General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Publications

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

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

This publication explores the implications for higher education of emerging digital capacities and culture. Arguing that any discussion that begins with technology is doomed to a diminished vision of learning, the authors make a case for reimagining the core purposes of liberal education in this new context by asking, What is the role of the digital ecosystem in making a quality liberal education available to all, equitably?

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Assessment That Works: A National Call, A Twenty-First-Century Response

Assessment That Works: A National Call, A Twenty-First-Century Response

AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative is at the center of a national movement to change the way we envision and approach the assessment of student learning gains and accomplishments in college. This publication contextualizes the movement, presents several illuminating case studies of VALUE in action, and exhorts us to maintain the momentum.

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General Education Transformed: How We Can, Why We Must

General Education Transformed: How We Can, Why We Must

A resource for general education reform and curriculum committees, this publication makes a case for re-envisioning general education with clear, purposeful pathways that allow all students to demonstrate their learning through high-impact practices and teaching strategies that are transferable across disciplines, departments, institutions, and even state systems. The author defines student success in terms of both college completion and achievement of essential learning outcomes.

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America's Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education

America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education

Responding to the urgent need to expand educational access and success for students from traditionally underserved groups, this publication presents an equity-minded framework that can be used throughout higher education. The authors offer a set of principles for evaluating equity and advancing institutional change, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for students affected by stratification in educational opportunity by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement

General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement

A resource for faculty members, academic leaders, and policymakers, this publication provides clear principles and guidelines for ensuring that general education fosters essential learning outcomes and key proficiencies important for long-term success and flourishing; that it enriches student learning in the major; and that it prepares students to tackle the kinds of complex problems they will inevitably confront in work, civil society, and their own lives.

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The VALUE Breakthrough: Getting the Assessment of Student Learning in College Right

The VALUE Breakthrough: Getting the Assessment of Student Learning in College Right

Focused on assignments produced for a degree program, rather than on answers on time-limited standardized tests, AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative represents a national movement to change the way assessment is envisioned and approached. This publication explains the importance of this movement and how VALUE relates to the aims of liberal education, to the capabilities employers seek and reward, and to the public policy pressures facing higher education.

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