Faculty Incorporation of Essential Learning Outcomes for 21st Century College Learning

By Shifang Li, Richard Hartnett and Susan Aloi.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Liberal education has played a fundamental role in providing an intellectual, moral and cultural foundation for American higher education. The values of liberal education are enduring, but its practice have changed over time. In 2007, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) redefined liberal education as a set of Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) and claimed achieving the ELOs should be the goal of 21st century college learning. This paper examines to what extent these ELOs are endorsed by faculty members across academic disciplines, with different teaching experience, by type of institutional control, and among the accreditation regions. Data from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) were used with permission from the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.

Keywords: 21st Century College Learning Faculty, Association of American College and Universities, Essential Learning Outcomes, Liberal Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 640.029KB).

Dr. Shifang Li

Coordinator of Planning and Assessment, Office of Planning and Assessment, New York Insititute of Technology, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Li, Shifang works for New York Institute of Technology(NYIT). Her research interest is undergraduate education. Currently, she works as a coordinator for academic program assessment and involves in the development of NYIT’s core curriculum.

Richard Hartnett

Chair and Professor, Department of Advanced Educational Study, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Dr. Hartnett is a professor and Chair of Educational Leadership Studies in West Virginia University. His research include history and development of American Higher Education, Education reform issues, Administrative theory and Academic affair.

Susan Aloi

Director of the Master's in Education Program, Master's in Education Program, West Virginia Weslyan Collge, Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA

Dr. Aloi held MBA, and Ed.D in Educational Leadership Study from West Virginia University. Currently, she is a professor and director of Master’s in Education Program in West Virginia University Wesleyan College.

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