2014 General Education and Assessment: Program Highlights

Thursday, February 27

7:00–8:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
From Disruption to Design: A General Education for 2030?

Randall Bass, Vice Provost for Education, Georgetown University; and Sybril Bennett, Associate Professor, Journalism, Belmont University

When revising general education, are we looking backward or forward? What will the world in which today’s students live and work look like—in 2020, 2030, and beyond? Who will the students be and what skills will they need to navigate that world? What will their learning environments comprise and what role will technology play?  What purpose will our institutions serve in 2030? This keynote will explore how to turn theclimate ofdisruption into one of design and consider principles of innovation for reimagining general education as part of a new ecology for learning.

Friday, February 28

9:15–10:15 a.m. 
Plenary
Examining Leadership Paradoxes:  New Students and Faculty on Campus

Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California; and Robert T. Teranishi, Professor of Education, Morgan and Helen Chu Chair in Asian American Studies, University of California–Los Angeles

Today’s students are first-generation, diverse, and technology savvy.  Most attend part-time at multiple institutions. Many are military veterans, and the majority face challenging economic prospects.  These students often need greater support from faculty than ever before, and these interactions often determine their success.  Today’s faculty has also changed—over 70% are on contingent appointments and new faculty models are emerging.  The faculty is increasingly diverse, but some faculty members face abysmal employment conditions—low wages, no benefits, and little job security.  This plenary will examine the trend towards greater reliance on contingent faculty and how it may unintentionally work against institutional goals and student success.  It will address new approaches to faculty roles and careers that overcome this emerging paradox and place both student and faculty success at the heart of the academic endeavor. 

12:00–1:45 p.m
Provosts' Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
Leading Innovation and Institutional Transformation
Separate registration and fee required ($50); seating will be limited, so register early.

Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, City University of New York Herbert H. Lehman College; and Kimberly Eby, Associate Provost, Faculty Development and Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, George Mason University

Current and future provosts are invited to discuss strategic planning, leadership, and institutional transformation in a climate of disruptions.  How does AAC&U’s LEAP vision provide a framework for advancing integrative general education from first year seminar to capstone experience and how can provosts provide leadership for these kinds of institutional change? 

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Plenary
Evolving Identities of E-Portfolios

Bret Eynon, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, La Guardia Community College/City University of New York

What is an e-portfolio?  A tool for supporting authentic outcomes assessment?  A reflective space for students and faculty?  An advisement tool?  A career and transfer showcase?  All of the above?  As the use of e-portfolios in higher education becomes increasingly common, new research documents e-portfolios’ potential for encouraging deep learning and catalyzing institutional change for student success.  This presentation will spotlight classroom pedagogies, support structures, and institutional strategies needed to build successful integrative e-portfolio initiatives on your campus.

5:30–7:00 p.m. 
Community Forum
The Degree Qualifications Profile:  Framing Learning Outcomes for General Education

Amber Garrison Duncan, Evaluation and Planning Officer, Lumina Foundation; and Paul Gaston, Trustees Professor, Kent State University

Effective general education rests on shared understanding of clear baccalaureate learning outcomes. An expression of developing consensus within higher education, Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile sets forth proficiencies expected of college graduates.  Following a brief overview of the DQP, participants will consider questions concerning how agreement on standards can promote and support academic renewal while serving as an effective defense against intrusive “standardization.”  In an informal and convivial atmosphere, participants will discuss the standards in place at their institutions, the ways in which such standards develop and are affirmed, how faculty members and students use standards to enhance learning, and how a reliable and accessible expression of a broader consensus might be helpful.

Saturday, March 1

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Closing Plenary
Reflection for Innovation

Terrel Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, Assessment, and Ashley Finley, Senior Director of Assessment and Research—both of AAC&U

Disruption will not yield opportunity in the absence of reflection and discussion. This plenary will provide an opportunity to reflect on the collective learning of participants.  Participants will be invited to see what others have learned—the take-aways, the awakenings, the future plans—and share their own lessons learned.