AAC&U Publications

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating

Kevin Hovland

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...
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Investing in Success: Cost-Effective Strategies to Increase Student Success

Jane Wellman, Rima Brusi

This publication provides sound advice and practical planning tools for educational leaders who seek to invest in innovation, despite budget constraints. The authors present and discuss several campus examples of wise investment in the ...
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Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices

Ashley Finley, Tia Brown McNair

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)...
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Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment

Ashley Finley, Terrel Rhodes

Responding to common questions about the development and use of the rubrics created through AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative, this publication provides practical information about rubric-based...
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Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale

George D. Kuh

This publication presents research on specific educational practices that correlate with high levels of academic challenge, student engagement, and achievement. Focused on the relationship between these practices and improvements in retention and...
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Making Progress? What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes

Ashley Finley

Comparing data from a variety of sources—including the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Wabash National Study, the CIRP Freshman Survey, and the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory—this report examines student achievement across...
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A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future

National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

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...
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Assessing College Student Learning: Evaluating Alternative Models, Using Multiple Methods

Robert J. Sternberg, Jeremy Penn, Christie Hawkins, Sally Reed

This publication helps readers make sense of the bewildering array of assessment methods, including standardized or locally designed tests and inventories, indirect methods focused on student self-reports, portfolios, and other performance-based...
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Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality

Jayne E. Brownell, Lynne E. Swaner

This publication examines what educational research reveals about five educational practices: first-year seminars, learning communities, service learning, undergraduate research, and capstone experiences. What is their impact on students? Is the...
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General Education and Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice

Terrel Rhodes, Ann Ferren, Paul L. Gaston, J. Elizabeth Clark, Peggy Maki, K.M. Shilling, D. Smith

This publication identifies elements common to strong general education programs and examines how they foster essential liberal learning outcomes. The authors also survey changes in general education programs—and in higher education, more...
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Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning

Helen L. Chen, Tracy Penny Light

Given that learning occurs in many places, takes many forms, and is exhibited through many modes of representation, how can the implementation of electronic portfolios enhance student learning and assessment? To explore this question, the authors...
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Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics

Terrel Rhodes

This publication provides rubrics for fifteen liberal learning outcomes and offers practical advice on their use to evaluate student achievement at various levels. Developed by faculty members and other academic professionals, and tested on a...
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Revising General Education—and Avoiding the Potholes: A Guide for Curricular Change

Paul L. Gaston, Jerry G. Gaff

This essential guide explains how to avoid a host of pitfalls and common errors that can doom any effort to reform general education. The authors offer practical advice on defining task force objectives and procedures, clarifying...
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High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter

George D. Kuh

This publication defines a set of teaching and learning practices whose positive impact on students has been established by educational research. Data from the National Survey of Student Engagement is presented to explain their benefit for all...
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Civic Engagement at the Center: Building Democracy through Integrated Cocurricular and Curricular Experiences

Ariane Hoy, Wayne Meisel

Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, this publication presents a developmental cocurricular model for civic learning and socially responsible leadership that has been implemented on seventy-seven college campuses. It describes key...
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