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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.

 Globalizing Knowledge: Connecting International and Intercultural Studies

In recent decades, we have had separate movements to reform curricula both by "internationalizing" them and by recognizing the diversity that characterizes the United States. But on most campuses, the study of the rest of the world and the study of "America" have developed in almost complete independence of each other. This paper argues that these movements are concerned with many of the same issues, and it makes a strong case for their intersection in our goals for student learning and programs. 

General Education: The Changing Agenda

An analysis of the changes in general education over the last two decades, since the reform of general education broke onto the scene in the late 1970s. Also focuses on several new challenges facing curriculum reformers today.

Contemporary Understandings of Liberal Education

Examines the emergence of broad agreement on what students ought to learn from a liberal education and finds a strong trend toward pluralistic, collaborative, experiential, and integrative modes of learning. Also contends that outdated structures, practices, and reward systems frustrate higher education's ability to reap the benefits of new directions in student learning.

Black Women in Academe: Issues and Strategies

Explores the climate for black women students, faculty members, and administrators in both predominantly white colleges and universities as well as historically black colleges and universities, focusing on the ways that race and gender stereotypes can combine to create double obstacles for black women. Recommendations and resources are provided to help institutions be more supportive and aware of the needs of black women.

Diversity Blueprint: A Planning Manual for Colleges and Universities

Created in collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park

Comprehensive, detailed guide addressing creating, expanding, and institutionalizing campus-wide diversity initiatives. The manual explains principles and priorities that are crucial in creating a diverse environment, as well as the legal decisions and research that have brought national attention to the issue of diversity. Topics include how to begin diversity planning, the complexity of handling external influences to the campus, affirmative action, curricular transformation, faculty/staff hiring and retention, and building campus-wide support.

Asian Pacific American Women in Higher Education

Examines the perils and pitfalls of being seen as a member of the "model minority," describes the complexity and diversity within the Asian Pacific American community, and discusses ways to challenge a unique set of racial, sexual, social, and linguistic stereotypes. Includes recommendations for improving campus climate and developing a more inclusive curriculum for all students, broadening access and increasing retention, reforming institutional policies and practices, and much more.

 Diversity Works: The Emerging Picture of How Students Benefit

Summarizes and analyzes research on the effects of campus diversity on students from 300 separate studies on diversity in higher education. The evidence documented makes a strong case for the success and importance of diversity initiatives in supporting educational excellence throughout the campus.

Warming the Climate for Women in Academic Science

Provides a comprehensive review of women's status as undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members in science, mathematics, and engineering. Presents recommendations for actions that can be taken by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, administrators, and professional organizations. Includes a resource section of bibliographies and organizations.


Explores goals for liberal learning in a diverse democracy and argues that the liberal arts of the future will include ways of relating and learning across difference. Explains that the "new academy" growing up within the old comprises new ways of thinking, reconfiguration of disciplines, new modes of teaching and assessment, and new forms of scholarship -- all developed in order to move beyond historically inequitable divisions. Written for faculty members and curriculum committees, this report offers an important new vision for liberal education at the turn of the century. Should be used in connection with American Pluralism and the College Curriculum.

 Changing the Major: Innovation Priorities in the Field

An overview of the efforts of dozens of arts and sciences departments that participated in AAC&U's national project, Re-Forming Majors. It builds on the research presented in The Challenge of Connecting Learning (Volume 1), Reports from the Fields (Volume 2), and Program Review and Educational Quality in the Major: A Faculty Handbook (Volume 3).