AAC&U News, April 2018
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Meetings, Projects, and Publications

Meetings and Institutes

Upcoming Webinar on A Vision for Equity

April 19, 2018, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Free for all participants

Join our upcoming webinar, “A Vision for Equity: Campus-Based Strategies for Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence.” This webinar will share lessons from a three-year project led by AAC&U in partnership with the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. The webinar will feature presentations from four campus teams on evidence-based interventions that include practical examples, models, and resources for identifying and addressing disparities in student outcomes. This webinar is free to all attendees and is designed for all educators, faculty members, and administrators interested in learning more about campus-based strategies for committing to equity and inclusive excellence.

Webinar on Signature Work from First Year to Capstone

April 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Free for AAC&U members; $100 for nonmembers

In this webinar, “Signature Work from First Year to Capstone: Scaffolding throughout the Curriculum,” administrative and faculty leaders from three institutions will share models and insights into the process their institutions took to integrate signature work opportunities into the curriculum. In signature work, a student uses his or her cumulative learning to pursue a significant project related to a problem he or she defines with support and guidance from faculty and mentors. William Hogan from Providence College will share results of their efforts to integrate signature work into the first-year curriculum, and Elizabeth Loizeaux from Boston University will share the development of a new general education model that includes the Cross-College Challenge, where two faculty members from different fields guide interdisciplinary teams of juniors and seniors from across Boston University’s ten schools and colleges in tackling pressing contemporary problems and enduring human questions. Finally, Susan McWilliams from the University of Southern Maine will focus on mechanisms for scaffolding foundational concepts and methods in the major for application in the capstone project.  

Inaugural Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence

July 17–20, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts
Applications due April 30, 2018.

The institute, a new partnership between the Interfaith Youth Core and AAC&U, is an opportunity for campus teams of administrators, faculty, and staff who are leading change to deepen, strengthen, and expand campus-wide engagement with religious diversity and interfaith cooperation. Each campus is asked to bring a team of five people, including at least one senior academic officer and one faculty member. Teams are also encouraged to include additional individuals from faculty development, student affairs, or assessment offices. The institute will be held in tandem with AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Regional Network Meetings in Ohio and Massachusetts

Project News

New Publication from AAC&U: "A Vision for Equity"

A Vision for Equity is a critical new resource for higher education professionals working to identify and address disparities in student outcomes. This publication includes case studies from thirteen institutions that share practical examples, models, data, and resources from their efforts to provide an equitable education to all students. Additional perspectives from AAC&U and the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California provide context and guidance for educators with a vision for equity at their institution. The findings in A Vision for Equity are from Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence, a three-year project led by AAC&U in partnership with CUE. The project supported thirteen institutions—including a community college, liberal arts institutions, large research and technical universities, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and a historically black university—in the design, implementation, and assessment of evidence-based interventions to achieve equity in student learning and success. The project and publication were funded by Strada Education Network and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Resources and Opportunities to Build Civic Capacities within Majors

AAC&U offers two upcoming opportunities to assist faculty in developing strategies to employ a civic lens as they investigate disciplinary questions in their area of study. AAC&U hosted a webinar on “Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility” on April 3, 2018, and resources and a recording from the webinar are available online now. AAC&U also invites two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States to apply for mini-grants to support departmental discussions and redesigns. The mini-grant applications are due April 23, 2018.

The Anchor Institutions Task Force Annual Conference

The 2018 AITF Annual Conference has expanded into a two-day event to be held in New York City on November 15–16, 2018, and the AITF conference planners have announced their call for sessions. Proposed sessions should highlight collaborative strategies involving anchor institutions representing two or more fields (e.g., higher education, health care, government) and the successes, challenges, and future prospects of these initiatives. Session proposals are due June 15, 2018.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF) are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

BTtoP News

BTtoP-Sponsored Gathering on Building Faculty Capacity to Support New Majority and Underserved Students

From April 13 to 15, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) will cosponsor the second of two working group seminars at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor under the guidance of Barry Checkoway, BTtoP senior scholar, and Chad Berry, academic vice president and dean of the faculty at Berea College. Scholars and colleagues will explore how to better shape higher education for the flourishing of new majority students (including first-generation students, adult learners, and students of color), particularly in examining strategies to better prepare faculty through culturally responsive pedagogies, identity mindfulness, empathy enrichment, new curricula, and reward structures.

BTtoP Well-Being Grantee Research Collaborative

The Well-Being Research Collaborative, led by Ashley Finley, BTtoP’s national evaluator, and Lee Knefelkamp, BTtoP senior scholar, is hosting a convening of BTtoP’s 2015–17 Well-Being Research Grantees that will bring together researchers and project leaders from fifteen campus projects to discuss the connection between social and emotional learning (SEL) educational practices and the related effects on measures of well-being and success outcomes for students who have been traditionally underserved within higher education. Beginning with two webinars, the collaborative will culminate in an in-person gathering in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2018. The goal of the Well-Being Research Collaborative is to examine effective campus-based models in relationship to empirical findings to identify the most transferable models for linking well-being with underserved student success and campus commitments to equity.

Other News

Nominations Open for 2019 Ness Book Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Ness Book Award for books published between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018. The principal theme of the book should contribute to the analysis and/or advancement of liberal education in any setting, and should focus on (1) liberal education as an evolving tradition; (2) the role and value of liberal education in a particular context; or (3) an issue or topic in secondary or postsecondary education discussed substantially in relation to liberal education. We invite you to nominate books that meet the criteria by sending a letter to the Frederic W. Ness Book Award Committee, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, or by emailing your nomination to Halim Rizk. Nominations must be received no later than May 1, 2018. Read about the Ness Book Award for more information about submission criteria and past winners.

Call for Submissions for the "Academic Minute,” Cosponsored by AAC&U

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is the host of the Academic Minute, a radio segment produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. Producers of the Academic Minute are seeking submissions about all research topics, and universities are encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from one institution. Recent weekly takeovers include research from Whitworth University, Cornell College, Lafayette College, and Purdue University (upcoming). Please send your submission to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org

Apply Now for the Delphi Award for Faculty Models that Support Student Success

Submissions are now being accepted for the Delphi Award, a partnership between The Delphi Project and AAC&U that recognizes exemplary campus practices, policies, programs, or services that enable faculty (especially those who are contingent and non-tenure track) to nurture student success. Each winning institution will receive a cash award in the amount of $15,000. Any two- or four-year institution, or department, unit, or college within such an institution, can apply, and one two-year and one four-year institution will be chosen to receive awards each year. Applications are due June 1, 2018.

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