"A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Volume 74 | Issue 3
May 2006

ACUI members receive free copies of 'Learning Reconsidered 2'

As learning outcomes assessment becomes a critical area for college unions and student activities, ACUI is pleased to offer its individual members complimentary copies of the 2006 publication, “Learning Reconsidered 2: Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience.”

“This is such an important resource for student affairs professionals to use as a focus for their work and to share with their academic colleagues,” said ACUI Executive Director Marsha Herman-Betzen. “We felt that not only did ACUI need to be a partner on the project; all our institutional and individual members needed to have this resource free of charge even though not all the other associations decided to go that route.”

The “Learning Reconsidered 2” project evolved out of a 2005 meeting of student affairs higher education associations. In 2004 the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and American College Personnel Association (ACPA) had published “Learning Reconsidered.” The NASPA and ACPA representatives at the meeting shared with the other associations this new paradigm for better understanding how college students learn. This revolutionary publication offered seven outcomes that rely on the learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom.

“We can always do a better job of communicating the importance of the learning that occurs through student employment, residence life, and participation in clubs and activities. This learning framework is one tool in helping us do that,” Herman-Betzen said.

It seemed that “Learning Reconsidered 2” was the next logical step in identifying how practitioners could better implement these outcomes throughout student affairs. Partners on this endeavor were ACUI, ACPA, the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-I), the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), NASPA, and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Each association reviewed the drafts written by leading experts in the student affairs community and contributed examples of how the outcomes were being or could be used in their practical areas. The result is a comprehensive 88-page book that takes readers from an introduction to cognitive thought, through the learning outcomes, and into a comprehensive plan for how the outcomes can be implemented.

The utility of these resources is limitless, and the list of collaborators continues to grow. Future endeavors include a Web site where dialogue can occur and case studies and best practices may be presented, and perhaps even “Learning Reconsidered 3,” which might take the format of a training program or institute. For more information about how you can get involved in these projects or to purchase additional copies of “Learning Reconsidered 2,” please contact Elizabeth Beltramini at ebeltram@acui.org.