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A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment of High-Impact Practices

High-impact practices—such as learning communities, capstones, undergraduate research, and community-based experiences—are effective pedagogies, and most of these practices have been around for decades. Given the intense focus across institutions of higher education on identifying, tagging, and touting their high-impact practices, assessment is what separates the committed practitioners from the casual adopters. Co-released by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment of High-Impact Practices outlines a process of effectively assessing high-impact practices.

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Tradition Shaping Change: General Education in the Middle East and North Africa

Tradition Shaping Change: General Education in the Middle East and North Africa

Surveying the landscape of general education and core curricula in the Middle East and North Africa, contributors focus on the indigenous features and boundary-crossing goals and outcomes of specific programs in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Tradition Shaping Change illustrates the ways in which colleges and universities in the region are shaping the agenda for higher education at the global level.

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A Vision for Equity: Results from AAC&U's Project "Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success"

A Vision for Equity

Presenting findings from a three-year project on Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence led by AAC&U in partnership with the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, A Vision for Equity shares lessons learned about addressing equity gaps at thirteen participating campuses. This publication details evidence-based interventions focused on improving student success and includes practical examples, models, and resources for identifying and addressing disparities in student outcomes. The project and publication were funded by Strada Education Network and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.

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Models of Global Learning

Models of Global Learning

Global education, or global learning, is not about national borders; it is about sharing problems, knowing that many challenges ultimately affect everyone because of the interconnectedness of today’s world citizens. Models of Global Learning provides a descriptive analysis of the global learning projects at twenty-four institutional participants in the AAC&U Shared Futures Project, General Education for a Global Century. The authors describe the overall results and patterns that emerged during this study, several exemplary practices, and their concluding insights. This report contributes to the qualitative research that provides a synopsis of major trends, discussions, and themes that emerge from efforts to support global learning in academic institutions.

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On Solid Ground

On Solid Ground: VALUE Report 2017

Drawing from the first two years of data collection and analysis for the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative, this national report reveals the landscape of student performance on key learning outcomes—critical thinking, written communication, and quantitative literacy—that educators, employers, and policymakers agree are essential for student success in the workplace and in life. An alternative to standardized testing, VALUE is a rubric-based approach to assessment that uses existing student work to provide direct evidence of achievement.

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Excellence: A Renewed Call for Change in Undergraduate Science Education

Excellence: A Renewed Call for Change in Undergraduate Science Education

This publication of the AAC&U Inclusive Excellence Commission argues for a dynamic reconceptualization of excellence in undergraduate science education—one that advances innovation and positions inclusion as its necessary precondition.

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Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Lessons Learned from Cross-Institutional Collaborations

Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Lessons Learned from Cross-Institutional Collaborations

This publication presents ten case studies to demonstrate how close collaboration between two-year and four-year institutions can lead to greater success for transfer students.

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

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

This publication offers practical advice on how to collaborate across institutions in order to advance learning outcomes assessment in the context of transfer.

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Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines

Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines

Designed to help build faculty capacity to incorporate civic learning in major courses and programs, this publication provides a process, or set of prompts, faculty can use to define and explore the public purposes and civic inquiries embedded in their disciplines. Ideal for faculty development initiatives, teaching and learning centers, and anyone interested in providing faculty with the tools to embrace and implement effective civic learning.

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Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning

Focused on issues of access and success, this publication provides a framework for dialogue, assessment, and action to address inequities in higher education institutions. It offers practical guidance for campus leaders and practitioners who come together across divisions and departments to engage in internal assessment and to chart a path forward for improving student achievement—particularly for students from groups traditionally underserved by higher education.

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