Global Learning Publications

Essential Global Learning
2016

Essential Global Learning is a compilation of seminal AAC&U articles about global learning. This publication provides a working definition of global learning, a framework for assessment of global learning, and case studies of high-impact global learning activities on a variety of campuses. It is a foundational publication for individuals and groups of educators and leaders interested in exploring the range of global learning opportunities for students.

This publication also includes the Global Learning VALUE rubric, a rubric developed by a national group of faculty experts as part of AAC&U's Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) LEAP project. The rubric is designed to assess students' global learning achievements and has been tested on campuses across the country.

Liberal Education, Summer 2015
Liberal Education, Summer 2015

The summer 2015 issue of Liberal Education features a set of articles on “global learning,” focusing on the origins of this recently defined dimension of liberal education and its relation to “inclusive excellence,” the decline of international studies and the dangers it poses for the United States,  and the sense of “belonging” as an enabling condition for global learning. Also included is a personal history of the evolving role of faculty in the work of AAC&U, an account of teaching Dante in Paris on 9/11, a look at college-prison partnerships, a call for the tenure and promotion process to be reformed in order to reward engaged scholarship, and a call for reforming the way teacher evaluations are conducted.

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Diversity and Democracy, Summer, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2015

Global challenges offer critical opportunities for student learning. This issue highlights the multifaceted ways in which higher education is involving students in addressing the globally complex issues they will encounter throughout their lives. Contributing authors describe possible avenues into this work and raise pressing questions about equity and inclusion in a globally interdependent society.

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Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2014

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features approaches to general education that help students develop the skills they need for participation in a diverse and globally connected democracy. Contributing authors also raise pertinent questions about opportunities for and barriers to faculty and students' democratic engagement in higher education itself.

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Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2014

In the twenty-first century, the connections between local occurrences and global systems—financial, technological, natural, ideological—are more apparent than ever. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores the global learning students need to grapple with this complexity while preparing for responsible action in the world.

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Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating
2014

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating is a joint publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The goal of this publication is to provide a definition and rationale for “global learning,” which is a term widely used across higher education, although faculty, staff, and practitioners do not always agree about what it means.  By exploring how the term and the ideas behind it are evolving, global learning is placed in the context of several important overlapping higher education change efforts.  

A shared vocabulary of global learning outcomes can help campus practitioners build valuable alliances that extend beyond those offices, departments, and individuals typically assumed to hold primary responsibility for the global mission of an institution. These expanded alliances can...

Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2013

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features a range of approaches to assessing the impact of students’ engagement in diversity, global, and civic learning opportunities.

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Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2013

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features examples of institutional leadership and campus models for diversity and equity that simultaneously advance underserved students’ educational access and success and promote the flourishing of institutions, communities, democracy, and global society at large.

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Diversity and Democracy, Winter 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2013

Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2013: This issue features examples of creative leadership and action that advance higher education's civic purposes through transformative partnerships, both at home and abroad.

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Liberal Education, Fall 2012
Liberal Education, Fall 2012

This issue explores how a college or university’s commitment to sustainability can transform institutional practice and help advance the aims of liberal learning. Also included are articles on civic scientific literacy, education for stewardship of the global commons, the role of division I athletics in a liberal education, the value of considering across-the-curriculum initiatives within the context of general education reform, and an approach to creating shared expectations for student achievement within the disciplines.

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Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights current research on the connections between civic engagement and student success, defined broadly across a range of outcomes. It shares civically engaged programs and related educational strategies that yield student success by a variety of measures.

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Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2011
Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2011

This issue presents highlights of the 2011 AAC&U annual meeting, “Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of US Degrees.” Also included are articles on broadening involvement in undergraduate writing instruction, fostering faculty agency, and using mathematics inquiry for non-STEM majors.

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