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New Speakers Announced for Annual Meeting; Registration Opens September 15
AAC&U's 2012 Annual Meeting—“Shared Futures/Difficult Choices: Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement, and Success,” scheduled for January 25-28 in Washington, DC—will feature as speakers the following authors: Henry J. Eyring, coauthor of The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out; Richard Keeling and Richard Hersh, authors of We're Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education (forthcoming); John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, coeditors of To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education; Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich, and William M. Sullivan, coauthors of Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession; and Pat Hutchings and Mary Huber, coauthors of The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered: Institutional Integration and Impact. The ACAD Luncheon speaker will be Don Michael Randel, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The meeting will include a pre-meeting symposium January 25, “Reversing a Civic Recession: What Higher Education Can Do”; and an E-Portfolio Forum on Saturday, January 28. Registration opens September 15.


2011 Fall Network for Academic Renewal Conferences on Personal and Social Responsibility and Arts and Humanities

Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility: A Twenty-First-Century Imperative
October 13-15, 2011; Long Beach, California

This conference will examine innovative and practical approaches to educating for personal and social responsibility, particularly approaches reflecting academic and student affairs collaboration, campus-community partnerships, and global contexts. Featured speakers include Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core; Sylvia Hurtado, Professor and Director, Higher Education Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles; Charles Blaich, Director, Center of Inquiry, Wabash College; Robert Reason, Associate Professor, Iowa State University; and Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College

Register by September 15 for early discount rates.


 Arts & Humanities: Toward a Flourishing State?
November 3-5, 2011; Providence, Rhode Island

Arts & Humanities will explore current realities and possible futures of the arts and humanities. Featured speakers include Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University; Robert J. Thompson, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University; Raymond Tymas-Jones, Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah and President of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans; Kevin Bott, Associate Director, Imagining America; Adam Bush, founding Director of Curriculum of College Unbound; and Dennis Littky, Co-founder and Co-director, Big Picture Learning and the Met Center in Providence. Full program is now available.

Register by September 9 for best rates.



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Project Highlights

AAC&U Hosts Summer Institute on Advancing Curricular Change and National Agenda for Global Learning
AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives hosted a Shared Futures summer institute for global learning and curricular change July 31-August 5. The institute convened teams of faculty and administrators from thirty-two colleges, community colleges, and universities participating in the Luce Foundation-funded project Shared Futures: General Education for a Global Century. Each team is exploring ways to redesign their general education curricula to better meet global learning goals.

Bringing Theory to Practice Project to Host Second National “Bridging” Conference Jan 24-25
The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (an independent entity working in partnership with AAC&U) will hold its second national “Bridging” Conference January 24-25 in Washington, DC, directly preceding AAC&U’s Annual Meeting. The theme of the conference is “Bridging Institutional Divides: Practical Applications for Strengthening Campus Cultures for Learning, Civic Engagement, and Psychosocial Well-being.” The conference’s ‘bridging’ themes will address patterns of campus division and student disengagement, as well as practical strategies to maximize campus resources, connect mission to action, and strengthen campus cultures for student learning, civic development, and psychosocial well-being. Campus teams of three to five are encouraged to attend. See the conference page for more information and online registration.



Other AAC&U News

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AAC&U Senior Vice President Contributes to New Book on Civic Mission of Higher Education
Senior Vice President Caryn McTighe Musil contributed a chapter to the edited volume “To Serve a Larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education. McTighe Musil’s contribution explores the challenge of “Remapping Education for Social Responsibility” across civic, global, and U.S. diversity contexts. The book was published by Temple University Press and is now is available for purchase at your local bookstore, or on the web at


Submit Nominations by October 3 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. All doctoral-level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the MFA is the terminal degree, such as art or music, are also eligible. Nominees must hold student status in January 2012. Award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in January 2012. See the Cross Award Web page for more information, FAQs, and a list of previous recipients.

Inside Higher Ed Audio Conference on “Making the Case for Liberal Education”

The upcoming Inside Higher Ed audio conference “Selling Liberal Education to Students and Parents” will be presented by Rick Davis, associate provost for undergraduate education at George Mason University, and blogger on AAC&U’s nation blog. This hour-long audio conference on Tuesday, September 27 at 1 p.m. EDT is based on his recent blog post, “Making the Case for Liberal Education to Students and Parents: A Midsummer Day’s Blog.” During the audio conference, Rick will address the common misconceptions parents and students have about general education, and answer questions about how the pursuit of a liberal education will help students get jobs after graduation. Register early to attend the audio conference– through September 16 – and pay just $149.


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Special Issue: Civic Engagement and Psychosocial Well-Being

Network for Academic Renewal Conferences:

Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility: A Twenty-First-Century Imperative
October 13-15, 2011
Long Beach, California

Arts & Humanities: Toward a Flourishing State?
November 3-5, 2011
Providence, Rhode Island

Annual Meeting

Shared Futures/ Difficult Choices: Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement, and Success
January 25-28, 2012
Washington, DC

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