AAC&U News, November 2018
On the Road

October/November 2018

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Scenes from AAC&U's 2018 Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice conference, October 11–13 in Seattle. From left to right: Siah Annand, Jasmine Epps, Amy Jessen-Marshall, Dawn Michele Whitehead, Lynn Pasquerella, Jacqueline Martin, Jasmine Epps, and Vida Rivera.

From October 3 to 4, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, presented a keynote and roundtable discussion on “The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree,” at the International Council of Fine Arts Deans in Seattle, Washington. On October 18, she attended the TIAA Institute Women’s Leadership Forum in New York. From November 1 to 2, Pasquerella attended the Irish American higher education gathering in Dover, Massachusetts. She participated in a discussion on the tensions between our tertiary systems and the dynamic pace of change in society and labor markets, particularly driven by technology but also in response to global political and social developments.

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and secretary to the board, visited Hendrix College from October 8 to 9 to review the college’s first-year experience on “The Engaged Citizen.” On October 12, she delivered keynote remarks at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, as part of an annual gathering of trustees, parents, and faculty.

On October 4, Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, delivered the opening keynote address, "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Advancing Student Learning and Success," and facilitated a breakout session titled "Educating Today’s Student: Inclusive Pedagogy, Equity, and Intentionality by Design" at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. On October 5, she delivered the opening keynote address, "A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality," during the GEMS and LEAP Indiana Symposium at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana in Indianapolis. On October 14, McNair facilitated a workshop titled “Serving the Underserved” at the Washington Center in Washington, DC. On October 16, she facilitated a workshop on equity and inclusion at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. On October 18, she delivered a keynote address titled "A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality" and moderated a panel titled "Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change" during the 2018 Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Convening at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. On October 22 and 23, McNair facilitated workshops on inclusive pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. On October 25, she delivered the luncheon keynote address titled "Why Equity? Intentionality by Design and Our Shared Responsibility" during the Florida Department of Education’s 2018 Annual Equity Conference at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida. On October 30, McNair delivered a keynote address on national trends and best practices in student success during the K–16 Partnership Network Fall Speaker Event for the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On November 1, she delivered a mini-keynote address on "What Works for Increasing Retention of Diversity" and a keynote address titled "Reclaiming General Education as the Foundation for Student Learning and Success" at the “What is an Educated Person?” conference at Utah State University in Midway, Utah.

Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, presented a session on the VALUE Institute initial findings on student learning with Jillian Kinzie of Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 21 to 23. From November 4 to 6, he presented two workshops on “Opportunities to Rethink the Core Curriculum and Making Excellence Inclusive” at LEAP Georgia’s first University System of Georgia Conference at Georgia College in Milledgeville. On November 7, he presented during the “Exploring ePortfolios, Block Chains, and Multidimensional Approaches” session during the Beyond Multiple Choice 2018 conference in Washington, DC.  

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, attended the University of Virginia's presidential inauguration of James Ryan on October 19 in Charlottesville. 

Andrew Flagel, vice president for advancement and member engagement, spoke on a panel, “Holistic Admissions: One Size Does Not Fit All,” at the College Board Forum on October 22 in Dallas, Texas.

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C. Edward Watson speaking at the 
Leadership in Higher Education

From October 9 to 11, C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to Niagara Falls, New York, to provide two presentations at the fifteenth annual Open Education Conference. The first session, “Beyond Affordability: How OERs Help to Narrow the Academic Performance Gap in Higher Education,” summarized his open educational resources (OER) research. He also participated as a panelist in a session called "Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship.” On October 18, he traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to provide the opening plenary, "Why Leadership Excellence in Higher Education is More Important Now Than Ever,” for the Leadership in Higher Education Conference. From October 21 to 23, he attended the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. On November 2, he traveled to the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, to deliver a keynote, "Why LEAP is Essential for the Future of Higher Education,” as part of their Leadership Development Institute. On November 4 and 5, he traveled to Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, to deliver a keynote and two presentations for the first annual LEAP Georgia Conference. The presentations were titled “LEAP from the Other States: What Are Other States Doing to Promote LEAP?” (keynote), “The LEAP Challenge: What It Is and Where It Goes Next,” and "Course and Assignment Design.”

Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment, attended the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 21 to 23. From November 4 to 5, she attended and presented at LEAP Georgia’s first University System of Georgia Conference at Georgia College in Milledgeville.

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Dawn Michele Whitehead (second
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Education at a Crossroads

Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, served as the cofacilitator of the global learning track at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 21 to 23. Whitehead was also an invited panelist for the International Education at a Crossroads symposium at Indiana University in Bloomington, marking the sixtieth anniversary of the National Defense Education Act and the legacy of its Title VI programs.




Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, spoke at a luncheon with the chief academic officers of Campus Compact for New Hampshire on October 29 in Concord, New Hampshire.

Bringing Theory to Practice team members David Scobey, Caitlin Salins, and Mercedes Yanora attended the national gathering of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life on the theme of “Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration and Liberatory Futures” in Chicago, Illinois, from October 19 to 21. Scobey, BTtoP’s director, is a former chair of the national advisory board of Imagining America. Scobey also served on a panel on “Key Trends in Higher Education” at the Graduate! Network’s annual LearnX conference, held in Kansas City from October 18 to 19. Other panelists included Debra Humphreys from the Lumina Foundation and Louis Soares from the American Council on Education. Scobey served as a senior scholar with the Graduate! Network in 2017–18.

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