AAC&U News, May 2018
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Meetings and Institutes

Call for Proposals: 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Confirming the Authority of Evidence
Proposals Due May 11

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) are pleased to announce the call for proposals is now open for the 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education: “Confirming the Authority of Evidence” conference. The conference invites academic STEM practitioners and scholars of all disciplines to join in a critical examination of the entire range of contemporary opportunities for—and challenges to—STEM higher education reform, including, but not limited to, exploring evidence-based approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching, examining new approaches to broadening participation, interrogating emerging research studies related to STEM student learning, and verifying new assessment tools for determining undergraduate STEM teaching effectiveness. Individuals and teams of faculty, administrators, and students are invited to submit proposals for pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster presentations that consider not only “what works” in STEM higher education reform, but also “for whom” and “under what conditions” it works best. For more information, call 202-387-3760 or write to network@aacu.org.

Save the Date: AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting

January 23–26, Atlanta, Georgia

The call for proposals for AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be available online at the end of May, with a deadline of July 23, 2018. We invite you to check AAC&U's website later this month for more information.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Regional Network Meetings in Ohio and Massachusetts

Project News

AAC&U President Releases Statement on Destigmatizing Past Criminal Justice Involvement

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella encourages campuses to review practices related to students' criminal justice involvement in the admissions process and promote discussion about initiatives like the “ban the box” movement to remove criminal justice questions from applications. “A growing body of evidence illustrates how the stigma of past criminal justice involvement compounds racial and socioeconomic disparities while limiting opportunity for those who become involved in the criminal justice system,” Pasquerella writes. “We encourage higher education leaders, staff, faculty, and students to strive for the boldest vision of inclusive excellence possible, and to create communities of practice where all students can realize their American Dreams.”

New Partnership to Foster Interfaith Leadership and Cooperation in Higher Education

A transformational grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will support a three-year partnership between AAC&U and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to increase interfaith cooperation through curricular and cocurricular student experiences at colleges and universities. The partnership between AAC&U and IFYC is built upon a shared commitment to ensuring that the next generation of leaders has the vision, knowledge, and skills necessary to transform experiences with diversity into engaged and productive pluralism. The grant will fund the development of a series of institutes, workshops, and other resources that support and enhance institutional efforts to broaden, deepen, and strengthen their commitments to interfaith teaching and learning. For more information about the Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education initiative, visit https://www.aacu.org/interfaith.

AAC&U VALUE Rubric Calibration Training Now Open

AAC&U is seeking volunteers to participate in the 2018 VALUE Rubric Calibration Training, which will be held through June. This represents a wonderful faculty development opportunity, as individuals who complete the training and meet our calibration standards will be certified as VALUE Rubric Scorers and may be invited to score student work submitted during the inaugural year of the VALUE Institute. The number of certified scorers selected for each learning rubric depends on the number of student artifacts submitted and the number of scorers available. Every certified scorer who completes scoring of artifacts for the VALUE Institute will receive a stipend for the work. This year, scorers will be trained on one of the following VALUE rubrics: critical thinking, written communication, quantitative literacy, civic engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, and global learning. If you would like to have your name added to the list for participation in AAC&U’s 2018 VALUE Rubric Calibration Training, or need additional information, please email Wende Garrison, director of VALUE Institute training, at garrison@aacu.org. Inclusion in the training is on a first come, first served basis, with preference given to individuals from institutions who have registered to participate in the VALUE Institute.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Resources Available to Assist Civic Engagement

CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) has released their 2018 Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI), which provides research and data on youth voter trends and their potential impact in the upcoming elections. For their National Student Affairs Day of Action on July 17, 2018, NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education has compiled resources and suggestions for learning and engaging in local, state, and national policy conversations relevant to student affairs professionals. Campus Compact offers twenty-four episodes of the Compact Nation Podcast, which shares conversations with leading community engagement professionals working in service for the public good.

A Call for Journal Submissions and a Workshop on Social Action Course Development

Imagining America is currently accepting one-page descriptions for a special issue of their journal, PUBLIC, titled: “Beyond Mass Incarceration: New Horizons of Liberation and Freedom.” Full submissions are due by May 31. The Bonner Foundation is offering a special one-and-a-half-day workshop at the 2018 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute at Wagner College from June 6 to 7. Titled the 2018 Social Action Course Development Workshop, it will focus on developing courses with a social action focus.

CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Campus Compact, Imagining America, and the Bonner Foundation are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen 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.

Other News

Op-Ed Makes the Case for High-Impact Practices

In a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, Jillian Kinzie and George D. Kuh argue that simply offering high-impact practices isn't enough to reap the benefits they provide. Implementation should be equitable, intentional, geared toward institutional context, and based on evidence. Responding to a study in the Journal of Higher Education that questioned the benefits of high-impact practices for four- and six-year graduation rates, Kinzie and Kuh share evidence and insights from AAC&U, the National Survey of Student Engagement, and several institutions that show how effective high-impact practices can be when done well. “We owe it to our students to ensure HIPs and other innovations intended to enhance the quality of undergraduate education are implemented equitably and with fidelity so that students realize the promised benefits,” they write.

Important Student Resources from AAC&U on General and Liberal Education

Get students off to a great start with brochures and publications designed specifically for students. These resources help high school and incoming students—and parents—understand the value of a liberal education and the importance of broad learning outcomes that prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. Hundreds of institutions have used AAC&U’s student resources in orientation, first-year seminars, academic advising, admissions, and career counseling.

  • Why Do I Have to Take This Course? is a practical guide intended to take some of the mystery out of curricular requirements and educate students about the importance of broad learning outcomes developed over the entire course of their undergraduate years.
  • What Will I Learn in College? is a short guide to college learning that helps students understand what will be expected of them and how to prepare for success, including candid recommendations from college students about how to get ready for college.
  • What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future? is a brochure that introduces what a liberal education is—and why it is important to all college students. Based on AAC&U research, it provides a contemporary definition of the term "liberal education," discusses the most important outcomes of college, and features the perspectives of recent graduates and employers.

AAC&U offers substantial discounts for large purchases—up to 70 percent off—as well as our regular bulk discounts. Learn more about these discounts online. To request a sample PDF, email pub_desk@aacu.org.

New Issue of “Peer Review”

The Winter 2018 issue of Peer Review, Global Learning: Crossing Majors, Borders, and Backyards,” is available in print and online. Global learning, which was once synonymous with “study abroad,” is now defined by the VALUE rubrics as “a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people's lives and the earth's sustainability. This issue of Peer Review examines the role of global education in fostering local and global civic engagement.

Call for Submissions for the "Academic Minute,” Cosponsored by AAC&U

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is the host of the Academic Minute, a radio segment produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. Producers of the Academic Minute are seeking submissions about all research topics, and universities are encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from one institution. Recent weekly takeovers include research from Whitworth University, Cornell College, Lafayette College, and Purdue University. Please send your submission to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org

Apply Now for the Delphi Award for Faculty Models that Support Student Success

Submissions are now being accepted for the Delphi Award, a partnership between The Delphi Project and AAC&U that recognizes exemplary campus practices, policies, programs, or services that enable faculty—especially those who are contingent and non-tenure track—to nurture student success. Each winning institution will receive a cash award in the amount of $15,000. Any two- or four-year institution, or department, unit, or college within such an institution, can apply, and one two-year and one four-year institution will be chosen to receive awards each year. Applications are due June 1, 2018.

New Issue of the "International Journal of ePortfolio"

AAC&U has published a new issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP). IJeP is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal freely available online at http://www.theijep.com. The new issue includes research that was featured at AAC&U’s 9th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios in Washington, DC, in January 2018. Highlights include articles that explore reflection, employer perceptions, design thinking, motivation, and higher-order thinking. Those wishing to be considered for the Fall 2018 issue should submit articles by June 1, 2018. The current Call for Papers can be found at http://www.theijep.com/callforpapers.html.

Livestream the Release of a New National Academies Report

Washington, DC
May 7, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will release a new consensus report titled The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree. AAC&U’s Lynn Pasquerella and Susan Albertine, members of the project committee, invite you to attend the release. The report analyzes the benefits of undergraduate and graduate educational experiences that integrate STEM, arts, humanities, and medical fields. It is the culmination of a two-year study that examined the evidence behind the assertion that more integrated educational experiences can better prepare graduates for life and work. Participants can attend the event in Washington, DC, or livestream it here.

Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at the Center for the Study of Global Change

If you are faculty, staff, or an administrator in higher education and are seeking new ways to internationalize your campus, course, or curriculum, consider joining the Center for the Study of Global Change at their renowned Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI). This institute, which features AAC&U’s Dawn Michele Whitehead and Caryn McTighe Musil as leaders, will help institutions prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the twenty-first century. ICCI provides the highest quality learning environment to think more deeply and productively about internationalization and includes two distinctive tracks with individualized workshops led by experts in international education (Course and Campus tracks). The institute will be held at Indiana University Bloomington from May 20 to 23, 2018.

Join the AAC&U Associates Program

If your institution is a member of AAC&U, you are eligible to become an AAC&U Associate. Associates Program dues are just $70 per calendar year. Associates receive all the benefits enjoyed by AAC&U campus representatives, including subscriptions to all of AAC&U's print and online periodicals, notice of calls for proposals for institutes and meetings, and invitations to apply for grant-funded projects and to participate in special AAC&U events. Associates also receive an additional 20 percent discount on the purchase of one to ten copies of a single publication purchased via AAC&U's online shopping cart. For questions about the Associates Program, please contact Renée Gamache, membership coordinator, at 202-884-0809 or memberservices@aacu.org.

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