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2010 Gen Ed Podcasts

AAC&U's Network for Academic Renewal conference: General Education and Assessment: Maintaining Momentum, Achieving New Priorities was held February 18-20, 2010 in Seattle. Learn more at

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Keynote Address: Conceptualizing a 21st Century Renaissance for General Education
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Robert Weisbuch, President, Drew University. Is Core a bore inevitably? Can general education distribution requirements ever escape looking like a warehouse inventory? How can we convey the joy of the arts and sciences to the changing student population? Too many lukewarm results imply the need for new campus discussions about compelling versions of general education. Dr. Weisbuch will share insights on the kinds of general education and assessment that provide all students with the opportunity to achieve their educational goals, find purpose beyond their selves, and contribute to the well-being of society.
(Posted on Wed, 03 03 2010 12:55:45)

Plenary: Speaking Frankly: General Education for the Unknown
Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:15 - 10:30 am. Rebecca Berryhill Jessup, Seattle University; Isiah Bingley, Seattle Central Community College; Megan Otis, Western Washington University; Marina Pita, University of Washington Seattle; and Wassan Singh, Highline Community College. Facilitators: Gillies Malnarich and Emily Lardner, Co-directors, Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, the Evergreen State College. Students from the Seattle-area will respond to the essential learning outcomes named in the College Learning for a New Global Century--from what they think students need to know and be able to do given contemporary realities to whether they think their education is adequately preparing them for the "unscripted challenges" of the future. Students will offer recommendations regarding the kind of general education that is truly engaging, the campus services they especially appreciate, and what they would like us to stop doing.
(Posted on Wed, 03 03 2010 01:14:57)

Luncheon Plenary: General Education and Assessment: Planning Today, Looking to the Future
Sandra Elman, President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Stephen D. Spangehl, Vice President, Higher Learning Commission; and Barbara Wright, Associate Director, Accreditation, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In this period of intense scrutiny, persuasive information about the value of general education is especially needed. What can institutions do to support and improve general education and assessment in the face of epic budget cuts? How can institutions avoid sacrificing important progress in strengthening general education and assessment? Panelists will share insights on the future of general education and assessment and the role accreditation agenciesmight play in helpingto prepare students for complex challenges throughout their lives.
(Posted on Wed, 03 03 2010 01:32:35)

Community Forum: Global Citizenship and the Role of Higher Education
Friday, February 19, 2010, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Eric Liu, Fellow, Author, Educator, and Civic Leader. If there is a single foundational purpose of liberal higher education, it is to make great citizens. But what is a citizen? What are the obligations that come with membership in this or any country? And what, in the end, does the idea of global citizenship rest upon? In their book The True Patriot, AAC&U LEAP National Leadership Council member Eric Liu and co-author Nick Hanauer lay out a moral framework for purposeful citizenship. That framework belongs to no party, but it is inherently progressive. It need not be limited to any single nation, though it is uniquely American in its origins. In this community forum, participants will engage in discussion about how we can more intentionally expose students to moral frameworks of citizenship and encourage them to sharpen their sense of public values and public purpose.
(Posted on Wed, 03 03 2010 02:28:28)

Closing Plenary: Betting on Gravity
Saturday, February 20, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - Noon. Ken O'Donnell, Associate Dean, Academic Program Planning, California State University, Office of the Chancellor. Advocates for reform at all levels can improve the odds for success by taking into account revolutions--in demographics, technology, and the nature of work--that are already changing higher education. How can campus leaders mobilize these dynamics to help shape and advance a coherent, compelling account of their institution's next steps? Who will listen? What will they need to know? Mr. O'Donnell will integrate projections from the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the Census Bureau, and various higher education think tanks to argue that we can influence the future by hitching a ride on the inevitable.
(Posted on Wed, 03 03 2010 03:33:08)