Mills College Selected to Join National Consortium Focused on Evidence-based Teaching Practices for Student Success

Oakland, CA—May 21, 2018

Mills College is pleased to announce that it is one of a select group of 26 institutions across the nation chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), to join the national Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, a new initiative that will prepare up to 500 faculty members to use evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote student success while embedding career guidance into their existing courses. The program is made possible by a $1.2 million grant from Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening America’s pathways between education and employment.

A cohort of Mills faculty members will enroll in ACUE’s new course on Effective Teaching Practices. The course is based on more than 30 years of research that document 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, assignments, and assessments to help students develop “career-ready” skills.

"MPOWER, Mills' new signature academic experience, guarantees access to high impact teaching and advising practices that have been proven to boost student success for all undergraduate students,” said Provost and Dean of the Faculty Chinyere Oparah. “This exciting partnership will support our outstanding faculty in integrating these practices into their pedagogical praxis."

Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Affairs Sheila Lloyd, 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. “These new modules go a step further to guide faculty members in providing specific career examples and skills assessments throughout their coursework.” 

Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance:

Albertus Magnus College (CT)
Albion College (MI)
Alderson Broaddus University (WV)
Bloomfield College (NJ)
Briar Cliff University (IA)
Butler University (IN)
Concordia University Texas (TX)
Dillard University (LA)
Elmhurst College (IL)
Goshen College (IN)
Husson University (ME)
Lebanon Valley College (PA)
Lourdes University (OH)
Lynn University (FL)
Maryville College (TN)
Mills College (CA)
Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA)
Nebraska Methodist College (NE)
Regis College (MA)
Roanoke College (VA)
Sacred Heart University (CT)
Stillman College (AL)
Talladega College (AL)
Tiffin University (OH)
University of La Verne (CA)
Wesleyan College (GA)

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 381 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit

About CIC: The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 770 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About ACUE: The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) believes that all college students deserve an extraordinary education and that faculty members play a critical role in their success. In partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, ACUE supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that drive student engagement, retention, and learning. Faculty members who complete ACUE courses earn certificates in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice connects college educators from across the country through member forums, podcasts, and updates on the latest developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning. To learn more, visit