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New Summer Institute for Deans, Department Chairs
and Faculty Will Assist Campuses In Connecting Departmental
Goals with Campus-Wide Learning Outcomes for All Students
Teagle Foundation Grant Will Support July 2009 Institute
And Subsidize Campus Team Participation
DC - December 3, 2008 - The Association of American Colleges
and Universities announced today receipt of a new grant from
The Teagle Foundation to support a 2009 Summer Institute,
Departments." This institute is designed
for campus teams of deans, department chairs, and faculty
members and will be offered as part of AAC&U's signature
initiative, Liberal Education
and America's Promise (LEAP). The institute will
build leadership within and across departments to connect
learning and assessments in specific academic fields with
the overarching aims and outcomes of a contemporary liberal
"Engaging Departments" summer institute will focus
attention on the role of the academic major as the place where
students achieve their highest levels of cognitive sophistication,
integrative learning, and demonstrated accomplishment in both
disciplinary and broader liberal education outcomes.
is clear that, to be effective, educational change and assessment
must reach the heart of the educational enterprise: the intellectual
work that is organized and supported through departments and
their faculty," said Institute director and AAC&U
Vice President Terry Rhodes. "This project responds to
the needs of faculty and departments to organize their curricula
and assessment efforts to address essential outcomes and do
so in ways that are appropriate for accreditation, program
improvement, and students' life-long success. We are pleased
to have Teagle's support in creating a valuable on-going institute
as a resource that will help faculty and departments meet
these challenges in ways directly affecting their local campus."
Institute will be held on the campus of the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, July 8 - 12, 2009. Applications
to participate will be accepted online starting in February
2009 (see: www.aacu.org/meetings/engaging -departments).
Institute will focus on:
leadership for learning within and among departments
2) assessments for achieving and improving essential outcomes,
preparation for educational effectiveness through identification
of barriers and aligning goals with effective practices.
teams attending the Institute will have extensive opportunities
to work as a group, with other teams, and with experienced
faculty/consultants available throughout the Institute. The
schedule of topical presentations, team time, and expert individual
consultation with the resident faculty experts creates a supportive,
stimulating environment, allowing teams to make substantial
progress in addressing their specific campus goals.
college departments and divisions have already articulated
learning goals for their students," said AAC&U President
Carol Geary Schneider. "This institute will help
institutions connect these goals with the broad outcomes of
a twenty-first century liberal education - those outcomes
that all students need to succeed in today's dynamic global
environment. It will allow campuses to develop coherent
frameworks to guide changes in curricula, educational practices
and requirements, and assessment approaches."
Departments" is part of AAC&U's ongoing LEAP initiative.
LEAP is an initiative that champions the value of a liberal
education - for individual students and for a nation dependent
on economic creativity and democratic vitality. The initiative
focuses campus practice on fostering essential learning outcomes
for all students, whatever their chosen field of study.
is the leading national association concerned with the quality,
vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.
Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a
liberal education to all students, regardless of academic
specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U
now comprises more than 1,150 accredited public and private
colleges and universities of every type and size.
functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among
presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged
in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to
reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at
both the national and local levels and to help individual
institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core
of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social
about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can
be found at www.aacu.org.