Since 1970, bachelor degree attainment among students from wealthy families nearly doubled, but it has barely changed for those from the poorest families. Sponsored by Strada Education Network and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, this issue details the action plans from thirteen institutions for enhancing student success and academic achievement, especially among underserved populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students, as well as adult learners.
This issue builds on and explores implications of findings from the National Census of Writing. It presents an overview of crucial writing frameworks, such as writing across the curriculum.
The Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills (STIRS) framework has been developed, used, and revised as part of the LEAP Challenge leading to capstone and Signature Work. This issue focuses on the AAC&U's STIRS framework, which is designed to guide the development of curriculum in evidence-based thinking. The STIRS project has been developed as an exemplar of integrative liberal education
Adoption of eportfolio pedagogies and practices in conjunction with Signature Work provide the greatest opportunities for higher education to meet its quality aspirations and its college completion/attainment goals. This issue will chronicle the current landscape of how colleges and universities are using eportfolios and will sketch out a vision for using eportfolios in the context of Signature Work and advancing student self-efficacy.