Once you have identified your students’ destinations—what they should know and be able to do by the time they graduate or accomplish whatever other goal they might have—you can identify how they will get there: curricular, teaching, development, support, and other strategies that help students learn and succeed.

What Helps Students Learn?

While in many ways these are extraordinarily challenging times for American higher education, in some respects we are living in a golden age, because we have a quarter-century of really good research on strategies that help students learn (Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, & Norman, 2010; Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2011; Bain, 2004; Connor, ...

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