March 2012
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Registration Information for 2012 Network for Academic Renewal Conferences

Student Success: Pushing Boundaries, Raising Bars
March 22-24, 2012—Seattle, Washington
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Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning
October 18-20, 2012—Baltimore, Maryland
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Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire
November 8-10, 2012—Kansas City, Missouri
Proposals for sessions are due March 19, 2012; for more information, please visit:


AAC&U’s 2012 Summer Institutes

The Institute on General Education and Assessment will take place June 2-6, 2012, in Ellicott City, MD, and will offer campus teams opportunities to refine and substantially advance campus projects on general education and its assessment. The application deadline for this institute has passed.

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success will take place June 19-23, 2012, in Portland, OR, and is designed to help campuses develop intentional and integrative plans to strengthen student learning and student success. The application deadline for this institute has passed.

The Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments—formerly the Engaging Departments Institute—will take place July 11-15, 2012, in Burlington, VT, and is designed for campus teams who are working to implement change that deepens students’ integrative capacities over time—including their ability to connect disciplinary knowledge and inquiry to responsible choices and actions. The application deadline is March 16, 2012.

More information and application materials for these three institutes are now online.


Resources and Podcasts from AAC&U’s 2012 Annual Meeting Now Available

AAC&U has posted PDFs of many PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the 2012 Annual Meeting, as well as links to additional information about projects, programs, and publications. Presentations from the E-Portfolio Forum are posted on a separate page. Podcasts of the meeting’s opening and closing plenary sessions are now available on AAC&U’s podcast page, along with other featured presentations at the Annual Meeting. AAC&U thanks the nearly two thousand participants who traveled to Washington, DC, to be part of the 2012 Annual Meeting. We hope to see you next year in Atlanta—January 23-26, 2013.



Resources from PKAL Sessions at AAC&U Annual Meeting Now Available

PKAL sponsored three well attended sessions at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting that addressed strategies for planning, implementing, and institutionalizing interdisciplinary STEM programs and developing leadership strategies for wider-scale success. In addition, the PKAL partner Learning Spaces Collaboratory led a session on building a new community of practice. Presentations, handouts, and transcripts of discussion materials from PKAL and LSC sessions at the Annual Meeting can be found on the PKAL website.


PKAL Summer Leadership Institute Accepting Applications

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes will take place July 17–22, 2012, and July 31–August 5, 2012, in Crestone, CO, and are designed for early- and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. Application information is now available; application deadline is April 6, 2012.


Project Highlights

Call for Reviewers—Pilot VALUE Rubric for Global Learning

AAC&U’s Shared Futures initiative is currently developing a new VALUE rubric to assess global learning. The rubric will measure student learning within six dimensions of global learning across four benchmarks. AAC&U is currently seeking volunteers to review the pilot rubric and/or test it against students’ work in the classroom. The review process for the rubric will occur in stages in late spring, summer, and early fall of this year. For more information, please contact Chad Anderson at by March 15, 2012.


Roadmap Project Leadership Institution Joins with EPA on Sustainability Education

Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), a Roadmap Project leadership institution, has been selected by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the nation’s flagship community college to develop an environmental sustainability education program for the federal agency. The EPA will use GPC as a model to develop goals for a consortium of community colleges that will lead sustainability education in their respective states. GPC will do this work in conjunction with its new Southeastern Institute for Sustainability, part of the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning. To learn more about the Roadmap Project plan at GPC and other leadership institutions, visit


Other AAC&U News

Association of American Colleges and Universities Announces Seven New Directors and New Slate of Officers for Board of Directors

At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, AAC&U named seven new directors and elected a slate of new officers to its Board of Directors. Bobby Fong, president of Ursinus College, assumed the position of chair of the board, taking over from Helen Giles-Gee, president of Keene State College. Giles-Gee will continue to serve on the AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as past chair. In addition to the appointment of Bobby Fong, AAC&U appointed Mildred García, president of California State University-Dominguez Hills, as vice chair of the board. AAC&U reappointed Robert Sternberg, provost and senior vice president of Oklahoma State University, as treasurer of the board. For more information, read the press release online.


AAC&U Invites Nominations for Board of Directors

Nominations for the AAC&U Board of Directors for terms beginning in 2013 are now being accepted. Any individual from an AAC&U member campus is eligible to serve on the AAC&U Board of Directors. The current board members are listed online. To nominate an individual, please send correspondence to Bethany Zecher Sutton, secretary to the board, at


AAC&U Invites Nominations for 2013 Frederic W. Ness Book Award

AAC&U invites nominations for the 2013 Ness Book Award; nominations are due May 1, 2012. The Ness Award recognizes a book that contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The $2,000 prize was established in 1979 to honor AAC&U's president emeritus, Frederic W. Ness. A mark of distinction for both authors and publishers, it is presented at AAC&U's Annual Meeting. For information about nomination and selection criteria, please visit the Ness Award Web page.


Save 20% on AAC&U Publications by Joining the AAC&U Associates Program

If your campus is a member of AAC&U, you are eligible to enroll in the AAC&U Associates Program. For only $60, Associates receive all the benefits enjoyed by their official AAC&U member campus representatives, including subscriptions to all AAC&U’s print and online periodicals, notice of calls for proposals for institutes and meetings, and invitations to apply for grant-funded projects and to participate in special AAC&U events. Associates now receive an additional 20 percent discount on the purchase of one to ten copies of a single publication purchased via AAC&U’s online shopping cart. Learn more about this discount online. For more information, please contact Renee Gamache, membership coordinator, at (202) 884-0809 or


New Assessment Handbook Features Chapter by AAC&U Director of Assessment Ashley Finley

A new book, the Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education (Routledge, 2012), features a chapter by AAC&U Senior Director of Assessment and Research Ashley Finley. The handbook provides education leaders with an overview of theories and methods of assessment and guidance for applying these methods on campus. Finley authored the book’s final chapter, which addresses the ethics of assessment.


AAC&U Senior Fellow Andrea Leskes Appointed to Fulbright Specialist Program

AAC&U Senior Fellow Andrea Leskes has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Program, which promotes linkages between US academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Leskes’ first assignment, to begin this May, will involve working with Sedibeng College in Gauteng Province, South Africa, on issues of assessment, curriculum structure, faculty development and teaching practices.


Submit Comments and Suggestions for the White House “College Scorecard”

In an effort to provide more information for information to potential students about different colleges and universities, the White House and the Department of Education are working to develop a “college scorecard.” The proposed scorecard will address five categories of comparison: cost, graduation, student loan repayment, student loan debt, and earnings potential. The "College Scorecard" web page provides a prototype of the scorecard and invites the public to comment on its elements and to make suggestions about what information is most important, how colleges should be grouped for comparison, and what search and comparison features should be included.


Three AAC&U Member Campuses Receive CHEA Awards

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recently announced the winners of the 2012 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes: Georgia Institute of Technology, Rio Salado College, and University of California, Merced. The awards, established in 2005, “recognize institutions that have been exceptional in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability.” Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, served on the selection committee.



A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future
The Drama of Diversity and Democracy: Higher Education and American Commitments—Second Edition (2011)
Peer Review: Assessing Liberal Education Outcomes Using VALUE Rubrics
Peer Review Assessing Liberal Education Outcomes Using VALUE Rubrics

Student Success: Pushing Boundaries, Raising Bars
March 22–24, 2012
Seattle, Washington

Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning
October 18–20, 2012
Baltimore, Maryland

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