Liberal Education Publications

Peer Review, Spring 2011
Peer Review, Spring 2011

Peer Review, Spring, 2011: This issue highlights lessons learned from AAC&U’s LEAP States initiative. Specifically, it features educational and curricular reform work of institutions and state systems involved in the LEAP States Initiative—focusing on how selected state systems are using the LEAP essential learning outcomes as a shared framework for student achievement, accountability, school-college alignment, and underserved student success. The lessons learned can be useful to those in a wide range of institutions working toward educational reform.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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Liberal Education, Winter 2011
Liberal Education, Winter 2011

A fresh look at several broad trends affecting the status and future of the professoriate, including higher education's increasing reliance on contingent academic labor, the relationship between the commitment to faculty diversity and the emergence of a two-tier professoriate, and institutional responses to the recent recession. Other topics include declines in college student study time, general education reform, the humanities, and a liberal arts professor's rapprochement with outcomes assessment.Read more

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

Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality
2010

This monograph examines what educational research reveals about five educational practices: first-year seminars, learning communities, service learning, undergraduate research, and capstone experiences. The authors explore questions such as: What is the impact on students who participate in these practices? Is the impact the same for both traditional students and those who come from historically underserved student populations? The monograph includes a foreword by George D. Kuh, "High-Impact Practices: Retrospective and Prospective," and recommendations for how to improve the quality of high-impact practices.

Peer Review, Fall 2010

Peer Review, Fall, 2010: Articles in this issue present best practices for creating internships and other experiential learning opportunities that allow students to extend classroom learning and apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2010
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2010

In the face of today's financial challenges, higher education institutions across the country are struggling to provide pathways to quality higher education and academic success, particularly for underserved students. This issue of Diversity & Democracy offers concrete suggestions for how higher education can improve access and success and strengthen learning outcomes despite economic barriers.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2010
Liberal Education, Fall 2010

An in-depth look at integrative learning, including its relation to interdisciplinary studies, its implications for faculty development, and its role in the sweeping changes to higher education in Hong Kong. Additional topics include Project Kaleidoscope’s role in fostering innovation in STEM pedagogy and faculty development, often-overlooked classroom variables that affect the quality of teaching and learning, the relationship between computer science and liberal education outcomes, students’ understanding of liberal education, and three-year degree proposals.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer 2010
Liberal Education, Summer 2010

This issue presents highlights of the 2010 annual meeting. Also included are articles on the hidden costs of low four-year graduation rates, interfaith dialogue, the pedagogy of the debate over evolution and intelligent design, teaching for ethical reasoning, and California’s Master Plan.Read more

Peer Review, Summer 2010
Peer Review, Summer 2010

Peer Review, Summer 2010: This issue explores new strategies for diversifying the faculty and developing their effectiveness as teachers and engaged scholars. This issue draws on discussions from the 2009 Faculty Resource Network/Leadership Alliance special joint session on The Future of the Professoriate.Read more

Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning
2010

This publication presents an overview of electronic portfolios and ways individuals and campuses can implement e-portfolios to enhance and assess student learning, recognizing that learning occurs in many places, takes many forms, and is exhibited through many modes of representation. It is organized around eight issues central to implementing an e-portfolio approach: defining learning outcomes; understanding your learners; identifying stakeholders; designing learning activities; including multiple forms of evidence; using rubrics to evaluate e-portfolios; anticipating external uses of evidence; and evaluating the impact of e-portfolios. This work is illustrated through multiple campus case study examples.

Liberal Education, Spring 2010
Liberal Education, Spring 2010

Articles by educational leaders at West Point, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy explore how and why these institutions continue to prioritize liberal education even as they reshape their curricula to meet changing demands of military service in the twenty-first century.The issue also presents new research on living-learning programs, strategies for strengthening higher education in tough economic times, and a case for making visual literacy a central component of a contemporary liberal education.Read more

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