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Auburn becomes one of first U.S. universities to measure gains in learning, writing abilities

AUBURN – Recent results from a pioneering study involving more than two dozen colleges and universities across the nation show significant gains in the intellectual and academic skills of Auburn University students as they progress from freshmen to seniors.

The findings were presented today to the Auburn Board of Trustees, which has supported the university’s involvement in the program for data-based measurement of student learning since the program began in 2005.

The university’s chief academic officer, Provost Mary Ellen Mazey, says results of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, or CLA, provide evidence that at Auburn, students are developing at a rapid pace key skills expected of a college graduate. Until recently, that was a claim that all colleges and universities made but few could document.

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Auburn symposium to present cross-cultural perspectives on teaching, learning

AUBURN – Auburn University will host a two-day symposium on “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning” on Feb. 19-20 for higher education faculty members across the state and beyond, as well as its own faculty.

In sessions led by international scholars, topics include: managing a multicultural classroom; how culture affects writing; and teaching and learning in higher education in the context of Korean, African American, Hindu, Hispanic, Muslim and Confusian cultural perspectives.

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Primary purposes for Auburn University stimulus funds to be student support and learning

AUBURN – Auburn University has identified programs that $25.9 million in stimulus funds from the federal government will support once released by Gov. Bob Riley.

The majority of the funds will support student learning, safety and other enhancements, as well as teaching. The intent is to enhance the experience of the entire student body, which for fiscal year 2010 has reached 24,602.

“It would have taken a 26 percent tuition increase to cover the gap created by the dramatic decrease in state appropriations for fiscal year 2010,” said Don Large, Auburn University executive vice president. “The promise of stimulus funding allowed us to mitigate that by using the majority of funds to improve student services.”

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Judge Bill English to speak at March 17 meeting of AU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

AUBURN – Lee County Probate Judge Bill English will be the guest speaker at the general meeting of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University on Monday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at the Best Western Conference Center, 1577 South College Street. His topic will be “The State of the County.” The public is invited to attend.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at AU, known as OLLI at Auburn, provides opportunities for learning about a variety of subjects such as literature, politics, history, science and the arts.

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