Board & Staff Chart New Strategic Direction
Building on priorities set during
the strategic planning process completed in 1997, and reflecting
the findings from AAC&U's recent Member Survey, AAC&U's
board and staff recently framed new directions for the Association's
work over the next five years. This strategic plan, scheduled
to be announced in its final form later this year, will emphasize
three broad areas of work:
To articulate and advance the
aims and purposes of a twenty-first century liberal education;
To promote a vision of educational
excellence that foregrounds diversity, civic
engagement, and global knowledge;
To foster principled collaborative
leadership for engaged, inclusive, and powerful learning
A central feature of this strategic
plan is the vision of a twenty-first century liberal education,
emerging from the work of AAC&U's initiative Greater
Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to
College and its analysis of pace-setting educational programs
and innovations throughout the academy.
Strategies for advancing the strategic
plan are still under development. Please forward your suggestions
on this subject to Bethany Zecher Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for Proposals for AAC&U Annual Meeting Available
Online June 1st
AAC&U is seeking proposals for
its 2003 Annual Meeting, "The Courage to Question: Liberal
Education in the 21st Century," to be held January 22-25
in Seattle, Washington. The conference will address current
challenges that require a radical rethinking of what we expect
from college education. The deadline for the Call for Proposals
is Friday, July 19, 2002.
Questions to be discussed at the
What do students need to make
informed judgements, embrace grounded commitments, and
take action in a diverse, contested, and fast-changing
What social, economic, political,
and cultural forces shaped liberal education in the last
century? How might liberal education be reshaped for our
changing expectations in the 21st century?
How can we make liberal education
practical--and practical education liberal?
While liberal education promises
no sure answers, it does provide the tools and the courage
to ask difficult questions of ourselves and the world--who
we are, how we are shaped by our histories, and how we imagine
the future. We hope you will join us as we explore the role
of liberal education in the lives of our students, in the
character of our institutions, and in our hopes for the future.
For complete information about
how to submit a proposal, descriptions of conference tracks,
types of sessions, and more information about the program,
check AAC&U's Web at
www.aacu.org/meetings/annualfuture.cfm site June 1.
Symposium Focuses on "Common Safety as Common Health"
AAC&U's 2002 Sumner Symposium
of the Program for Health and Higher Education, held April
25 in Washington, DC, brought together faculty and student
educational leaders from across the country to examine how
student power can be "liberated to accomplish goals and
aspirations for campus and community health." Co-sponsored
by the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), the symposium's
discussion focused on the ways in which research advocacy,
and programming might support the liberating of student power.
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) hosted a reception on Capitol
Hill the night before the Symposium.
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S.
Secretary of Health and Human Services and recently appointed
co-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS,
extended his support and charged the group with "figuring
out" how the agency of students can be nurtured and supported
in the effort to improve common health. Student leaders from
across the country shared and reflected on the importance
of their experiences in promoting public health. "Their
freshness of vision and dedication to improving campus and
community life enriched the symposium discussions," said
Dr. Bridget Puzon, director of AAC&U's editorial services
and editor of Liberal Education.
For more information about
the Sumner Symposium see www.aacu.org/phhe/index.cfm.
Issue of Peer Review to be Released this Month
"Value Added Assessment
of Liberal Education" is addressed in a special issue of
to be released in the next few weeks. Watch your mail for
this issue that enters the assessment debate by presenting the
RAND Corporation/Council for Aid to Education's Value Added
Assessment Initiative (VAAI), a long-term project to assess
the quality of undergraduate liberal education in America at
the institutional level. The VAAI seeks to initiate and advance
a national conversation about the nature, purpose, and value
of directly measuring student learning as a possible new metric
for program improvement, incentive, and reward systems in higher
education, and public policy affecting higher education generally.
Peer Review begins this conversation by offering both a
thorough presentation of the VAAI and several initial responses
Single-issue copies and subscriptions
to Peer Review
are available by calling AAC&U at 800/297-3775 or
202/387-3760, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Holyoke College Hosts "In Search of Wisdom"
Teams from more than two dozen liberal
arts institutions, most of which are AAC&U members, participated
in "In Search of Wisdom: Liberal Education in a Changing
Time." Hosted by Mount Holyoke College April 4-6, the
conference explored topics such as civic engagement and responsibility
in a divided and endangered world, interfaith dialogue and
work, and collaborative leadership from student and academic
affairs. Carol Schneider, AAC&U president, and Edgar Beckham,
AAC&U Senior Fellow, attended the conference where team
participants were "challenged to look at liberal education
from a non-western perspective."
Analysis and examples emerging from
the conference will be featured at AAC&U's 89th Annual
Meeting in January 2003 in Seattle, Washington and in upcoming
For more information about the conference
and its outcomes contact Beverly Tatum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Asheville Institute Participants Announced
Twenty-two campus teams will participate
in this year's Asheville Institute on General Education. Now
in its twelfth year, this collaboration between AAC&U
and the University of North Carolina at Asheville provides
reflective work time for teams of faculty and senior academic
administrators that are reviewing their general education
programs in order to strengthen undergraduate learning. Participants
in this year's institute, scheduled for June 1-5, include:
and Technical College System
||Mary Baldwin College
of Virginia's College at Wise
|Dallas County Community
||West Virginia Wesleyan
Over the past decade, the Asheville
Institute has served as a principal resource for nearly two
hundred fifty colleges and universities involved in curricular
For more information about
the Asheville Institute, see www.aacu.org/meetings/asheville.cfm.
For information about future institutes, contact Ross Miller,
Director of Programs for Education and Quality Initiatives,
Web Site Launched for Women in Education
AAC&U's Program on the Status
and Education of Women is playing a key role in the creation
of "Campus Women Lead," a new web site for the National
Initiative for Women in Higher Education. Seeking to complete
the unfinished business of gender equity and to bring transformative
leadership to the academy, the National Initiative is committed
to improving campus climates and the status of women in higher
Using technology as a resource and organizing tool, and managed
by AAC&U program assistant, Amanda Lepof, the Initiative's
new web site features resources in five broad categories:
Women's Networks, Work/Life, Leadership, Teaching/Learning/Research,
and Campus/Community Connections.
Caryn McTighe Musil, Vice President
for AAC&U's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives,
serves as one of three co-chairs to this National Initiative.
Rusty Barcélo, University of Washington, and Yolanda
Moses, American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), also
serve as co-chairs.
AAC&U members are invited to
contribute to this web site by sharing practices and by using
it as a resource to advance gender equity. To be part of the
network, log on to
New Look for AAC&U Web Site
AAC&U recently unveiled a new
look for its Web site. The newly designed site includes more
user-friendly access to AAC&U resources in all areas of
AAC&U work. The new design also features pictures from
member campuses. If you would like your campus represented
with a picture on the AAC&U site, please contact AAC&U
Web editor, Noreen O'Connor atO'Connor@aacu.org. To view the new site see http://www.aacu.org.
Diversifying the Faculty:
A Guidebook for Search Committees
A crucial resource for successfully
recruiting and retaining faculty of color. Takes a holistic
approach to increasing faculty diversity and offers practical
suggestions for before, during, and after the search.
by Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
For ordering information,
call 1/800-297-3775 or see
Diversity & Learning:
Education for a World Lived In Common,
AAC&U's fourth biennial Diversity and Learning conference,
will explore the challenge of educating students for a world
lived in common, despite the division, inequities, and differences
that often seem to dominate. Planned for St. Louis, MO, October
24-27, 2002, this conference will address how campuses can
provide spaces--both literal and intellectual--that foster
new knowledge and new capacities for informed, sustained engagement
between individuals, groups, local communities, and global
Also scheduled for Fall 2002,
Faculty Work and
Student Learning: Meeting New Challenges of a World in Transition,
another AAC&U Network for
Academic Renewal meeting. This conference, co-sponsored by
the Associated New American Colleges, will be held at Butler
University in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 7 -9, 2002.
to Question: Liberal Education in the 21st Century",
AAC&U's 89th Annual Meeting
will be held January 22-25, 2003, in Seattle, Washington.
A pre-conference symposium, "Shared
Futures: Diversity, Inequality, and the Challenge of Global
For more information on meetings,