RU–N Collaborates with ACE and ACUE to Advance Student Success through Effective College Instruction

The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) today announced a significant collaboration with Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) and other institutions of higher education to enhance student success through effective college instruction.

ACUE, a new company founded in 2014, has launched a national effort to advance effective college instruction through state-of-the-art online professional development programs. ACE is collaborating with ACUE in a joint venture as part of its nearly century-old mission to prepare campus leaders, support the work of colleges and universities, and assist institutions in strengthening student learning, persistence, and completion.

Over the past year, ACUE has developed a scalable faculty development and certificate program for college instructors. This research-based program complements related student success initiatives and significantly extends the reach of faculty development efforts.

ACE, which has long made college credit recommendations for workplace and military courses, is applying its rigorous quality assessment expertise to optimize  the soundness and research basis of ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework© and Course in Effective Teaching Practices. The framework represents a first-of-its-kind statement of professional practice and courseware specifically designed for higher education educators.

ACUE’s program is enhanced by a new application of the work ACE has done for decades using subject matter expert teams to evaluate learning that takes place outside a formal classroom for credit recommendation—since 1954 for military experiences and occupations and since 1974 for workplace courses. Those recommendations have been used successfully by students to earn credit at many institutions; and many of those students have done well academically at the more than 2,000 institutions that make it a practice to consider ACE credit recommendations.

ACUE and ACE’s shared goal is to expand dramatically the use of effective teaching practices to benefit students, faculty, and institutions.


Dr. Phylis Peterman, associate professor and chair of RU-N's Department of Social Work, engaging with students.