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Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides

Step Up and Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides

America’s persistent gaps in education, income, and wealth are widening, and the fastest-growing segments of our population are the least likely to have the opportunities they need to succeed. Higher education must focus more urgently on equity, bringing what is known about closing achievement gaps together with what is known about advancing high-quality student learning outcomes. This publication builds the case for challenging the status quo and for making the most empowering forms of college learning available to all students.

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The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems

The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems

Building on a decade of campus reform efforts to advance essential learning outcomes and high-impact educational practices for all students, this publication challenges colleges and universities to engage students in signature work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning through a significant project.

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Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating

Although the term “global learning” is used widely across higher education, faculty, staff, and other practitioners do not always agree about what it means. Published jointly by AAC&U and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, this publication defines global learning outcomes, explores how the ideas behind the term “global learning” are evolving, and places global learning in the context of several overlapping higher education change efforts.

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Assessing Underserved Students' Engagement in High-Impact Practices

Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices

This publication presents findings from a national study of the impact of a defined set of educational practices on traditionally underserved student populations (defined here as first-generation, minority, transfer, and low-income students). Drawing on the National Survey of Student Engagement and qualitative data obtained through student focus groups, the mixed-method analysis includes student-level data on engaged learning at thirty-eight institutions. A toolkit for assessing equity in high-impact practices is also included. 

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A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future

Commissioned by the US Department of Education, this major report responds to a national discourse that effectively limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training, while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. The task force exhorts educators and public leaders to advance an educational vision that would make civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of undergraduate education. The report documents the nation’s anemic civic health and includes recommendations focused on campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry.

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The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers' Views

The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers’ Views

This publication provides a broad overview of the vision for learning advanced through AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. It includes an executive summary of the 2007 LEAP report, College Learning for the New Global Century; summaries of research about high-impact educational practices and student learning outcomes; summaries of trends in curricular, assessment, and general education reform; and data about the learning outcomes that employers value most.

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College Learning for the New Global Century

The national report from AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative clarifies the aims and outcomes of a twenty-first-century college education. It is also a report about the promises we need to make—and keep—to all students who aspire to a college education, especially those for whom college is the only possible route to a better future. Based on extensive input from educators and employers, the report describes the learning students need from college and what it will take to help them achieve it.

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