Magazine Report Ranks BC's Teaching Program Among Top In The South – Brevard, NC


September 16, 2019

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Brevard College No. 2 for Best Undergraduate Teaching among Regional Colleges South, according to a press release from the college.

The ranking, determined by a peer assessment survey, asked college presidents, provosts and admissions deans to nominate schools with strengths in undergraduate teaching.

According to U.S. News and World Report, “The rankings for Best Undergraduate Teaching focus on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.”

The teacher-student relationship holds a significant place in the undergraduate academic experience.

Brevard College focuses on experiential learning, which builds strong relationships among students and their teachers, the release said.

“This ranking is just confirmation of the outstanding experiential education that we offer our students here at Brevard College,” said Dr. Scott Sheffield, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. “Our faculty are second to none when it comes to undergraduate teaching using the experiential model.”

Brevard College’s classrooms are student-centric and problem-based, using content to tackle important issues rather than just deliver information, the release said.

Brevard College professors develop learning goals and expectations for their content, then encourage students to ask questions and challenge their assumptions.

Through individual or group work, students experience, reflect, conceptualize and apply their newly discovered knowledge and insights.

This experiential learning process opens doors for students and faculty to learn more about one another, creating robust teacher-student relationships and improving student success, the release said. Strong relationships foster curiosity and engagement and ignite a passion for learning.

“Processing these learning experiences within the supportive learning environment help students to build collaboration skills, challenge their critical thinking skills, link theory and practice, and develop a deep understanding of course content,” said Jennifer Kafsky, chair of the division of experiential education and director of teaching and learning.

The Best Undergraduate Teaching ranking reinforces Brevard College’s dedication to experiential liberal arts education and supports the faculty’s commitment to experiential teaching, the release said.

“We are grateful for our creative and talented faculty who are dedicated to facilitating innovative, experiential pedagogies within their classrooms,” said Kafsky. “They collaborate with community partners to create direct, authentic and meaningful experiences connected to the course curriculum. With this background, students develop knowledge, skills and values that they can take into their future endeavors and make positive contributions in their communities.”


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