Integrative Learning and Signature Work

Solving complex real-world problems often requires a wide knowledge base that connects concepts learned inside and outside the classroom. AAC&U provides resources that help colleges and universities prepare students for such challenges by fostering and assessing integrative learning across courses and beyond the curriculum.

One way today’s student demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply their learning is through Signature Work. Students pursue an individual project related to a significant issue, problem, or question they define for themselves—immersing themselves in exploration, applying what they learn to real-world situations, and preparing to explain the significance of their work to others. Called “Signature Work” to reflect the high level of personalization and individual initiative involved, such a project bears the distinctive imprint of the interests, commitments, and cumulative learning of the student.

Campus Perspectives


Integrative learning is a collegewide competency that’s intentionally mapped to all undergraduate courses.


Signature Work allows students to develop their diverse talents as they prepare for their chosen careers.


Students work on an individual project that examine a complex issue through multiple lenses.


As part of a broader effort to scaffold high-impact practices throughout the undergraduate experience, students engage in Signature Work.

Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning

Today’s college graduates must be able to integrate knowledge and skills, as well as apply them within real-world settings for work, life, and citizenship. AAC&U’s Institute on Engaged and Integrative Learning helps campus teams develop strategies and advance institutional-level efforts to embed engaged and integrative learning across student on and off-campus experiences. Teams will explore innovative approaches to community engagement, integrative learning, experiential learning, and global learning.