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.
This issue, funded by TG Philanthropy, explores the relationship between high-impact practices and underserved student success. The articles address what faculty can do to redesign courses to achieve transparency in student learning and embed effective practices, such as a problem-centered curriculum, to foster underserved student development and success in college.
Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation, this issue focuses on campus, state, regional, and national strategies for “Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success.” Leaders from Jobs for the Future, Achieving the Dream, the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Council on Undergraduate Research contributed to the issue and AAC&U Roadmap Project colleges collaborated across institutions to write articles that highlight emerging practices for improving student learning and success based on the LEAP framework.