Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement Issues First Call for
The newly established Center for Liberal
Education and Civic Engagement, a joint venture between AAC&U and
Campus Compact, invites proposals to its first project, "Journey
Towards Democracy: Voice, Power, and the Public Good." The Center
will focus its grants and activities for 2003-2005 around a common theme:
Journey Towards Democracy: Power, Voice, and the Public Good. The first
Center project invites campuses to organize dialogues on how to put student
learning about democracy and the public good at the center of academic
inquiry. Check the Center's Web
site for information about the project and the call for proposals.
Applications must be postmarked by June 10, 2003.
Brings Together State Legislators and Academic Leaders on General Education
On May 21-22, AAC&U is sponsoring a meeting
as part of the Greater Expectations for Student Transfer Project. The
event is the latest of several meetings in a three-year AAC&U project
working with state systemsprimarily Georgia, Maryland and Utahon
defining the educational purposes of their statewide requirements, making
those purposes clear to the faculty who teach courses that meet those
requirements, and creating advising structures and assessments that help
students understand those purposes. For more information about this Greater
Expectations project, visit www.aacu.org/transfer/index.cfm.
Participating in AAC&U 2003 Summer Institutes
AAC&U has selected 111
colleges and universities to participate in three separate institutes
it sponsors each summer. Teams of faculty and administrators from 23 campuses
will attend the 13th annual Asheville Institute on General Education co-sponsored
and held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville from May 31-June
4; teams from 42 campuses will participate in this year's Greater Expectations
Institute on Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Achievement in Denver,
Colorado from June 25-29; and representatives from 48 campuses will participate
in the third summer institute sponsored by AAC&U's initiative Science
Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), to
be held at Santa Clara University from August 8-12. For more information
on the summer institutes, visit www.aacu.org/meetings/index.cfm.
Dialogues Focus Public Attention on the Future of Undergraduate Learning
This spring, the Presidents' Campaign
for the Advancement of Liberal Learning (CALL) continued sponsoring Campus-Community
Dialogues across the country. To date the CALL has sponsored fourteen dialogues
hosted by more than 34 schools. These regional roundtable discussions bring
together presidents and academic leaders with secondary educators, trustees,
business, civic, and community leaders to address the learning students
need in today's society. Most recent dialogues were held at the University
of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, the University of Michigan, The University of
South Dakota, and Salve Regina University (Newport, RI).
College-Going Minorities Initiative Conducts Site Visits at
AAC&U and the BellSouth Foundation
have partnered in a project called Closing the Gap for College-Going
Minorities Initiative (CGM) designed to help higher education institutions
in the Southeast strengthen academic support for minority undergraduate
students. AAC&U staff Alma Clayton-Pedersen and Heather Wathington
and BellSouth foundation staff conducted site visits in March, meeting
with administrators, staff, and students at the
five participating institutions. In addition to assisting the grantees
to evaluate their projects and to understand their impact on achieving
the institution's overall diversity goals, AAC&U will help coordinate
meetings so the institutions can network and exchange ideas. The campuses
will send two-person teams to the upcoming Greater
Foundation Continues New Jersey Campus Diversity Initiative
The Bildner Foundation has approved a second
year of funding in a three-year grant for the New Jersey Campus Diversity
Initiative. AAC&U and the Bildner Foundation have been working with
eight New Jersey colleges in a statewide initiative to reduce prejudice
and promote intergroup dialogue through projects that are likely to have
broad institutional impact. A three-day June institute is planned at Rutgers
University for the forty team representatives from the eight institutions.
For more information on this initiative, visit www.aacu.org/bildner/index.cfm.
Alliance Calls for Action on Proposed Changes to ERIC Clearinghouse
The U.S. Department of Education has issued
a draft plan for a "New ERIC" (Educational Resources Information
Clearinghouse) system. Unless the plan is modified, all 16 clearinghouses
and their services will be eliminated and there will be dramatic change
in the content of the ERIC database. The public has an opportunity to
comment only until May 9, 2003. The National Humanities Alliance (NHA)
is urging NHA members (including AAC&U) to comment to the department
and Congress about the value of the present ERIC system and advantages
to keeping it in place. To provide comment to the Department of Education,
contact Jeff Halstead (fax: 202/708-9817; e-mail: Jeff.C.Halsted@ed.gov ).
For information on NHA, see www.nhalliance.org.
Debuts New Member Postings Section
This month, AAC&U News will begin
posting conference announcements, calls for proposals, and job opportunities
at AAC&U member schools in a new section. Visit member
postings to view new postings and for details on how to send an announcement
to be posted by AAC&U.
Living Arts: Comparative and Historical Reflections on Liberal Education
by Sheldon Rothblatt
and Learning Communities: Tools for Integration and Assessment
by Karen K. Oates and Lynn
Institute for General Education will
take place May 31-June 4, 2003, in Asheville, NC.
Greater Expectations Institute on Campus Leadership for Student Engagement,
Inclusion, and Achievement will
be held on June 25-29, 2003, in Denver, Colorado.
2003 SENCER Summer Institute will be held at Santa Clara University,
Deepening Knowledge, Pursuing Justice, Taking Action, the ninetieth
AAC&U annual meeting, will be held January 21-24, 2004, at the Grand
Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC
For more information on meetings, visit