November, 2001



Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy

Applications are requested to participate in Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy. Ten institutions will be selected to build on previous curricular reform efforts by developing new and effective ways to integrate complex examinations of global issues and civic engagement into the major. Participating institutions will select campus teams to attend a four-day faculty institutescheduled for May, 2002; participate in an online faculty development seminar; and attend a forum on global citizenship as well as an open conference on global exchanges. This project will engage participating colleges and universities to develop societal, civic, and global knowledge in their graduates by linking liberal education and democracy in the context of our interdependent but unequal world.

Liberal Education and Global Citizenship is part of AAC&U's national initiative, Shared Futures: Learning for a World Lived in Common, which is supported by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education.

FIPSE has provided $609,497 to support this project. Sixty-two percent of the total cost of the project will be finance with federal funds and thirty-eight percent, or $375, 835, will be financed by AAC&U. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2002. For information and a copy of the call for proposals, see

2002 Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Summer Institute

Applications are requested for the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, an intensive, residential program for campus teams of four to five faculty members and administrators from colleges and universities. Part of a comprehensive, national dissemination project to improve undergraduate science education and foster civic engagement, the SENCER Summer Institute 2002 will be held August 2-6 at Santa Clara University in California. Participants will engage in a series of on-going collaborations designed to scale up and sustain undergraduate science education reform. Applications are due February 15, 2002. SENCER is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Carnegie Approves Additional Funds to Support Greater Expectations Initiative

The Carnegie Corporation of New York recently approved a $727,000 grant to support the next phase of AAC&U's Greater Expectations initiative. This new grant will continue support for the activities of the Center for 21st Century Liberal Arts Education, created with a $1 million grant awarded by Carnegie in 2000. Activities to be supported by the current grant include a summer institute on Campus Leadership for Sustainable Innovation and a Forum on 21st Century Liberal Arts Education Practice. The Greater Expectations initiative also plans to release a national report on aims and purposes for a 21st century undergraduate education sometime next year.

AAC&U launched the Center for 21st Century Liberal Arts Education last year with the formation of a Consortium on Quality Education that includes 20 leadership institutions. Each of these institutions demonstrated a strong commitment to providing a liberal education relevant for the contemporary world and has developed innovative programs and systemic approaches to improving learning for all students.

The Greater Expectations initiative is also supported with grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. For additional information about Greater Expectations, see

First Network Meeting Focuses on Technology, Learning and Intellectual Development

Participants in AAC&U's first meeting of the Network for Academic Renewal, Technology, Learning and Intellectual Development, explored the question: What impact is technology having on students' actual learning outcomes and their intellectual development in college. Sessions at the meeting, held in Baltimore from November 1-3, covered such topics as the assessment of student learning through electronic portfolios, research on technology and issues of student attention and concentration, academic dishonesty and technology, creating lab experiences online, and building communities online. Speakers included Peggy O'Brien, Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom; Jack Wilson, CEO, UmassOnline, and Judith Ramaley, Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation. To see the conference program and information about speakers, see

AAC&U andPartners Commit Over $10 Million to Support Campus-Based Initiatives

AAC&U and its partner institutions raised more than $10 million in a little over a year to support campus-based initiatives designed to advance new directions in educational excellence, inclusion, and responsiveness to a changing society. Since September, 2000, organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The James Irvine Foundation have partnered with AAC&U to commit money to cover a broad array of issues and to involve hundreds of colleges and universities in such recently funded initiatives as:

  • Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)
    ($2.02 million in 2000-2002 with anticipated continued funding of $1,000,000 per year for the next three years from the National Science Foundation)
  • Program for Health and Higher Education (PHHE)
    ($1.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College
    ($727,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support phase 2 activities)
  • Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy
    ($609,497 from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education)
  • Greater Expectations for Student Transfer
    ($600,000 from Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
  • The James Irvine Foundation Campus Diversity Initiatives Evaluation
    ($2,004,032 from The James Irvine Foundation; $438,585 as a sub-contract to AAC&U through Claremont Graduate Universities)
  • Diversity Works
    ($150,000 from The Ford Foundation)
  • Liberal Learning and the Challenge of Uncommon Values—A Symposium
    ($27,500 from The John Templeton Foundation)

These projects are part of AAC&U's core programs and initiatives. For more information about these initiatives, and to see a list of completed initiatives, visit

College-Level Learning in High School: Policies, Practices, and Practical Implications
examines college-level learning in high school and related issues such as high school curriculum and standards, college access and equity, faculty jobs and curricular authority, and relations between two-year and four-year colleges.
Edited by D. Bruce Johnstone and Beth Del Genio

Gender, Science, and the Undergraduate Curriculum: Building Two-Way Streets
emerges from the work of ten institutions involved in AAC&U's curriculum and faculty development project, Women and Scientific Literacy: Building Two-Way Streets. Edited by Caryn McTighe Musil.

For ordering information, see

November 30 is Deadline for Annual Meeting Early Registration

Registration is now underway for AAC&U's 2002 Annual Meeting, "Changing Students in a Changing World: Culturally Diverse, Economically Divided, Globally Interdependent," to be held in Washington, DC, January 23-26. We encourage you to register this month to take advantage of the early registration date—November 30. (Because of delays with the mail, we extended the early date from November 21.)