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Additional Annual Meeting Speakers Announced; Online Registration Now Available

AAC&U’s Annual Meeting—“Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees”— will be held January 26-29, 2011, in San Francisco, California. The Opening Night Forum will feature Mark Taylor of Columbia University, author of Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities. Speakers include Kavita Ramdas of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University; Leo Chavez of the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens and the Nation; Mark Schapiro of the Center for Investigative Reporting; Hilary Pennington of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Eduardo M. Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education; Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy of NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; Arthur Zajonc of Amherst College, coauthor of The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal; and Walter Fluker, professor of Ethical Leadership at the  Boston University School of Theology. A Pre-Meeting Symposium, “Integrating the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities: Global Challenges and the Intentional Curriculum,” will be held January 26, and an E-Portfolio Forum will be offered on Saturday, January 29. Online registration is now available.

Undergraduate Research Conference Features Keynote by Nancy Hensel—Register Now

“Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research in and Across the Disciplines,” November 11-13, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina, will examine the many facets of undergraduate research and the ways in which this practice is advancing student success.  Researchers and faculty leaders from all disciplines will share their innovative approaches to teaching and learning that engage students in questioning the world around them, designing scientific approaches to collecting and analyzing data, and integrating learning to make meaning of their findings. Participants will explore the many possibilities for integrating research into their work and for broadening participation in research, especially to traditionally underserved students.  Registration is now available online.  Register before October 18 for the best rates.  


Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Conference in Houston—Still Time to Register

There is still time to register to attend “Facing the Divides: Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence,” October 21-23, 2010, in Houston, Texas. This conference will help participants gain knowledge, skills, and strategies for making inclusion and engagement an integral component of educational excellence.  National leaders will share promising practices for fostering institutional capacity for diversity.  Interactive sessions will address recruiting and retaining faculty, staff and students of color; infusing diversity into the curriculum and cocurriculum; and conducting dialogues on race and ethnicity among faculty, students and staff.  Annette Gordon-Reed, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, and a recently named MacArthur Fellow, will be a featured speaker. More information and registration are both available online.




LEAP National Leadership Council Members to Speak During Annual Meeting

Members of AAC&U’s LEAP National Leadership Council will tackle some of the “big questions” facing higher education today in a session called, “How Should We Prepare Today’s Students for a Daunting Global Environment?” at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Panelists will draw upon their expertise in three critical areas—STEM education, the global economy, and knowledgeable citizenship—to sketch the kinds of far-reaching educational changes that higher education should make to ensure that students gain the knowledge and skills they need to participate as active and engaged citizens in a globally interconnected society. The audience will be encouraged to translate the panel’s sketches into concrete practices. Ronald A. Crutcher, president of Wheaton College, will moderate the session, and James Gentile of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement,  Eric Liu of the  True Patriot Network, and Lois Quam of Tysvar LLC will serve on the panel. See the Annual Meeting highlights web page for other sessions of note.


AAC&U LEAP Initiative Cosponsors E-Portfolio Conference at Westminster College

As part of Utah’s LEAP initiative, AAC&U is cosponsoring a conference on e-portfolios at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 28-March 1, 2011. Also cosponsored by Westminster and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), this conference will feature a keynote address by AAC&U Vice President Terrel Rhodes, and sessions on the practical uses of e-portfolios for lifelong learning and employment. See the conference Web site for information about registering and a call for proposals to present at the conference. The deadline for receipt of proposals is November 5, 2010. See more about the conference, AAEEBL, and LEAP Utah.


PKAL News and Meetings

New Advisory Board Planning for Next Phase of Project Kaleidoscope

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has announced a new advisory board to lead the initiative in its next phase of work. The new PKAL board of advisers held its first meeting over the summer, and is chaired by Elizabeth McCormack, dean of graduate studies and professor of physics at Bryn Mawr College. The PKAL board will assist PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod and AAC&U in establishing and executing a successful strategic plan that builds on PKAL's strengths and experience as well as its new alliance with AAC&U. Read the press release to learn more about the PKAL Advisory Board. See PKAL’s web pages for resources and information about upcoming events.

FIPSE Grant Awarded to PKAL for Initiative on STEM Education About Global Challenges

A grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) will support a new Project Kaleidoscope initiative, Mobilizing Disciplinary Societies on Behalf of Our Students…and Our Planet. The project will engage a select group of disciplinary societies, all of which share a commitment to deepening their focus on tackling our planet’s global challenges as part of their undergraduate STEM education activities. The project has two goals: first, to increase student learning in undergraduate STEM courses; and second, to better prepare students for real-world twenty-first century “big questions,” including those related to energy, air and water quality, and climate change. Project activities will involve up to dozens of colleges and universities and will extend through December 2013. For more information, see the press release about the grant or the Project Kaleidoscope web page.


Project Highlights

AAC&U Releases New Report on Engaging Diverse Viewpoints

AAC&U released a new report, Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking?, highlighting data gathered as part of its Core Commitments initiative. The report focuses on the opportunities students have on today’s college campuses to weigh multiple viewpoints as they make judgments, and examines their perceptions of their own development of capacities to use evidence-based reasoning in problem-solving. Purchase Engaging Diverse Viewpoints online or read the press release to learn more about this publication. Learn more about other Core Commitments publications, and review online pdf copies of all the reports from the project.

Compass Project Cosponsors Oregon Conference on Linking Knowledge for General Education Renewal

AAC&U’s Give Students a Compass Project will cosponsor, with the Oregon University System, a statewide conference, “Teaching TALKS: Today’s Academics Linking Knowledge.” Teams of faculty from Oregon institutions will join faculty representatives from other LEAP states in Portland, Oregon, on October 20-22.  The conference will provide a venue for academics to share current practices, access new information, and collaborate inter-institutionally, as well as communicate ongoing national, state, and institutional work on general education renewal: articulation of outcomes, reorganization of program curricula, design of assessment tools, and communication of student proficiencies.


AAC&U Receives Grant from National Science Foundation to Support Opportunities for Female STEM Faculty

AAC&U has received funding from the National Science Foundation to support a new project called Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF). The project will provide professional development for a critical group of faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields: women of color at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The PCFF initiative will develop a series of national symposia and workshops engaging women STEM faculty of color at HBCUs in strategies to implement curricular frameworks and effective teaching strategies designed to increase the number of underserved students who pursue degrees in STEM fields. The initiative will be led by AAC&U Senior Fellow Alma Clayton-Pedersen and builds on AAC&U’s earlier project, Preparing Future Faculty (1993-2002). Project Kaleidoscope Executive Director Susan Elrod will serve as a senior adviser to the project. For more details about the grant and the new PCFF program, see the press release.



Other AAC&U News

AAC&U Names Tia Brown McNair Senior Director for Student Success

Tia Brown McNair, currently the assistant director of the National College Access Network, will begin a new position at AAC&U on October 18 as senior director for student success in the Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success. McNair will join AAC&U’s efforts to “make excellence inclusive” and ensure that all students—including those traditionally underserved by higher education—gain the benefits of attaining the full spectrum of outcomes that result from an engaged liberal education. McNair holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s degree from Radford University, and an Ed.D from the George Washington University. See the press release for more details.

Nominations Sought for New Award; Winners to be Announced at AAC&U Annual Meeting

The New American Colleges and Universities, a consortium of twenty selective small to mid-sized independent institutions, has established a national award to honor the legacy of Ernest L. Boyer by recognizing achievements in higher education that exemplify his quest for connecting theory to practice and thought to action, in and out of the classroom. As president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Ernest Boyer called for a New American College to renew the tradition of higher education service to society—a “sturdy American hybrid” combining features of the British liberal arts college, German research university, and American land-grant university traditions. Boyer broadened notions of scholarship to include teaching and applied and integrative work, as well as discovery in a discipline, leading to new faculty and administrative roles and inter-institutional collaborations. Faculty and administrators at regionally accredited institutions of higher learning are eligible. Recipient(s) of the award will be announced at AAC&U’s 2011 Annual Meeting. Complete information is available online.  The deadline for nominations is November 5, 2010.


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Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking?
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Network Meetings

Facing the Divides: Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence
October 21-23, 2010
Houston, Texas

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


Annual Meeting

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

January 26-29, 2011
San Francisco, California

For more information on meetings, visit www.aacu.org/meetings/index.cfm