Ohio Strong Start to Finish: ACUE Professional Development

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The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), in collaboration with Ohio Strong Start to Finish (OhioSSF) is excited to offer our faculty a professional development opportunity with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) as part of our commitment to student success—and the impact that quality teaching can have on our goal to increase the number of students completing gateway mathematics and English courses as part of a guided pathway within their first academic year.

120 faculty members across participating OhioSSF colleges and universities who teach co-requisite or gateway mathematics and English courses will be selected to participate in the program. Selected faculty will participate in one of ACUE’s two comprehensive programs, both delivered online: Effective Teaching Practices or Effective Online Teaching Practices. Faculty will participate in multi-institution cohorts of 30 colleagues from across the state.

These 25-module courses prepare faculty in evidence-based teaching practices proven through independently-validated research to improve student achievement and close equity gaps.

Of the thousands of faculty who have enrolled in ACUE’s courses:

  • 93% found the course content relevant to their work
  • 95% found the course helpful in refining their teaching practice
  • 89% would recommend the course to a colleague



Faculty, including adjunct faculty, who teach co-requisite and gateway mathematics or English courses are eligible to participate in this program.  Faculty members from groups underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I receive “credit” for completing the course?

  • Faculty who complete the program earn a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction, the only college teaching credential endorsed by the  American Council on Education (ACE), and will also earn digital badges, which can be added to curriculum vitae, used in teaching portfolios, and displayed on LinkedIn profiles or webpages as a sign of your achievement.

What does the course cost?

  • This opportunity, as part of the Ohio Strong Start to Finish initiative, is offered at no cost to the participating faculty, department, or institution.

What are the time commitment and requirements?

  • Your fully online course will begin late September or October 2020 and end April 2021
  • Each cohort will complete 25 modules over the academic year. Breaks and “make-up weeks” are built into the schedule.
  • Faculty will be required to commit approximately 2 to 3 hours per module to the online self-paced modules and implementation of the teaching practices.


Resources and Information

Research has shown ACUE-credentialed faculty sustain their use of evidence-based practices, which benefit all students and are particularly beneficial to students from historically underrepresented, disenfranchised and minoritized communities.

  • Beyond Co-Requisites: Math Success at Cal State LA - When Executive Order 1110 required the end of remedial math across the California State University system by Fall 2018, Cal State LA designed and implemented a comprehensive plan, including credentialing math faculty in effective teaching practices, that has resulted in 25% increases in completion and an achievement gap closed. Read details
  • From “Weeding Out” to “Belonging” at NAU - Bio 181 is a required gateway for 25 majors at Northern Arizona University. The course was also known as a “weed out” course, with a 30% drop out rate. Learn how an ACUE-credentialed biology lecturer worked with her NAU colleagues to complete redesign the course for student success. Read details
  • Recorded ACUE Information Session and Course Experience
  • Faculty Reflect on ACUE Course Experience
  • Sample Video from ACUE Course: Welcoming Students to Online Learning

Timeline and Application Process

Call for Applications

July-August 2020

Deadline to Submit Applications

October 9

Selected Applicants Notified

By October 15, 2020

Course Timeline

September/October 2020-April 2021


Contact your Strong Start to Finish Campus Lead by August 31, 2020 and provide the following in your email:

  • Indicate which co-requisite or gateway course(s) you will be teaching, and
  • Whether you are interested in Effective Teaching Practices (primarily focused on in-classroom teaching) or Effective Online Teaching Practices (primarily focused on online teaching)
  • Contact information (email address)

If you don’t know your Campus Lead click here, or if you have questions for ACUE, contact Bacari Brown at bbrown@acue.org for more information about the program.