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New Speakers and Session Topics for AAC&U’s 2011 Annual Meeting

AAC&U’s 2011 Annual Meeting will feature more than 400 speakers and 150 sessions representing the work of more than two hundred colleges and universities. The meeting—“Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees”—will be held January 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. Catharine Stimpson, university professor at New York University, will speak at the Women’s Networking Breakfast, kicking off the Fortieth Anniversary celebration for AAC&U’s Program on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW). A series of sessions sponsored by the Lumina Foundation on Education will address the foundation’s proposed degree qualification profile, the Bologna  Process, and tuning.   A preliminary conference program of all sessions is now available. We encourage you to register (online or by mail) by November 23—and as part of a Campus Team—to take advantage of the best rates. More information about the meeting is available here.

Special Saturday Event at Annual Meeting: The E-Portfolio Forum

AAC&U’s 2011 E-Portfolio Forum will be held all day on Saturday, January 29 and will offer a highly interactive set of sessions, including presentations from Melissa Peet (University of Michigan), Gail Ring (Clemson University), J. Elizabeth Clark (CUNY LaGuardia Community College), and Gary Brown (Washington State University). The program has been specifically designed to address today’s most challenging e-portfolio issues and provide new solutions for old problems. Sessions on Saturday morning are open to all registrants of the Annual Meeting at no additional fee. For those attending the full E-Portfolio Forum, including the luncheon address and afternoon sessions, participation requires an additional fee. The forum is also open as a one-day event for those not attending AAC&U’s Annual Meeting. More information is available online.

Registration Still Open for Undergraduate Research Conference

Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines,” November 11-13, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina, will showcase promising models of undergraduate research. The conference will also help participants address issues related to the sustainability and evolution of this veteran practice—including aligning undergraduate research with broader student learning goals; integrating research preparation and practice into departmental curricula, courses, and capstone requirements; and assessing students’ undergraduate research to see if they have achieved essential learning outcomes. Registration is now available online, and onsite registration will be available for those local to the Durham area.

Plan to Attend General Education 3.0 Meeting in March 2011

“General Education and Assessment 3.0: Next-Level Practices Now,” March 3-5, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, will help colleges and universities develop the kind of innovative, “big-picture” thinking, creative problem-solving skills, and personal and social responsibility that excellent general education programs foster. This Network for Academic Renewal conference will help campus leaders focus on innovative and purposeful approaches to designing and investing in quality general education and assessment. Registration is now available.

Nominations, Applications Invited for 2011 Wye Faculty and Deans' Seminars

AAC&U and the Aspen Institute invite nominations and applications for two Wye Seminars on "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity" to be held in summer 2011.The Wye Deans’ Seminar, to be held June 12-16, is offered to college and university chief academic officers and will focus on what our students need to know, and what we need to teach, in a diverse, challenging, global world. The Wye Faculty Seminar, to be held July 16-22, 2011, will assist professors of every discipline and from a wide range of colleges and universities in relating their teaching to broad issues of citizenship and civil society. The Wye Seminars combine vigorous intellectual exchange with time to read, reflect, exercise, and socialize on the beautiful Aspen Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland. More information and application materials are available from the Aspen Institute online or by calling 410-820-5374.


LEAP Campus Action Network Members Honored with General Education Award

Carleton College and Champlain College, both members of AAC&U's LEAP Campus Action Network, are winners of the 2010 AGLS Awards for Improving General Education. Wright State University was also honored. The awards are given annually by the Association for General and Liberal Studies to recognize creative program accomplishments by general education faculty and administrators committed to ongoing improvement in the areas of general and liberal education. Carleton College was honored for its interdisciplinary writing and quantitative literacy assessment program. Champlain College’s winning submission is an information literacy assessment program built on a collaborative relationship between faculty and librarians that features embedded student assessments across the curriculum.  More information about the award, winning applications, and AGLS can be found at the AGLS website.

PKAL News & Meetings

Resources on Interdisciplinary STEM Learning Now Available from National Colloquium

The Keck/Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) National Colloquium on Leadership in Interdisciplinary STEM Learning was held October 15-16, 2010, in Washington, DC, as a culminating event for a three-year W.M. Keck Foundation-funded PKAL project. Key institutional change processes required for successful planning, implementation, evaluation, and longevity of interdisciplinary programs were discussed. Meeting materials are now posted online. A final report from the project will be available in spring 2011 on the PKAL website.

Project Highlights

AAC&U Announces Thirty-Two Colleges and Universities Chosen to Participate in General Education for a Global Century

AAC&U announced on October 22 the thirty-two colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in the Shared Futures curriculum and faculty development project, General Education for a Global Century. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, this project will create and disseminate coherent general education curricular designs that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines. See the press release and project page for more information.

AAC&U to Help Develop National Action Plan for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

AAC&U announced on October 20 that it has been named as a subject expert to work with the Global Perspective Institute (GPI) on an initiative sponsored by the US Department of Education. With a subcontract from GPI, AAC&U will help develop—through national dialogues and a guiding coordinating committee—a set of recommendations for a national action plan to increase the visibility and impact of higher education’s efforts to advance students’ civic learning and democratic engagement. See the news release, other civic engagement resources, and information about the project.

Program on the Status and Education of Women Celebrates Forty Years

The year 2011 will mark the fortieth anniversary of AAC&U’s Program on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW), the oldest office of women in a higher education association. To honor four decades of leadership, as well as to advocate the dismantling of remaining barriers by 2051, PSEW will kick off a yearlong celebration called Beyond Limits at AAC&U’s 2011 Annual Meeting on January 26-29 in San Francisco, California. Join us at the meeting for special events including an address by Catharine R. Stimpson, university professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, and a panel titled “Getting to a World Without Limits for Women and Girls: 2011-2051,” featuring Mary Ann Mason of the Center on Health, Economics, and Family Security at the University of California–Berkeley, Yolanda Moses of the Office of the Vice Provosts at the University of California–Riverside, and Christine Min Wotipka of the School of Education at Stanford University.

Other AAC&U News

New Book Inspired by AAC&U's Institute on General Education Now Available

AAC&U is pleased to announce a new book from Atwood Publishing based on the work of AAC&U’s Institute on General Education. The book, A Process Approach to General Education Reform: Transforming Institutional Culture in Higher Education, is edited by Susan Gano-Phillips and Robert W. Barnett. The editors and contributors—all alumni of AAC&U’s institute—use case studies to show the profound impact of the process approach in transforming institutional culture and as a catalyst for change. More information about the book, including an excerpt, can be found online.  A 20 percent discount is available for AAC&U members. Please put the code AAC&U10 in the “Comments” section when you check out.  More information about AAC&U’s 2011 Institute on General Education, which will be held June 4-8, 2011, at San Jose State University, is now available.

Join AAC&U Member Associates Program

If your institution is a member of AAC&U, you are eligible to become an AAC&U Associate. Associates Program dues are just $60 per calendar year. Associates receive all the benefits enjoyed by their AAC&U Campus Representatives, including subscriptions to all AAC&U’s print and online periodicals (Liberal Education, Peer Review, Diversity & Democracy, On Campus with Women, and AAC&U News), notice of calls for proposals for institutes and meetings, and invitations to apply for grant-funded projects and to participate in special AAC&U events. Associates now receive an additional 20 percent discount on the purchase of one to ten copies of a single publication purchased via AAC&U’s online shopping cart. Learn more about this discount online. Now is a great time to join, since your benefits start immediately and will continue through December 31, 2011. For more information, please contact Renee Gamache, membership coordinator, at (202) 884-0809 or

ACAD Handbook Still Available at Discounted Price

The American Conference of Academic Deans’ (ACAD) best-selling Resource Handbook for Academic Deans is still on sale. The reduced price for this excellent resource is $20 per copy—regardless of ACAD membership.Chapters include information on becoming a dean, personnel issues, and budget and finance—a wide array of information on issues affecting academic administrators in the field, for both those who are new to “deaning” and those who have been at it for a while. Please visit the newly upgraded ACAD website at for easy online ordering or to download forms for larger purchases.


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Annual Meeting

Global Positioning
Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees

January 26-29, 2011
San Francisco, California

Network for Academic Renewal Conferences:

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

General Education and Assessment 3.0: Next-Level Practices Now
March 3-5, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

Engaged STEM Learning: From Promising to Pervasive Practices
March 24-26, 2011
Miami, Florida

2011 Summer Institutes

Institute on General Education and Assessment
June 4-8, 2011
San Jose State University, California

Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
June 14-18, 2011
The University of Vermont

Engaging Departments Institute
July 13-17, 2011
The Hotel at Turf Valley,
Ellicott City, Maryland