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Strategies to Prepare Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning
09.20.2017 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Guide

Strategies to Prepare Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning

The Council of Graduate Schools’ Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning initiative was a three-year project to identify models for infusing undergraduate learning assessment skills into existing Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) programs.

9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
Doing Curricular Change in a Shared Governance Setting: A Survival Guide
08.19.2017 | Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence | Guide

Doing Curricular Change in a Shared Governance Setting: A Survival Guide

This “survival guide” was developed by faculty from over a dozen departments and across four colleges at San Francisco State University based on their experience with redesigning majors in a shared governance setting.

8/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
Paths to Engagement: Provoking Intellectual Ferment through Pedagogies of Social Participation
07.25.2017 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Journal Article

Paths to Engagement: Provoking Intellectual Ferment through Pedagogies of Social Participation

Based on his evaluation of the Teagle Foundation’s A Larger Vision for Student Learning initiative, William Sullivan shares lessons learned on deepening students’ sense of civic responsibility and strategies to support faculty and staff commitment to these ends in Change Magazine.

7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
07.01.2017 | Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence | Guide

Ingredients for Sustainable Change

What are the elements that leaders that should keep in mind when pushing for change that sticks? This handout serves as a discussion and planning tool for teams.

7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
07.01.2017 | Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence | Guide

Collaboration Continuum

In common practice the term collaboration serves as a handy label to mark and acknowledge working relationships between individuals, departments, or organizations. This handout serves as a discussion and planning tool for leaders of projects that involve multiple entities and is especially relevant for higher education consortia.

7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
Students’ Concept-Building Approaches: A Novel Predictor of Success in Chemistry Courses
05.12.2017 | Special Projects | Journal Article

Students’ Concept-Building Approaches: A Novel Predictor of Success in Chemistry Courses

Recent basic cognitive science research suggests that there are individual differences in how learners approach conceptual tasks: some learners tend toward rote concept-learning (exemplar learners), whereas other learners tend to use abstraction concept-learning. The authors explored the possibility that this individual difference in concept-building might have consequences for classroom learning

5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
Shared Governance: Changing with the Times
04.01.2017 | Special Projects | Report

Shared Governance: Changing with the Times

Building upon AGB’s study published in 2016, “Shared Governance: Is OK Good Enough?” this report provides qualitative information on the state of shared governance.

4/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
Structuring Equality: A Handbook for Student-Centered Learning and Teaching Practices
02.01.2017 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Guide

Structuring Equality: A Handbook for Student-Centered Learning and Teaching Practices

The basic premise of student-centered, engaged learning is that, to make a truly equitable and democratic society, we have to begin with a form of instruction that is itself equitable.
 

2/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement: Five Approaches to Institutionalizing Civic Engagement
01.31.2017 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Report

Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement: Five Approaches to Institutionalizing Civic Engagement

The Teagle Foundation-funded Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement (2013-2016) spurred Periclean member institutions to inventory, map, and strengthen civic engagement across the curriculum. This white paper documents the process and how it can serve as a powerful catalyst for change on campuses.

1/31/2017 12:00:00 AM
11.01.2016 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Consortial Leadership Toward Large-Scale Change

Based on her evaluation of the Teagle Foundation's Faculty Work and Student Learning in the 21st Century initiative, Adrianna Kezar distills practical strategies consortial and other higher education leaders should keep in mind when scaling and sustaining change efforts.

11/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Improving Faculty Preparation in Research Universities
09.06.2016 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Report

Improving Faculty Preparation in Research Universities

The Teagle Foundation’s Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences (GSTAS) initiative, first piloted in 2010 and expanded in 2012, engaged hundreds of graduate students, faculty, staff, and senior administrators across eight elite universities and two professional associations in thinking deeply about undergraduate teaching and learning. This white paper describes findings and lessons learned from site visits to seven GSTAS grantees.

9/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
09.04.2016 | Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence | Journal Article

Recursive Validity and Authentic Outcomes

This peer-reviewed article lays out a framework to assess student learning, particularly for “externally-facing” assignments – assignments that connect coursework to “real world” community or public policy issues, and harness the data to promote institutional recruitment, improvement, and accountability.

9/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
A New Paradigm for Faculty Work & Evaluation
08.17.2016 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Books & Monographs

A New Paradigm for Faculty Work & Evaluation

This book chapter by Richard Gilman, Nancy Hensel, and David Salomon outlines an approach to the faculty reward system that recognizes the totality of faculty work encompassing teaching, advising, research, and service while managing faculty workload in a manner that better supports student learning.

8/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
Strategies for Integrating Creative Activity into Faculty Work
07.27.2016 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Video

Strategies for Integrating Creative Activity into Faculty Work

This video features a faculty workshop that highlights strategies for integrating undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity into faculty workload through case studies. 

7/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Civic Professionalism: A Pathway to Practical Wisdom for the Liberal Arts
07.26.2016 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Report

Civic Professionalism: A Pathway to Practical Wisdom for the Liberal Arts

A research group made up of teams from six higher education institutions, under the aegis of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life and with funding from the Teagle Foundation, has explored the relationship of civic engagement to the development of professional skills and vocational pathways within the context and values of the liberal arts. 

7/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College
07.18.2016 | Outcomes and Assessment | Books & Monographs

Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College

Practice for Life builds a compelling case that a liberal arts education offers students a complex, valuable process of self-creation, one that begins in college but continues far beyond graduation.

7/18/2016 12:00:00 AM
Improving Quality in American Higher Education
05.31.2016 | Special Projects | Books & Monographs

Improving Quality in American Higher Education

Based on a national, multidisciplinary effort to define and measure learning outcomes—the Measuring College Learning project—this book identifies 'essential concepts and competencies' for six disciplines.

5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM
04.25.2016 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Video

Teaching and Learning in History

Laura Westhoff (University of Missouri St. Louis) discusses how her early interest in teaching and her research on the social construction of knowledge helped lead her to work in the scholarship of teaching and learning within the history discipline.

4/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
04.25.2016 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Video

Pioneer of History Learning Scholarship

How can historians use the scholarship of teaching and learning to bridge the gap between what historians do and what students learn?

4/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Impact of Feedback as Formative Assessment on Student Performance
04.01.2016 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

The Impact of Feedback as Formative Assessment on Student Performance

This article provides an evaluation of the redesign of a research methods course intended to enhance students’ learning for understanding and transfer.

4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Multicultural Education and Mass Violence: Critical Examination by Two Student Groups
04.01.2016 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Journal Article

Multicultural Education and Mass Violence: Critical Examination by Two Student Groups

In this article, we outline a project designed to foster diversity at Queensborough Community College (QCC) of the City University of New York. 

4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
01.13.2016 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Report

Teaching To Big Questions

This website showcases creations, collaborations, and contributions from the community of six community colleges.

1/13/2016 12:00:00 AM
01.01.2016 | Special Projects | Report

American Historical Association Ad Hoc Committee on Contingent Faculty: Final Report

The American Historical Association formed a committee in the spring of 2014 with the charge of analyzing how working conditions for contingent history faculty affect educational quality in the classroom as well as quality of life. 

1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Preparing for Evaluation: Lessons from a Review of the College-Community Connections Initiative
01.01.2016 | College-Community Connections | Report

Preparing for Evaluation: Lessons from a Review of the College-Community Connections Initiative

How do we know when an initiative is ready to pursue a rigorous evaluation? More and more funders, policymakers, and program leaders recognize the value of high-quality evidence.

1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Creating Diverse Communities
01.01.2016 | Special Projects | Journal Article

Creating Diverse Communities

Enrolling a diverse student body, hiring a diverse group of faculty and staff members—these are necessary steps toward the goal of building diverse communities, but too often they are seen as ends in themselves.

1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Using Student Engagement Results to Oversee Educational Quality
01.01.2016 | Special Projects | Journal Article

Using Student Engagement Results to Oversee Educational Quality

Board members must come to understand the importance of student engagement and how institutions under their leadership can use it to improve educational quality.

1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Exploring Classroom Community: A Social Network Study of Reacting to the Past
01.01.2016 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Journal Article

Exploring Classroom Community: A Social Network Study of Reacting to the Past

In this exploratory social network study, we examined how student relationships evolved during three month-long Reacting to the Past (RTTP) role-playing games in a lower division honors course at a large US public university. 

1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Cultivating Growth at the Leading Edges: Public Engagement in Higher Education
12.01.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Cultivating Growth at the Leading Edges: Public Engagement in Higher Education

In this issue of Diversity & Democracy, David Hoffman, Craig Berger, and Beverly Bickel from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) point to what they call "the visionary's dilemma." They ask: "How can a movement gain traction when the dominant culture's theories, knowledge, politics, and conventional mechanisms for social and institutional change reflect the status quo?"

12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
11.01.2015 | Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence | Report

People, Tools, and Processes that Build Collaborative Capacity

This white paper offers conceptual and practical tools to help collaborators and their collaborations succeed. Our goal is to provide practitioners, administrators, assessment professionals, and organizational partners with an integrated framework to help identify and align the people, tools, and processes necessary for collaborative efforts.

11/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning
10.13.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Books & Monographs

Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning

The publication aims to elucidate the value and use of integrative liberal learning and the best pedagogical and faculty leadership practices to prepare students for applying their learning to complex challenges in life, career, and citizenship.

10/13/2015 12:00:00 AM
Metacognitive Strategies in the Introduction to Political Science Classroom
09.30.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Metacognitive Strategies in the Introduction to Political Science Classroom

By assessing changes in student learning, the article investigates, identifies and isolates specific and transferable classroom interventions for improving student learning and proposes using metacognitive-based teaching strategies in a political science classroom.

9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
From Polyps to Politics: Using a Coral Reef Living Laboratory in a Politics of Sustainability Course
09.08.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

From Polyps to Politics: Using a Coral Reef Living Laboratory in a Politics of Sustainability Course

To address these challenges and improve student learning, a faculty-student team integrated a coral reef living laboratory into a Politics of Sustainability course which focuses on Global Environmental Politics. This article provides empirical evidence of improved student learning outcomes by using pre/post assessment tools, student surveys, and faculty journals.

9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
09.01.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Everything I Know About Teaching I Learned From Jazz

The processes of learning and creating jazz provide a way to illustrate new teaching methods that allow students to discover new knowledge through their own creative interests and to develop self-efficacy with the material.

9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Peer Review: Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning
09.01.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Peer Review: Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning

This issue of Peer Review, sponsored by the Teagle and Mellon foundations, offers insights about the central role of faculty in galvanizing the necessary experiences that cross disciplines, units, and campus boundaries to promote integrative learning.

9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Behavioral Ethics and Teaching Ethical Decision Making
07.01.2015 | Special Projects | Journal Article

Behavioral Ethics and Teaching Ethical Decision Making

Business education often renders students less likely to act ethically. An infusion of liberal learning in the form of behavioral ethics could improve this situation by prompting students to develop higher levels of professionalism that encompass ethics, social responsibility, self-critical reflection, and personal accountability.

7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
More than Bells without Clappers: Students Finding Voice through Civic Engagement with Big Questions
06.01.2015 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Journal Article

More than Bells without Clappers: Students Finding Voice through Civic Engagement with Big Questions

With the national conversation about college emphasizing timely degree completion and readiness for employment, how can community college educators prepare our students to tackle the big questions they currently experience and will further confront in the complex, changing environment of our interconnected global future?

6/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
05.01.2015 | Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence | Report

Improving Teaching, Learning, and Assessment by Making Evidence of Achievement Transparent

Authentic student achievements that are addressed to a real world audience can lead to richly detailed portfolios of work that add value to degrees and the granting institutions. A guide is provided for implementation of new high-impact practices, including structured assignment creation.

5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
In Search of a Match
04.01.2015 | Special Projects | Guide

In Search of a Match

This guide offers strategies for helping students identify, consider, and enroll in “match” colleges — that is, selective colleges that are a good fit for students based on their academic profiles, financial considerations, and personal needs. 

4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Creating Courses about Global Forces: Global Challenges and General Education
03.01.2015 | Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience | Journal Article

Creating Courses about Global Forces: Global Challenges and General Education

This article describes the work of faculty members and administrators at California State University, Fresno to create courses in the General Education (GE) program taught around the Global Challenges framework developed by members of AASCU’s Global Engagement Initiative.

3/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
01.16.2015 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Video

The Science of Learning: An Overview for Graduate Student Instructors

Keynote address by Silvia Bunge at the Teaching Conference for First-Time GSIs, sponsored by the Graduate Division's Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center at UC Berkeley, on January 16, 2015.

1/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
01.01.2015 | Special Projects | Report

Moving from Transfer-Receiving to Transfer-Serving

In this report, we describe the process the institutions undertook to become transfer-serving institutions, a process that requires a mindful focus on transfer.

1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Leadership Practices for Interfaith Excellence in Higher Education
01.01.2015 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Journal Article

Leadership Practices for Interfaith Excellence in Higher Education

The religious dynamics of higher education are changing rapidly. College campuses have become prime sites for conflicts involving religious identity. 

1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Scaling and Sustaining Change and Innovation
01.01.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Report

Scaling and Sustaining Change and Innovation

This guide distills key lessons learned about scaling and sustaining innovation from ten projects involved in the Teagle Foundation’s “Faculty Work and Student Learning in the 21st Century” grant initiative.

1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning
01.01.2015 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Books & Monographs

Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning

This monograph represents the thinking and conclusions of the participating institutions, which are designed to improve student learning, more accurately reflect faculty work in the 21st century, and continue moving our institutions forward in the age of technology and changing modalities of teaching and learning.

1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Assessing AASCU’s Global Challenges Blended Model Course
12.01.2014 | Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience | Journal Article

Assessing AASCU’s Global Challenges Blended Model Course

This paper explores the effectiveness of the national blended course in meeting its stated learning objectives. In 2013-14, pre/post-tests were conducted on three pilot campuses. The pre/post-tests indicate that students’ knowledge about global issues and ways to get involved in civic life increased after taking the model course. 

12/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Making the Connection: Six Studies of Technology and Collaboration in Liberal Arts Institutions
10.06.2014 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Books & Monographs

Making the Connection: Six Studies of Technology and Collaboration in Liberal Arts Institutions

Even as the value of liberal arts institutions has historically been defined by a small, highly interpersonal classroom experience, the consortium pursued a vision in which new technologies would allow liberal arts faculty and staff to forge partnerships with colleagues within and across institutions. 

10/6/2014 12:00:00 AM
Distance-Mentored Undergraduate Research
09.01.2014 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Distance-Mentored Undergraduate Research

With the support of the Teagle Foundation, COPLAC has probed the viability of distance-mentored undergraduate research, in which students from one institution conduct research under the supervision of expert faculty at another.

9/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College
09.01.2014 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Books & Monographs

Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College

Minds on Fire is a provocative critique of educational reformers who deplored role-playing pedagogies, from Plato to Dewey to Erikson. Carnes also makes an impassioned appeal for pedagogical innovation. At a time when cost-cutting legislators and trustees are increasingly drawn to online learning, Carnes focuses on how bricks-and-mortar institutions of higher education can set young minds on fire.

9/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Building Faculty Capacity Through the Learning Sciences
04.09.2014 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Building Faculty Capacity Through the Learning Sciences

This article addresses three questions: What do professors need to know about the science of learning to teach most effectively, how can they find out if what they are doing is working, and how can faculty-development efforts best help them apply the knowledge drawn from the research?

4/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
01.20.2014 | Fresh Thinking | Report

What is a Reader? A White Paper on Undergraduate Literacy and the Future of Literary Studies

The “What is a Reader?” project convened a set of scholars and teachers from four university English and literature departments to consider what is happening to our students’ reading in the twenty-first century and to explore how we might adapt our practices in English and Literature departments and larger university settings to take account of these changes.

1/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Advancing Excellence, Enhancing Equity: Making the Case for Assessment at MSIs
01.01.2014 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Advancing Excellence, Enhancing Equity: Making the Case for Assessment at MSIs

The report serves as a resource to the higher education community, highlighting strategies for assessing and improving student learning outcomes. It grows out of several years of  work focused on increasing institutional capacity to assess student learning outcomes at MSIs. 

1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Overseeing Educational Quality: A How-To Guide for Boards of Universities and Colleges
01.01.2014 | Fresh Thinking | Books & Monographs

Overseeing Educational Quality: A How-To Guide for Boards of Universities and Colleges

AGB—with support from the Teagle Foundation, an advisory committee, and teams from eight diverse institutions—has developed a set of tools and resources that can help college and university boards work more effectively with campus leaders and faculty to monitor the assessment and improvement of student learning and educational quality.

1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Classroom Research Working Paper Series: Volume 1
01.01.2014 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Books & Monographs

Classroom Research Working Paper Series: Volume 1

Beyond the walls of our classrooms and the ever-growing classrooms without walls, such as online courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the best way to improve our society is to build the knowledge-base and critical thinking skills of ourselves and our next generation of the world’s citizens.

1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Classroom Research Working Paper Series: Volume 2
01.01.2014 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Books & Monographs

Classroom Research Working Paper Series: Volume 2

How does writing change when we move online? And how do we situate new technologies and their attendant forms of writing within the larger context of what it means to teach students how to communicate through the written word?

1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Classroom Research Working Paper Series: Volume 3
01.01.2014 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Books & Monographs

Classroom Research Working Paper Series: Volume 3

Using qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, and assessment strategies, teachers collect data about their own classrooms, as researchers collect data, to inform and improve their teaching and ultimately student learning.

1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
01.01.2014 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Report

Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center

The GSI Teaching & Resource Center helps graduate students transition to teaching as GSIs at UC Berkeley and offers programs and services to assist graduate students in developing their teaching skills for future academic and nonacademic careers.

1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
Change Requires Discipline
09.01.2013 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Journal Article

Change Requires Discipline

Disciplinary societies can lead the battle for the rights of non-tenure-track faculty members, say two leaders of the University of Southern California’s Delphi Project.

9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
07.01.2013 | Outcomes and Assessment | Journal Article

Using Performance Tasks to Improve Quantitative Reasoning in an Introductory Mathematics Course

Two mathematicians study how they can improve quantitative reasoning skills in their students by comparing different approaches to implementing “performance tasks."

7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Changing the Conversation about Higher Education
03.04.2013 | Outcomes and Assessment | Books & Monographs

Changing the Conversation about Higher Education

This book hopes to change the nature of the conversation about higher education from critiques to focusing on efforts of systematic improvement in undergraduate education.

3/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Lakes Colleges Association Lattice for Educational Research and Practice
01.01.2013 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Report

Great Lakes Colleges Association Lattice for Educational Research and Practice

These summaries of research literature on learning and the application of research principles to undergraduate pedagogy seek to inform considerations of effective teaching and learning among faculty members of our GLCA member colleges.

1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Periclean Diamond: Linking College Classrooms, Campuses, Communities, and Colleagues
09.01.2012 | A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility | Report

The Periclean Diamond: Linking College Classrooms, Campuses, Communities, and Colleagues

The Periclean colleges and universities share a common commitment to what we term “High Engagement Learning”: intensive pedagogical techniques and faculty-student interaction involving extraordinary levels of attention and energy, whether inside or outside of the classroom.

9/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
Using Assessment Results: Promising Practices of Institutions That Do It Well
07.01.2012 | Special Projects | Report

Using Assessment Results: Promising Practices of Institutions That Do It Well

This report synthesizes the insights from nine individual case studies to discern promising practices in using information about student learning. The report concludes with lessons learned and reflective questions to help institutions advance their own assessment efforts within their specific institutional contexts.

7/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
07.01.2012 | Special Projects | Report

The Senior Capstone: Transformative Experiences in the Liberal Arts

The survey reports that capstone experiences typically lead to many of the benefits associated with undergraduate research experiences: development of skills in writing and oral communication, critical thinking, and research; an increased interest in research; an empowering sense of academic self-confidence and achievement; and development of project management skills.

7/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
Women’s Studies as Civic Engagement: Research and Recommendations
09.01.2011 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Women’s Studies as Civic Engagement: Research and Recommendations

This report argues that women's studies has key lessons to offer about fostering civic engagement at the course level that will deepen student learning in the college setting, contribute respectfully to communities in which they become involved, and produce lifelong civic leaders. 

9/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
Developing Transferable Geospatial Skills in a Liberal Arts Context
05.01.2011 | Outcomes and Assessment | Journal Article

Developing Transferable Geospatial Skills in a Liberal Arts Context

After testing the spatial visualization skills of undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines, the authors found that geology, fine arts, and physics students had the highest average spatial test scores even after controlling for gender and grade point average.

5/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
02.01.2011 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Engaging Sophomore Students with Liberal Learning: Focused Exploration through Academic Advising

This report offers recommendations for instituting initiatives that allow sophomores to more successfully focus on their exploration of liberal learning at small colleges. It summarizes advising practices including advising as learning, advising in sophomore gatherings, sophomore courses, and faculty-student collaborative research.

2/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning
01.01.2011 | Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences | Report

Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning

This report provides data and insights gleaned from assessment experts, graduate deans, and graduate students about opportunities to integrate preparation in learning assessment into professional development programs for graduate students.

1/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
Pathways to Learning Collegium
09.23.2010 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Pathways to Learning Collegium

The GLCA Pathways to Learning Collegium has taught us how a comparatively modest amount of Foundation funding can foster a substantial community of interest in pursuing innovative approaches to pedagogy and comparing the impact of those approaches to more traditional styles of teaching.

9/23/2010 12:00:00 AM
Taking Teaching to (Performance) Task: Linking Pedagogical and Assessment Practices
03.01.2010 | Outcomes and Assessment | Journal Article

Taking Teaching to (Performance) Task: Linking Pedagogical and Assessment Practices

This article published in Change Magazine describes the power of “performance tasks”: assignments where students engage in a real-world scenario, where they need to confront complexity and ambiguity, and use both disciplinary content and higher order thinking skills to arrive at a judgment or decision

3/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
02.09.2010 | Special Projects | Report

Investigating the Utility of High-Performance Computing Capabilities

Liberal arts colleges want to provide the greatest academic opportunities to our students, and provide faculty with the tools necessary to present these opportunities in their undergraduate courses. 

2/9/2010 12:00:00 AM
Creating Active Pathways to Student Learning: A Learning to Learn Project
01.01.2010 | Faculty Work & Student Learning in the 21st Century | Report

Creating Active Pathways to Student Learning: A Learning to Learn Project

SEPCHE investigated the extent to which learning factors are enhanced by altering instruction to incorporate active pathways to learning. 

1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
09.30.2009 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Big Science at Small Colleges: A Collaborative Model for Genomics Curriculum Development

”Big Science at Small Colleges” centered on a grassroots model for faculty development in genomics education at liberal arts colleges with research active faculty.

9/30/2009 12:00:00 AM
The Undergraduate Major in Language and Literature
02.01.2009 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The Undergraduate Major in Language and Literature

Working over a period of eighteen months, this group studied new ways of organizing English and language programs within the general parameters of a liberal arts education. The group also explored ways to strengthen majors in our fields and attract new generations of students to a traditional core of liberal study: language, literature, and culture.

2/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
How Religion Meets the World
01.01.2009 | Fresh Thinking | Report

How Religion Meets the World

The GTU’s Preparing Future Faculty Project applied an alternative vocational development model over two semesters of work with teams of doctoral students and faculty mentors in order to consider factors which encouraged a central pedagogical and professional focus on “big questions” of meaning and value.

1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
The Classics Major and Liberal Education
01.01.2009 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The Classics Major and Liberal Education

Over the course of eighteen months, a project based at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. studied undergraduate programs in classics with the goal of developing a better sense of how a major in classics fit within the broader agenda of liberal education.

1/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
The Religion Major and Liberal Education
10.01.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The Religion Major and Liberal Education

At a time when leaders in higher education are increasingly asking students to engage the large issues of life’s meaning and to think critically and responsibly about their role in the world, religious studies offers unique opportunities.

10/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal Education
09.29.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal Education

How does the study of history contribute to liberal learning as a basis for a lifelong engagement with ideas and civic culture?

9/29/2008 12:00:00 AM
09.05.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Liberal Education and Preparation for a Life of Work

In this paper, we explore these alternative conceptions of liberal education in interaction with two significant factors: 1) shifting demographics and expectations in the college-going population, and 2) changes in the nature of work itself.

9/5/2008 12:00:00 AM
09.01.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The Pedagogy of Belief and Doubt

This White Paper sketches out the many ways in which we have come to define and employ a pedagogy of belief and doubt in a variety of classroom experiences.

9/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
09.01.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Secularity and the Liberal Arts

This White Paper describes how four campuses with different Protestant histories developed conversations about their institutions’ secular boundaries. Paying attention to and beginning to analyze what makes this conversation difficult helps educators and students see the conversation’s promise—for student learning and civic life.

9/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
The Economics Major and a Liberal Education
07.30.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The Economics Major and a Liberal Education

The goal of this report is to consider the relationship between the goals and objectives of the economics major and goals and objectives of a liberal education. Is the economics major playing its part in meeting those objectives?

7/30/2008 12:00:00 AM
Evidence of Learning
05.01.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Books & Monographs

Evidence of Learning

This report describes important lessons that merged from the consortial experience as the member institutions charted into this new territory.

5/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
01.31.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Liberal Education and Study Abroad: Assessing Learning Outcomes to Improve Program Quality

The primary purpose of this project has been to develop a set of instruments that will allow an empirical analysis of the impact of different program characteristics and types on liberal arts learning goals using assessment methods which include, but are not limited to, student satisfaction and self report.

1/31/2008 12:00:00 AM
Biochemistry / Molecular Biology and Liberal Education
01.01.2008 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Biochemistry / Molecular Biology and Liberal Education

The Foundation’s grant allowed a Working Group of ASBMB members to assess how the recommended curriculum in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) is implemented at a range of institutions, and also provided an opportunity to consider the relationship of a hierarchical, interdisciplinary science major such as BMB to broad educational goals.

1/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity
09.01.2007 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity

This paper describes research undertaken by Calvin College to explore the intersection of the liberal arts and the particulars of place. 

9/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Global Education for All Students: Innovation & Integration in Expanding Learning Abroad
08.01.2007 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Global Education for All Students: Innovation & Integration in Expanding Learning Abroad

Mount Holyoke faculty, students, administrators and alumnae met to discuss three major areas: (1) how to entice all students to learn abroad; (2) how to expand summer and study abroad in a financially sustainable way; and (3) how better to integrate students’ learning abroad experiences into their educational pathways.

8/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Religious Engagement Among American Undergraduates: SSRC Guide
05.01.2007 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Religious Engagement Among American Undergraduates: SSRC Guide

Recent studies of college students' attitudes toward religion suggest that the academy is no longer the bastion of secularism it was once assumed to be. To help make sense of these changes, the SSRC offers this online guide, which was derived from a series of essays it commissioned from leading authorities in the field of religion and higher education.

5/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Student Learning and Faculty Research: Connecting Teaching and Scholarship
05.01.2007 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Student Learning and Faculty Research: Connecting Teaching and Scholarship

On the basis of existing evidence and our own observation, we contend that the teacher-scholar model of faculty professional activity brings important benefits to individual student learners, institutions where that model flourishes, and to society more broadly.

5/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Essay Forum on the Religious Engagements of American Undergraduates
04.20.2007 | Fresh Thinking | Journal Article

Essay Forum on the Religious Engagements of American Undergraduates

Recent studies of college students' attitudes toward religion suggest that the academy is no longer the bastion of secularism it was once assumed to be. To help make sense of these changes, the SSRC commissioned the following series of essays from leading authorities in the field of religion and higher education.

4/20/2007 12:00:00 AM
Assessment of Liberal Education Outcomes
01.01.2007 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Assessment of Liberal Education Outcomes

This report captures “work in progress”—both in terms of the sheer variety of the assessment projects and the many concerns on campus about the purposes and practices basic to assessing learning gains over time.

1/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
09.01.2006 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Eliminating Racial Disparities in College Completion and Achievement

In order to close racial and ethnic gaps in educational attainment, it is necessary to focus on closing gaps in both college enrollment, and college achievement and graduation. In this report, we focus on what colleges and universities can do to ensure that among the students they admit, achievement and graduation rates are comparable across racial and ethnic groups.

9/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
06.01.2006 | Fresh Thinking | Report

The Values of the Open Curriculum: An Alternative Tradition in Liberal Education

The open curriculum is based on a belief in the power of student choice exercised in collaboration with faculty. Such a curriculum gives students great freedom but expects considerable responsibility in return, and it requires significant faculty engagement to shape, support, and inspire student learning.

6/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Interdisciplinary Education at Liberal Arts Institutions
01.01.2006 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Interdisciplinary Education at Liberal Arts Institutions

Together, the survey and interview data have been used to map the different ensembles of interdisciplinary education programs and assessment practices in liberal arts colleges and universities nationwide, to analyze differences in the meanings and mechanics between these various ensembles, and to explore possible assessment alternatives for the future.

1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Beyond the Rankings: Measuring Learning in Higher Education
01.01.2006 | Special Projects | Report

Beyond the Rankings: Measuring Learning in Higher Education

Coverage of higher education often seems to accept as an article of faith that college students learn what they set out to learn as long as they pass their courses and get degrees. The diploma seems to matter most to journalists and, frankly, to employers; it is treated as a proxy indicating that a graduate has absorbed a body of knowledge or mastered a set of usable skills.

1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
01.01.2006 | Fresh Thinking | Report

Rethinking the Pedagogy of Ethnicity

The paper that follows is a traditional White Paper in the sense that it outlines a theoretical understanding of ethnicity and offers strategies and recommendations for approaching the pedagogy of ethnicity in higher education. 

1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM