Liberal Education Publications

How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment
2014

Students, parents, and policy makers interested in the "return on investment" of college education tend to place unwarranted emphasis on the choice of undergraduate major, often assuming that a major in a liberal arts field has a negative effect on employment prospects and earnings potential. This new report—which includes data on earnings, employment rates, graduate school earnings bumps, and commonly chosen professions— presents clear evidence to the contrary. It shows not only that the college degree remains a sound investment, especially in these difficult economic times, but also that— as compared to students who major in professional, preprofessional, or STEM fields— liberal arts majors fare very well in terms of both earnings and long-term career success.

Liberal Education, Spring 2014
Liberal Education, Spring 2014

This issue presents highlights of the 2014 AAC&U annual meeting. Also included are articles on the second iteration of the Degree Qualifications Profile, the relationship between witness and service, divergent traditions of democracy in relation to higher education, and recent Supreme Court rulings affecting diversity efforts.Read more

Peer Review, Spring 2014
Peer Review, Spring 2014

Close examination of the status of women science and engineering faculty at four-year colleges and universities reveals that women not only remain disproportionately underrepresented in STEM disciplines, such as engineering and physics, but also are precipitously lost through transitions to upper professorial ranks in all STEM disciplines, generally. This issue explores current trends in higher education related to recruiting, retaining and advancing STEM women and women of color faculty. Read more

Liberal Education, Winter 2014
Liberal Education, Winter 2014

Liberal Education, Winter 2014: This special issue features an overview of the Lilly Endowment’s Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation.Read more

Investing in Success: Cost-Effective Strategies to Increase Student Success
2013

This publication provides advice and planning tools to help educational leaders invest in high-impact practices, despite budget constraints. It presents ways to evaluate both the benefits and costs of high-impact practices, and strategies for investing in innovations. Building on research from the Access to Success initiative and the Delta Cost Project, the authors provide examples of campuses that have made wise investments developing or scaling particular practices, with positive results for student learning, graduation rates, and the bottom line.

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. ...

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, 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

Liberal Education: Summer 2013
Liberal Education, Summer 2013

This issue features annual meeting presentations on the future of diversity, gender equity, and institutional governance. Also included are articles on social identity and privilege, efforts to teach critical thinking online, promoting student learning across faith lines, use of the VALUE...Read more

Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale
2013

Building on previous AAC&U reports, this publication presents research on specific educational practices correlated with higher levels of academic challenge, student engagement, and achievement. The publication features the relationship between these practices and improvements in retention and graduation rates and advice on how to ensure that all students experience multiple high-impact practices. Detailed case studies show how five campuses are providing high-impact practices more pervasively and systematically.

The Lumina Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP): Implications for Assessment
2013

Originally published by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, this publication provides an in-depth exploration of the latest models for assessing the advanced college-level learning outcomes articulated in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). Developed by the Lumina Foundation and released in “beta” form in 2011, the DQP describes the knowledge, skills, and applications that prepare graduates to succeed in the economy, civil society, and their own lives. Featuring reflections from two of the primary authors of the DQP, this publication offers guidance to stakeholders on how best to assess learning in relation to the competencies articulated in the DQP. NILOA's original publication is available online at: learningoutcomesassessment.org/documents/EwellDQPop1.pdf.

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

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