AAC&U News, September 2017
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Speakers Announced for AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting; Registration Opens September 15

“Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?”
January 24–27, Washington, DC
Registration Opens September 15

AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be held January 24–27 in Washington, DC. Doris Kearns Goodwin will present the inaugural Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence titled “Where Do We Go from Here? Leadership in Turbulent Times.” The opening plenary will be a discussion moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella with speakers Linda Martín Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center and author of The Future of Whiteness; Naomi M. Barry-Pérez, director of the Civil Rights Center at the US Department of Labor; Tamara Draut, vice president for policy and research at Demos and author of Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America; and Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation and author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters. The final plenary will be delivered by William Deresiewicz, award-winning essayist and critic and author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. The Annual Meeting will also feature a premeeting symposium titled “The Power of Civic Engagement—Across Campus, Within Communities, Beyond Borders" on Wednesday, January 24, and the Ninth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios on Saturday, January 27. 

Register Now: 2017 Global Engagement and Social Responsibility Conference

“Higher Education's Role in Addressing Global Crises”
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
October 12–14, New Orleans, Louisiana
Register by September 13 for Best Rates

AAC&U invites you to join our first conference of the academic year, which begins with an Opening Keynote by Wajahat Ali—journalist, writer, lawyer, award-winning playwright, and TV host—on “Millennial Swagger: Promoting Social Entrepreneurship through Storytelling and Social Media.” The conference includes more than fifty sessions, workshops, and facilitated discussions led by nearly 150 speakers representing eighty national and international institutions. Presentations include “Immigration: Face to Face with Global Learning,” “Religious Literacy and Global Citizenship,” ”Exploring Disciplinary Differences in Global Engagement and Learning,” “Science Diplomacy through International Undergraduate Research,” “Developing Faculty and Staff Leaders for Internationalization and Global Engagement,” “Social Engagement and the Refugee Crisis,” “Global Learning at Liberal Arts Colleges,” “Public Sphere Pedagogy: Infusing Global Issues into General Education,” “Ethical Design for Global Learning,” and “When Was America Great? Using Counterstorytelling to Challenge Narratives of American Nationalism.” Plenary sessions include “Transforming Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: The Theory to Practice Nexus” and “Politics, Policies, and Global Learning: Implications for Students, Educators, Research, and Innovation.” Read the full preliminary program and register now.

Register Now: 2017 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

“Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence”
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
November 2–4, San Francisco, California
Register by October 2 for Best Rates

Increasingly, our college and university graduates are called upon to address multiple interconnected challenges—including preserving cybersecurity, mitigating climate change, eliminating health disparities, and guarding the integrity of using proven theories as a precondition for decision-making. The conference, “Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence,” will address the importance of STEM proficiency for STEM majors and nonmajors alike, as well as the importance of empowering the faculty on whom we rely to increase the number of competitively trained and liberally educated graduates. Plenary sessions at the STEM conference include a keynote address by Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University; “Transforming a University into a Learning Laboratory” by Timothy McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Education and director of the Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan; and “New Contexts for STEM Education: Examining National Policy, Considering Collaboration Opportunities” by Kumar Garg, senior fellow at the Society for Science and the Public and former assistant director for learning and innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. We invite scholars from across the nation to come together to understand, appreciate, and articulate—in new ways—the complexities of undergraduate STEM teaching and the most appropriate and culturally relevant mechanisms for improving it. Register now.

Register Now: 2018 General Education and Assessment Conference

“Foundations for Democracy”
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
February 15–17, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration Now Open

The value of general education lies in its centrality within the undergraduate experience as a place where all college students can gain the breadth and depth of integrative learning skills they will need to discern fact from fiction, realize strength in diversity, and become agents of democracy. Join colleagues in Philadelphia for the conference, “Foundations for Democracy,” to discuss how educators can promote a coherent and seamless undergraduate experience that champions evidence, values integrity, embraces diversity, requires collaboration, and ensures equity in practice and results—an experience where students understand that the value and purposes of general education, the major, and learning outside of the classroom are one and the same. Register now.

Project News

Upcoming Webinar: "Global Learning—Beyond Study Abroad"

September 12, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

AAC&U is pleased to announce the latest webinar in a series that highlights work being done at colleges and universities around the country to address challenges and identify best practices for enhancing the teaching and learning experience. “Global Learning—Beyond Study Abroad” will offer frameworks, practical techniques, and proven strategies for institutions to integrate global learning across the curriculum—amid financial challenges and a contested political climate—to create robust curricular and cocurricular global learning experiences. Dawn Michele Whitehead, AAC&U’s senior director for global learning and curricular change, will moderate a panel that includes Stephanie Doscher of Florida International University, Anne Ogilvie of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Amir Reza of Babson College. The webinar will also feature highlights from Models of Global Learning, a forthcoming AAC&U publication that documents how institutions have sustained their global learning programs, practices, and structures over time. There will be time for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar, and participants are welcome to send questions in advance to Ross Berry at berry@aacu.org. The webinar is free for AAC&U members and costs $100 for nonmembers. Register now

AAC&U Announces Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

AAC&U has announced the ten institutions selected to serve as sites for the first Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. With generous support from Newman’s Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AAC&U will guide the development of the TRHT Campus Centers as part of a multi-year initiative to educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to advance justice and build equitable communities. The ten institutions selected as sites for the first TRHT Campus Centers are Austin Community College; Brown University; Duke University; Hamline University; Millsaps College; Rutgers University–Newark; Spelman College; The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina; the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Read more about TRHT Campus Centers here

Nominations Due October 2 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Nominees must hold student status in January 2018, and award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Resources to Help Prepare for Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Members of the CLDE Action Network are helping campuses applying for the Carnegie Classification for the first time or who are reclassifying for 2020. Campus Compact will offer a series of workshops and webinars during fall 2017 and spring 2018 to assist their member campuses. AASCU and NASPA are offering a two-day institute in November for campus teams to plan for their application (apply by September 15). 

NASPA Civic Engagement Awards

NASPA offers their member campuses two award opportunities that promote civic learning and democratic engagement initiatives. The 2018 Civic Engagement Collaborative Program award recognizes an institution that has demonstrated collaboration in civic learning and democratic engagement. The 2018 Rising Star for Commitment to Civic Engagement award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement. Nominations for both awards are due October 27.

Campus Compact, AASCU’s American Democracy Project, and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

Meeting the LEAP Challenge

Five Colleges and Universities Named 2017 Excellence in Assessment Designees

Five exemplary institutions, all AAC&U members, have received an Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation recognizing their commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. The EIA program—the first national designation of its kind—is sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a public college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). The designees are Bowling Green State University; James Madison University; Middlesex Community College; Rio Salado College; and Southern Connecticut State University. One institution, James Madison University, received the designation of Sustained Excellence in Assessment. These institutions join the first ten designees inducted in 2016.

Other News

AAC&U Responds to Cancellation of DACA Protections

AAC&U has released a statement responding to the cancellation of DACA protections. Last week, AAC&U joined dozens of other higher education organizations as signatories to letters urging President Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and fulfill his promise to treat the Dreamers “with heart.” We are disappointed by the recent decision made by the Trump Administration to end the DACA program. AAC&U will continue to work with our member institutions to advocate for immigration policies and programs that ensure protections for the approximately 800,000 individuals who contribute greatly to the schools in which they are enrolled, the communities in which they live, and the democracy they serve. After the decision to end DACA; the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia; and tensions felt on campuses across the country, AAC&U stands alongside its 1,400 members in reaffirming a deep and abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of our democratic society and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education.

Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization

By Cia Verschelden
Foreword by Lynn Pasquerella, President of AAC&U

This new book, published by Stylus Publishing in partnership with AAC&U, “argues that the cognitive resources for learning of over half our young people have been diminished by the negative effects of economic insecurity, discrimination, and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, this book offers a set of strategies and interventions to rebuild the available cognitive resources necessary to succeed in college and reach their full potential.”

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