Campuses and State Systems from 122 Institutions, 37 States, and 3 Countries to Attend AAC&U 2013 Summer Institutes AAC&U recently announced the
colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its 2013
summer institutes. Teams of five or more from 120 institutions will
attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 1–5); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, (June 11–14); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon (July 10–14). All
AAC&U institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained
collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus. For a
complete list of participating campuses for each institute, see the press release.
AAC&U Resources for First-Year Students and Advisors AAC&U is pleased to offer two publications and a brochure which explain to high school and incoming college students what really matters in college and how to achieve the outcomes of a good liberal education. Why Do I Have to Take This Course? is a practical guide intended to take the mystery out of curricular requirements and educate students about the importance of broad learning outcomes. What Will I Learn in College? is a short guide to college learning that presents a picture of the curriculum and nature of college teaching and learning methods that will help students understand what will be expected of them. What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?—a brochure based on research findings from the LEAP initiative—provides a contemporary definition of "liberal education" and discusses the most important outcomes of college. Substantial discounts for bulk purchases are available.
LEAP Presidents' Trust Member Thomas F. Flynn Speaks Out For Liberal Education and Against College Scorecard Alvernia University President Thomas F. Flynn’s recent op-ed makes the case for liberal education and criticizes the recently released College Scorecard. Flynn notes that, “With a focus on financial data, the Scorecard ignores the civic purpose of higher education. And it fails to acknowledge the potential moral purpose of universities like my own: the transformative role of helping shape students' personal and ethical development.” See more news coverage in our Liberal Education News Watch.
The May issue of AAC&U News features integrated global learning at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the latest news about AAC&U meetings, projects, and publications. Watch for our next issue of AAC&U News in June.
Originally published by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, this publication provides an in-depth exploration of the latest models for assessing the advanced college-level learning outcomes articulated in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). Developed by the Lumina Foundation and released in "beta" form in 2011, the DQP describes the knowledge, skills, and applications that prepare graduates to succeed in the economy, civil society, and their own lives. Featuring reflections from two of the primary authors of the DQP, this publication offers guidance to stakeholders on how best to assess learning in relation to the competencies articulated in the DQP.
In exploring the diversity of teaching formats and strategies that different faculty members at different institutions use in a widely taken course, this issue raises questions about what, where, and how students learn in courses that are assumed to cover the same ground.
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