Category Archives: teaching

It’s August?!

Remember all that writing you were going to do this summer. I hope you got some of it done. I did. SOME of it, that is. And now here we are, in the middle of August, with the start of … Continue reading

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The Unavoidable Curriculum

I’m looking forward to joining some colleagues this weekend at a summer institute organized by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU.org). We’re planning to get some good work done to organize professional development for high impact teaching practices … Continue reading

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Provost’s Address at Faculty Convocation

Designing for Student Success Karrin E. Wilks, Senior Vice President & Provost January 27, 2017 Good morning and welcome to our first annual Faculty Convocation. Thank you all for joining us. We are very pleased to have to have this … Continue reading

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First Faculty Convocation

As a large, urban college, BMCC has a large, urban faculty. It’s difficult to communicate with them–in any direction. We find ourselves relying on small groups, some elected such as department chairs and academic senate, and email. Our web site posts … Continue reading

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A New Tradition: Winter Faculty Convocation

BMCC will start a new tradition in January 2017. For the first time, all faculty will gather for a convocation on Friday, January 27. In the most general sense, a convocation is simply a gathering of people. Its roots are … Continue reading

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Improving outcomes for developmental students

Recently, Karrin Wilks, Senior Vice President and Provost at BMCC, published an article about innovations in developmental outcomes at the college. Here’s the beginning of the piece: Many of us have been working on developmental education reform for years with … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Research

Involving students in research at the undergraduate level is one of the High Impact Practices endorsed by the AAC&U. (See https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices.) Community college students frequently get the opportunity to engage in research but seldom at the level or with the frequency … Continue reading

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The New Active Learning

In the early 2000s, I led a program to encourage and support faculty at Minnesota’s community-technical colleges and state universities (MnSCU) to adopt active learning strategies. At the time, we used the most comprehensive definition of “active learning” that we … Continue reading

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