AAC&U News, May 2014
News & Events

May 2014

AAC&U's 2015 Centennial Meeting

A Special Message from AAC&U's President

In 2015, AAC&U will celebrate its Centennial. To mark this milestone, and in the service of the nation's diverse college learners, AAC&U will devote the entire Centennial Year to a searching exploration of the connections between high-quality liberal earning and Americans’ global future and of the far-reaching changes needed to drive equitable access to high-quality learning for the millions of students who remain underserved at all levels of our educational system. This year of exploration will begin at AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examine the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society. Read more of President Carol Geary Schneider's message.

Meetings and Institutes

Save the Date: AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting on “Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”

At its 2015 Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 21–24, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, AAC&U will celebrate 100 years of leadership for liberal education and will proudly begin its second century of work to ensure that all college students are richly prepared for this new roiling world of global interconnection, digital innovation, and disruptive societal change. The Annual Meeting will feature a special Centennial Symposium on Wednesday, January 21—“Are Students Prepared?  College Learning and America’s Global Future”—and a Centennial Celebration will be held on Thursday evening, January 22.  The Call for Proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting will be available in May.  Please check AAC&U’s website throughout the spring for more information. Also see AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider's message to members about the Annual Meeting and the Centennial Year.

Faculty and Administrative Teams from 109 Institutions, 33 States, and 3 Countries to Attend AAC&U 2014 Summer Institutes

AAC&U recently announced the colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its 2014 summer institutes. Teams of five or more participants from 109 institutions will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 3–7); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (June 17–21); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, California (July 9–13). These three AAC&U institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus; for a list of participating institutions, see this press release. AAC&U also will announce soon the faculty members participating in the Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty. PKAL Institutes are designed to prepare early and mid-career STEM faculty for roles as effective agents of change in transforming undergraduate STEM education at the departmental, institutional, and/or national levels. 

LEAP News

Philadelphia LEAP Forum Brings Together Nearly 150 Employers and Educators to Chart Action Agenda for High-Quality Learning

AAC&U hosted a LEAP Employer-Educator Forum on “Making High-Quality Learning Our Priority as Americans Go to College” in Philadelphia on April 16.This forum was part of a series of similar programs being held across the country in 2014 as a way for higher education institutions to engage in purposeful dialogue with local and regional employer representatives and policy leaders about creating more intentional partnerships that give college students hands-on learning experiences that will be useful for their careers. In his concluding speech, former AAC&U Board Chair Bobby Fong stated that “it is a false dichotomy to set liberal education and professional preparation in opposition to one another” and reiterated the need for “curricular and advising practices that blend liberal and applied learning to equip graduates in successfully navigating the pathways from college to career." The event, cosponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Campus Philly, and Philadelphia Works, built on the 2013 release of AAC&U’s Employer-Educator Compact and a national survey of employers. See also AAC&U’s recent report on How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment.

New Issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) Now Available

AAC&U is proud to support and copublish this issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP). This peer-reviewed journal is available online and in hard copy. IJeP Vol. 4, No. 1 is devoted to research articles developed from the E-Portfolio Forum at AAC&U’s 2014 Annual Meeting. IJeP is a publication of the Center for Teaching and Learning in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction at the University of Georgia and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Virginia Tech. AAC&U’s current issue of Peer Review, E-Portfolios: For Reflection, Learning, and Assessment, is now available online and in AAC&U’s publications and periodicals shopping cart.

CLDE Network News

New CLDE Partnerships, Projects, and Meetings Focus on Student Voting, Civic Professionalism, and Civic Learning at Community Colleges

The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Network continues to foster collaboration and partnerships to advance civic learning in a wide array of colleges, community colleges, and universities. New CLDE projects include a partnership to increase student voter engagement and a Teagle Foundation-supported initiative involving De Anza, Mesa, and Kingsborough Colleges, all members of The Democracy Commitment . See also the CLDE Action Network Calendar for upcoming events sponsored by CLDE members.

The CLDE Action Network is an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations that is convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and supports efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. 

Other AAC&U News

Latest Carnegie Reporter Features AAC&U Report on Employment Prospects for Liberal Arts Grads and Insightful Articles on the Value of Liberal Education

A special issue of the Carnegie Reporter, a biannual journal published by Carnegie Corporation of New York, makes extensive use of AAC&U’s recent report How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment. Titled “The Big Picture: Addressing the Future of Higher Education,” this issue features a number of articles making the case for liberal education and the liberal arts as the best form of education to prepare students for work and citizenship. As Carnegie President Vartan Gregorian notes in his introduction to the issue, AAC&U’s report shows that the salaries of liberal arts graduates quickly catch up to—and even surpass—those of their peers with pre-professional degrees, and that most employers are more concerned with hiring employees with critical thinking and problem-solving skills than with what their employees majored in.

Access and Diversity Collaborative Releases Brief on Supreme Court Decision in Schuette v. BAMN

The College Board's Access & Diversity Collaborative (ADC) has commissioned an analysis of the US Supreme Court's recent decision in the case of Schuette v. BAMN, which upheld Michigan's voter ban on the otherwise lawful use of race, ethnicity, and gender by the state's public entities, including race-conscious admission decisions at the state's public institutions of higher education. The analysis provides an overview of the court's ruling and the different opinions, closing with a brief discussion of the key takeaways for institutions and systems of higher education pursuing mission-focused diversity goals. The ADC was established in the wake of the US Supreme Court's 2003 University of Michigan decisions in order to help educational institutions advance their goals to create robust postsecondary opportunities for historically underserved youth. A diverse group of leading public and private institutions of higher education and national organizations (including AAC&U) supports the ADC's work as sponsors. See also AAC&U's most recent statement on diversity in higher education.

BTtoP Publishes New Civic Monograph, Draft Publication on Student Well-Being

What is, or can be, achieved by using the civic as an agent for change? Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education, the fourth monograph in Bringing Theory to Practice's (BTtoP) Civic Series, is composed of fourteen essays written by college and university leaders and practitioners that consider engaging the community to be an intimate and necessary component of learning and knowledge creation for students, faculty and staff, and the community itself. For more information, or to purchase copies for $10 (bulk discounts available), see http://secure.aacu.org/store/detail.aspx?id=BTPCIVIC4

BTtoP has also released a draft of "The Well-Being and Flourishing of Students"(pdf) as part of its Well-Being Initiative. The publication examines the theoretical underpinning of well-being and its inextricable connection to higher education, strategies for institutional change, and selected descriptions of work funded under the initiative.

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

AAC&U is pleased to administer the annual K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which 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.  Information about the Cross Scholars from 2006 through 2014 can be found here.  Nomination information for the 2015 Cross Award will be available in late spring, with a deadline of October 1, 2014. 

New Website: K. Patricia Cross Speeches from 1963 through 2001

A new archive featuring the work of K. Patricia Cross, professor emerita of higher education at the University of California–Berkeley, has been launched by San Francisco State University. The archive includes more than 250 speeches presented by Cross, as well as seven papers that were commissioned by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The materials, arranged by decade and organized chronologically and by theme, are available to all—researchers, practitioners, students, and all interested individuals. The archive is expected to be of particular use for doctoral students and researchers who began their careers after the retirement of Pat Cross in 1997.  Complete information about the new archive can be found here.

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