AAC&U News, December 2016

News & Events, December 2016

Meetings & Institutes

Annual Meeting on Building the Public Trust—Early Registration Ends December 16

January 25–28, 2017, San Francisco, CA

AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting, “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence,” will be held on January 25–28 in San Francisco, California. The preliminary program and a listing of all sessions is available online. The Opening Plenary, “Always on the Fringe: Closed Futures and the Promise of Liberal Education,” will be an open discussion moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella with speakers Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream; Michael Roth, author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters; Jeff Selingo, author of There Is Life After College; and Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race. Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker will deliver the Final Plenary, “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today,” and Jaime Casap of Google, Inc., will present the ACAD keynote luncheon on “Iteration and Innovation in Education.” The Annual Meeting will also feature a Pre-Meeting Symposium on “Student Activism and Liberal Education: Faculty Engagement in Turbulent Times” (see below) on January 25 and the Eighth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios on Saturday, January 28.  Hotel and registration information is available online.

Annual Meeting Symposium: "Student Activism and Liberal Education: Faculty Engagement in Turbulent Times"

January 25, 2017, San Francisco, CA

The 2017 Symposium will focus on engaging faculty leadership in response to calls for racial and social justice on college campuses. The Symposium will open with a plenary on “Reclaiming the Racial Narrative,” presented by Lynn Pasquerella of AAC&U and Gail Christopher of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, followed by a panel on “Campus Perspectives” with speakers from Oberlin College, San Francisco State University, Goucher College, and Antioch College. The Luncheon Keynote, “‘Leaning into our Deepest Yes’: Finding Common Ground in Embracing Student Activism,” will be an open conversation with Christopher Tinson, associate professor of Africana studies and history, and Jonathan Lash, president—both of Hampshire College. The Symposium will include roundtable discussions, case studies, concurrent sessions, and closing comments by Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success.

"General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning" Conference: Registration Now Open

February 23–25, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona

General education sits at the intersection of an array of demands facing higher education—demands for more intentionally scaffolded, integrated, and engaged approaches to teaching and learning; more campus-community partnerships; more mentoring and advising; more multimodal learning experiences; and, above all, more meaningful assessment of student learning across these efforts. “General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning” will focus on how educators throughout all sectors of higher education can address these and other issues by designing, implementing, and evaluating high-quality general education pathways that are effective for all students—especially those from traditionally underserved groups. Plenary speakers include Helen Chen of Stanford University, Lisa Grocott of Monash University, Peter Doolittle of Virginia Tech, Natasha Jankowski of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and the University of Illinois, and Catherine Wehlburg of Texas Christian University. The conference also offers a full roster of concurrent sessions and a series of practical preconference workshops. Learn more about this conference, view the conference schedule, and register online.

"Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change" Conference: Registration Now Open

March 16–18, 2017, Jacksonville, Florida

AAC&U invites you to join with colleagues to explore how the individual and collective voices of students, faculty, staff, and community partners are catalyzing transformative campus and social change needed to create pathways for academic achievement and prepare all students for the unscripted challenges of our global society. “Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change” will examine strategies for creating (1) inclusive campus dialogues that value diversity of thought, identity, and belief; (2) strategic visioning that embraces diversity and equity as core values of an educated citizenry; and (3) shared and socially responsible learning environments that promote student success and engagement. The keynote address will be delivered by Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, and the two plenary sessions will be delivered by Becky Wai-Ling Packard of Mount Holyoke College and Felix Braffith and TRiO staff members from the Evergreen State College. Registration now open.

Application Now Open for 2017 Institute on Project-Based Learning

June 21–24, 2017, Worcester, Massachusetts
Applications Due February 13, 2017

AAC&U and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the 2017 Institute on Project-Based Learning, to be held on June 21–24, 2017, at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. The institute, a flagship offering of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, will bring together teams of faculty and administrators from colleges and universities for interactive workshops, consultations with the institute’s faculty, and collaborative teamwork sessions focused on project-based learning. Participants will come to the institute with a proposal that outlines a specific goal or project they would like to advance and will leave the institute with an enhanced understanding of project-based learning and a tailored plan to advance work on their own campuses. Randy Bass, vice provost for education at Georgetown University, will be returning as keynote speaker. Applications are open through February 13, 2017. Hear from past participants on the impact of the institute in advancing project-based learning initiatives on their campuses.

Meeting the LEAP Challenge

AAC&U Forms New LEAP Global Partnership with the Asian Cooperative Program

AAC&U announces a new LEAP Global Partnership with the Asian Cooperative Program (ACP), a consortium of fourteen Southeast Asian universities and Kansai University of International Studies in Japan. ACP is a collaborative effort to share portions of general education across the partner institutions. The shared elements emphasize regional safety and security, seeking to improve the quality of education about serious regional problems: natural disasters such as earthquakes, violent weather, flooding, and tsunamis as well as crime prevention and public health. ACP member institutions collaborate to improve and develop general education core curricula, overseas programs, assessment of learning outcomes, and global research. With outcomes similar to those of the LEAP Challenge—getting students ready for a world of unscripted problems—ACP hopes to use AAC&U’s resources, including VALUE rubrics, to improve the quality of general education and assessment.

LEAP Texas Affiliate Group Meeting

December 5, 2016, Atlanta, GA

The LEAP Texas Affiliate Group invites those attending the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Annual Meeting in Atlanta to attend the LEAP Texas Affiliate Group Meeting on Monday, December 5, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Greenbriar room of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The meeting welcomes Teri Hinds, director of research and data at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and manager of the Voluntary System of Accountability and the Student Achievement Measure, to discuss new developments with the Excellence in Assessment Designation. Other speakers include LEAP Texas Faculty Fellows and the Texas Assessment Collaborative. 

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL STEM Leadership Institute: Call for Applications

Adamstown, Maryland
Institute I: July 11–16, 2017
Institute II: July 18–23, 2017
Institute III: July 25–30, 2017
Applications Due March 14

The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute is designed to offer early and mid-career STEM faculty a five-day, intensive leadership development experience that strategically blends deep reflection and introspection with didactic and experiential learning. The institute, which is grounded in the theories of leadership studies, adult learning, and social psychology, has proven effective in promoting leadership self-efficacy among its participants, with more than 65 percent of its alumni noting a significant increase in their ability to (1) facilitate change, (2) effectively respond to problems, and (3) fully consider the impacts of diverse cultures on institutional transformation. The application deadline is March 14, 2017.

2017 Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Winter Meeting

January 11, 2017, Worcester, Massachusetts

STEM faculty members and administrators from both public and private two-year and four-year higher education institutions are invited to attend the upcoming winter meeting of the Massachusetts Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Regional Network: “Best Practices in STEM and Integrating Undergraduates in Research.” The meeting with be held at Worcester State University on January 11, 2017.

2017 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting

March 25, 2017, La Jolla, California

The University of California-San Diego, in partnership with MiraCosta College and the University of California-Irvine, will host the 2017 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting: “Broadening Participation and Persistence in College STEM: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” In recent years, a number of comprehensive STEM education reports have highlighted the importance of improving undergraduate education; increasingly, campuses across the country have become more attuned to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues in undergraduate STEM education. This meeting aims to empower meeting participants to develop more inclusive learning environments at local institutions in Southern California.

2017 Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference: Call for Proposals

April 14, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland
Proposals Due January 13
The Capital PKAL Regional Network is pleased to announce the 2017 meeting of the Capital PKAL Regional Network: “Leadership and Collaboration Across Boundaries.” The meeting will be held April 14, 2017, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prospective presenters are invited to submit proposals that address evidence-based practices that can be widely adapted in two and/or four-year institutes of higher education. Proposals are due January 14.

2017 Ohio-PKAL Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

May 20, 2017, Findlay, Ohio
Proposals Due December 16

Ohio-Project Kaleidoscope (OH-PKAL) will hold its 2017 Ohio PKAL conference at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, on May 20, 2017. This year’s conference is entitled “Evidence-Based STEM Education: Teaching and Student Success.” Proposals are invited and encouraged to showcase evidence-based practices that are poised for immediate uptake and adaptation in a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions. Of particular interest are proposals that effectively integrate two or more of the conference themes. Proposals are due December 16.

Project News

Funding Available: Bringing Theory to Practice Campus Dialogue Grants on Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes

Grant Proposals Due December 9

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is currently accepting proposals for campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution, or up to $15,000 for consortia (with required institutional matching for both), that will provide support for one-year projects (calendar year 2017) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Successful proposals should demonstrate how these dialogues will, through the lens of your unique campus culture and the issues that affect it, facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. The design of proposed dialogues and the intended participants within the dialogues should reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues being faced. BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life. An informational webinar hosted by BTtoP’s National Evaluator, Ashley Finley, was held as a resource for potential grantees on October 25, 2016; a recording of that webinar is now available, along with the full RFP and additional supporting materials, here.

Registration Opening Soon for BTtoP’s National Conference: “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being”

Early registration opens December 6, 2016

Early registration will open on December 6, 2016, for BTtoP’s national conference, “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being,” to be held May 24–26, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will bring together educators and administrators of all types to focus on the importance of well-being in higher education. Through the lens of intersectionality, conference participants will examine and explore institutional values and campus cultures that acknowledge or contextualize these intersections, support them, and challenge them. This conference takes seriously the commitment to “whole student” development through the exploration of the very elements that make students whole. Participants will be able to attend sessions and workshops that offer new theories and scholarships, strategies, and evidence-based practices that reflect the integration of the conference topics, embody ways to inclusively engage diverse audience members, and are adaptable to a diverse array of institutional types. BTtoP is interested in encouraging candid conversations (like the ones you might have in the hallway at most conferences), and wants to help build and strengthen relationships between and among those at all levels of the institution. Students are welcome and attend free.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

On Bringing Deliberation and Dialogue to Campus

The recently concluded three-webinar series, “Clashes Over Citizenship: Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement,” is now available online along with its readings, PowerPoints, and proven campus practices. This webinar series, which focused sequentially on deliberations in the face of difference, economic inequality, and immigration and race, was presented through the Citizenship Under Siege project, directed by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A new article titled “The Making of Future Citizens,” published in Wake Forest Magazine, highlights how “students who use deliberation to enhance civic engagement efforts in college are still feeling the effects 10 years after the fact.” This research follows up on student “Democracy Fellows” highlighted in the 2007 Kettering publication Speaking of Politics: Preparing College Students for Democratic Citizenship through Deliberative Dialogue.

New Journal on Transformative Campus/Community Collaborations Launched

The Anchor Institutions Task Force, founded in 2009 on the values of place, equity and social justice, democratic practice, and collaboration, announces its new online publication, Journal on Anchor Institutions and Communities. AITF’s change strategy is to generate powerful collaborations by colleges, key business and nonprofit stakeholders, and community organizations to build stronger, flourishing neighborhoods, cities, and regions. The journal’s first issue focuses on how such partnerships are addressing education, economic development, and health.

Democracy Commitment Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

The Democracy Commitment, a member of the CLDE Action Network, will celebrate its 5th anniversary on December 5 at the New York Times headquarters in New York City. All are invited. The event will feature several community college administrators, campus coordinators, students, and guest speakers on the challenges and opportunities of institutionalizing civic learning and democratic engagement on campus. The celebration will also feature Dr. William "Bro" Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Save the Date for National Conferences in 2017 Highlighting Civic Learning and Engagement

A number of CLDE Action Network member organizations host national meetings. Upcoming meetings include AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting, “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence” (January 25–28); Bringing Theory to Practice’s National Conference, “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being” (May 24–26); the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, organized by the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and NASPA (June 7–10, with program proposals due January 30); and Imagining America’s National Conference (October 12–14).

The Association of American Colleges and Universities, The Democracy Commitment, Kettering Foundation, Anchor Institutions Task Force, Bringing Theory to Practice, the American Democracy Project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, NASPA, and Imagining America are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen 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.

Other News

AAC&U Announces New Office of Outreach and Member Engagement

AAC&U announces a new integration of departments within the association to provide strategic direction for service to our members, engagement with the larger higher education community, and enhanced infrastructure. The newly configured Office of Outreach and Member Engagement will integrate the Communications, Membership, and Development Departments, as well as Information Systems and Database Services. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting will also be connected within the Office of Outreach and Member Engagement. Bethany Zecher Sutton, chief of staff and senior advisor to the president, will provide leadership for the new office. AAC&U hopes that the alignment of these departments will facilitate (1) enhanced communications with members and other key constituencies; (2) expanded member engagement and new funding opportunities for the association and for our members; (3) opportunities for new connections among our grant-funded initiatives, educational programs, Annual Meeting, conferences, and institutes; (4) more flexible responses on the part of the association to the changing higher education landscape; and (5) increased efficacy and efficiency in our service to our members and to the larger higher education community.

AAEEBL Announces the Inaugural Issue of the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), an AAC&U partner organization, announces the inaugural issue of the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review (AePR). AAEEBL, a non-profit with a board of directors consisting of academic leaders interested in the eportfolio as a valuable idea for learning, designed AePR to provide space for emerging thinking about eportfolio research and practice, as well as a publication opportunity for those working in and with eportfolios. The AePR focuses on timely, important topics written by leaders in the field. Articles may focus on a current controversy that perhaps cannot be quickly or expeditiously addressed through a careful research process, or on specific topics of interest to the wider eportfolio community (assessment, high-impact practices, etc.). This issue of the AEPR is available for download; visit the AAEEBL website for more information.

AAC&U Cosponsors The Academic Minute

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of the radio segment The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world, discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. Subscribe to The Academic Minute here, or contact the production team if you are interested in sharing your research with listeners.

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