The Power of Integrated Learning (Stylus Publishing, June 2016)
Author William Sullivan draws on examples from NACU campuses to make the case that combining the strengths of the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility gives students the combination of skills and experience that will prepare them for success in all aspects of life after graduation.
Exploring, Experiencing, and Envisioning Integration in U.S. Arts Education (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)
Edited by Nancy Hensel, past president of NACU, this collection explores the dedication of NACU campuses to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement through the performing, literary, and visual arts. It includes chapters from faculty at Belmont University, Drury University, Manhattan College, Ohio Northern University, University of La Verne, St. Edward’s University, Valparaiso University, and Wagner College.
Course-Based Undergraduate Research: Educational Equity and High-Impact Practice (Stylus Publishing, 2018)
Edited by Nancy Hensel, past president of NACU and a noted leader in undergraduate research, the book addresses all aspects of undergraduate research, including the design of course-based research for first- and second-year students, mentoring a class rather than individual students, setting appropriate expectations, and the dissemination of student research. The book is applicable for faculty at both two-year and four-year institutions and includes examples from the sciences, social science, and humanities. Faculty from California Lutheran University, Manhattan College, University of New Haven, St. Edward’s University, and Valparaiso University contributed chapters to the book, and Cathy Davidson, a prominent scholar and recipient of the NACU Boyer Award in 2016, wrote the foreword.
The Ugly Duckling of Higher Education
Written by Frank F. Wong, then vice president of academic affairs at the University of Redlands, this essay from 1990 started the conversation on defining and recognizing the significance of comprehensive institutions.
Historical Background for a Wingspread Conference on the New American College
While the author is unknown, this document illuminates NACU’s formation as an association among chief academic officers to explore common academic issues of mission, identity, distinctiveness, and excellence at comprehensive institutions.
The Wingspread Conference on the New American College: Inventing a New Paradigm
Harold Wilde, then president of North Central College, details the founding institutions that were part of the Wingspread Conference and the role that Alexander Astin and Ernest Boyer played in helping our consortium’s founders to define the New American model.
The New American College: A Model for Liberal Learning
Co-authors Frank Wong, then provost at the University of Redlands, and Jerry Berberet, then vice president of academic affairs at North Central College, defined the New American college model, demonstrated how these institutions adapted to respond to local and regional needs, and pointed to future goals of the newly established consortium.
The Emergence of the New American College
Daniel DeNicola, former provost at Rollins College, wrote about the emergence of the New American College model and how it differs from other types of comprehensive colleges.
Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning
Funded by The Teagle Foundation
NACU outlines a new way of organizing departments and programs as “holistic departments” and recommends a new process for faculty evaluation called “the learning-centered paradigm.”
Refining the Paradigm: Holistic Evaluation of Faculty to Support Faculty and Student Learning
Funded by The Teagle Foundation
In “Refining the Paradigm,” the authors address the issues found in current models of faculty evaluation and provide ideas for supporting faculty development and taking a holistic approach to evaluation.
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