UNT partners with PERTS (Project for Education Research that Scales) to implement Growth Mindset for College Students, an evidence-based program created by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, to increase students' academic motivation, resilience, and achievement. This intervention addresses the common misconception that intelligence is fixed. 

Students learn:
     •    Scientific evidence of the brain's malleability
     •    The importance of effective academic strategies
     •    Specific actions that increase ability over time

In previous studies, Growth Mindset for College Students led to improved academic performance and persistence which led to higher student retention and graduation rates

logoUNT contributes to the Student Experience Project (SEP) Peer Learning Network supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The Peer Learning Network is a team of university leaders, faculty, researchers, and national education and improvement organizations committed to innovative, evidence-based practices that increase retention by transforming the college student experience and creating equitable learning environments.

As a participant of the SEP's First Day Project, UNT works with other institutions of higher education to improve the messages and signals students receive on the first day of class to foster belonging, growth mindset, and purpose. The First Day Project is a national project that is one of the first of its kind and has the potential to positively impact the student experience and the academic outcomes with the creation of its First Day Toolkit. 

The First Day Toolkit provides several resources for reviewing and revising syllabi: Syllabus Revision Module, Syllabus Review Guide, and First Day Practices. Please visit the First Day Toolkit for access to resources and additional information.

logoThe Association of College and University Educators' (ACUE) mission is to ensure student success through quality instruction. In partnership with colleges, universities, higher education systems and associations, ACUE prepares and credentials faculty in the evidence-based teaching practices that improve student achievement and close educational performance gaps. Numerous and independently validated studies confirm that students are more engaged, learn more, and complete courses in greater numbers when taught by ACUE-credentialed faculty. ACUE's online, cohort-based credentialing programs are delivered through institutional partnerships and open enrollment courses endorsed by the American Council on Education.

UNT is launching a partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), the leader in student success through quality instruction, to equip faculty with evidence-based teaching practices shown to improve student engagement, increase persistence, and close educational performance gaps. Faculty who meet program requirements become ACUE Certified - earning a Certificate in Effective College Instruction, the only nationally recognized collegiate teaching credential endorsed by the American Council on Education.  

Faculty will participate in a yearlong, Effective Teaching Practices course, developing core competencies across 25 modules outlined in ACUE's Effective Practice Framework©. Based on more than three decades of research, faculty will gain foundational knowledge, implement evidence-based teaching practices, reflect on their implementation, and refine their practice. Numerous independently validated impact studies show that students learn more and that educational performance gaps close when courses are led by ACUE Certified faculty.  

ACUE's courses address over 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher order thinking, and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning.