Briar Cliff University selected to join national Consortium focused on preparing faculty with career guidance skills

Sioux City, IA – Briar Cliff University is pleased to announce that it is one of a select group of 26 institutions across the nation chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), to join the national Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, a new initiative that will prepare up to 500 faculty members to use evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote student success while embedding career guidance into their existing courses. The program is made possible by a $1.2 million grant from Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening America’s pathways between education and employment.

A cohort of Briar Cliff faculty members will enroll in ACUE’s new course, “Career Readiness and 21st-Century Skills.” The course is based on more than 30 years of research that document the evidence-based teaching practices that have been shown to improve student outcomes while also providing course-embedded career guidance. ACUE will debut two new modules that specifically address career readiness: Embedding Career Guidance, in which faculty members will be able to learn how to provide frequent, course-embedded information about specific careers, and Preparing Students with 21st-Century Career-Ready Skills, in which faculty members will be assisted in developing course content, assignments, and assessments to help students develop “career-ready” skills.

“Briar Cliff is dedicated to providing a world-class liberal arts education that prepares our students for success after graduation,” said Rachelle Karstens, Interim President of Briar Cliff University. “The mission of the Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance aligns with our passion for educating and supporting students, and as the only college in Iowa selected to join the Consortium, we are thankful for this opportunity.”

Matthew Pangborn, associate professor of English and writing and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Briar Cliff, will lead the faculty cohort in the 25 learning modules beginning this fall and mentor them in using new skills in their classes. “The twenty instructors participating in the program will form a faculty learning community working together to incorporate evidence-based techniques specifically into the university’s general-education offerings,” said Pangborn.

“This new course prepares faculty members to develop students’ critical thinking, leadership, interpersonal, professional skills, and more, which are all crucial to success in obtaining and keeping a job,” says Dr. Penny MacCormack, ACUE’s chief academic officer. “These new modules go a step further to guide faculty members in providing specific career examples and skills assessments throughout their coursework.”

Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance:

Albertus Magnus College (CT)
Albion College (MI)
Alderson Broaddus University (WV)
Bloomfield College (NJ)
Briar Cliff University (IA)
Butler University (IN)
Concordia University Texas (TX)
Dillard University (LA)
Elmhurst College (IL)
Goshen College (IN)
Husson University (ME)
Lebanon Valley College (PA)
Lourdes University (OH)
Lynn University (FL)
Maryville College (TN)
Mills College (CA)
Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA)
Nebraska Methodist College (NE)
Regis College (MA)
Roanoke College (VA)
Sacred Heart University (CT)
Stillman College (AL)
Talladega College (AL)
Tiffin University (OH)
University of La Verne (CA)
Wesleyan College (GA)



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