Assessment and VALUE Publications

Liberal Education, Winter 2017
Liberal Education, Winter 2017

This issue examines higher education’s response to calls for greater accountability for student learning. Also included are articles on justice and identity, curricular reform, co-teaching, equitable implementation of high-impact practices, and a new tool for administrators seeking to support high-impact practices.Read more

Peer Review, Winter 2014
Peer Review, Winter 2014

E-portfolios are now being used in more than half of US colleges and universities. This issue provides examples of how engaging with e-portfolios enhances student learning and can be used for assessment and students’ professional preparation and job searches.Read more

Peer Review, Fall 2013

Whether they’re called senior capstones or some other name, these culminating experiences require students nearing the end of their college years to create a project of some sort that integrates and applies what they’ve learned. This issue shows examples of learning outcomes and best practices for capstone courses and programs.          Read more

Peer Review, Summer 2013
Peer Review, Summer 2013

This issue explores the evolution of faculty roles, including the growing dependence on non-tenure-track faculty (trends, research, etc.), and how these changes are having an impact on student learning outcomes. The issue also features faculty roles at institutions that remain committed to the traditional teacher–scholar model.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2012
Liberal Education, Fall 2012

This issue explores how a college or university’s commitment to sustainability can transform institutional practice and help advance the aims of liberal learning. Also included are articles on civic scientific literacy, education for stewardship of the global commons, the role of division I athletics in a liberal education, the value of considering across-the-curriculum initiatives within the context of general education reform, and an approach to creating shared expectations for student achievement within the disciplines.Read more

Peer Review, Summer 2012
Peer Review, Summer 2012

This issue centers on how faculty are using high-impact educational practices in individual classrooms across an array of disciplines. It will address the challenges and opportunities to implementing more engaged forms of learning in individual classes taught as part of the regular curricula.Read more

Peer Review, Fall 2011/Winter 2012
Peer Review, Fall/Winter 2011

This issue focuses on AAC&U’s VALUE rubrics, which were tested on more than one hundred pilot campuses and cover outcomes often neglected in other assessment systems. This issue explores various ways in which different kinds of colleges and universities are using the rubrics to assess student learning in and across courses and programs.

SOLD OUT: full issue is available as a PDF.Read more

Peer Review, Winter 2010
Peer Review, Winter 2010

This issue explores how departments are developing assessment approaches that deepen student learning. Recognizing that most faculty identify strongly with their discipline and that students are engaged in more complex and sophisticated practice of liberal learning as they complete their majors, the issue presents articles that advance integrative and engaged learning in and across disciplines. The features draw on sessions and presentations from AAC&U’s 2009 Engaging Departments Institute.

The Winter 2010 issue of Peer Review has sold out. Articles are available online and the full issue is available as a PDF.Read more

Peer Review, Spring 2009
Peer Review, Spring 2009

Peer Review, Spring, 2009: This issue addresses specific challenges faculty are facing in the classroom today. It explores issues related to developing collaborative and hands-on learning opportunities, research on the relationship between expectations and achievement, and ways to teach about controversial subjects and issues that challenge students' deeply held beliefs.

SOLD OUT - full issue is available as a PDF.Read more

Peer Review, Winter 2009

Peer Review, Winter, 2009: This issue focuses on AAC&U’s VALUE project and provides an overview of new assessment approaches it is helping campuses develop, including the application of rubrics assessing a broad set of important learning outcomes using examples of student work completed over time in an e-portfolio. Articles address rubric development, e-portfolios for learning and assessment, assessment processes, and the use of assessment results for individual, program, and institutional improvements.

The Winter 2009 issue of Peer Review has sold out. Articles are available online and the full issue is available as a PDF.Read more

Peer Review, Spring 2007
Peer Review, Spring 2007

Peer Review, Spring, 2007: As campuses implement more complex assignments, community placements, internships, student research programs, and other engaged learning practices, the opportunity for students to demonstrate complex capacities will be increased. This issue addresses a variety of approaches to achieving and assessing the advanced learning outcomes derived from these practices. It includes a special focus on developing and assessing capstone courses.Read more

Peer Review, Fall 2004
Peer Review, Fall 2004

Peer Review, Fall 2004: Challenging the widespread notion that general education is something to "get out of the way as soon as possible," this issue explores ways that campuses are now working to cultivate important outcomes across the curriculum and, given the growth in student transfer, across institutions.Read more