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14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning

22. - 24.04.2010, Wien, Österreich

Karriere durch Lehre? - Universities in the US: Excellence defined by learning outcomes


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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker William Fulton - Webster University Vienna, Vienna, Austria

14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning. Wien, Österreich, 22.-24.04.2010. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2010. Doc10grako14

doi: 10.3205/10grako14, urn:nbn:de:0183-10grako147

Published: November 18, 2010

© 2010 Fulton.
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The primary goal of a university education is student learning. In the U.S., universities are divided into teaching institutions and research institutions according to their primary focus. Many relatively unknown teaching institutions achieve consistently better learning outcomes than well-known top research universities. There is therefore in the U.S. a movement to define the excellence of an institution in terms of the learning outcomes it achieves rather than the research it produces. We will explore this development and the focus it puts on teaching as a career.