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The economic benefits of a college education are well documented, yet bias against the liberal arts, as well as the underlying assumption that the ROI of a college degree is determined solely by the student’s choice of major, continues to influence public policy. AAC&U's research shows that employers overwhelmingly view the knowledge and skills developed across the entire educational experience, including through broad study in the liberal arts, to be most important for career success.

While research over the last two decades has shown that high-impact practices are sound educational pedagogies and propelled their popularity at colleges and universities, implementation matters far more than the “high-impact” label. What do we know about if and how well our institutions are implementing HIPs? And which students have access to these high-quality experiences?

Amid rising scrutiny of the value of a college education, it is becoming harder for universities to hide poor teaching behind great research. The quality of the learning experience remains the most valuable asset our universities have. To remain relevant, universities will need to reinvent digital learning environments so that they expand and complement, but do not replace, student-teacher and student-student relationships.

While watching the impeachment proceedings of former president Donald Trump, I was moved by the retelling of an emotional conversation between two Black Capitol police officers. One of them asked, “Is this America?” As we celebrate Black History Month, let us remember those we have lost and the reasons why we must continue to work toward OUR America.

When I was a college student in the early seventies, I received a Fulbright scholarship to study cello and musicology in Germany. Although my parents were not particularly pleased that I was going abroad for an entire year, I found the experience of being separated from my family, friends, and culture in a foreign country to be transformative. In addition to learning how to be alone without feeling lonely, I also developed a different, more global mindset as a Black man.

It’s now a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and many college and university faculty members are still grappling with adjustments to their assessment strategies for remote learning and struggling to situate learning and assessment in the unique context of an ongoing global crisis. In this article and video interview, we offer a few suggestions for online assessment during these challenging times.

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