Shaping College Curriculum for Student Workforce Success: AAC&U’s New Report

Shaping College Curriculum for Student Workforce Success - AAC&U Report - Changing Higher Ed Podcast - The Change Leader
  • How do colleges and universities define and articulate learning outcomes, provide access to engaging learning experiences, and assess student success?
  • What defines a credential’s value for students to achieve professional and personal success?
  • What practices of accountability for assessment, improvement, and equity are campuses undertaking to ensure all students graduate with similar levels of value?

Modernizing the Higher Ed Curriculum

Aligning Student Learning and Workforce Needs

Focusing on Outcomes for Student Workforce Success

Exploring Mindset Education to Improve Workforce Success

How Higher Ed Curriculum Design and High-Impact Practices Are Shaping General Education and the Majors

Accountability: How Commitments to Equity and Assessments Are Being Utilized on Campuses

Four Takeaways for University Presidents and Boards

  • Increase Transparency for All Stakeholders. A consistent finding of this report is a difference in perceptions between senior administrators and other campus stakeholder groups, primarily faculty. Make it a priority to increase transparency around what is happening to advance student learning and why.
  • Establish Equity Goals. Commitments to equity go beyond disaggregating data. When guided by established equity goals, stakeholders can more effectively interrogate analytics through dialogue, evaluation, and strategies for improvement. This report also shows the importance of extending equity goals to increase inclusion within professional development opportunities, particularly for STEM faculty.
  • Elevate the Importance of Civic Skills and Global Learning. Think about how direct assessment is getting into assessment practices and how campuses are balancing the Dunning-Kruger effect between what students think they can do with their actual demonstrated learning.
  • Move Mindsets into the Curriculum. There is strong consensus, even among employers, that the development of students’ mindsets, aptitudes, and dispositions is essential for their success. Building bridges between the curriculum and co-curriculum in support of these outcomes would enable students to flourish throughout their college journeys and their careers. It would also create important connecting points between students’ experiences inside and outside the classroom.

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