Global Learning Publications

The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad: Higher Education and the Quest for Global Citizenship

Co-published by AAC&U and Routledge, this book is a comprehensive survey of the study abroad and global learning fields. Each chapter conveys an enthusiasm for study abroad alongside a critical assessment of the most up-to-date research, theory and practice. The volume brings together the insights of expert academics, senior administrators, practitioners of study abroad, and policy makers from across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world. Among its many chapters, the book includes a chapter on globalizing the curriculum co-authored by Kevin Hovland and Caryn McTighe Musil of AAC&U, along with Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor, Arcadia University, and Amy Jamison, Michigan State University doctoral candidate. This book is an indispensable reference volume for scholars, higher education faculty, study abroad professionals, policy makers, and the academic libraries that serve these audiences.

Liberal Education, Summer 2009
Liberal Education, Summer 2009

This issue represents the theme of the 2009 annual meeting, "Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s Promise." Included are highlights of the meeting, along with the keynote address from the 2008 annual meeting. Additional articles examine the faculty’s role in students’ moral formation, efforts to increase access for low-income students, and the senior capstone as a transformative experience.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2008
Liberal Education, Fall 2008

This issue explores the potential impact of the Bologna Process on higher education in the United States, the phenomenon of global branding, and the functions and motives of U.S. institutions of higher education that are establishing overseas operations in Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.Read more

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.


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


This signature national report from the National Leadership Council guiding the LEAP 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 to those for whom college is a route, perhaps the only possible route, to a better future. This report, based on extensive input both from educators and employers, responds to the new global challenges today's students faculty. It describes the learning contemporary students need from college, and what it will take to help them achieve it.

Purposeful Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Key Learning Outcomes

This final publication of the Greater Expectations project reports on practices from high school through college to advance four selected liberal education outcomes: inquiry, civic, global, and integrative learning. From defining outcomes, to reviewing current practices, to charting sequences of learning over time, readers will find numerous resources helpful in their curricular planning.

Shared Futures: Global Learning and Liberal Education

This publication by Kevin Hovland examines the evolving definitions of global learning in the context of previous reform efforts in the areas of diversity, democracy, and civic engagement. It also illuminates how global learning converges with the most powerful current models of liberal education.

Assessing Global Learning: Matching Good Intentions with Good Practice

Assessing Global Learning is designed to help colleges and universities construct and assess the impact of multiple, well-defined, developmental pathways through which students can acquire global learning. Specific program examples demonstrate how and where curricular and co-curricular learning can be embedded at various levels from individual courses to institutional mission. The publication argues for establishing clear global learning goals that inform departments, divisions, and campus life and suggests assessment frameworks. Includes a sample quantitative assessment survey and several assessment templates.

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Global Collaborations: The Role of Higher Education in Diverse Democracies (India, South Africa, the United States)

Written as a companion to Diversity, Democracy, and Higher Education: A View from Three Nations, this volume continues to explore the challenges posed by diversity to democratic societies within the context of higher education. Includes perspectives from the three countries who participated in the Ford Foundation's Tri-National Seminar on Diversity and Higher Education. Frames some parameters for a new kind of global education that would be comparative in nature, reciprocal in practice, and committed to social justice.

Tri-National Series

These companion books explore the challenges posed by diversity to democratic societies within the context of higher education. Based on topics explored by delegates from India, South Africa, and the United States in the Ford Foundation's Tri-National Seminar on Diversity and Higher Education.

Diversity, Democracy and Higher Ed: A View From Three Nations

Delegates from India, South Africa, and the United States met in India to compare the experiences of their countries in responding to the special challenges and opportunities diversity offers to higher education. This volume presents their papers and describes their reflections. It places the priorities of the respective countries in historical perspective and illuminates similarities and contrasts among them. The volume contributes to the growing global discourse and the role of higher education in strengthening democracy.