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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.

AAC&U also publishes three periodicals, Liberal Education, Peer Review, and Diversity & Democracy, and a monthly online newsletter, AAC&U News, to advance the national dialogue about the quality of undergraduate education in the United States.

A Brief History of Student Learning Assessment: How We Got Where We Are and a Proposal for Where to Go Next

A Brief History of Student Learning Assessment offers a historical overview of testing in higher education and a proposal for a more productive approach to student learning assessment in the future that builds on the current Collegiate Learning Assessment. It provides an important context for today's renewed calls for greater accountability and, more importantly, the urgent need to raise levels of student achievement. This publication helps us better understand the "state-of-the-art" in standardized testing today, and what the academy should ask - and what it can and cannot expect - from standardized testing in the future.

Making a Real Difference with Diversity

This publication provides readers with a step-by-step guide for implementing, evaluating, and sustaining comprehensive diversity work on campus. The monograph offers a set of promising practices and selected quantitative and qualitative findings pertaining to efforts to enhance college access and success for underrepresented students, increase the presence of underrepresented minority faculty, and strengthen overall institutional functioning regarding diversity.


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.

Diversity Works Package

These three books provide a wide scope of information about incorporating diversity into the curriculum, including a rationale for doing so, descriptions of programs, evidence about the effects on student learning, and specific recommendations.

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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Purposeful Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Key Learning Outcomes

This final publication of the Greater Expectations project reports on practices from high school through college to advance four selected liberal education outcomes: inquiry, civic, global, and integrative learning. From defining outcomes, to reviewing current practices, to charting sequences of learning over time, readers will find numerous resources helpful in their curricular planning.

Shared Futures: Global Learning and Liberal Education

This publication by Kevin Hovland examines the evolving definitions of global learning in the context of previous reform efforts in the areas of diversity, democracy, and civic engagement. It also illuminates how global learning converges with the most powerful current models of liberal education.

Assessing Global Learning: Matching Good Intentions with Good Practice

Assessing Global Learning is designed to help colleges and universities construct and assess the impact of multiple, well-defined, developmental pathways through which students can acquire global learning. Specific program examples demonstrate how and where curricular and co-curricular learning can be embedded at various levels from individual courses to institutional mission. The publication argues for establishing clear global learning goals that inform departments, divisions, and campus life and suggests assessment frameworks. Includes a sample quantitative assessment survey and several assessment templates.

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Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility

AAC&U's board of directors issued this statement to help faculty address recent debates on bias and intellectual diversity in the classroom. The statement argues that debates about the personal political views of faculty members distract attention from the far more urgent challenge of providing a quality education that prepares all college students to succeed and make a difference in today's complex world. It discusses the need to teach students to make informed judgments in the face of conflicting views and reaffirms the importance of protecting the academic freedom of faculty members to make judgments about curricula.