Publications

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AAC&U's publications cover a range of topics and provide the latest research, analysis, and valuable starting points for campus practitioner and policy leader dialogues. AAC&U monographs, reports, and guides focus on teaching, learning, curriculum, and academic leadership, and shine a spotlight on promising practices at every kind of college and university. See below for all AAC&U publications. Click on titles to purchase or download copies.

AAC&U also publishes three periodicals, Liberal Education, Peer Review, and Diversity & Democracy, and a monthly online newsletter, AAC&U News, to advance the national dialogue about the quality of undergraduate education in the United States.

Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education's Greater Purposes
2016

The newest release from Bringing Theory to Practice, Well-Being and Higher Education explores the multiple connections of well-being to higher education—and why those connections matter for the individual lives of students and those who teach; for the institution; and for whether or not the unique promise of higher education to a democratic society can be advanced… and realized.

The volume provides 35 accessible essays including but not limited to the following topics: a conceptual analysis of well-being; its significance for institutional policies, structures, and priorities; its practiced connections to higher education’s unique role in a democracy; campus violence; educational opportunities for non-traditional students; curricula and pedagogical practices in both the sciences and humanities; the connection between well-being and meaningful work; instituting campus well-being through lessons in the medical field; and more. Through these essays, written by a...

Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to Systemic Institutional Change

This publication is for faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders who are poised to mount comprehensive STEM reforms to improve student learning and success, particularly for students from underrepresented minority groups. Based on the experiences of eleven colleges and universities in the Keck/PKAL STEM Education Effectiveness Framework project, the Guide contains advice on getting started, team and leader development, project management, and sustaining change. It also includes benchmarks, key questions for analysis, timeline information, challenge alerts to help anticipate common roadblocks, and a rubric to help campus teams gauge their progress. Examples from case studies developed by campus teams who participated in the project provide real-world illustrations. Also available in eBook Version (PDF).

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future: Enlisting the Voices of STEM Women Faculty of Color

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future describes actions that every type of higher education institution can take to recognize and support inclusive excellence among faculty and build the capacity of women faculty of color to advance in their careers and contribute to higher education reform efforts. The report turns a spotlight on the work of HBCUs as leaders in the education and graduation of STEM students, focusing in particular on the underexplored role of STEM women faculty of color, both in supporting student success in STEM fields and, over time, in driving campus changes that can make any college more effective in educating all students.

Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem

The ongoing digital revolution has created a complex and interconnected ecosystem that is fundamentally reshaping how we learn and communicate. Yet, despite its transformative potential, this digital ecosystem has so far had less of an impact on formal education than on other sectors of our society. Authors Randy Bass and Bret Eynon explore the implications of emerging digital capacities and culture for higher education, arguing that any discussion to reinvent higher education that begins with technology is doomed to a diminished vision of learning. Bass and Eynon begin instead by reimagining the core purposes of liberal education in this new context and ask: What is the role of the digital ecosystem in making a quality liberal education available to all, equitably?

Going beyond “unbundling,” the authors propose that we use networked and adaptive systems to “re-bundle” higher education by connecting learning experiences that have typically been disconnected, opening the...

Becoming a Student-Ready College
2016

The national conversation asking "Are students college-ready?" concentrates on numerous factors that are beyond higher education's control. Becoming a Student-Ready College flips the college readiness conversation to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating student success. Instead of focusing on student preparedness for college (or lack thereof), this book asks the more pragmatic question of what are colleges and universities doing to prepare for the students who are entering their institutions? What must change in an institution's policies, practices, and culture in order to be student-ready?

Clear and concise, this book is packed with insightful discussion and practical strategies for achieving your ambitious student success goals. These ideas for redesigning practices and policies provide more than food for thought—they offer a real-world framework for real institutional change.

Essential Global Learning
2016

Essential Global Learning is a compilation of seminal AAC&U articles about global learning. This publication provides a working definition of global learning, a framework for assessment of global learning, and case studies of high-impact global learning activities on a variety of campuses. It is a foundational publication for individuals and groups of educators and leaders interested in exploring the range of global learning opportunities for students.

This publication also includes the Global Learning VALUE rubric, a rubric developed by a national group of faculty experts as part of AAC&U's Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) LEAP project. The rubric is designed to assess students' global learning achievements and has been tested on campuses across the country.

Trends in Learning Outcomes Assessment
2016

This 2016 report summarizes key findings from a national survey among chief academic officers at AAC&U member institutions and explores trends in learning outcomes and approaches to assessing them.  It documents that many higher education are moving away from standardized tests and placing an increased focus on rubrics applied to student work samples as better evidence of students' achievement of Essential Learning Outcomes.  This is the third and final report in a series featuring findings from the survey conducted by Hart Research Associates for AAC&U. (Full reports and slides with findings are available free online at www.aacu.org/about/2015-membersurvey.)

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Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches
2016

This report summarizes key findings from a national survey among chief academic officers at AAC&U member institutions and explores how institutions are defining common learning outcomes, trends related to general education design and the use of emerging, evidence-based teach­ing and learning practices. This is the second report in a series featuring findings from the survey conducted by Hart Research Associates for AAC&U. (full reports and slides with findings are available free online at www.aacu.org/about/2015-membersurvey.)

This new report, "Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches," includes respondents from across the full spectrum of public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions.

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment
2016

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment highlights key lessons learned from AAC&U's Quality Collaboratives project. It focuses on learning outcomes assessment and faculty leadership in the context of increased rates of student mobility and transfer. The project sought to build the capacity of educators to use the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) as a framework for successful student transfer that emphasized the quality of student learning, rather than seat time or credit hours; and sought to help partnering two- and four-year institutions strengthen transfer students' achievement of AAC&U's LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. The publication reports on the work of two-year and four-year institutions in nine states—California, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and North Dakota—that built on existing transfer articulation policies and practices and explored ways to enhance student...

Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Lessons Learned from Cross-Institutional Collaborations
2016

Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success highlights lessons learned from cross-campus engagement and robust collaborations, presented in ten case studies.

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