Posts published on July 12, 2012

What We Know About Student Learning From Their Liberal Arts Education

By Ashley Finley

This new report provides an up-to-date overview of national data from a variety of studies of student learning, including the NSSE, Wabash National Study, CIRP, PSRI, and others. It presents comparative data on achievement over time across an array of liberal education outcomes—such as critical thinking, writing, civic engagement, global competence, and social responsibility.

The report couples evidence drawn from what students think they have learned with evidence of what they can actually do, including as revealed in emerging best practices such as the use of rubrics and e-portfolios. It also reflects the growing evidence that how we construct the learning environment, such as through high-impact practices, is every bit as important as how we assess it. Making Progress highlights new approaches to advancing meaningful assessment with effective pathways for learning and student success.

Learn more about this publication online.