University of Phoenix Measuring Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education
In collaboration with three researchers from the University of Michigan, University of Phoenix and The Center for Learning Analytics recently held a workshop at the Sperling Center to explore outcomes from the study “Measuring Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education.”
“The Center for Learning Analytics was honored to host colleagues from the University of Michigan for an all-day research workshop that focused on the important role faculty play in facilitating student learning outcomes,” said University Research Chair Scott Burrus.
The study analyzed data from 2,343 instructors who taught 34,725 sections, and focused on long-term outcomes from algebra courses (MTH/208 and MTH/209 covering College Mathematics I and II). A total of 396,038 student observations between July 2000 and July 2014 were collected, and student performance on the final exam and final course grades were used as the student success measures. The courses were taught at the campus level and online, and are required of all students in Bachelor of Arts degree programs.
The research offers an opportunity for the University to better understand its personnel policies and practices. As the study noted, "recruiting, developing, motivating and retaining effective postsecondary instructors may be a key, yet underdeveloped, tool for improving institutional productivity."
“As part of this workshop, we reaffirmed our commitment to work together to partner on research initiatives that will continue to inform higher education and demonstrate University of Phoenix as an active learning laboratory,” added Burrus.
The Research Hub will contain updates as these important initiatives evolve.