AAC&U News, March 2017

News & Events, March 2017

Meetings and Institutes: Registration

Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change Conference: Registration 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 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 is open online.

Summer Institute for Undergraduate Curriculum, Course Design, and Assessment: Registration Open Until April 5

June 19–21, 2017, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania

The 2017 Global Health Summer Institute for Curriculum, Course Design, and Assessment is a three-day workshop (sponsored by AAC&U, Allegheny College, Child Family Health International, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association) for faculty at undergraduate-serving institutions to share experiences and best practices, evaluate curricular programs and assessment tools, and participate in exercises designed to refine course and curricular materials that strengthen students’ learning. Participants may come from any disciplinary background, and from any stage of their academic careers. Faculty, staff, and administrators who are interested in using global public health as a rich learning tool to prepare undergraduate students to participate in a complex, highly interconnected, and globalized world as both professionals and educated citizens are encouraged to attend. Visit the institute’s website to learn more and register

Webinar on Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM: Registration Open

March 8, 2017, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

AAC&U will cohost a free webinar with the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities on Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM, which will take place Wednesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET). Certain High-Impact Practices (such as internships, undergraduate research, capstone courses, and learning communities) help undergraduate students persist and succeed. However, a number of these practices take place beyond the classroom, and universities may not have the capacity to fully track student access to these practices and their impact on learning outcomes. During this webinar, we will explore some of the evidence for High-Impact Practices and learn about innovative efforts to track student participation at California State University, Northridge and the University of South Carolina. Click here to register.

Meetings and Institutes: Applications Due

Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success: Applications Due March 8

June 24–27, 2017, Boston University

Recognizing that equity must be intrinsic to quality, the 2017 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help campus- and system-based teams devise equitable, integrative, and learning-centered pathways that deeply connect with the assets that students bring to college. Teams will work with institute faculty to define and develop approaches to learning that are highly engaging to students and that result in more equitable outcomes. Applications must be submitted by March 8.

Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work: Applications Due March 15

July 11–14, 2017, Loyola University Chicago

The 2017 Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work is intended for college and university teams interested in developing faculty and staff leadership to advance programs and curricula that build students’ capacity to integrate learning across general education; majors; cocurricular activities; and prior professional, academic, and life experiences. Today, college graduates must be able to apply knowledge and skills in real-world contexts as they collaborate with diverse groups to develop solutions to complex and urgent problems encountered in globalized workplaces and civic life. Applications must be submitted by March 15.

Meetings and Institutes: Calls for Proposals

Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: Proposals Due March 6

A Network for Academic Renewal Conference 
October 12–14, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana 

AAC&U is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Conference on Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: Higher Education's Role in Addressing Global Crises. The need for meaningful global engagement and higher levels of social responsibility has never been greater. Well-structured global learning practices provide students with opportunities to deeply engage real-world issues—both on and off campus and across disciplines and majors—through classroom experiences, dialogues, and problem solving with community members, peers, and practitioners. Conference sessions will highlight how institutions explore the local and the global, designing experiences where students apply new learning in diverse contexts—including through nuanced deliberation about the complexity of the real-world issues of our time. Proposals are due March 6, 2017. For more information, visit the Call for Proposals, call 202.387.3760, or write to Karen Kalla at Kalla@aacu.org

Transforming STEM Higher Education: Proposals Due March 27

A Network for Academic Renewal Conference 
November 2–4, 2017, San Francisco, California 

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education: Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence. Today’s STEM graduates are required to master core content and apply it through broad portfolios demonstrating inquiry and analysis, and to effectively communicate the results thereof across disciplinary, language, educational, and societal boundaries. This year’s conference 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. Proposals that showcase evidence-based practices and that are poised for immediate adaptation in a wide range of institution types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions, are strongly encouraged. Proposals are due on March 27, 2017. For more information, visit the Call for Proposals, call 202.387.3760, or write to Karen Kalla at Kalla@aacu.org.

Meeting the LEAP Challenge

University of Wisconsin Colleges Align Degree Standards with LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes

In 2016, the University of Wisconsin Colleges—the primary associate’s degree granting arm of the University of Wisconsin (UW) system—reimagined their degree standards to better align with UW’s system-wide associate’s degree standards and shared learning goals. This alignment will make it easier for students enrolled in UW’s two-year colleges to transfer to baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions in the UW system. Based on AAC&U’s LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, the new standards were endorsed by the UW Colleges Faculty Senate in November 2016 and will take effect in Fall 2018. Also included in the UW Colleges’ revised degree standards is the requirement that all students engage in a high-impact practice within their first sixty credits.  

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Regional Network Meetings in Washington, DC Area; Southern California; Ohio; and Massachusetts

PKAL STEM Leadership Institute: Applications Due March 14

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

The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute—grounded in the theories of leadership studies, adult learning, and social psychology—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 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 effects of diverse cultures on institutional transformation. Applications must be submitted by March 14.

Project Kaleidoscope is pleased to announce that its STEM Leadership Institute will now offer extended access to career coaches from the fully-accredited Fielding Graduate University Evidence-Based Coaching Program. This newly added feature will provide participants with the individualized support and coaching they need to successfully navigate the inherent political, professional, and personal complexities of institutional change leadership. Coaching will be available to participants throughout the 2017–18 academic year. For this year only, we are able to offer this feature at no additional cost to participants. 

Project News

BTtoP Awards Thirty-One Campus Dialogue Grants for Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is excited to announce thirty-one Campus Dialogue Grants ranging from $3,500 to $15,000 awarded to colleges and universities across the country, chosen from over 230 meritorious proposals. The grants will provide support for one-year projects based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Including required matching funds, the dedicated amount for these projects totals over $450,000. While the designs of the proposed dialogues and the participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues, ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. 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. To learn more, visit the Awarded Campus Dialogues Grants page. 

BTtoP’s National Conference: The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being

May 24–26, 2017, Chicago, Illinois

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2017

$225 per individual; $175 per person in a team of 3 or more

Students (including graduate students) attend free but still need to register

The registration deadline for the Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) national conference, The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being, is April 6. Facilitated by L. Lee Knefelkamp, BTtoP senior scholar and professor emerita of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, the conference will bring together educators and administrators of all types to focus on the importance of well-being and “whole student” development in higher education. The event will open with a “KeyDuet”—a conversation between two experienced and thoughtful scholars featuring Leeva Chung, professor of communication studies at the University of San Diego, and Laura Rendón, professor emerita of higher education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Conference sessions and workshops will offer new theories, strategies, and evidence-based practices that reflect the integration of conference topics, embody ways to inclusively engage diverse audience members, and are adaptable to a diverse array of institutional types. Learn more on the conference web page.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Civic and/or Community Engagement Award Nominations and Call for Proposals

Imagining America is accepting calls for participation in their October 2017 National Conference. The submission deadline for proposals is March 20. AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) has announced calls for nominations for AASCU’s three civic engagement awards. Nominations are due March 31 for the Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, the Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, and the Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. Nominations are also being accepted until May 1 for the annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.

Free Curriculum Modules for Course on Interfaith Understanding and Leadership

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and Dominican University have designed an eight-lesson curriculum for exploring interfaith leadership. The curriculum modules for the Introduction to Interfaith Leadership course are available for free and designed for blended or online delivery.  The course is intended to impart to undergraduates skills and knowledge that “will be relevant to students interested in the liberal arts and humanities, as well as professions such as medicine, business, education, and technology that are experiencing rapid religious diversification.”

Imagining America, the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), and AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) 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 Directors and Officers for Board of Directors, Invites Nominations

At its recent Annual Meeting in San Francisco, AAC&U named six new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Elsa Núñez, president of Eastern Connecticut State University, became chair of the board, taking over for James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. Collins will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as past chair. The members also voted to appoint Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College, as vice chair of the board and Royce Engstrom, professor of chemistry at the University of Montana, as treasurer.

AAC&U invites nominations of individuals from member institutions to serve on our board of directors. To nominate an institutional president, provost, or other leader, please send a brief letter to Bethany Zecher Sutton, chief of staff and secretary to the board.

AAC&U Announces Appointment of C. Edward Watson as Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives

AAC&U announces the appointment of C. Edward Watson as associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives. Watson will join AAC&U from the University of Georgia (UGA), where he is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and fellow in the Institute for Higher Education. Watson will lead the association’s national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student learning. He also will guide AAC&U’s agenda, grounded in the LEAP initiative, to advance educational quality initiatives within institutions, state systems, and state-based consortia, and will serve as the leader for the LEAP States initiative. Eddie Watson will join AAC&U’s senior leadership team in July 2017. 

VALUE Report Shows It's Possible to Meaningfully Measure Learning for Outcomes that Matter in Work and Life

On Solid Ground shares the results from the first two years of data collection for the VALUE initiative, a nationwide project that uses VALUE rubrics to examine direct evidence of student learning and performance on key learning outcomes. It represents the first attempt to reveal the landscape of student performance on key learning outcomes—Critical Thinking, Written Communication, and Quantitative Literacy—that educators, employers, and policy makers agree are essential for student success in the workplace and in life.

AAC&U Announces Winner of 2017 Ness Book Award; 2018 Nominations Due May 1

AAC&U announces the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice, a collection of essays published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press. The Ness award is given to the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, and was formally presented to the editors, Harry Brighouse and Michael McPherson, on January 26, 2017, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. Harry Brighouse is professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michael McPherson is president of the Spencer Foundation.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Ness Book Award for books published between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. The principal theme of the book should contribute to the analysis and/or advancement of liberal education in any setting, and should focus on (1) liberal education as an evolving tradition; (2) the role and value of liberal education in a particular context; or (3) an issue or topic in secondary or postsecondary education discussed substantially in relation to liberal education. We invite you to nominate books that meet the criteria by sending a letter to the Frederic W. Ness Book Award Committee, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, or by emailing your nomination to Halim Rizk. Nominations must be received no later than May 1, 2017. Read more about the Ness Book Award for more information about submission criteria and past winners.

Call for Submissions for "The Academic Minute," Cosponsored by AAC&U

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. Producers of The Academic Minute are seeking submissions on several topics, including music; a period of life (e.g., youth, teenage, midlife, retirement); a perspective on a US city; and healthcare. If your research touches on these topics, please send your submission to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org

Resources from AAC&U's 2017 Annual Meeting Now Available

AAC&U has posted many PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the 2017 Annual Meeting, as well as links to additional information about projects, programs, and publications. Also available online are selected session recordings, video interviews, and the Annual Meeting's #AACU17 Twitter feed. Materials submitted from the pre-meeting symposium; pre-meeting workshops; and the eportfolio forum are also available. AAC&U thanks everyone who traveled to San Francisco to be part of the 2017 Annual Meeting. For those who could not attend, these materials will provide some of the information you might have missed.

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