Student Success Publications

Peer Review, Fall 2015
Peer Review, Fall 2015

Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation, this issue focuses on campus, state, regional, and national strategies for “Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success.” Leaders from Jobs for the Future, Achieving the Dream, the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education,  the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Council on Undergraduate Research contributed to the issue and AAC&U Roadmap Project colleges collaborated across institutions to write articles that highlight emerging practices for improving student learning and success based on the LEAP framework.Read more

Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches
2016

This report summarizes key findings from a national survey among chief academic officers at AAC&U member institutions and explores how institutions are defining common learning outcomes, trends related to general education design and the use of emerging, evidence-based teach­ing and learning practices. This is the second report in a series featuring findings from the survey conducted by Hart Research Associates for AAC&U. (full reports and slides with findings are available free online at www.aacu.org/about/2015-membersurvey.)

This new report, "Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches," includes respondents from across the full spectrum of public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions.

Peer Review, Spring 2015
Peer Review, Spring 2015

This issue, sponsored by the W. M. Keck Foundation as part of the PKAL Guide to Systemic Institutional Change in STEM Education project, features case studies by institutions that developed and field tested a comprehensive institutional model for facilitating strategic change in STEM education. The model takes a scientific approach and provides both a process and content scaffold for campus leaders to facilitate change efforts. It offers leadership, planning, assessment, and practical tools for developing a strategic plan for change, including evidence-based practices. The model also provides a “readiness” tool for assessing the capacity for change in terms of faculty expertise, resources, and campus infrastructure as well as a rubric for monitoring progress. Although the model was developed for STEM specifically, it can be adapted to other institutional change projects more broadly or outside the STEM disciplines.Read more

Liberal Education, Winter-Spring, 2015
Liberal Education, Winter/Spring 2015

This special double issue focuses on the LEAP Challenge, the next phase of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. Articles present the LEAP Challenge and, through exploration of a variety of campus exemplars, its central concept of Signature Work. Along with selected presentations from AAC&U’s 2015 annual meeting, the winter/spring issue also features a look at key moments in the association’s history—the first in a yearlong series of commissioned articles marking the AAC&U Centennial.

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America's Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education
2015

This publication makes the case for the urgent need to expand access to and success in high-quality educational programs for students traditionally underserved in higher education.  The publication addresses students’ access and success in terms of traditional measures like college completion as well as important indicators of educational opportunity like participation in high-impact educational practices. The authors present an equity-minded guiding framework that can be used throughout higher education.  They suggest principles for evaluating equity and advancing institutional change, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for students affected by stratification in educational opportunity by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class status. Excellent resource for launching conversations among educational leaders and practitioners about diversity, equity, and institutional change.

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2014

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features multiple approaches to creating and evaluating campus and classroom climates that value diversity and that support the success of underserved students. Contributing authors describe targeted student success programs and campus-wide initiatives designed to foster engagement with diversity.Read more

News from AAC&U Initiatives: Developing a Community College Student Roadmap
2014

The Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project (Roadmap Project) was de­signed to help community colleges create robust and proactive programs of academic support— tied to expected learning outcomes—that engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.

The Roadmap Project, funded by MetLife Foundation, began in 2010 with twelve leadership institutions whose programs were poised to become national models of how to support student success and advance student learning. Launched in January 2013, phase two of the project ex­panded its network to include an additional ten community colleges.

Roadmap colleges are creating new capacity to significantly expand high-quality learning in two-year institutions. Using the framework for student success outlined in AAC&U’s signature initiative Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), Roadmap cross-divisional teams are posing...

Growing Knowledge about What Works for Latino Student Success: Fall, 2014 Newletter
2014

Growing Knowledge about What Works for Latino Student Success is a collaborative initiative between the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Excelencia in Education to support evidence-driven, campus-based change strategies for improving Latino student success and engagement through high-impact practices. With funding from TG Philanthropy, the project works with faculty and staff members from five Hispanic-Serving Institutions selected from the Excelencia in Action Network and AAC&U’s membership. Leadership teams from the campuses attended AAC&U’s 2013 Institute on General Education and Assessment to examine institutional student success data, to review current research on the relationship between student engagement in high-impact practices and underserved students’ self-reported learning gains, and to create campus action plans for implementing high-impact practices that best fit their respective institutional...

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

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