Blog - at last!

At our orientation meetings in August many of you asked us to set up a listserv or blog to help you communicate with one another. After looking at a variety of approaches we have decided to start with a blog that is supported by TypePad. You will be able to comment on this post, or any of the posts that we have made in the last couple of weeks. You can all subscribe to the site so that you'll be updated via RSS feed when someone posts, or you can ask for an email notification when the site changes. (Those links are on the right side of the page.) We hope that you will all subscribe in one form or another. Unless we hear otherwise from you, we will stop sending email updates after this message and focus on updating the information exchange blog.

We considered using a listserv rather than a blog. After looking at both options, we thought that blog would would do a better job of facilitating conversations and have fewer issues with spam filtering. Please do not hesitate to let us know what you think about the blog and if there's anything we can do to make it more useful to you.

We close by giving our heartfelt thanks for all of your hard work in getting students to take the assessments. Over 6,000 students have now joined the study, and regardless of whether you ultimately get the number of people that you hoped for, we know that you worked very hard on this and we will do everything possible to make sure that your efforts payoff for your students.