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.

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

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

 

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 methods. An examination of the psychological theories of learning and achievement that underlie these diverse methods is coupled with practical guidance on how to select among them. Case studies are included to demonstrate the benefits of using multiple methods in combination.

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The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers' Views

The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers’ Views

This publication provides a broad overview of the vision for learning advanced through AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. It includes an executive summary of the 2007 LEAP report, College Learning for the New Global Century; summaries of research about high-impact educational practices and student learning outcomes; summaries of trends in curricular, assessment, and general education reform; and data about the learning outcomes that employers value most.

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Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality

Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality

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 impact the same for traditional students as for those from historically underserved populations? Also included are specific recommendations for improving the quality of high-impact practices.

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General Education & Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice

General Education and Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice

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 broadly—since AAC&U’s Strong Foundations: Twelve Principles for Effective General Education Programs was published in 1994.

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Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning

Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning

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 focus on eight key issues: defining learning outcomes; understanding your learners; identifying stakeholders; designing learning activities; including multiple forms of evidence; using rubrics to evaluate e-portfolios; anticipating external uses of evidence; and evaluating the impact of e-portfolios. Campus case studies are included.

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Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics

Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics

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 variety of campuses, the rubrics establish measurable criteria for assessing each outcome at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of accomplishment. The rubrics can be readily adapted to reflect the missions, cultures, and practices of individual institutions and programs.

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

Revising General Education—and Avoiding the Potholes: A Guide for Curricular Change

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 concepts of general education, winning approval of a proposal, implementing a new program, and much more.

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What Will I Learn in College?

What Will I Learn in College? What You Need to Know Now to Get Ready for College Success

This brief and highly engaging guide is designed to help college-bound high school students understand what will be expected of them in college and how to seek out high school experiences that will prepare them to meet those expectations. It also features candid advice from undergraduates on how to get ready for college.

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

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

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 students, particularly those from groups traditionally underserved by higher education. The author also presents evidence that underserved students are the least likely to have access to these high-impact practices.

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

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

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 elements of the model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors that complement decades of work in student affairs.

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