Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, spoke during an opening session, “Higher Education and the Public Trust,” at the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education’s annual conference on March 10 in Washington, DC. On March 12, she spoke on a plenary panel, “The Humanities and Rebuilding Public Trust in Higher Education,” at the National Humanities Alliance’s annual meeting, and she moderated a panel, “Four Generations of Women in the Academy,” at the American Council on Education's annual meeting. On March 26, she traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to speak on a panel titled “Resources for the Public Role of Higher Education” at the 2018 Summit of Presidents and Chancellors at the National Campus Compact’s annual conference. On April 4, she traveled to Cape Neddick, Maine, to speak at a retreat of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England.
On March 26, Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, delivered a presentation titled “Advancing Racial Equity through Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers” during the Campus Compact 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. On March 27, McNair delivered a keynote address during the Annual LEAP Texas Conference, “Promoting Student Transition and Equity in 21st Century Higher Education” in Houston, Texas. On April 4, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality” during the Chair Academy’s Annual International Leadership Conference, in Denver, Colorado.
On March 13, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, delivered a keynote address on general education reform and led sessions on student learning outcomes, criteria, and milestones with the leadership team and the general education committee at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. On March 15, he spoke about the “New AAC&U Approach to Large-Scale Writing Assessment: An Overview and Analysis” during the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri. On March 25, he conducted a half-day workshop on “Using VALUE Rubric Results for Learning Improvement, Professional Development, and Equity” during the LEAP Texas annual conference in Houston, Texas.
C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, delivered two presentations on leveraging technology to improve student learning at the University of the Ozarks on March 9 in Clarksville, Arkansas. On March 14, he traveled to Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, to deliver a presentation titled “Open Educational Resources (OERs): A High-Impact Practice Fostering Student Success.” He then delivered a plenary session at the 5th Annual LEAP Texas Conference in Houston on March 26 titled “Open Educational Resources: Their Surprising Impact on Student Success.”
On March 10, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives (at left in the photo, with Lynn Gangone and Donna Shavlik), attended the American Council on Education's women's dinner bestowing Judith S. White, president and executive director of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), with this year's Donna Shavlik Award. On March 11, she attended a HERS board of directors breakfast honoring White as she retires in June after leading HERS for eleven years.
From March 18–19, BTtoP Director Don Harward and Project Manager Caitlin Salins attended the Milken Institute’s “Promoting Thriving in Colleges and Universities” retreat in New York City. In partnership with Cindy L. Citrone’s 33 Foundation, the Milken Institute’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy sponsored an all-day retreat on philanthropy’s role in helping students to thrive in US higher education. Speaking to researchers, academic leadership, philanthropists, practitioners, designers, and innovators, Harward moderated a session titled “Higher Education’s Role in Identity Formation” and presented on understanding the differences between eudaimonic and hedonic well-being in relation to student thriving.