AAC&U News, May 2014

On the Road with AAC&U

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 campus.


On May 1, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, spoke at a Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Board of Directors meeting in Alexandria, VA, on AAC&U's vision for undergraduate liberal education and current initiatives designed to support student achievement of essential learning outcomes in college.


On April 7, Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement Debra Humphreys visited Millersville University in Millersville, PA, to conduct a review of the university’s general education program and to deliver a luncheon address on “Communicating Effectively about—and Delivering on the Promise of—General and Liberal Education.”  She traveled to Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, on April 10 to deliver a keynote address to students and faculty on “Success in a Changing Global Economy: The Continuing Value of Liberal Education and the Liberal Arts.” She also traveled to Los Angeles April 21–24 to meet with the LA Chamber of Commerce on regional workforce needs and to conduct a workshop on “Communicating the Value(s) of a College Degree: Messages and Strategies that Work,” at the WSCUS Academic Resource Conference.


As part of the Developing a Community College Student Roadmap project, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Susan Albertine traveled with AAC&U Senior Fellow Jean Mach to Pittsburgh, PA, on April 1 for a site visit at the Community College of Allegheny County.  On April 2, Albertine and Mach traveled to Manchester, CT, for a Roadmap site visit at Manchester Community College.  Albertine joined AAC&U Senior Fellow Pearl Bartelt in Rochester, NY, on April 3 for an additional Roadmap site visit at Monroe Community College.  During these visits, Albertine, Bartelt, and Mach met with project team staff—as well as institutional leaders, students, faculty, and other interested campus stakeholders—to discuss project developments, to pinpoint challenges, and to identify success strategies. 


On May 6-7, AAC&U Senior Director for Student Success Tia Brown McNair and Senior Director of Assessment and Research Ashley Finley will travel to Berea, KY, to participate in Berea College's Faculty and Staff Development Day. McNair and Finley will lead sessions driven by their recent publication Assessing Underserved Students' Engagement in High-Impact Practices. On May 21, McNair will deliver the keynote address at Howard Community College's Pathways to Completion Summit in Columbia, MD.


On April 2, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment Terrel Rhodes led a session on exploring the challenges of connecting student e-portfolios to meaningful transfer credit at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers annual meeting in Denver. He also traveled to Chicago for the Higher Leadership Commission's conference, April 12-14, to co-lead a workshop on using the VALUE Rubrics and the Voluntary System of Accountability. Rhodes also gave the keynote address and led several breakout sessions at Brooklyn College's Core Conference on April 25 as part of the college's efforts to have faculty come together to discuss ways to continue revitalizing and improving general education at the school.


David Paris, vice president for integrative liberal learning and the global commons, will travel to Portland State University May 30–31 to present at the Oregon University System’s “Teaching T.A.L.K.S. II: Today’s Academics Linking Knowledge and Skills.” He will be speaking on “The Assessment Menu.”


Ashley Finley, senior director of assessment and research, traveled to Kansas State University on March 14 to lead a series of workshops on direct assessment of student learning. Finley then led a workshop at the Wisconsin Campus Compact Annual Civic Engagement Institute on March 20 on using rubrics for assessment of civic engagement titled “Assessing Civic Learning: What Rubrics Can Tell Us about 21st–Century Citizens.” Following this, Finley attended a Teagle Foundation-funded project meeting of four liberal arts colleges (Holy Cross, Ursinus, Lawrence, and Rhodes) at the College of the Holy Cross on developing liberal education learning outcomes in gateway courses.

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