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A collection of practices that constitute excellence in college teaching. These elements represent the broad range of effective actions teachers take, and requisite conditions that teachers establish, to facilitate learning. Excellent college teacher is a continuing life-long professional challenge, the dimensions of which often go unrecognized. In the general mind, doctors and lawyers are professionals, teachers are not. I believe we could change our semi-professional status if we could agree upon a list of Best Practices such as this one and help each other achieve them. It would help us achieve three goals:

  • College teachers could find consensus on an ever-evolving definition of what constitutes best practices in this amorphous and complex endeavor.
  • Senior faculty could assume a responsibility to develop additions and modifications to the best practices list and actively transmit those practices to new faculty.
  • We all could ensure that our colleagues and institutions apply the set of best practices for the ultimate welfare of the learners. If faculty could ever come to agree upon a performance list such as this one, our institutions could marshal the resources to accelerate its attainment, clarify the objectives for acquiring tenure, and offer salary rewards for an individual's continued reflective review of teaching practice.
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