AAC&U News, August 2017

On the Road with AAC&U

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From left: Lynn Pasquerella (second from left) spoke on a panel at the National Academies; Bethany Zecher Sutton served as a faculty fellow at the HERS Bryn Mawr Institute; Christopher Lykins of Chattanooga State Community College held a "Make HIPs a Habit" bag at a workshop facilitated by Tia Brown McNair; Ashley Finley spoke and led workshops at the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Institute on General Education.

Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, participated in an “Integration of Education in the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the Arts and Humanities at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels” meeting at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC, on July 13–14.

Bethany Zecher Sutton, chief of staff and senior advisor to the president, served as a faculty fellow at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Institute for the week of July 16–22, leading sessions on leadership transitions, careers in higher education, and the future of liberal education. She also consulted with participants on their leadership projects and served as a resource on national higher education trends and issues.

On July 10, Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, presented on “Becoming a Student-Ready Campus” during the Society for College and University Planning’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC. On July 13–14, McNair participated in the Springfield Technical Community College Senior Staff Retreat in New Haven, Connecticut, during which she facilitated sessions on strategic planning for student success. On July 17–18, McNair participated in the 2017 High-Impact Summer Institute at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and facilitated workshops on the implementation and assessment of high-impact practices. On July 20, McNair facilitated a plenary session, “Becoming a Student Ready College,” during the Jobs for the Future 2017 State Policy Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On July 25, McNair facilitated a session on equity and community college student success during the Aspen Institute’s 2017–18 Aspen Presidential Fellowship Conference in Palo Alto, California.

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, led a two-day workshop on July 26–27 on developing general education curricula for Johnson State College and Lyndon State College, which are uniting to form Northern Vermont University in 2018.

On July 15, Omar Harbison, director for student success, facilitated a session titled “Interview Strategies and Techniques” during the SEED Graduate Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.   

Susan Albertine, senior scholar, attended the third National Academies of Science committee meeting on the “Integration of Education in the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the Arts and Humanities at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels” in Washington, DC, on July 13–14. On July 26, Albertine traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, where she conducted a workshop on genres of professional writing in public health for fellows at the Center for Disease Control in a program supported by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). On August 1, Albertine conducted a second workshop for undergraduate interns and graduate fellows at the ASPPH offices in Washington, DC. The writing workshops drew from materials developed for the Educated Citizen and Public Health collaboration between AAC&U and ASPPH.

Ashley Finley, AAC&U Senior Fellow and BTtoP national evaluator (Dominican University of California), gave a public talk on “Well-Being as an Essential Outcome of Higher Education” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on June 27 as part of the university’s Institute on General Education. The talk focused on how well-being and students’ personal development are inextricably linked with learning and therefore are at the center of any university mission. Particular emphasis was given to BTtoP’s fifteen Well-Being Research Grantees, who are currently examining and assessing the practices that contribute to positive well-being and personal development among underserved students. On June 29, Finley also led a workshop at the institute on the role of civic engagement in students’ intellectual and personal development and the intersection of these practices with students’ well-being.

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