Public Opinion Research

Findings from AAC&U Survey of Member CAOs

"Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches" (January 19, 2016)

"Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students' Success" (November 16, 2015)

Findings from Employer Research

"Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success" (January, 2015)

"It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success" (April, 2013)

"Raising the Bar: Employers' Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn" (January, 2010)

"How Should Colleges Assess And Improve Student Learning? Employers' Views on the Accountability Challenge" (January 2008)

"How Should Colleges Prepare Students To Succeed in Today's Global Economy?" (January 2007)

Findings from Student Focus Groups and Survey

Optimistic About the Future, But How Well Prepared? College Students' Views on College Learning and Career Success (April, 2015)

More Student Focus Group Findings

Other Public Opinion Research

 


Survey of AAC&U Member CAO's

2015: AAC&U surveyed Chief Academic Officers at member institutions from July-October 2015 concerning priorities related to learning outcomes, assessment, general education design, high-impact practices, and data tracking and goal setting around equity and quality learning. With support from USA Funds, AAC&U conducted structured interviews with 14 of the respondents focusing on minority serving and predominately white institutions and particularly on those who were tracking data in at least some disaggregated ways. Complete findings from the extensive survey are being released in three separate reports.

Report #1: Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students' Success
Full Report (pdf)
See News Release 
Release Date: November 16, 2015

Report #2: Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches 
Release date: January 19, 2016
Full Report (pdf)
News Release
"AAC&U Member Institutions' Learning Outcomes--Complete List" (pdf)
"Top Learning Outcomes for All College Students" (pdf)

Report #3: Trends on Assessment of Learning Outcomes
Planned release date: February, 2016

2009: Survey of chief academic officers found that four out of five AAC&U member institutions have defined learning outcomes for their students; with campus learning outcomes mirroring the LEAP recommended "essential learning outcomes."

Findings from Focus Groups with Private Employers