Publications

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.


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Revising General Education--And Avoiding the Potholes: A Guide for Curricular Change

Strategies for curricular change in the reform of general education are as important as the substance of the change. Fifty pitfalls and common errors in the process of reform are enumerated in this practical guide essential for general education committees. Revising General Education provides practical advice for how to advance a successful general education reform process—including tips in the areas of task force objectives and procedures, concepts of general education, program planning, proposal approval, and program implementation. Ideal for general education reform committees and faculty senate curriculum committees.

What Will I Learn in College?

This publication is a short guide to college learning designed specifically for the college-bound high school student. It presents, in a concise and compelling way, a picture of college learning that will help students understand what will be expected of them and guides them to seek out high school experiences. The guide also features Advice from Campus - candid recommendations from college students about how to get ready for college success....

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter

This publication defines a set of educational practices that research has demonstrated have a significant impact on student success. Author George D. Kuh presents data from the National Survey of Student Engagement about these practices and explains why they benefit all students, but also seem to benefit underserved students even more than their more advantaged peers. The report also presents data that show definitively that underserved students are the least likely students, on average, to have access to these practices.

Civic Engagement at the Center: Building Democracy through Integrated Cocurricular and Curricular Experiences

Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, Civic Engagement at the Center highlights developmental models for students’ civic learning and socially responsible leadership implemented at 77 campuses. The monograph describes key elements of the cocurricular model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors created to complement decades of work in student affairs.

What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?

This brochure serves as an introduction to what a liberal education is--and why it is important to all college students. Based on research findings from the LEAP initiative, it provides a contemporary definition of the term "liberal education," discusses the most important outcomes of college, and features the perspectives of recent graduates and employers. Ideal for use in first-year and transfer student orientation, first-year seminars, academic advising, admissions, and career counseling....

Executive Summary of College Learning for the New Global Century

This 2008 edition of the Executive Summary includes a short summary of College Learning for the New Global Century, as well as highlights from surveys of employers conducted in 2006 and 2007. The survey findings detail the skills and knowledge areas on which employers want colleges and universities to place more emphasis, how and why they value a liberal education, and their views on assessment approaches. This publication is ideal for use with external audiences and with regents and boards of trustees retreats and meetings.

This signature national report from the National Leadership Council guiding the LEAP 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 to those for whom college is a route, perhaps the only possible route, to a better future. This report, based on extensive input both from educators and employers, responds to the new global challenges today's students faculty. It describes the learning contemporary students need from college, and what it will take to help them achieve it.

Making the Case for Liberal Education: Responding to Challenges

This publication in the Liberal Education and America's Promise series draws on findings from AAC&U-sponsored public opinion research conducted in 2005 and 2006. It presents a set of common challenges to the argument for liberal education's value in today's world and a set of responses that have proven effective with different constituents--including with students, prospective students, and business leaders. Ideal for campuses or individuals who want to become better advocates for liberal education.

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Communicating Commitment to Liberal Education: A Self-Study Guide for Institutions

This publication in the Liberal Education and America's Promise series includes a set of questions designed for campus dialogues that cut across campus divisions and departments. It is designed to help institutions become more intentional about aligning programs and practices with professed goals for liberal education learning outcomes.

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Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Student Guide to Making Smart Educational Choices

This practical guide for undergraduate students is intended to take some of the mystery out of curricular requirements and educates students about what really matters in college—the broad learning outcomes developed over the entire course of their undergraduate years. It provides specific information on the aims and purposes of general education courses and programs....

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