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Creating Significant Learning Experiences, Revised and Updated by L. Dee Fink

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CHAPTER SIX

BETTER ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT FOR FACULTY

The new ways of teaching described here make a real difference in both student learning and teacher satisfaction. However, to have any chance of making these changes into a widespread reality, faculty will need better support from the various organizations in higher education that shape the context within which they work.

In this chapter, I have two audiences in mind: faculty members who are ready to take on a leadership role and work for organizational change and the people who are already decision makers in various organizations in higher education. Colleges and universities are the key organizations that need to make changes because they provide the immediate context for faculty work. But a number of other organizations have major influence as well: accrediting organizations, funding agencies, disciplinary associations, and the numerous journals that publish material on college teaching. If faculty members can work with administrators in these various organizations, meaningful changes can be made that will greatly enhance the context for faculty teaching—and student learning—throughout higher education.

The reason these organizations need to give serious attention to their role in supporting faculty change is quite clear: faculty members are the ones in charge of the courses and curricula that constitute the core of our educational programs. Until and unless the faculty mind-set changes, nothing significant has happened in ...

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