On May 7 in Washington, DC, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, spoke on a panel at the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s new report, “The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree,” which she helped coauthor as a member of the committee. On May 14 and 15, she participated in the “Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education” at the National Academies. On May 20, Pasquerella traveled to Staunton, Virginia, to deliver the commencement address at Mary Baldwin University. From May 20 to 21, she participated in the meeting of the Lingnan Foundation Board of Trustees in New York City. On May 29 and 30, she participated in the American Academy of Family Physicians Health Equity Roundtable in Washington, DC. On June 1, she delivered a keynote address in Schenectady, New York, at Union College’s 2018 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education. From June 4 to 7, she traveled to Tampa, Florida, to deliver a keynote address at the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit, held in partnership with the University of South Florida. On June 8, she delivered an address on liberal education and women’s leadership at Hood College’s 125th anniversary celebrations in Frederick, Maryland. From June 10–11, she participated in the Newman’s Own Foundation Advisory Board meeting in Washington, DC. On June 14, she delivered a keynote address at the Eduventures Higher Education Summit in Boston, Massachusetts. On June 18, she spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the Annapolis Group. On June 25, she spoke on a panel, at the invitation of the Chronicle of Higher Education, about public mistrust of higher education at the Council of Independent Colleges’ media conference in Washington, DC.
On May 3–4, Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, delivered the opening keynote address for the Alamo College District’s Power of Persistence Learning Summit in San Antonio, Texas. On May 10, she delivered a keynote address, “Becoming a Student-Ready College,” during California State University–Northridge’s annual Academic Innovation Showcase. On May 15–16, McNair delivered a keynote address, “A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality,” and led a concurrent session during the 2nd Annual New England College Assessment Conference at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. On June 14, McNair delivered the opening keynote address, “Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Advancing Assessment and Persistence,” during the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Assessment and Persistence Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
On May 4, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, attended a curriculum redesign session at the College Board’s Academic Assembly Council Meeting in New York, where he delivered an address on LEAP initiatives, AP redesign, and AP capstones. On May 23–25, he presented a seminar, “Learning that Counts,” on VALUE rubrics and eportfolios during the International Seminar of the Center for Recording Achievement and the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) in Dublin, Ireland. On June 20–23, he was a faculty member in a workshop on VALUE rubrics at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Problem-Based Learning, which AAC&U cosponsored.
Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, participated in the 2018 Executive Leadership Think Tank on “The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education” as part of the National Academies Report, at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 24 in Washington, DC. On June 1, she led a workshop on signature assignments and assessment for the Maryland Community College Learning Assessment group in Baltimore.
C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, delivered a presentation titled “An Overview of ePortfolios: Learning, Assessment, and Career Development” on May 22 at the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists in Columbia, Maryland. On June 1, Watson presented a session, "Leveraging Student Affairs' Strengths to Address Mental Health and Promote Student Success,” with Amelia Parnell (NASPA) and Timothy Bono (Washington University in St. Louis) at NASPA’s "Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference” in Columbus, Ohio.
On May 10, Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, gave a plenary, “The Internationalization Imperative,” at the Principals Academy International Fair in Zionsville, Indiana, where principals from K–12 schools across Indiana shared promising practices for internationalization. From May 20 to 23, she was the facilitator of the global learning track at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at Indiana University Bloomington. She worked with faculty from two-and four-year colleges and universities and predominantly white institutions, historically black colleges and universities, and tribal colleges. During the Annual Conference of NAFSA in Philadelphia, Whitehead cofacilitated a workshop on “Internationalizing the Curriculum: A Transformative Institutional Approach to Global Learning,” and was a presenter in a global learning forum, “Developing Capacity for Global Impact: From Skillsets to Mindsets.” On June 15, Whitehead participated in the “Health in All Education” meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
From May 2 to 3, Kate McConnell, senior director for research and assessment, conducted a daylong workshop on “General Education: Articulating Its Purpose, Living Up to Its Promise, and Avoiding the Potholes” and delivered a keynote on “Signature Core and Today's Learning Landscape: National Trends and Best Practices in General Education” at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. From May 14 to 16, she conducted five separate, hour-long workshops as part of “learning day” at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, served as a consultant and delivered a keynote, “Global Citizenship Without a Passport,” at ICCI (Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization), which AAC&U cosponsored, at Indiana University in Bloomington from May 20 to 23. She also organized and led a session, “Civic Learning in the Major: Social Responsibility, Agency, and Action,” at the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Anaheim, California, from June 7 to 9. From June 12 to 13, she was invited to consult with the board of the Bonner Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. At the invitation of the Council of Europe, she served as an opening plenary speaker for the meeting of the European Network of Information Centres (ENIC) and the National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARIC) that was held June 18–19 in Prague, Czech Republic.
From May 29 to June 1, Erin Horan, postdoctoral research analyst in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, delivered a poster presentation, “Data Collection Techniques that Lead to Efficient Large-Scale Analysis,” at the Association for Institutional Research Forum in Orlando, Florida. From June 10 to 13, she also attended the final meeting of the 2018 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education in Washington, DC, where she was assigned to a five-person research group studying socioeconomic status. Her group delivered a presentation titled “Exploring Current College Affordability at Minority-Serving Institutions.”