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.

Executive Summary of College Learning for the New Global Century

Executive Summary of College Learning for the New Global Century

This publication provides a brief summary of College Learning for the New Global Century, the 2007 report of the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise, along with highlights from employer surveys conducted in 2006 and 2007. The survey findings detail the skills and knowledge areas that employers want colleges and universities to emphasize, and they provide insights into how employers view liberal education and the assessment of student learning.

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What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?

What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?

Ideal for use in first-year and transfer student orientations and in first-year seminars, this brochure provides a brief introduction to liberal education and explains its importance for all college students. It provides a contemporary definition of the term “liberal education,” discusses the most important outcomes of college, and features the perspectives of recent graduates and employers.

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College Learning for the New Global Century

The national report from AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise 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 those for whom college is the only possible route to a better future. Based on extensive input from educators and employers, the report describes the learning students need from college and what it will take to help them achieve it.

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Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Student Guide to Making Smart Educational Choices

Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Student Guide to Making Smart Educational Choices

This practical guide for undergraduate students is intended to take some of the mystery out of curricular requirements and to educate students about what really matters in college—the broad learning outcomes developed over the entire course of their undergraduate years.

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