Liberal Education Publications

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter
2008

This publication defines a set of educational practices that research has demonstrated have a significant impact on student success. Author George D. Kuh presents data from the National Survey of Student Engagement about these practices and explains why they benefit all students, but also seem to benefit underserved students even more than their more advantaged peers. The report also presents data that show definitively that underserved students are the least likely students, on average, to have access to these practices.

 Creating the Entrepreneurial University to Support Liberal Education
2008

In Creating the Entrepreneurial University to Support Liberal Education, Samuel M. Hines Jr. makes the case for liberal education as a necessary foundation for the entrepreneurial culture and leadership he believes will be required to sustain the financial and intellectual integrity of the twenty-first-century university. In addition to fostering entrepreneurial skills and values in their students, Hines argues, faculty and other campus leaders also need to become more entrepreneurial themselves. Responses from Daniel Bernstine, Anthony Carnevale, Eric Gould, and Elizabeth Minnich are included.

Liberal Education, Summer 2008
Liberal Education, Summer 2008

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U’s 2008 annual meeting, “Intentional Learning, Unscripted Challenges: Knowledge and Imagination for an Interdependent World.”Read more

Liberal Education, Spring 2008
Liberal Education, Spring 2008

This issue explores undergraduate science education, including a look at curricular and pedagogical issues related to teaching non-majors and developments in the undergraduate STEM learning environment.Read more

Executive Summary of College Learning for the New Global Century
2008

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.

2008

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

What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?
2008

This brochure serves as an introduction to what a liberal education is--and why it is important to all college students. Based on research findings from the LEAP initiative, it provides a contemporary definition of the term "liberal education," discusses the most important outcomes of college, and features the perspectives of recent graduates and employers. Ideal for use in first-year and transfer student orientation, first-year seminars, academic advising, admissions, and career counseling....

Liberal Education, Fall 2007
Liberal Education, Fall 2007

This issue offers recommendations for strengthening faculty governance, examines campus practices and policies that can reverse or slow current trends impeding faculty leadership, and explores the complex interplay among organizational structures within higher education.Read more

Assessment in Cycles of Improvement: Faculty Designs for Essential Learning Outcomes
2007

This publication features a series of reports on how selected colleges and universities foster and assess student learning in twelve liberal education outcome areas, including writing, quantitative literacy, critical thinking, ethics, intercultural knowledge, and information literacy. Moving from goals to experiences, assessments, and improvements driven by assessment data, each institutional story illustrates how complex learning can be shaped over time and across programs to bring students to higher levels of achievement of these important outcomes.

Liberal Education, Summer 2007
Liberal Education, Summer 2007

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2007 annual meeting, "The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracy's Big Questions." 
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Liberal Education, Spring 2007
Liberal Education, Spring 2007

This issue examines how the “big questions” of meaning and purpose are explored within the context of a contemporary liberal education. Also included are articles on civic engagement, integrative learning, and the distinctiveness of American higher education.Read more

Liberal Education, Winter 2007
Liberal Education, Winter 2007

This issue provides an overview of the Bringing Theory to Practice project, an effort to advance engaged student learning and determine how it might improve the quality of students’ education, development, health, and commitment to civic engagement. Also included are articles on diversity, a reflection on teaching in a first-year program, and the executive summary of the new LEAP report.Read more

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