November 2008
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Attend Network Meeting on “Engaging Science, Advancing Learning”—Onsite Registration Available

If you are in the Providence, Rhode Island area, you can still attend AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal meeting, Engaging Science, Advancing Learning: General Education, Majors, and the New Global Century, on November 6-8, 2008. Walk-in participants are welcome and may register onsite. The meeting will explore the place and practice of science in college learning for the twenty-first century. Participants will discuss ways to accelerate hands-on learning in science, especially with reforms that put critical inquiry, undergraduate research, and social responsibility at the center of the educational experience. All conference sessions will take place at the Westin Providence.

Early Registration for AAC&U's Annual Meeting Ends November 21

AAC&U’s 2009 Annual Meeting, Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s Promise, will be held in Seattle, Washington, January 21-24, 2009. “Early bird” registration discounts are available through November 21, and both online and mail registration options are available. A pre-meeting symposium on sustainability is planned for January 21, and featured meeting speakers include Molly Corbett Broad of ACE and Peter Sacks, author of Tearing Down the Gates. For more information, visit the Annual Meeting Web page.

Annual Meeting Final Plenary to Feature Fresh Voices in American Political Thought

At AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, the final plenary—“Grass Roots and Patriotism: Re-Centering Student Civic Engagement in Higher Education”—will feature two leading public intellectuals who will share their views on student political thought and action during the 2008 election cycle, and the implications for higher education. Melissa Harris-Lacewell is an associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton University and author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. Eric Liu is a fellow at the New America Foundation, author of The Accidental Asian, and coauthor of The True Patriot, which argues for a new progressive patriotism.

Register Now for Spring Meeting on General Education and Assessment

Plan to attend AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on February 26-28, 2009. The meeting, General Education, Assessment, and the Learning Students Need, will explore how well general education programs match up with expectations for student accomplishment. It will help campuses align general education vision and action, including action to assess and strengthen students’ cumulative learning. The four conference tracks are organized around one or more “big questions” related to philosophical and practical challenges facing campuses today and an expectation of evidence—the ability to show “what’s working” and why. For more information and to register, visit the meeting Web page.

LEAP Initiative Launches Series of Public Forums

AAC&U’s LEAP initiative launches a series of public forums in November with programs in Providence, Rhode Island, and Richmond, Virginia. These events will kick off a two-year series of forums designed to engage academics, business leaders, K-12 educators, policymakers, and community leaders with action agendas for moving the LEAP vision for higher education forward with input from and action steps for individuals on campus and beyond. Members of the LEAP National Leadership Council will participate in both events with local and regional leaders. The programs will draw on the innovative work of campuses in Virginia and across New England, and also will call upon key stakeholders to provide leadership for carrying action agendas forward in specific state and regional contexts. Another forum is planned for March 2009, cosponsored with Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and additional forums are slated for 2009 in Miami and other locations around the country. More information is available at

Teagle Foundation Releases Series on Undergraduate Majors and Liberal Education Outcomes

As part of a series of grants provided to disciplinary associations, the Teagle Foundation has released a set of white papers on how individual majors—including economics, history, religion, and biochemistry, among others—contribute to students’ achievement of liberal education outcomes. The white papers address such questions as, How does the study of history contribute to liberal learning as a basis for a lifelong engagement with ideas and civic culture? AAC&U strongly recommends these reports, which resonate with its continuing commitment to “the challenge of connecting learning” through the major, and with its continuing work with disciplinary societies to engage departments with liberal education outcomes. AAC&U is also currently developing a possible summer institute for engaged departments working to enhance educationally effective practices and liberal education outcomes in specific undergraduate majors. AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider serves on the National History Center Working Group, whose report, The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal Education was released in late September as part of the Teagle grantee series.

Nominations, Applications Invited for 2009 Wye Faculty and Deans’ Seminars

AAC&U and the Aspen Institute invite nominations and/or applications for two Wye Seminars on "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity" to be held in summer 2009.  The Wye Deans' Seminar, to be held June 14-19, is offered to college and university chief academic officers, vice presidents, provosts, academic deans, and leaders responsible for curricula and faculty. The Deans’ Seminar will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues from other colleges and universities while probing the fundamental values and goals that are the reason for our institutional existence. Applications are due to the Aspen Institute no later than March 2, 2009.  The Wye Faculty Seminar, to be held July 18-24, 2009, is offered for faculty members nominated by their presidents and deans for their distinctive contributions to the quality of liberal education. The Wye Faculty Seminar assists professors of every discipline from a wide range of colleges and universities in relating their teaching to broad issues of citizenship and civil society. Nominations are due to the Aspen Institute no later than April 1, 2009.  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 about the seminars is online. If you have questions, please contact the Aspen Institute at 410-820-5374.



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Network for Academic Renewal Conferences:

Engaging Science, Advancing Learning: General Education, Majors, and the New Global Century
Providence, Rhode Island
November 6-8, 2008

General Education, Assessment, and the Learning Students Need,
February 26-28, 2009
Baltimore, Maryland.

Shaping Faculty Roles in a Time of Change: Leadership for Student Learning,
April 2-4, 2009
San Diego, California

Annual Meeting 2009

Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s Promise
January 21-24, 2009
Seattle, Washington

For more information on meetings, visit