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Highlights of AAC&U's Work on High-Impact Practices, Student Learning, and Engagement

Academic journal article Peer Review

Highlights of AAC&U's Work on High-Impact Practices, Student Learning, and Engagement

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

By George D. Kuh

This publication defines educational practices that research has demonstrated have a significant impact on student success. Author George Kuh presents NSSE data about these practices and explains why they benefit all students, but also 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. (2008)

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

By Ashley Finley

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. It 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 highimpact practices, is a crucial component both in assessing learning and in raising students' level of achievement. (2012)

Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality

By Jayne E. …

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