January/February 2012
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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.


AAC&U Vice President of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success Susan Albertine traveled to Boulder, CO, December 8–9 for a meeting of the advisory board of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Interstate Passport Initiative. On December 15, Albertine and PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod were invited attendees at the National Academy of Sciences’ summit titled Community Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape, in Washington, DC.


On December 2, Vice President of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment Terrel Rhodes led a VALUE rubric workshop for a twelve-campus consortium meeting at Lewis University in Tinley Park, IL. On January 12, Rhodes gave a keynote address at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, and on January 17 he led a series of workshops on general education reform at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. January 19 and 20, Rhodes presented at California State University, East Bay as part of the Western Association of Schools and College’s (WASC) Northern California Resource Fair, and at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA, for WASC's Southern California Resource Fair. Rhodes also led a series of workshops on general education reform at Oklahoma State University, January 30–31.


In December, AAC&U Senior Vice President Caryn McTighe Musil attended the Anchor Institutions Task Force annual meeting in Philadelphia. The purpose of the meeting, titled “Advancing the Quality of Life, Learning and Civic Development through Anchor Institution–School–Community Partnerships,” was to discuss how the civic mission of anchor institutions can lead to comprehensive community development through strengthening schools and families, how to break down barriers between K–12 and higher education, and how to promote civic learning and community engagement in higher education. In January, Musil traveled to Cleveland, OH, as a member of the advisory board for ADVANCE: Advancing the Careers of Women in STEM at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks.


PKAL Executive Director Sue Elrod presented a session, titled “Project Kaleidoscope: Advancing What Works in Undergraduate STEM Education,” at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 5–9.. Elrod also attended a steering committee meeting for “STEM at Primary Undergraduate Institutions (STEM@PUI),” an NSF ADVANCE project, at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH, January 15-16.


AAC&U Senior Director of Assessment and Research Ashley Finley led assessment workshops on strategies for developing learning-centered assessment at Hesston College in Hesston, KS, on January 9, and at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, on January 19.


AAC&U Senior Director for Student Success Tia Brown McNair will be attending the “Student Learning Outcomes Institute: Connecting Institutional Effectiveness and Student Learning at Minority Serving Institutions,” organized by the Southern Education Foundation, February 2–4 in Atlanta, GA. McNair will deliver the keynote address at the statewide LEAP Day celebration at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater on February 29, 2012.


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