Student Success Publications

Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale
2013

Building on previous AAC&U reports, this publication presents research on specific educational practices correlated with higher levels of academic challenge, student engagement, and achievement. The publication features the relationship between these practices and improvements in retention and graduation rates and advice on how to ensure that all students experience multiple high-impact practices. Detailed case studies show how five campuses are providing high-impact practices more pervasively and systematically.

Liberal Education, Spring 2013
Liberal Education, Spring 2013

This issue presents the findings from a new national survey of employer priorities for college learning and student success, along with the text of a new employer-educator compact; additional context for both is supplied by a pair of articles on what graduates need for long-term success in life...Read more

Peer Review, Spring 2013
Peer Review, Spring 2013

This issue highlights lessons learned from Developing a Community College Student Roadmap, the LEAP project designed to assist community colleges in creating robust and proactive programs of academic support. These programs—tied to expected learning outcomes—engage students at entrance and teach them how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2012
Liberal Education, Fall 2012

This issue explores how a college or university’s commitment to sustainability can transform institutional practice and help advance the aims of liberal learning. Also included are articles on civic scientific literacy, education for stewardship of the global commons, the role of division I athletics in a liberal education, the value of considering across-the-curriculum initiatives within the context of general education reform, and an approach to creating shared expectations for student achievement within the disciplines.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights current research on the connections between civic engagement and student success, defined broadly across a range of outcomes. It shares civically engaged programs and related educational strategies that yield student success by a variety of measures.Read more

Making Progress? What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes
2012

This new report provides an up-to-date overview of national data from a variety of studies of student learning, including the NSSE, Wabash National Study, CIRP, PSRI, and others. It presents comparative data on achievement over time across an array of liberal education outcomes—such as critical thinking, writing, civic engagement, global competence, and social responsibility.

The report contrasts the very positive evidence drawn from what students think they have learned with the much more sobering evidence from national tests about what students actually can do in such areas as critical thinking, writing, and quantitative reasoning. It also reflects the growing evidence that how we construct the learning environment, e.g., by emphasizing high-impact practices, is a crucial component both in assessing learning and in raising students' level of achievement. Making Progress also underscores the educational value of new assessment practices, such as e-...

Peer Review, Summer 2012
Peer Review, Summer 2012

This issue centers on how faculty are using high-impact educational practices in individual classrooms across an array of disciplines. It will address the challenges and opportunities to implementing more engaged forms of learning in individual classes taught as part of the regular curricula.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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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

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

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.

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2009
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2009

To keep pace in today's complex and competitive global arena, American higher education must retire old notions of educational exclusivity and embrace new models of inclusive excellence. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how colleges and universities are building pathways to success using high-impact educational practices as stepping stones toward achievement for all students.Read more

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