AAC&U News, December 2018
On the Road

November/December 2018

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Left to right: Kelly Mack, AAC&U, speaks with a conference participant; Kamau Bobb, Georgia Institute of Technology, delivers the closing plenary; and Tykeia Robinson, AAC&U, speaks with participants during a poster presentation at AAC&U's Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference from November 8 to 10 in Atlanta.

From November 11 to 13, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, traveled to Costa Mesa, California, to attend a Lingnan Foundation board meeting, where she participated in a workshop with the 2019 Chan Fellows. From November 14 to 17, she traveled to Sweet Briar, Virginia, to participate in the Sweet Briar College board of directors meeting. From November 21 to 22, she participated in the International Forum on Liberal Education in Seoul, Korea. She also attended the International Conference of General Education in Daegue, South Korea, from November 23 to 24. For both events, she delivered a speech titled “A Liberal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Educating for the Future.” Additionally, on November 20, she gave a talk to the Research Institute for Liberal Education in Seoul on “Humans vs. the Robot Revolution: The Value of Liberal Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” On December 5, she traveled to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she met with students for a brown bag lunch and delivered a talk on “Advancing Equity and Inclusivity on College Campuses in a Post-truth Era.” From December 6 to 8, she attended and participated in the Phi Beta Kappa senate meeting in Washington, DC.

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On November 9, Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and secretary to the board, represented AAC&U on a panel of representatives from higher education associations as part of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convening to address and prevent sexual harassment, “Together We Can Do Better: A Convening of Leaders in Academia to Prevent Sexual Harassment.” On November 14, she joined other national leaders in civic engagement for a discussion with members of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (in the photo, Ashley is joined from left to right by Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact; Joseph Heck, National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service; George Mehaffy, AASCU; Stephanie King, NASPA; and Zaneeta Daver, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge). Finally, she had the privilege of honoring the work and legacy of L. Lee Knefelkamp during a special memorial session at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Tampa, Florida, on November 17.

On November 14, Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, delivered a keynote address on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at the State University of New York College at Cortland in Cortland, New York. On November 16, McNair delivered a keynote address and led a workshop on high-impact practices at Prairie View A&M University’s High-Impact Practices Symposium in Houston, Texas. From December 3 to 4, she led workshops on experiential learning and high-impact practices at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

On November 8, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, attended the Beyond Multiple Choice conference in Washington, DC, and presented on “ePortfolios and the VALUE of Learning” in an afternoon session on “Exploring ePortfolios, Block Chains, and Multidimensional Approaches.” From November 10 to 18, Rhodes traveled to China for meetings with (1) the National Center for Schooling Development Programme in the Chinese Ministry of Education, (2) the Global Advanced Technical Education (GATE) organization working with tier two and three higher education institutions in China, and (3) universities in Hangzhou and Ningbo. He also gave a talk on “Constructing the General Education Curriculum in Universities: Ideas and Approaches” at a general education conference convened by Fudan University for tier one colleges.

From November 14 to 16, C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to Portland, Oregon, to present at the 2018 POD Network Conference. He was an invited panelist for the first annual POD Network Presidential Session entitled “Educational Development for a Liberal Education.” On December 3, he traveled to the University of Michigan–Flint for a day of meetings regarding general education reform that included a university keynote presentation entitled “The Importance of Reflection for Student Learning and General Education."

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, attended the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine meeting, “Together We Can Do Better: A Convening of Leaders in Academia to Prevent Sexual Harassment,” in Washington, DC, on November 9. 

On November 27, Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment, was a guest lecturer in Amy Swan’s doctoral course, “Advanced Institutional and Program Assessment in Higher Education,” in the George Mason University graduate program in higher education. With Jillian Kinzie, associate director and senior scholar at Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research, McConnell presented a concurrent session entitled “VALUE, Authentic Assessment, and Today’s Learning Landscape” at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), held from December 8 to 11 in New Orleans. With Daniel F. Sullivan, she published an article, “It's the Assignments—A Ubiquitous and Inexpensive Strategy to Significantly Improve Higher-Order Learning,” in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, shaped and moderated the session, “Braiding Civic Engagement and Equity: How Are We Doing?,” for the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic 2018 Presidents’ Institute and 10th Anniversary Celebration. With a theme of “Systemic Action: Advancing Equity Through College, Career, and Civic Readiness,” the event was held on November 8 at Gallaudet University. On November 30, she made a site visit to the New School in New York, where she is serving as a consultant with Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy for an institutional climate study.

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