General Education Publications

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

Liberal Education: Fall, 2013
Liberal Education, Fall 2013

The authors of this issue's featured articles take a hard look at the phenomenon of the MOOC, the hype surrounding it, and its relation to the aims and purposes of both liberal learning and democratic education. Other authors provide a critique of competency-based education, take stock of the achievements and shortcomings of European educational reform fifteen years into the Bologna Process, propose a new field of interfaith studies, call for educators to promote civil discourse, and reflect on the "liberating" aspects of a liberal education.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, Spring 2013
Liberal Education, Spring 2013

This issue presents the findings from a new national survey of employer priorities for college learning and student success, along with the text of a new employer-educator compact; additional context for both is supplied by a pair of articles on what graduates need for long-term success in life...Read more

Peer Review, Spring 2013
Peer Review, Spring 2013

This issue highlights lessons learned from Developing a Community College Student Roadmap, the LEAP project designed to assist community colleges in creating robust and proactive programs of academic support. These programs—tied to expected learning outcomes—engage students at entrance and teach them how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.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, Fall 2012
Peer Review, Fall 2012

This issue focuses on the new changes to the MCAT, which focus more on broad integrative learning outcomes and competencies than on specific course requirements. Changes in the MCAT reinforce an urgent need for significant curricular revision, especially to focus more on competencies within lower-division pre-health coursework, and to encourage undergraduate students to make creative connections between and across disciplines and divisions.Read more

Making Progress? What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes
2012

This new report provides an up-to-date overview of national data from a variety of studies of student learning, including the NSSE, Wabash National Study, CIRP, PSRI, and others. It presents comparative data on achievement over time across an array of liberal education outcomes—such as critical thinking, writing, civic engagement, global competence, and social responsibility.

The report contrasts the very positive evidence drawn from what students think they have learned with the much more sobering evidence from national tests about what students actually can do in such areas as critical thinking, writing, and quantitative reasoning. It also reflects the growing evidence that how we construct the learning environment, e.g., by emphasizing high-impact practices, is a crucial component both in assessing learning and in raising students' level of achievement. Making Progress also underscores the educational value of new assessment practices, such as e-...

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

The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers' Views
2011

This new publication outlines the LEAP vision for learning, bringing together multiple strands of LEAP work. It includes an executive summary of College Learning for the New Global Century; summaries of research about high-impact educational practices and learning outcomes; summaries of trends in curricular, assessment, and general education reform; and data about the outcomes that employers value in the college graduates they hire and promote. This summary is ideal as an introduction to AAC&U's LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) initiative and its research for use with internal and external advocates of educational reform, including with curricular and student success committees, boards of trustees, and regents.

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Peer Review, Winter 2011
Peer Review, Winter 2011

Peer Review, Winter, 2011: Adult students comprise a growing population on college campuses. This issue features a range of programs that ensure returning adult and other nontraditional students receive the full array of liberal education outcomes.Read more

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