The quality of a student's education could be diminished by the growing practice by colleges and universities of hiring more part-time faculty, Noodle's senior director of research and development Dan Edmonds asserts in this commentary. "In short, the combination of lack of time to prepare, lack of freedom, a heavy workload, and commuting between two or more schools leaves these faculty members with little time to bring their best work to the classroom," Edmonds writes.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that despite adherence to venous thromboembolism prevention protocols, high-quality hospitals had higher VTE rates than low-quality hospitals. Low-quality hospitals reported 4.8 blood clots per 1,000 surgery patients while high-quality hospitals noted 6.4 blood clots per 1,000 surgery patients. The results challenge some policymakers' suggestion to use a hospital's blood clot rate as an indicator of the facility's quality of care.
Social media metrics focus mainly on the quantity of interactions, but it would be far more useful to measure the quality of consumer relationships with brands, writes Bob Knorpp. Marketers should stop using broadcast-style metrics that measure audience size, and instead should take cues from customer-service evaluation methods. "If social-media marketing is distinguished by conversation and real relationships, we need measures that weigh these factors," Knorpp writes.
Students have more access to Advanced Placement courses because of online learning, as 18% of schools that offer AP include an online option. As a result, officials are starting to examine online AP content and how it is delivered to students. Some educators say some AP content still is best delivered in-person and in small classroom settings, but others point out that many students would not have access to such courses without the online option.