Liberal Education Publications

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

2010

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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

Liberal Education, Fall 2009
Liberal Education, Fall 2009

Drawing from a recent public forum cosponsored by AAC&U and Clark University, this issue presents a series of commissioned papers on liberal education and effective practice. Also included are articles on individualized learning across the curriculum and the need to recognize emotion as a part of knowing.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2009
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2009

By incorporating diverse content, perspectives, and approaches into the curriculum, faculty of all disciplines have found both pedagogical and curricular routes that strengthen scholarship and prepare students for engagement with today's complex world. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores the various ways that faculty are engaging with diversity across the disciplines to support student learning and improve achievement of important liberal learning outcomes.Read more

Peer Review, Fall 2009
Peer Review, Fall 2009

Peer Review, Fall, 2009: Features articles on best practices in campus study abroad programs, research on the impact of study abroad, and analysis of the role and limitations of study abroad as a strategy for global learning.Read more

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

Peer Review, Summer 2009
Peer Review, Summer 2009

Peer Review, Summer, 2009: This issue makes the case for a bridge between the undergraduate and public health communities, illustrates the potential for public health education as a vehicle for liberal learning, and provides concrete examples and approaches to the development of high quality undergraduate courses and curricula.

The edition is produced with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation as part of AAC&U’s Educated Citizen and Public Health initiative.Read more

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