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

High-Impact ePortfolio Practice

Published by Stylus in association with AAC&U, High Impact ePortfolio Practice outlines how to deploy the ePortfolio as a high-impact practice and describes widely applicable models of effective ePortfolio pedagogy and implementation that demonstrably improve student learning across multiple settings. Authors Eynon and Gambino present a wealth of data and revealing case studies demonstrating that, implemented with a purposeful framework, ePortfolios correlate strongly with increased retention and graduation rates, broadened student engagement in deep learning processes, and advanced faculty and institutional learning.

The core of the book presents a comprehensive research-based framework, along with practical examples and strategies for implementation, and identifies the key considerations that need to be addressed in the areas of pedagogy, professional...

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment
2016

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment highlights key lessons learned from AAC&U's Quality Collaboratives project. It focuses on learning outcomes assessment and faculty leadership in the context of increased rates of student mobility and transfer. The project sought to build the capacity of educators to use the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) as a framework for successful student transfer that emphasized the quality of student learning, rather than seat time or credit hours; and sought to help partnering two- and four-year institutions strengthen transfer students' achievement of AAC&U's LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. The publication reports on the work of two-year and four-year institutions in nine states—California, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and North Dakota—that built on existing transfer articulation policies and practices and explored ways to enhance student...

Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Collaborating for Educational Change
2016

Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success features practical advice about developing collaborations to advance learning outcomes assessment in the context of transfer.

Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning
2015

Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning articulates a set of principles and practices to guide integrative liberal learning for today's students. The overlapping principles reflect a more holistic concept of undergraduate education that focuses on student empowerment and self-development; intentionally integrated learning opportunities and experiences; and greater clarity and transparency of learning outcomes for students, faculty, and other stakeholders. The publication aims to elucidate the value and use of integrative liberal learning and the best pedagogical and faculty leadership practices to prepare students for applying their learning to complex challenges in life, career, and citizenship. This publication emerges from the work of the Teagle Foundation-supported Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning: Principles and Practices project.

The Quality of a College Degree
2015

This report examines the larger policy environment and how it is and isn’t aligned with current efforts to focus on assessment of key student learning outcomes, especially in the context of transfer. It builds on lessons learned in AAC&U's DQP Quality Collaboratives project.  Authors provide recommendations for framing policy debates about more efficient and effective transfer from two-year to four-year institutions that account for students’ achievement of key learning outcomes articulated in the Degree Qualifications Profile. The publication also provides a framework for better aligning state and campus policies with a twenty-first-century vision of quality learning and with current patterns of student attendance.  Ideal for campus discussions about improving transfer student success and collecting better data on student achievement, the publication also includes case studies from two-year/four-year Quality Collaboratives campus partners.

Assessment That Works: A National Call, A Twenty-First-Century Response
2015

This publication builds on the work of AAC&U’s VALUE project (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education)—a multi-tiered effort that, in its first stages, harnessed the expertise of hundreds of faculty and other education professionals across American higher education to identify the most commonly agreed upon criteria and standards of judgment to be used in assessing student work.  VALUE has since become a national movement to change the way we envision and approach the assessment of student learning gains and accomplishments in college.  Assessment That Works contextualizes this movement, describes several illuminating case studies of VALUE in action, and exhorts us to maintain the momentum and raise the visibility of this effort.

The VALUE Breakthrough: Getting the Assessment of Student Learning in College Right
2015

Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education—AAC&U's VALUE initiative—is a far-reaching effort to focus assessment on the work students produce in their progress toward a degree. By focusing on assignments produced for a degree program rather than on answers on time-limited standardized tests, VALUE has become a national movement to change the way we envision and approach the assessment of student learning gains and accomplishments in college. The VALUE Breakthrough explains succinctly and directly the progress and importance of this movement. Author Daniel Sullivan tells us how VALUE relates both to the larger aims of a quality liberal education, to the capabilities employers seek and reward, and to the public policy pressures of our current environment.

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

Assessing Underserved Students' Engagement in High-Impact Practices
2013

This publication presents findings from a national study conducted by AAC&U researchers to investigate the impact of engagement in high-impact practices on traditionally underserved populations (defined here as first-generation, minority, transfer, and low-income students).The mixed-method analysis includes student-level data on engaged learning at thirty-eight participating institutions-from the state higher education systems in California, Oregon, and Wisconsin-drawn from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), as well as qualitative data obtained through student focus groups held at nine selected campuses. This report serves as a guide for campus-based inquiry to further our understanding of underserved student engagement with high-impact practices. The publication also includes a toolkit on assessing equity in high-impact practices developed by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. This project is funded by TG Philanthropy. ...

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

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