The American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation (AAHEA) addresses issues that are important to education in our global educational community. In an article published in the AAHEABulletin.com, Marilee S. Bresciani (2003), addressed the issue of educating the whole student and providing evidence of that learning.
James V. Maher, former provost of the University of Pittsburgh (now Provost Emeritus), explained student expectations for the university by listing the qualities of a successful student. Those qualities include motivation, effective communication skills, a sense of self, and a sense of responsibility (Bresciani, 2003). A well-rounded, conscientious student is expected from today’s institutions of higher learning. Student assessments can find exactly where the learning of these abilities is taking place. The information gathered will lead to program improvement (Bresciani, 2003).
One way that faculty and administration can assess students is through electronic portfolios. Student work can be shared and provide solid evidence of student outcomes (Bresciani, 2003).
Educating the whole student is important in the 21st Century. According to the National Center on Education and the Economy (2008) report, “This is a world in which a very high level of preparation in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, science, literature, history, and the arts will be an indispensible foundation for everything that comes after for most members of the workforce” (p. xxiv).
The AAHEA also addresses multiculturalism by being a “source of choice for information about higher education on issues that matter in a democratic multi-racial society; and the AAHEA promotes and disseminates examples of effective educational practice to address those issues” (American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation, 2001, para. 3). The AAHEA also publishes, sponsors conferences, and conducts special projects. The AAHEA website also contains a blog that promotes conversation about higher education issues.
American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation. (2011). About us: Our vision. Retrieved from www.aahea.org
Bresciani. M. (2003). Assessing student development and learning in cocurricular: Moving our institutions closer to providing evidence of educating the whole student. Retrieved from
National Center on Education and the Economy (2008). Tough choices or tough times: The report of the new commission on the skills of the American workforce. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.