STRATEGIC PLAN 2008-2012: Aim High and Make Excellence Inclusive The Essential Learning Outcomes -- Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, all students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining: * Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World - Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts * Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring * Intellectual and Practical Skills, including - Inquiry and analysis - Critical and creative thinking - Written and oral communication - Quantitative literacy - Information literacy - Teamwork and problem solving * Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance * Personal and Social Responsibility, including - Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global - Intercultural knowledge and competence - Ethical reasoning and action - Foundations and skills for lifelong learning * Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges * Integrative and Applied Learning, including - Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies * Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems Association of American Colleges and Universities AACU _287fdd3a-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 AAC&U members will take the lead—within and beyond the academy—in advancing a guiding framework for student success in college learning and for inclusive excellence that centers on the “Essential Learning Outcomes” _287fe384-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is to make the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. _287fe4ce-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 Inclusion The Interdependence of Inclusion and Excellence -- With this plan, AAC&U reaffirms its conviction that quality and diversity are integral and mutually enriching dimensions of an educationally effective learning environment. Building from its longstanding commitment to equity and inclusion, AAC&U will vigorously challenge educational traditions and practices that, historically and today, steer less-advantaged students toward programs that teach narrow skills for an initial job, while more advantaged students reap the benefits and value of a liberal education. Against these well-documented trends, AAC&U will stand with the LEAP National Leadership Council’s call to “Aim High—and Make Excellence Inclusive” by identifying and promoting institutional policies and practices that help all students, whatever their background or area of study, develop the important outcomes of a contemporary liberal education. AAC&U will make it a high priority to promote educational practices that can help students from underserved groups and backgrounds—who are, collectively, the “new majority” in higher education—achieve these essential learning outcomes. Excellence Liberal Education Liberal Education across the Disciplines and Professional Fields -- Over the next five years, AAC&U will work vigorously to challenge and change the traditional equation of liberal education with study in the arts and sciences alone, and/or with study in general education alone. AAC&U will provide advocacy and action to advance the “essential learning outcomes” as a framing for the entire educational experience, as necessary elements in any college education that seeks to prepare graduates successfully for work, life, and citizenship, and as the best standard for student success. Civic Learning Civic, Diversity, and Global Learning -- from School through College -- While colleges and universities place high value on preparing students for responsible citizenship in a diverse democracy and the global community, the evidence suggests that there is little public understanding of this aspect of college learning. AAC&U will work to articulate and promote a compelling contemporary framework for the preparation students need—encompassing knowledge, skill, choices, and action—to become responsible participants in a diverse democracy and in the global community. AAC&U will highlight campus models that connect this framework with learning in the arts and sciences and in the professional fields. Diversity Learning Global Learning Authentic Assessments Authentic Assessments as a Catalyst for Individual and Institutional Learning -- AAC&U will vigorously promote approaches to assessment that are designed to focus both student and faculty attention on the essential aims and outcomes of a college education. While supporting the new calls for greater transparency and accountability, AAC&U will continue to resist—and will provide alternatives to—the use of multiple-choice tests as the primary index of the quality of institutions’ or student’s achievement. The organization will focus on assessments that both foster and demonstrate students’ ability to integrate and apply their learning to complex problems and projects. Faculty The Central Role of Faculty in Achieving Inclusive Excellence and Authentic Assessment -- Faculty have played the driving role in establishing U.S. world standing in higher education; faculty vitality is the single most important determinant of educational quality. Yet faculty have been under relentless attack for decades, both in the press and through funding policies and exigencies that force campuses to turn to adjuncts rather than full-time faculty. The new challenges of achieving inclusive excellence fall on a faculty that feels overburdened and undersupported. AAC&U will remain a strong voice for the importance of faculty quality and vitality in principle and will work actively to foster faculty leadership and creativity in practice. In partnership with faculty, AAC&U will emphasize quality improvements within the regular teaching, curriculum, research and departmental responsibilities of faculty, challenging the widespread practice of improvement through an unsustainable expansion of faculty roles and assignments. And AAC&U will continue to provide rich opportunities for faculty development that feature faculty members’ own curricular, pedagogical, technological, and assessment creativity. Integrative Learning Integrative and Applied Learning -- In and Out of the Classroom -- The real test of educational excellence is whether students apply their learning in their lives beyond the classroom. Integrative and applied learning are therefore catalytic themes in AAC&U’s vision of essential learning for the twenty-first century. With these ends in mind, AAC&U will work to advance the importance of the larger educational institution as a crucial laboratory for liberal learning, democratic and global citizenship, and work preparation. AAC&U will work vigorously to promote and expand existing designs for helping students become more engaged, more intentional, and more reflective about the larger implications and applications of their college learning. And, AAC&U will make it a high priority to discover, develop, and promulgate academic and student–life partnerships that help traditionally underserved students achieve—and apply—the essential learning outcomes that are the center of this strategic plan. Applied Learning A Guiding Vision for Liberal Education Champion the Aims and Outcomes of Liberal Education as an American Priority, to prepare all college students for effective citizenship, personal growth, and professional success. _287fe564-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1 College Students Direct Support Provide Direct Support for Campus Leadership and Action _287fe5fa-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.1 Making Liberal Education a Shared Priority -- In making liberal education a widely shared priority, AAC&U works with member institutions, partner organizations, and national and policy leaders to provide Direct Support for Campus Leadership and Action 2d09529a-989c-47fd-b725-57d898cb1c18 Coalitions Developing coalitions to work on new ways to achieve the aims and outcomes of liberal education _287fe690-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.1.1 Leaders Faculty By developing coalitions of leaders and faculty that work creatively on new ways to achieve the aims and outcomes of liberal education for all students 830f4307-eb9a-42fa-ab74-5b7d1b0b85d9 Programs Provide programs that provide campus leaders, faculty, and staff with resources, evidence, exemplars, and opportunities for dialogue to strengthen educational focus, curriculum, vitality, and student learning outcomes _287fe7bc-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.1.2 Campus Leaders Campus Faculty Campus Staff Through ongoing programs that provide campus leaders, faculty, and staff with resources, evidence, exemplars, and opportunities for dialogue to strengthen educational focus, curriculum, vitality, and student learning outcomes on campus 90eea8e6-9ec3-42b9-92e1-ba681ffa75e4 Campus-Based Initiatives Foster grant-supported campus-based initiatives that develop leadership models, resources, and momentum for achieving selected liberal education outcomes _287fe85c-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.1.3 Through grant-supported campus-based initiatives that develop leadership models, resources, and momentum for achieving selected liberal education outcomes for today’s students 537160d5-ef46-4578-a437-ffda363daccf Frameworks and Tools Develop frameworks and tools to support research on educational progress and effectiveness _287fe92e-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.1.4 By developing frameworks and tools to support research on educational progress and effectiveness. 9d3467f0-a92b-4ed5-baf8-f59e53f7c837 National Leadership Provide High-Profile National Leadership _287fe9ce-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.2 Making Liberal Education a Shared Priority -- In making liberal education a widely shared priority, AAC&U works with member institutions, partner organizations, and national and policy leaders to provide High-Profile National Leadership ef6899fd-cb95-4896-aa7a-2c5e0b074159 Advocacy Advocate nationally for liberal education _287fea6e-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.2.1 Through national advocacy for liberal education and the essential learning outcomes it provides 00c07f56-6f23-4f25-9f2e-c883af05daaf Presidential Leadership Provide new forms of presidential leadership for an inclusive, public-spirited, and empowering liberal education _287feb22-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.2.2 Through new forms of presidential leadership for an inclusive, public-spirited, and empowering liberal education b606334a-c247-4566-b183-1cc4508f350c Research, Resources, and Examples Provide research, resources, and examples of effective educational practice _287febcc-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.2.3 By providing research, resources, and examples of effective educational practice 89355321-5e3f-473a-b508-6fbe14a436e2 Underserved Students Create a resource hub for practices that support academic progress and higher levels of achievement on essential learning outcomes for underserved students _287fec76-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.2.4 Underserved Students By creating a resource hub for practices that support academic progress and higher levels of achievement on essential learning outcomes for underserved students c91bae37-8109-4444-884a-302fc6545c93 Collaboration Collaborate to develop models for general education and for learning in key disciplines and professional fields _287fed2a-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.2.5 Through collaborations to develop models for general education and for learning in key disciplines and professional fields that address and foster the aims and outcomes of liberal education. c997b5e3-73cf-49bf-91f9-a10d735dd504 Partnerships Provide Partnerships to Advance and Strengthen Liberal Education _287fedd4-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.3 AACU Member Institutions AACU Partner Organizations National Leaders Policy Leaders Making Liberal Education a Shared Priority -- In making liberal education a widely shared priority, AAC&U works with member institutions, partner organizations, and national and policy leaders to provide Partnerships in Selected States to Advance and Strengthen Liberal Education c1e40c8e-45c3-4562-999a-617672e161fc Public Advocacy and Campus Action Support public advocacy and campus action to help all students achieve the essential aims and outcomes of liberal education _287fee7e-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.3.1 Public advocacy and campus action to help all students achieve the essential aims and outcomes of liberal education ed24b57b-bf88-409e-8d85-45dc8d57963a State-Level Work Conduct State-level work and develop models to align general education policies and designs with the essential learning aims and outcomes _287fef50-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.3.2 States State-level work and models to align general education policies and designs with the essential learning aims and outcomes c6aee0ee-7e3c-44a7-a1da-440f3378a5f2 Models Develop State-level models for aligning P–16 planning and leadership development to raise student achievement on the essential learning outcomes _287ff00e-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.3.3 States State-level models for aligning P–16 planning and leadership development to raise student achievement on the essential learning outcomes 511c8a8d-dd1f-4501-876b-39962dd8b1bd State-level Initiatives Support State-level initiatives to raise preparation and achievement for underserved students _287ff13a-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.3.4 Underserved Students States State-level initiatives to raise preparation and achievement for underserved students e497a545-feea-4d5f-848a-954bf9043ece Assessment and Reporting Models Develop new models for assessing and reporting students’ cumulative gains on essential learning outcomes _287ff20c-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.3.5 New models for assessing and reporting students’ cumulative gains on essential learning outcomes. 28794c1d-ba89-41cb-9a09-1070db04ed0c Assessment Provide New Assessment Frameworks, Resources, and Evidence. _287ff2ca-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.4 Making Liberal Education a Shared Priority -- In making liberal education a widely shared priority, AAC&U works with member institutions, partner organizations, and national and policy leaders to provide New Assessment Frameworks, Resources, and Evidence 93c5bc72-7940-41f6-b824-4eb17fb6083f Assessment Frameworks Develop assessment frameworks to make the evidence of student achievement on essential learning outcomes visible, valued and portable _287ff37e-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.4.1 Assessment frameworks to make the evidence of student achievement on essential learning outcomes visible, valued and portable 08a2749a-b41d-4348-b539-d9369c2a5d48 Essential Learning Provide research syntheses and reports about student and institutional progress on essential learning outcomes _287ff464-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.4.2 Research syntheses and reports about student and institutional progress on essential learning outcomes 18123277-e7e1-4a7e-8dcf-1ed53fb873a3 Underserved Students Provide research syntheses and reports about educationally effective or “high impact practices” and their accessibility and benefit to underserved students _287ff52c-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.4.3 Underserved Students Research syntheses and reports about educationally effective or “high impact practices” and their accessibility and benefit to underserved students ceeae2c7-fbb1-4641-95a7-cca944e254b7 Educational Practice Provide tools, templates, and models to support campus based assessment efforts and their use in improving educational practice _287ff5e0-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.4.4 Tools, templates, and models to support campus based assessment efforts and their use in improving educational practice 1f9630e5-7d69-48e8-87de-c63f9e2d2081 Reports Issue periodic reports to the public on issues and outcomes related to liberal education priorities _287ff6d0-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 1.4.5 Periodic reports to the public on issues and outcomes related to liberal education priorities. 1922385d-f8a6-496f-9c7d-1267e5cd18db Inclusive Excellence Create New Campus Capacity to Support Academic Progress and High Achievement, with special attention to Underserved Student Achievement, emphasizing a broad institutional commitment to help all students achieve essential learning outcomes. _287ff798-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 2 Underserved Students _287ff86a-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 16b16a9c-edd0-4328-a09a-c32d32c0aa45 Intentional and Integrative Learning Build Shared Responsibility on Campus for the Aims and Outcomes of Liberal Education, across all parts of the educational experience and through intentional and integrative connections across the multiple sites and sources of student learning. _287ff950-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 3 _287ffa22-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 e7152902-08cb-4c12-a9d9-ac389d9e982d Civic, Diversity, and Global Engagement Promote Personal and Social Responsibility for a World Lived in Common as an Essential Dimension of College Study, by supporting civic, ethical, intercultural and global learning, and creating models for engaging diversity, democracy, interdependence, inequalities, and societal challenges in all students’ learning. _287ffafe-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 4 _287ffc02-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 d27493bf-069f-48e3-bec6-8e994a3bb7e3 Authentic Evidence Advance Assessment Practices That Deepen, Integrate and Demonstrate Student Learning, through advocacy of learning-centered assessment policies, support for campus work to develop meaningful assessment approaches, and experimentation with common e-portfolio frameworks. _287ffcd4-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 5 _287ffdb0-8bc7-11e1-bbd5-712471d0e070 cef9c4c9-2dba-4e72-b4dd-74e085188686 2008-01-01 2012-12-31 2012-04-21 http://www.aacu.org/About/strategic_plan.cfm#Mission Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.