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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.

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

This publication defines a set of educational practices that research has demonstrated have a significant impact on student success. Author George D. Kuh presents data from the National Survey of Student Engagement about these practices and explains why they benefit all students, but also seem to benefit underserved students even more than their more advantaged peers. The report also presents data that show definitively that underserved students are the least likely students, on average, to have access to these practices.

 Creating the Entrepreneurial University to Support Liberal Education

In Creating the Entrepreneurial University to Support Liberal Education, Samuel M. Hines Jr. makes the case for liberal education as a necessary foundation for the entrepreneurial culture and leadership he believes will be required to sustain the financial and intellectual integrity of the twenty-first-century university. In addition to fostering entrepreneurial skills and values in their students, Hines argues, faculty and other campus leaders also need to become more entrepreneurial themselves. Responses from Daniel Bernstine, Anthony Carnevale, Eric Gould, and Elizabeth Minnich are included.

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

Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, Civic Engagement at the Center highlights developmental models for students’ civic learning and socially responsible leadership implemented at 77 campuses. The monograph describes key elements of the cocurricular model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors created to complement decades of work in student affairs.

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

This brochure serves as an introduction to what a liberal education is--and why it is important to all college students. Based on research findings from the LEAP initiative, 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. Ideal for use in first-year and transfer student orientation, first-year seminars, academic advising, admissions, and career counseling....


This package contains resources designed to help practitioners communicate the value of a liberal education in the new global century.

Executive Summary of College Learning for the New Global Century

This 2008 edition of the Executive Summary includes a short summary of College Learning for the New Global Century, as well as highlights from surveys of employers conducted in 2006 and 2007. The survey findings detail the skills and knowledge areas on which employers want colleges and universities to place more emphasis, how and why they value a liberal education, and their views on assessment approaches. This publication is ideal for use with external audiences and with regents and boards of trustees retreats and meetings.

New Leadership for Student Learning and Accountability

The United States has been exceptionally well served by its varied, accessible, and intellectually self-directed colleges and universities. Our tradition of intellectual freedom and institutional diversity has made the American system of higher education the envy of the world. The higher education community is determined to maintain this leadership. We face some formidable challenges. Other nations have surpassed the United States in terms of the percentages of their populations achieving postsecondary degrees. Our levels of attainment have remained static, primarily because college access and degree completion rates are still sharply stratified by income and ethnicity. As the demographic composition of our society continues to change rapidly, we must reverse these inherited inequities. Moreover, most Americans will need education beyond high school to prosper economically. The world is demanding more of college graduates than ever before, but students’ levels of achievement are...

Assessment in Cycles of Improvement: Faculty Designs for Essential Learning Outcomes

This publication features a series of reports on how selected colleges and universities foster and assess student learning in twelve liberal education outcome areas, including writing, quantitative literacy, critical thinking, ethics, intercultural knowledge, and information literacy. Moving from goals to experiences, assessments, and improvements driven by assessment data, each institutional story illustrates how complex learning can be shaped over time and across programs to bring students to higher levels of achievement of these important outcomes.

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.