Publications

AAC&U 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.

Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work

Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work

Signature work projects focus on complex questions that are meaningful to individual students and to society; require students to integrate, apply, demonstrate, reflect on, and communicate their cumulative learning; and require input from multiple disciplines and perspectives. This publication presents thirteen case studies that demonstrate the variety of forms signature work can take, as well as the variety of institutional contexts and curricular pathways that can effectively support it. The cases are specifically tailored to provide practical advice for campus leaders seeking to design, implement, and assess integrative pathways to student signature work.

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High-Impact ePortfolio Practice

High-Impact ePortfolio Practice: A Catalyst for Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning

Published by Stylus in association with AAC&U, this publication provides expert guidance on deploying the ePortfolio as a high-impact practice. The authors present a comprehensive research-based framework, along with practical examples and strategies for implementation. They also identify key considerations to be addressed in the areas of pedagogy, professional development, outcomes assessment, technology, and scaling up.

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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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Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to Systemic Institutional Change

Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to Systemic Institutional Change

Intended for faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders poised to mount comprehensive STEM reforms to improve student learning and success, particularly for students from underrepresented minority groups, this guide offers advice on getting started, team and leader development, project management, and sustaining change. It provides benchmarks, key questions for analysis, timeline information, challenge alerts to anticipate common roadblocks, and a rubric to gauge progress. Campus case studies are also included.

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Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future: Enlisting the Voices of STEM Women Faculty of Color

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future: Enlisting the Voices of STEM Women Faculty of Color

How can institutions recognize and support inclusive excellence among faculty? How can they build the capacity of women faculty of color to advance in their careers and contribute to reform efforts? Shining a spotlight on HBCUs as leaders in the education and graduation of STEM students, this publication focuses on the underexplored role of STEM women faculty of color in supporting student success in STEM fields and, over time, in driving campus changes that can make any institution more effective in educating all students.

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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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Becoming a Student-Ready College

Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success

To ask whether students are “college-ready” is to concentrate on factors beyond the control of higher education. With this publication, the authors flip the question to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating student success. Rather than focusing on student preparedness (or lack thereof), the authors focus on what colleges and universities can do to prepare for their entering students. What must change in an institution’s policies, practices, and culture in order to be truly student-ready?

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Essential Global Learning

Essential Global Learning

A compilation of seminal AAC&U articles on global learning, this publication provides a working definition of global learning, a framework for assessment of global learning, and case studies of high-impact global learning activities from a variety of campuses. It also includes the Global Learning VALUE Rubric, which was developed by a national group of faculty experts through AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative.

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Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment

This publication reports on efforts by two-year and four-year institutions in nine states—California, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and North Dakota—to improve transfer articulation policies and practices in order to enhance student success.

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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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