HEPC 2012 - Tuning USA: How tuning is making a difference in the culture of higher education

Tuning USA is a state- and discipline-focused but faculty-led initiative to improve higher education through more clearly and uniformly defined degrees that are more-readily understood by students, parents, policymakers, and employers. In addition, it is hoped that through tuning, the quality of the teaching/learning process will rise as faculty begin to think about teaching their disciplines in new ways. The Institute for Evidence-Based Change is the technical partner for Tuning USA, assisting participants in the Tuning process. Panelists in this session will describe the Tuning efforts in their states and in several MHEC states. Among the disciplines being Tuned are history, physics, engineering and psychology. Come hear why these states chose to Tune, what the outcomes are, and the strategies they used or are continuing to adapt in order to weave Tuning concepts into the fabric of our academic enterprise. Panelists will offer their insights into what the greatest challenges are to successful Tuning, and how the Tuning process might change policy. Tuning USA is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Adina Chapman, Project Coordinator, Tuning USA
The Institute for Evidence-Based Change

Christopher Rasmussen, Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis
Midwestern Higher Education Compact

Phyllis "Teddi" Safman, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs
Utah System of Higher Education

Mary E. Smith, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Charles Lenth, Vice President for Policy Analysis and Academic Affairs
State Higher Education Executive Officers

How Tuning is making a difference (ppt)

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Presented by: 
Adina Chapman, Christopher Rasmussen, Teddi Safman, Mary E. Smith