Talladega College Provost Dr. Lisa Long

Talladega College Provost Dr. Lisa Long

TALLADEGA -- Talladega College was among a select group of 26 institutions across the nation chosen to join the national Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, according to a press release.

Talladega College was selected for the program by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).

This new initiative will prepare up to 500 faculty members to use evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote student success while embedding career guidance into existing courses.

The program is made possible by a $1.2 million grant from the Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening America’s pathways between education and employment.

A cohort of Talladega’s 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 documents 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, assignment and assessments to help students develop “career-ready” skills.

“Talladega College’s membership in the Consortium supports our institution’s goal of preparing students to excel in the academic arena as well as the workforce,”  said Dr. Lisa Long, Talladega’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, in the release. “We are committed to equipping students for success.”

Long will lead the faculty cohort in the 25 learning modules beginning this fall and mentor them in using new skills in their classes.

“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, in the release. “These new modules go a step further to guide faculty members in providing specific career examples and skills assessments throughout their coursework.”