On July 3, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, traveled to Florence, Italy, to speak on a panel, “Bridging the Gap Between an ‘Expert Institution’ and the Public,” at the 15th Transatlantic Dialogue: “Higher Education and Its Communities: Openness, Democracy, and Engagement” sponsored by the European University Association, Universities Canada, and the American Council on Education. On July 9, she delivered the opening plenary at the Liberal Arts Illuminated conference, “Reframing the Narrative: Leadership toward Inclusive Excellence,” at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
On July 10, Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, participated in a panel discussion titled “Reframing the Narrative: Leadership toward Positive Outcomes for All Students” during the Liberal Arts Illuminated conference, “Reframing the Narrative: Leadership toward Inclusive Excellence,” at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota. From July 16 to 18, McNair facilitated the 2018 High-Impact Practices Summer Institute and delivered closing remarks following the student mentor eportfolio presentations at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
From July 18 to 19, Terrel Rhodes, vice president in the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment and executive director of VALUE, met with leaders from the Multi-State Collaborative Consortium, the VALUE Institute, and State Higher Education Executive Officers to evaluate and plan the data-informed current and future state of the MSC Consortium in relation to the creation of the VALUE Institute. From July 23 to 26, he presented the Keynote Batson Lecture at the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On July 31, C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, to facilitate discussions with a team of academic leaders regarding core curriculum redesign. The goal is to make specific courses more impactful by instituting integrative approaches that provide common intellectual experiences.
Kate McConnell, senior director for research and assessment, represented AAC&U at the Anglo-American Assessment Summit from June 28 to 30 in Leeds, United Kingdom.
Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, participated in the Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit Series, hosted by the University of Alberta and James Madison University, in Banff, Alberta, Canada, from July 5 to 8. She was a panelist on the final panel, “Purpose and Potential of the Summit Series,” and will play an active role in the research projects that came out of the summit.
From July 9 to 11, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) director David Scobey attended the Liberal Arts Illuminated conference, “Reframing the Narrative: Leadership toward Inclusive Excellence,” at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Featuring BTtoP collaborators Lee Knefelkamp, Randy Bass, Brandon Busteed, Freeman Hrabowski, and AAC&U colleagues Lynn Pasquerella and Tia Brown McNair, the conference addressed the future of liberal arts institutions and connected Scobey with numerous thought leaders interested in BTtoP’s work and partnerships on future initiatives.