AAC&U officers and staff
regularly travel throughout the country, and occasionally
the world, to speak and consult at AAC&U member schools
through seminars, institutes, and workshops as well as in
more informal gatherings. AAC&U staff also regularly speak
on the value of liberal education at various media and public
affairs events. These meetings are an opportunity for the
membership to influence the direction of AAC&U's initiatives.
We look forward to seeing you the next time we are on your
members from two AAC&U offices participated in the American
Council on Education's conference "Educating All of One
Nation" last month.
McTighe Musil, vice president for Diversity, Equity, and
Global Initiatives (DEGI), and Michelle Asha Cooper,
also of AAC&U's DEGI office, along with representatives
from Radford University, moderated a session titled "From
Student Learning to Institutional Transformation." The
session highlighed new models from AAC&U's work with hundreds
of colleges and universities over the past seven years for
diversifying undergraduate curriculum. It also included a
discussion of national trends identified in AAC&U's research
on the relationship of diversity to student learning and efforts
to incorporate experiential and service learning components
into diversity courses and developments in teaching.
At the same ACE conference, Alma
R. Clayton-Pedersen, vice president of AAC&U's Office
of Education and Institutional Renewal, was a respondent on
a plenary session titled "Higher Education: Erasing the
Digital Divide." She also conducted a session titled
"Using Technology to Address Racial Intolerance and Promote
Diversity on Campus," which featured a multimedia problem-solving
tool for improving the ability of students, faculty, and staff
to deal with acts of intolerance on their campuses. The Diversity
Opportunity Tool (DOT) allows users to view a brief video
that depicts a typical incident of intolerance. Users then
select from a number of possible responses, triggering the
computer to play a vignette of likely outcomes.
DEGI staff members Daniel Teraguchi,
Maria Figueroa, and Amanda Lepof also traveled
to Cincinnati, Ohio, to participate.
Schneider, AAC&U president, will deliver the keynote
address, "General Education and American Creativity,"
at the University System of Maryland's 2001 General Education
and Chairperson's Conference. Dr. Schneider will also serve
on a panel discussion on general education at the conference,
titled "Transformation and Transition: New Directions
in Higher Education," to be held November 5th and 6th
in College Park, Maryland.
President Schneider delivered the address at Millikin
University's fall convocation in Decatur, Illinois, at the
end of October. She spent the following day consulting with
faculty, department chairs, and deans about the Millikin Program
of Student Learning.
Earlier in October, Schneider
traveled to New York to participate in the first steering
committee meeting for the National History Project, which
is being launched by the National Council on Education and
the Disciplines. This project will work to develop a commitment
among high school and college faculty to participate in a
professional community united around commonly shared intellectual
and educational issues similar to the National Writing Project.
The National Council on Education and the Disciplines is directed
by Dr. Robert Orill at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Dr.
Schneider's participation in the council's new project
reflects cooperation between AAC&U's Greater Expectations
Initiative and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's work on learning
in the disciplines, which focuses on strengthening the quality
and continuity of learning in the later years of high school
and the early years of college.
vice president for Communications and Public Affairs, spoke
on "The Impact of Diversity on Student Learning: Progress
Made and Paths to Follow" to faculty and campus leaders
at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell on October 30,
2001. Humphreys was also a guest on the PBS's This
is America and participated on a segment entitled "Education
in America." The episode, which airs November 10 and
11 on WHUT/PBS and November 14 and 16 on the Renaissance Network,
was devoted to issues such as the role of the federal government
in education, the importance of continuity from kindergarten
through college, and testing.
As part of AAC&U's continuing
involvement in the Tri-National Seminars sponsored by the
Ford Foundation, Daniel Teraguchi, program and research
associate in the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Global
Initiatives, will attend Tufts University's 10th Annual Meeting
for Japanese Literary Studies: Japan from Somewhere Else.
This conference, scheduled for November 9-11, will explore
the global connection between Japanese Literature and Japanese-American