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Submit Proposals for 2011 AAC&U Annual Meeting  on Global Positioning

AAC&U invites proposals to present at our 2011 Annual Meeting, Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees, which will be held in San Francisco January 26-29, 2011. The 2011 Annual Meeting will showcase examples from institutions that are staking claim to new global positions and creating opportunities for students to find their own global identities by focusing with renewed intensity on aims, learning outcomes and assessments, curriculum designs, and progressively more challenging learning to develop students’ global capabilities. Proposals can be submitted online through July 19, 2010. Please see the online call for proposals for complete information.

Register for Fall Network Meetings on Diversity, Learning, and Inclusive Excellence; Undergraduate Research

Register now for the fall 2010 Network for Academic Renewal conferences: Facing the Divides: Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence, October 21-23, 2010, in Houston, Texas; and Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines, November 11-13, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina. The diversity and learning conference will focus on the pragmatic ways in which college and university leaders are fostering inclusive learning environments. Register for the diversity and learning conference by September 27 for the best meeting rates. The undergraduate research conference will showcase promising models of undergraduate research, as well as help participants address issues related to the sustainability and evolution of this veteran practice. Register by October 18 for the best rates.

Proposals due June 30 for General Education Meeting

Submit proposals by June 30 for conference sessions at AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal meeting, General Education and Assessment 3.0: Next-Level Practices Now. The meeting will be held March 3-5, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, and will focus on innovative and purposeful approaches to designing and financing general education and assessment programs. More information and the Call for Proposals is available online.

Proposals due August 31 for Engaged STEM Learning Meeting

Submit proposals by August 31 for conference sessions at AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal meeting, Engaged STEM Learning: From Promising to Pervasive Practices. The meeting, planned in partnership with Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), will be held March 24-26, 2011, in Miami, Florida, and will focus on helping campuses adapt, scale up, and sustain effective practices in STEM teaching and learning. More information and the Call for Proposals is available online.

Campuses and State Systems from Seventy Institutions, Twenty-Nine States, and Three Countries Attend AAC&U 2010 Summer Institutes

AAC&U recently announced the colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its 2010 summer institutes. Teams of five or more are attending one of three summer institutes: the Institute on General Education at the University of Vermont (June 4-9, 2010); the Greater Expectations Institute on Campus Leadership for Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Achievement at Vanderbilt University (June 15-19, 2010); and the Engaging Departments Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (July 7-11, 2010). All AAC&U institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus. For a complete list of participating campuses for each institute, see the press release.

AAC&U to Cosponsor E-Portfolio Meeting in Boston—Terrel Rhodes Featured as Plenary Speaker

AAC&U is a cosponsor of the first major international conference on e-portfolios, sponsored by a new organization, the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), and scheduled for July 19-22, 2010, in Boston. AAC&U Vice President and Director of the VALUE Initiative Terrel Rhodes will speak at this unprecedented gathering of world e-portfolio leaders, which will feature more than one hundred concurrent sessions. AAEEBL is sharing an exhibit hall with the Campus Technology 2010 conference at the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center. Visit the conference page online for more information and to register.




LEAP’s National Leadership Council Members Speak Out on Importance of Both Humanities and STEM Learning

Several members of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) National Leadership Council have drawn attention to the need to focus—or refocus—national attention on the importance of both the humanities and STEM fields in advancing democracy and society, and in preparing college students for the challenges of our global century. Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, recently released a new book on the topic, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (see Stanley Fish’s commentary). See also Research Corporation President James Gentile’s commentary on the importance of supporting both science research and education, “Let’s Encourage Research Daring Enough to Fail,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Institute for Higher Education Policy President Michelle Cooper’s column, “The Scientific Imperative of Achieving Diversity,” on Forbes.com. And listen to University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski on C-Span, speaking on a panel about the U.S. higher education system at the National Press Club.


University of Wisconsin System Announces Annual LEAP Student Essay Winners

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the fifth annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition. As part of the UW System’s involvement with AAC&U’s LEAP initiative, the competition was established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited to discuss the transformative nature of their educations by focusing on an experience that changed how they viewed themselves and the world. This year’s winners are Colleen Jurkiewicz of UW-Milwaukee, for “Liberal Education: A Metamorphosis of the Soul”; Adria Kaurman of UW-Marinette, for “With Which to Paint Our World”; and Evan Mast of UW-Madison, for “The Importance of Cartography.” Wisconsin was the first official LEAP partner state. Learn more about Wisconsin LEAP activities.

Project Kaleidoscope

Project Kaleidoscope Launches New Blog

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is launching a new blog featuring regular postings from PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod and other PKAL and STEM education practitioners, who will share their perspectives on issues related to transforming STEM higher education, new advancements in STEM undergraduate education—and the latest news from PKAL. Join the national dialogue about creating, scaling up, and sustaining more engaging, learner-centered STEM learning environments for all students at all types of institutions. The blog is titled Through the Kaleidoscope. Learn more about PKAL online.

PKAL Names New Advisory Board

Project Kaleidoscope has announced the members of a new advisory board created to assist the PKAL Director and AAC&U in establishing and executing a successful strategic plan that builds on PKAL's strengths and experience as well as its new alliance with AAC&U.  The advisory board  will assist in helping PKAL advance its vision of a future in which individual colleges and universities are committed to ensuring that all American undergraduates have access to robust learning experiences in STEM fields.   The new PKAL advisory board is chaired by Elizabeth F. McCormack, dean of graduate studies and professor of physics at Bryn Mawr College.  See names of other members and their biographical sketches.


Project Highlights

AAC&U Receives Grant from Henry Luce Foundation to Support General Education for a Global Century

AAC&U recently announced that it has received a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a new project called General Education for a Global Century. This project is part of AAC&U’s ongoing Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility initiative and will involve curriculum and faculty development that builds upon innovative efforts to reframe general education courses and programs. Participants will create coherent curricular designs that address complex global issues across divisions and disciplines. Teams from thirty colleges and universities (to be selected through a nationwide, competitive application process) will lead a high-profile, national effort to articulate essential global learning outcomes; develop and share models of global general education curricula; provide faculty development related to teaching interdisciplinary, integrative courses that focus on real-world global issues; and develop rubrics to assess global learning outcomes. More details about the project, including a call for participation, are available online. Also see the press release about the grant.


Other AAC&U News

AAC&U President Issues Statement on Three-Year Degree Proposals:  They are Not Silver Bullets and Will Shortchange Students

In a recently released statement, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider explains why proposals to make three-year BA degrees “the norm” ignore the reality of students’ achievement shortfalls and will shortchange students and further erode their essential learning. She notes that “we can tighten the curriculum…and provide better support systems to help students achieve a high quality education. But we shouldn’t…just shave off an entire year’s worth of expected learning, either at the college level, or at the high school level.” She cites AAC&U’s own research indicating that “employers are asking for more, not less” of college graduates. See the press release and full statement.

Susan Albertine Appointed Vice President of the Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success

AAC&U recently announced the appointment of Susan Albertine as vice president of the Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success, a position she will assume on July 1, 2010. Albertine will assume this position after serving for more than two years as senior director for LEAP State Initiatives in AAC&U’s Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment. In her new role, Albertine will continue to serve as director of LEAP States Initiatives and as director of Give Students a Compass. For additional information, see the news release.

Alma Clayton-Pedersen Appointed as Senior Scholar

AAC&U recently announced the appointment of Alma Clayton-Pedersen as a senior scholar.  She will assume this new position on July 1, 2010, when she retires as AAC&U’s Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal, a position she has held since 2001. In addition to her new role as senior scholar in AAC&U’s Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success, Clayton-Pedersen will begin work in a private consulting practice advising nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, corporate and family foundations, and government. Clayton-Pedersen’s new consulting activities will be conducted as part of her involvement with Emeritus Consulting Group, LLC, a firm founded by her daughter, Sonja Clayton-Pedersen. For additional information, see the news release.


ACAD Dean Resource Handbook Summer Sale

The American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) announces The Resource Handbook for Academic Deans is now on sale. The reduced price for this excellent resource is $20 per copy—regardless of ACAD membership. Chapters include information on becoming a dean and personnel issues as well as budget and finance—a wide array of information on issues affecting academic administrators in the field whether you are new to “deaning” or have been at it for a while. Please visit the newly upgraded ACAD Web site at www.acad-edu.org for easy online ordering.


VALUE Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning  

Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning
By Helen L. Chen and Tracy Penny Light

Peer Review Winter 2010  
Peer Review
Engaging Departments: Assessing Student Learning
Liberal Education Winter 2010 Cover  
Liberal Education
The Humanities

Summer Institutes

Greater Expectations Institute
June 15-19, 2010
Nashville, Tennessee

Engaging Departments Institute
July 7-11, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Network Meetings

Facing the Divides: Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence
October 21-23, 2010
Houston, Texas

Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines
November 11-13, 2010
Durham, North Carolina

For more information on meetings, visit www.aacu.org/meetings/index.cfm