AAC&U News: January/February 2015

On the Road with AAC&U, January/February 2015

On February 5, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, will travel to Decorah, IA, to deliver an address at Luther College’s spring semester opening convocation, where she also will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Susan Albertine, vice president for diversity, equity and student success, was an invited partner at Achieve’s Annual Meeting for State Leaders and National Partners, December 11–12, in Arlington, VA.

On December 1, 2014, AAC&U Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement Debra Humphreys spoke on a plenary panel, “The Four-Year Myth: Interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education,” at the Fifth Annual Complete College America Alliance of States meeting in Miami Beach, FL.  In January 2015, Humphreys presented along with AAC&U Vice President Terrel Rhodes a session on “Quality Assurance Aligned to a Global Economy: What Employers Say and What Educators Can and Should Do” at the CHEA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  Humphreys will meet with the Kenyon College Board of Trustees meeting in New York City on February 5 to give a presentation, “Looking Towards 2020: Challenges and Opportunities for Liberal Arts Education.”  She will represent AAC&U on February 9 at the kick-off meeting of the Competency-Based Education Landscape project hosted by Public Agenda in Anaheim, Callfornia.  Humphreys will also represent AAC&U at the Lumina Foundation convening on Outcomes-Based Funding in Atlanta, GA, on February 23-24.

Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment Terrel Rhodes traveled to New York City on December 11 to attend the Guttman Community College Advisory & Research Council meeting. There, he helped review data on key topics within the school including new programs of study, assessment, and the next generation of e-portfolios. Rhodes was in Tempe, AZ, January 5-7 to present at the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) conference. During his breakout session, titled “Curiosity, Connections and Creating Value,” he led attendees through the development and use of the VALUE rubrics, and how those skills connect to the KEEN student outcomes.

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, traveled to Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town, South Africa to present at the Talloires Network Leaders Conference titled “Live Engagement, Transform Lives,” December 1–4, 2014.  AAC&U was a sponsoring partner for the conference. On December 11, 2014 Musil led the first of a four-series webinar, “What Graduate School Never Taught Us—And What Today’s Students Face on Graduation,” as part of a Cleveland State University initiative on Engaged Learning Internship Network in cooperation with Baldwin Wallace.  On January 16, she was a panelist in a webinar sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core about their new campus survey designed to engage campuses to participate in their initiative, Advancing Interfaith Cooperation in Higher Education.

AAC&U Senior Director for Student Success Tia Brown McNair traveled to Atlanta, GA, on January 7, 2015 to present on "High-Impact Educational Practices for Student Success and Retention” at Clark Atlanta University’s Faculty and Staff Opening Institute. On January 13, McNair facilitated a faculty workshop on “Developing Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Projects” at Hostos Community College in Bronx, New York; McNair will return to Hostos Community College on February 6 to lead a student workshop on the same subject. On February 12, McNair will travel to California State University–Sacramento to present at the Culminating Conference of Give Students a Compass: New Paradigms and Pathways in General Education. Her presentation is titled "Flipping the Script: Equity, Success, and Student Agency."

On January 20, Kelly Mack, executive director of project kaleidoscope and AAC&U vice president of undergraduate science education, attended an NSF ADVANCE Program Advisory Board meeting at Howard University in Washington, DC.

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