On April 5, Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, delivered a keynote plenary address at the inaugural conference of the EPIC (Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms) Program, “Humanities Now: Transformative Learning,” at the University of California–Los Angeles. On April 16, she moderated a panel session, “Academic Freedom in Trying Times,” at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study of Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at the City University of New York Graduate Center in New York City. On April 24, she participated in TIAA’s invitational Presidential Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona. On April 27, Pasquerella delivered the closing plenary at the 2018 Academic Resource Conference of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission in Burlingame, California.
On April 4, Tia Brown McNair, vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, delivered a keynote address titled “A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality” during the Chair Academy’s Annual International Leadership Conference, in Denver, Colorado. On April 6, she delivered a keynote address and facilitated several sessions on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in Anchorage, Alaska. On April 9, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success” during the Council on Postsecondary Education’s 2018 Kentucky Student Success Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. On April 11, she facilitated sessions titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College: High-Impact Practices and Intentionality by Design,” “How to Incorporate High-Impact Practices in Your Programs,” and “What is a Student-Ready College?” during the University of Toledo’s Assessment Day in Toledo, Ohio. From April 13 to 15, McNair participated in a meeting titled “Preparing Faculty Members for New Majority Students in Higher Education” at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor Michigan. From April 26 to 27, she delivered a keynote address during the University of Oregon’s Student Success Summit. On April 30, McNair delivered a keynote address and facilitated a group discussion during the Inspiring Novel and Successful Practices that Impact Retention and Engagement (INSPIRE) Conference at Texas A&M University in Austin, Texas.
Bethany Zecher Sutton, chief of staff, attended the annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) from April 26 to 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. AAC&U is an affiliate member of ACLS and enjoys collaborative relationships and partnerships with many disciplinary societies.
Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning, led a series of four workshops titled "From Competency to Course: Building a Curriculum that Leads to Integrative Learning" and delivered the keynote lecture, "Students Do the Integrating, All We Can Do Is Provide the Opportunities," for Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from April 9 to 10. On April 13, she led a one-day workshop and presented a keynote on the importance of integrative learning at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida.
From April 5 to 6, Terrell Rhodes, vice president in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, and executive director of VALUE, gave the keynote address and provided interactive training on VALUE rubrics during Triton College’s Assessment Day 2018 in River Grove, Illinois. On April 19, during a campus visit to Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts, he reviewed and provided guidance on the university’s general education model. From April 25 to 27, he attended the 2018 Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference in Burlingame, California, and conducted a workshop, “The VALUE of Learning: Assessment as a High-Impact Practice.” From April 28 to May 1, he copresented a session titled “VALUE of Community College to Quality Learning” with Jeanne Mullaney of the Community College of Rhode Island during the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference in Dallas, Texas.
Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, participated in the Diversity Abroad Conference in Miami, Florida, from April 7 to 10. She facilitated a preconference workshop and community site visit, “Engaging Local Students and Communities in Global Education,” and presented on “Advancing Study Abroad Through High-Impact Practices.” On April 11, Whitehead delivered the keynote address, “Internationalization: An Institutional Priority for All,” at Clemson University’s International Awareness Week luncheon in Clemson, South Carolina. From April 15 to 17, she delivered a plenary, “Ensuring Global Service Learning as an Ethical High-Impact Practice,” at the 5th Global Service Learning Summit at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. On April 20, Whitehead facilitated a workshop on reimagining general education at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida.
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended the DukeEngage advisory board meeting at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, from April 11 to 13. Musil attended the 5th Global Service Learning Summit at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, from April 15 to 17. On April 18, she travelled to Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, to co-lead a workshop with Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy on “Building the Beloved Community: When Good Intentions are Not Enough.”
From April 11 to 13, Kate McConnell, senior director for research and assessment, visited Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, to deliver a keynote titled “The Purpose and Promise of General Education” and to meet and consult with faculty and academic leaders on general education reform. From April 16 to 19, she attended the Competency Frameworks convening at Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also conducted workshops and gave a talk highlighting national trends in general education and assessment at the University of Alabama Birmingham from May 2 to 3.
Erin Horan, postdoctoral research analyst in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, attended the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in New York from April 13 to 17. She presented a paper titled "How Much Guidance Do Students Need? An Intervention Study on Kindergarten Mathematics with Manipulatives." The paper was based on her dissertation research examining teacher guidance as young children learn mathematics using manipulatives (e.g., fingers, blocks, coins). Recent research has pointed out that the efficacy of learning with manipulatives is affected by multiple variables, including the amount of teacher guidance. The goal of this study was to examine the optimal level of guidance during instruction with manipulatives.