What's New

New Book from BTtoP: Well-Being and Higher Education

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:45

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), an independent national initiative operating in partnership with AAC&U, recently released a new book titled Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes, featuring thirty-five essays from recognized scholars. Edited by BTtoP Director and President Emeritus of Bates College Don Harward, the volume provides a thorough discussion of well-being in the context of higher education. Essays focus on topics ranging from what well-being means, both in the hedonic and eudaimonic traditions, to how well-being is linked to the core purposes of an institution of higher education, to how campuses can facilitate and manifest this connection in realized ways—for the greater good of students and of the world in which we expect students to thrive and that we expect them to shape. The volume is available for purchase through AAC&U’s online store in print and as an eBook (PDF). For more information about BTtoP, visit http://www.bttop.org.

New Book Offers Guidance on Becoming a Student-Ready College

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 08:00

Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, published by Jossey-Bass in partnership with AAC&U, is now available for purchase. By prompting readers to ask what their institutions can do to support incoming students, the book shifts the conversation about student success from a focus on student preparedness to a focus on institutional preparedness. The book’s coauthors include AAC&U Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Tia Brown McNair and AAC&U Senior Scholar Susan Albertine, writing with Michelle Asha Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Nicole McDonald of Lumina Foundation, and Thomas Major Jr. of Lumina Foundation.

 Amy E. Jessen-Marshall

AAC&U Announces Appointment of Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 13:15

AAC&U announces the appointment of Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as the new vice president for integrative liberal learning and the global commons. Jessen-Marshall serves as an AAC&U leader for the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Pathways Project, is a member of the advisory board for AAC&U’s quarterly periodical Diversity & Democracy, and serves as a faculty member for AAC&U’s Institute on Liberal Learning and the Departments. She has been an active AAC&U member and leader over the years, including during her tenures at Sweet Briar College and Otterbein University. The Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, which Jessen-Marshall will lead beginning on August 8, 2016, is the home of AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments as well as several projects including The LEAP Challenge, General Education Maps and Markers, Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility, and Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills.

Register Now for Best Rates: Global Learning and the College Curriculum

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 11:00

AAC&U invites you to join with colleagues at the “Global Learning and the College Curriculum: Nurturing Student Efficacy in a Global World” conference on October 6–8 in Denver, Colorado, to learn how educators are placing real-world problem solving at the center of the undergraduate curriculum. Many of the challenges facing our nation and the world in the twenty-first century are global in nature, and students need to be prepared to solve these problems with an ethical global mindset. Conference participants will discuss how global learning can be mapped equitably across the institution to chart a new course for inclusive curricular change. Learn more about this conference and register by September 7 for the best conference rates.

Georgia Announced as Thirteenth LEAP State

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 09:00

AAC&U and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) have announced that Georgia is now a state partner in AAC&U’s LEAP initiative. LEAP Georgia is a partnership of the University System of Georgia and a recently formed LEAP State Georgia Collective comprising more than twenty colleges, community colleges, and universities. “AAC&U is very pleased to welcome Georgia to the national LEAP initiative,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We are eager to collaborate in support of the state of Georgia's commitment to excellence in higher education as a force for public good.” See more about LEAP States online.

New Project Supports Faculty in Advancing Greater Intentionality, Curricular Coherence

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 07:00

With Teagle Foundation support, AAC&U announces the launch of a new initiative, Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence. Part of AAC&U’s LEAP national initiative, this six-month planning project will lay the foundation for ambitious faculty-led curricular changes leading to improved student learning and success in earning degrees. The project held a launch meeting July 21–22 in Washington, DC, and is led by AAC&U Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Tia Brown McNair with participation from the Community College of Philadelphia (PA); University of Houston-Downtown (TX); University of Nevada, Las Vegas (NV); and Winston-Salem State University (NC). For more information, see the project web page or the press release.

Presidents Respond to Issues of Racial and Social Justice

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 08:15

AAC&U is pleased to share statements and letters from several college and university presidents in response to recent current events regarding issues of racial and social justice. We hope you will use these letters as resources as you craft your own responses to these important issues. See related AAC&U resources on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, including a video of Lynn Pasquerella’s recent interview on Difficult Dialogues.   

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella Addresses Donald Trump's Proposal on Student Loans and the Liberal Arts

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella Addresses Donald Trump's Proposal on Student Loans and the Liberal Arts

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 07:30

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella has written an Op–Ed, published by Inside Higher Ed, in which she responds to Donald Trump’s proposal for the future of higher education. Pasquerella states, “In order to restore public trust in higher education and destabilize the cultural attitudes at the basis of Trump’s policy proposal, we need to demonstrate in a more compelling way to those outside of the academy, Democrats and Republicans alike, the extent to which we actually are teaching students twenty-first-century skills, preparing them to solve our most pressing global, national, and local problems within the context of the workforce, not apart from it. Our shared commitments to equity, democratic and economic vitality, and inclusive excellence demand nothing less.” Read the Op–Ed online, and learn more about AAC&U’s commitment to undergraduate liberal education.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella Signs Letter Urging Prompt Action on Gun Control Legislation

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:15

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella signed a letter urging members of the US Congress to pass legislation that expands background checks and closes loopholes in our laws that make it easier for dangerous people to purchase guns. The letter was submitted to Congress on July 13 by the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense and notes that, “As we continue to mourn the losses from gun violence everywhere, we urge [Members of Congress] to give voice to the concerns of your constituents and honor the memory of the 33,000 Americans killed by gun violence every year and enact real, meaningful, and responsible solutions that can help prevent gun tragedies, and make our communities safer places to live.” On November 12, 2015, AAC&U also signed a joint statement opposing “campus carry” laws issued by the American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

AAC&U Joins Coalition on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 15:00

AAC&U announced that it is joining with more than 70 diverse organizations and individuals as partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative, launched in January 2016. The enterprise was launched to help communities embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value. AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella will serve on the Racial Healing and Relationship Building Design Team, and AAC&U Vice President Tia Brown McNair will serve on the Separation Design Team as part of this coalition. See related AAC&U resources on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, including a video of Lynn Pasquerella’s recent interview on Difficult Dialogues.   

AAC&U Remembers Alison Bernstein

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 08:30

AAC&U mourns the loss of Alison R. Bernstein, a longtime leader in higher education and philanthropy who passed away on June 30, 2016. Bernstein was an especially gifted scholar and liberal educator, a tireless promoter of diversity and inclusion, an early champion of the field of women’s studies, and a strong supporter of this association. AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella noted that “Alison had a profound impact on higher education. Her lifelong commitment to liberal education, equity, and social justice resulted in enhanced access to higher education for those at the lowest socioeconomic rungs and to new models for ensuring that the contributions of women and people of color are not consigned to the lower shelves of history. Her legacy will continue to shape the next generation of global women leaders, and we are so grateful to have been beneficiaries of her wit, wisdom, and passion.” Read AAC&U’s full statement here.

Webinar and Research Briefing Offer Guidance in Wake of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Decision

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 10:15

An upcoming free webinar, “Unpacking Fisher II and Its Possible Implications for Institutions,” will be held on Thursday, July 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Sponsored by the College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative, the webinar will include discussion of the elements of the US Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the University of Texas’s race-conscious admissions program. To learn more about the case, read the 2014 briefing document, “The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal's Second Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas: The Decision and Its Implications,” prepared by the College Board and Education Counsel LLC on behalf of the Access and Diversity Collaborative (of which AAC&U is a sponsoring organization). See also AAC&U President Emerita Carol Geary Schneider’s statement on the case, issued on June 23 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision.

2017 Annual Meeting Symposium To Provide Forum for Dialogue on Student Activism, Racial Justice, and Educational Responsibility

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 15:00

Over the past year, college students have joined communities across our nation to protest systemic racial and social injustices. As our campuses respond to the voices of students seeking to speak truth to power, all educators within our colleges and universities must play leadership roles in promoting racial and social justice and educating today’s students to be informed and inspired to help build more just and equitable communities. The 2017 AAC&U Annual Meeting and Pre-Meeting Symposium will provide a space to explore our educational responsibilities around these challenging issues. See resources and campus tools designed to help in this work, including a recent interview done by AAC&U’s President Lynn Pasquerella regarding today’s movements on and off campus to address racial and social injustice.



Lynn Pasquerella Begins Term as AAC&U's 14th President

Lynn Pasquerella Begins Term as AAC&U's 14th President

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 00:00

Launching her tenure as AAC&U’s 14th President, Pasquerella issued a message to AAC&U members noting that our community “must enlarge the national conversation about access [to higher education and] … embrace the many ways in which liberal learning and inclusive excellence enrich us all.” She notes further how much the diversity of AAC&U’s membership strengthens the association and that “what unites us across this diversity is our shared commitment to AAC&U’s mission of making liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice.” Read the full message to members and more information about President Lynn Pasquerella.

Carol Geary Schneider Becomes President Emerita, Issues Message to AAC&U Community

Carol Geary Schneider Becomes President Emerita, Issues Message to AAC&U Community

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 00:00

After eighteen years as president of AAC&U, Carol Geary Schneider becomes president emerita on July 1. In a message to the AAC&U community, she extends thanks to colleagues across AAC&U’s member institutions, reflects on the last two decades of work, and calls for continued shared commitment to ensuring that a high-quality liberal education is available to every student. Schneider writes, “It will take an educational community—supported by a vigorous, smart, and creative AAC&U—to help overcome the reality that deep inequities stand in the way of underserved students’ successfully gaining access to the most empowering forms of college learning.” Click here to read the full message.