May 2011
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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.

Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, will speak on a panel on common core state standards as part of a convening co-hosted by the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 10. On May 11th, Dr. Schneider will deliver a keynote address, “Only Connect: Liberal Education, High-Impact Practices, and 21st Century Careers,” at a faculty and staff professional development conference organized by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education.

Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC&U senior vice president, and Kevin Hovland, AAC&U director of global learning and curricular change, led a brown-bag lunch discussion at the U.S. Department of Education on AAC&U’s Initiative, Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility, on March 30. The discussion was at the invitation of Dr. Sylvia W. Crowder. Crowder is the senior director of the International and Foreign Language Education Office of Postsecondary Education U.S. Department of Education. Musil will also travel to Bloomington, Indiana, from May 22-24, 2011, in order to give a plenary on global citizenship at the Faculty Development Institute at Indiana University as part of its partnership with Ivy Tech Bloomington to create global general education courses and pathways within and between the two institutions.

Kevin Hovland, AAC&U director of global learning and curricular change, participated in a panel discussion, “Geography and Liberal Education: Intersecting Points on a Map?,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle, Washington, on April 13. Hovland also led a brown-bag lunch discussion at the National Science Foundation on the Shared Futures project, General Education for a Global Century, on April 21. The discussion was organized by Myles Boylan for program officers in the division of undergraduate education (DUE) and the office of international science and engineering (OISE).

Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, consulted on General Education at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates from April 1-6. On April 17-18, Rhodes was the keynote speaker at the RosEvaluation Conference: Assessment for Program and Institutional Accreditation at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. His speech was titled, “The Proof is in the Portfolio: Assessing for Learning as if it Mattered.”

Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U senior director for student success, will attend a public policy forum and discussion, Empowering the New Majority: Strategies to help low-income and first-generation students succeed on May 11, 2011, in Washington, DC. The forum is co-hosted by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and DeVry Inc. On May 25-26, 2011, in Washington, DC, she will participate in the All Chapter Workshop for the EnvironMentors Program sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment.