Publications

AAC&U publications are available for sale at https://secure.aacu.org/store/.

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.

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

It is critical that institutions create interdisciplinary learning environments so that students can meet societal and global challenges. Leadership for Interdisciplinary Learning provides a roadmap for mobilizing, implementing, and sustaining interdisciplinary programs.  Based on the experiences of twenty-eight colleges and universities in the Keck/PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project, this guide is designed in a process flow—from planning to institutionalization—framed with key questions that should be asked during each phase of program development. A publication of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), this guide reflects efforts based within the STEM disciplines but that are applicable to all, providing an organizational framework to help campus leaders anticipate and address the infrastructural issues that can impede long-term interdisciplinary program sustainability.

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

The changing composition of college students heightens the need for a more diverse faculty who are responsive to the changing needs of current and prospective students. The Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future initiative on HBCUs and women of color in STEM disciplines has revealed actions and obstacles facing every type of higher education institution for recognizing and supporting faculty inclusive excellence and building the capacity of faculty of color to advance in their careers and contribute to higher education reform efforts.  

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...

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.)

Download slides (ppt)

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.

Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Collaborating for Educational Change
2016

Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success features practical advice about developing collaborations to advance learning outcomes assessment in the context of transfer.

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. For more information, see: www.aacu.org/about/2015-membersurvey.

The initial report, “Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students’ Success,” highlights findings from both the national survey and from structured interviews related to goal-setting and priorities for diversity, equity, and student success in both completing...

Pages