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AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting

Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education
January 23–26, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia
Register by December 14 for best rates.

AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held January 23–26 in Atlanta, Georgia. Annual Meeting highlights and a full listing of sessions are now online. The meeting will open Wednesday evening with a presentation by Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University and writer of "The Ethicist" column for the New York Times, on “The Honor Code in America Today.” The opening plenary, "Code Switching: Making the Case for Liberal Education Amidst Critics, Skeptics, and Trolls,” will be moderated by AAC&U president Lynn Pasquerella with speakers Brandon Busteed, Kaplan University Partners; Mary Schmidt Campbell, Spelman College; Kirk Carapezza, WGBH Boston; Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia Community College–CUNY; and Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core. The final plenary—“The Role of Journalism in Undermining, Preserving, and Reclaiming the Narrative of American Society”—will be delivered by Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School. The meeting will also feature a special event on Thursday evening, “Music of the Movement,” a performance inspired by the music of the civil rights movement. On Wednesday, the Pre-Meeting Symposium, “Is There a Rubric for That? A Decade of VALUE and the Future of Higher Education,” will feature speakers Trudy W. Banta, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Dan Berrett, Chronicle of Higher Education; Johnnella Butler, Spelman College; George D. Kuh and Gianina Baker, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment; Carol Geary Schneider, Lumina Foundation; Jamienne S. Studley, WASC Senior College and University Commission; and Lynn Pasquerella, Kate McConnell, Terrel Rhodes, Daniel Sullivan, and C. Edward Watson—all of AAC&U. The meeting will also feature the Tenth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios on January 26 (see below). Hotel and registration information is available online.

Celebrating Ten Years of AAC&U’s ePortfolio Forum

ePortfolios and the Value of Higher Education
January 26, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

AAC&U is pleased to present the 10th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios, held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting. The robust forum schedule includes plenaries and more than thirty presentations by higher education’s leading ePortfolio researchers and practitioners:

  • Opening Plenary: “Beyond Technologies & Outcomes: Building Ethics and Compliance into Teaching, Learning, and Assessment,” presented by Sol Bermann, chief privacy officer and interim chief information security officer, University of Michigan
  • Student Panel Discussion: “Students’ Perspectives on ePortfolios and Learning,” presented by Margaret J. Marshall, director of university writing and professor of English, Auburn University, with Genesis Barco-Medina, graduate student in English; Elizabeth A. Devore, graduate student in electrical engineering; Bri Thomas, senior in political science; and Brent Warr, senior in environmental design
  • Closing Plenary: “Documenting Learning: A Perspective,” presented by John Ittelson, professor emeritus, School of Computing and Design, California State University–Monterey Bay

Registration information is available here.

Register Now: 2019 General Education and Assessment Conference

Creating a 21st-Century General Education: Responding to Seismic Shifts
February 14–16, 2019, San Francisco, California
Register by January 14 for best rates.

AAC&U’s 2019 General Education and Assessment Conference invites colleagues from all areas of the higher education landscape to join us in sharing efforts to create intentional and integrated programs, to assess our current practices, and to generate evidence of high-quality learning within our educational experiences for all students. Concurrent and poster sessions will provide examples of how participants are implementing, assessing, and/or revising different attempts to address these topics. On the final day, participants will reflect on the questions, consider what they have learned from sessions, and share what they see as the path forward to a twenty-first-century general education. Conference highlights include plenary sessions by George Anders (LinkedIn), “Who’s Hiring Liberal Arts Graduates?,” and Amelia Parnell (NASPA), “Learning Happens Everywhere: Strategies for Assessing Cocurricular Experiences.”

Register Now: 2019 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference

Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations
March 28–30, 2019, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Register by February 28 for best rates.

AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Success conference will examine what it means to work toward a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability. The conference will provide a forum for educators, students, and community stakeholders to raise critical questions about institutional and external practices, policies, and structures that hinder full inclusion and to identify strategies for improving the educational environment for all participants. Charles H. F. Davis III, University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and Race and Equity Center, will deliver the opening keynote, “Resisting Marginality with Radical Inclusivity: Reimagining Possibility in the Higher Education of Today.” The conference will also feature a panel discussion featuring Lorelle Espinosa, American Council on Education; Andrew Hughey, Community College of Allegheny County; Lynn Pasquerella, AAC&U; and Jennifer Bloomquist, Gettysburg College. The conference will close with a plenary by Amanda Kraus, University of Arizona, on “Reframing Disability: Challenging What We Think We Know.” Conference highlights include Excelencia in Education’s Data Institute, which provides interactive sessions to engage with data and enhance institutional efforts in serving Latino and other post-traditional students (additional registration and fee required).

Send a Team to AAC&U’s 2019 Summer Institutes

AAC&U’s team-based summer institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work in support of advancing campus change initiatives, along with a curriculum focused on important trends, research, and best practices delivered by a resident faculty of educational experts and consultants. Information about institutes, including application materials, is now online.

  • The Institute on General Education and Assessment, taking place June 4–7 at the University of Vermont, provides campus teams with opportunities to refine and advance general education programs and their assessment. The institute conveys a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that access to excellence in higher education is available to all students, striving toward a vision of education that is energized by students’ multiple and intersecting identities.
  • The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, taking place June 18–21 at Villanova University, is designed to help campuses and state systems advance student success by developing and strengthening efforts to support student engagement in high-impact practices, advance curricular coherence, and generate equitable outcomes to make quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education.
  • The Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, taking place July 16–19 at Emory University, is intended for faculty and administrative teams leading change to deepen students’ integrative learning over time—connecting general education with learning in the major, and curricular with cocurricular learning, leading to signature work. This institute will be held in conjunction with the Interfaith Youth Core’s Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence, with the programming and activities of each institute open to all participants. Through the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, all costs will be covered for campus teams accepted to the interfaith excellence institute. 

Announcing the 2019 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

AAC&U is offering the second annual institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers for campuses seeking to break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in their communities. At the institute, new and returning TRHT Campus Center teams will identify evidence-based strategies that support their vision for what their communities will look and feel like when the belief in the hierarchy of human value no longer exists. Teams will participate in racial healing circles, take part in workshops, and collaborate with experienced TRHT Campus Center mentors, workshop facilitators, communication experts, and evaluation consultants to develop or refine their transformative campus action plans. The TRHT Institute will be held June 25–28 at Villanova University. In conjunction with the TRHT institute, there will be a post-institute preparation process for participants interested in learning how to facilitate racial healing circles. Applications must be received by March 14, 2019.

Project News

VALUE Institute Registration Now Open

AAC&U and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (IUCPR) announced the opening of registration for the 2018–19 VALUE Institute. The VALUE Institute is a resource for colleges and universities to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student learning and success. VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) is a campus-based assessment approach developed and led by AAC&U as part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. Using the proven approach of the VALUE rubrics to assess authentic student work, the VALUE Institute provides institutions with data and reports to determine whether and how well students are meeting graduation-level achievement in learning outcomes that both employers and faculty consider essential. VALUE Institute assessment results provide participating institutions with actionable information about students’ learning and support capacity-building for faculty, institutions, and policy makers on how to use evidence to support student success and effective pedagogy. Registration remains open through February 22.

New Issue of “Peer Review”

The Summer 2018 issue of Peer Review is available in print and online. While the pace of change in higher education can be slow, general education has emerged as a space of innovation, collaboration, thoughtfulness, creativity, and inquiry. This issue explores lessons learned from the AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment in which campus teams refine and advance programs using the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) framework. 

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Regional Network Meetings in Massachusetts, Southern California, and Ohio

2019 AAC&U TIDES Institute

2019 Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Conference
June 1014, 2019, Los Angeles, California

The enrollment of Hispanic students in US colleges and universities is expected to continue to dramatically increase over the next decade, but . . . are we ready for them? The AAC&U TIDES Institute offers a different approach to empowering STEM faculty to implement culturally responsive pedagogy in core STEM classrooms. Modeled after our unique professional development design, the TIDES Institute uses the combined power of critical reflection, accountability, awareness, and coalition building to increase the self-efficacy of STEM faculty in designing and delivering culturally responsive STEM content. Participants will use their authentic voices, institutional contexts, and individual worldviews to create meaningful solutions for retaining Hispanic students in STEM. Register by January 4, 2019. Space is limited.

PKAL STEM Leadership Institute

Institute I: July 9–14, 2019
Institute II: July 16–21, 2019
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland
Enlightened institutions of higher education recognize the value of cultivating leadership capacity among STEM faculty and administrators. The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers individuals in fully understanding and implementing the theory and practice of navigating the politics of change, addressing inter- and intrapersonal conflicts, and restructuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science and technology. The first application deadline is January 15, 2019; the second deadline is March 15, 2019.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Call for Proposals: 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

The American Democracy Project (ADP) and the NASPA Lead Initiative are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, which will be held June 5–8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Program submissions are due January 31. The conference committee asks that proposals address how the questions posed in the CLDE Emergent Theory of Change intersect with your work.

Data on Youth Political Engagement

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) invites campuses to renew or join the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). NSLVE offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates, providing an important measure that can catalyze improvements in academic programs and cocurricular experiences. The youth vote is a significant part of the political engagement story in the United States, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) tracks data and provides an analysis of trends for all voters aged 18–29.

New Resources to Support Civic, Justice, and Interfaith Practices on Campus

Campus Compact offers a series of free webinars on issues related to education and community building. The Interfaith Youth Core offers “Building Regular Interfaith Dialogue through Generous Engagement” (BRIDGE), a series of free, downloadable modules focused on training campus professionals to feel confident when engaging religious and worldview diversity on campus. The Bonner Foundation shares presentations from the 2018 Fall Bonner Congress Meeting focusing on topics related to the theme “Grow Justice, Grow Peace.” 

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, CIRCLE, Campus Compact, Interfaith Youth Core, and the Bonner Foundation are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve 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

Workshop at AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference

In March 2019, BTtoP will host a preconference workshop at AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Facilitated by Joselyn Schultz Lewis, Timothy K. Eatman, and Caitlin Salins, the workshop will address two questions: What does it mean to place support for student flourishing at the center of the equity agenda, and what does it mean to place equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our understanding of student well-being? It will focus on the experience and needs of students whose experience of marginality often undermines their success: students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and adult working students. It will combine research on student well-being and precarity, discussion of best practices, and reflection on what general commitments constitute a well-being equity agenda. To learn more about the workshop, click here.

BTtoP to Sponsor Three Fishbowl Sessions at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting

BTtoP will present three fishbowl sessions at the AAC&U 2019 Annual Meeting from January 23 to 26 in Atlanta, Georgia: (1) “Student Well-Being and the Equity Imperative,” (2) “Work and the Purposes of College,” and (3) “Building the Community of Change: An Open Call to Envision the Future of Bringing Theory to Practice (and Higher Education).” In each fishbowl session, an inaugural circle of four or five discussants will unpack the theme in conversation for twenty to thirty minutes, with the surrounding audience “overhearing” their dialogue. Then, individual audience members will be invited to tap into the fishbowl, replacing discussants and offering their own questions, comments, disagreements, and stories. BTtoP hopes the resulting conversation will be wide-ranging, expansive, and also focused, with room for disagreement and unexpected connections and insights. To learn more about each session and speaker, click here.

BTtoP to Host Yearly Reception at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting

BTtoP will host an informal reception on January 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. New and old friends alike are invited to attend for the opportunity to engage in discussion, share ideas, and connect with each other and the BTtoP team. Members of BTtoP’s mailing list will receive an invitation in the coming weeks. To sign up for the mailing list, please visit: www.bttop.org.

Thought Leadership from Presidents’ Trust Members

Articles and Op-Eds by Members of AAC&U's Presidents' Trust

The Presidents’ Trust is a leadership group of nearly three hundred college and university presidents from all institutional types who are committed to advocating for the value of liberal education and inclusive excellence and rebuilding public trust in higher education. More information and a roster of all trust members can be found here. For more information about Presidents’ Trust membership, please contact the President's Office at presidentsoffice@aacu.org.

Truth, Facts and Liberal Education in a 'Post-Truth' Era
By Grant Cornwell, Presidents’ Trust Chair and President, Rollins College
December 3, 2018
Inside Higher Ed

The Importance of Mentorships in Higher Education
By Ronald A. Crutcher, President, University of Richmond (Presidents' Trust Member), and Christopher B. Howard, President, Robert Morris University
November 29, 2018
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Scott D. Miller: Guiding Anxious College Students
By Scott D. Miller, President, Virginia Wesleyan University
November 18, 2018

Six Lessons to Succeed as a First-Generation College Student
By Carolyn J. Stefanco, President, The College of Saint Rose
November 14, 2018
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

At Spelman, Taking Voting Rights Seriously
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College
November 12, 2018
Inside Higher Ed

Liberal and Conservative
By Donal O’Shea, President, New College of Florida
November 10, 2018

President Speaks: Why One Urban University is Expanding Through a P3
By Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University
November 6, 2018
Education Dive

Passing on the Light in the Face of Dark Times
By Seamus Carey, President, Transylvania University
November 5, 2018
Lexington Herald-Leader

As Humanities Majors Decline, Colleges Try to Hype Up Their Programs
By Jeffrey Selingo
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Members Brian C. Rosenberg, President, Macalester College, and Raynard Kington, President, Grinnell College
November 1, 2018


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