Liberal Education Publications

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

Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics
2010

This publication provides practical advice on the development and effective use of rubrics to evaluate college student achievement at various levels. Rubrics for fifteen liberal learning outcomes are included, and can be readily adapted to reflect the missions, cultures, and practices of individual institutions and programs. Developed by faculty members and other academic professionals, and tested on a variety of campuses, the rubrics establish measurable criteria for assessing each outcome at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of accomplishment.

Peer Review, Winter 2010
Peer Review, Winter 2010

This issue explores how departments are developing assessment approaches that deepen student learning. Recognizing that most faculty identify strongly with their discipline and that students are engaged in more complex and sophisticated practice of liberal learning as they complete their majors, the issue presents articles that advance integrative and engaged learning in and across disciplines. The features draw on sessions and presentations from AAC&U’s 2009 Engaging Departments Institute.

The Winter 2010 issue of Peer Review has sold out. Articles are available online and the full issue is available as a PDF.Read more

Liberal Education, Winter 2010
Liberal Education, Winter 2010

This issue features the changing role of the humanities in today's academy. It includes articles about the centrality of the arts within the humanities, new data tracking the humanities in both K-12 and higher education, and contemporary challenges faced by those who teach and care about the humanities. Authors present various approaches to making the case for the continued importance of the humanities both for economic success and democratic vitality.Read more

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