AAC&U President Discusses Future of the Humanities with American Historical Association Executive Director Jim Grossman AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider and Jim Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association (AHA) participated in a discussion recently regarding the future of history and the humanities. The discussion focused on civic discourse, higher education, democracy, and the Degree Qualifications Profile. Schneider noted that, “We as an association are working on examining the good outcomes of a liberal education. Employers we survey tell us that they do not favor narrow learning – they want people who can think outside the box.” See the full discussion online. For more perspectives on the humanities from AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider, click here.
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.
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 June/July issue of AAC&U News features technology and learning at Wallace State Community College and the latest news about AAC&U meetings, projects, and publications. Watch for our next issue of AAC&U News in August.
Building on previous AAC&U reports, this publication presents research on specific educational practices correlated with higher levels of academic challenge, student engagement, and achievement. The publication features the relationship between these practices and improvements in retention and graduation rates and advice on how to ensure that all students experience multiple high-impact practices. Detailed case studies show how five campuses are providing high-impact practices more pervasively and systematically.
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.
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