AAC&U News, January/February 2019
On the Road

December 2018–February 2019

From December 6 to 8, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, participated in the Phi Beta Kappa senate meeting in Washington, DC. From December 12 to 13, she traveled to Montreal to participate in a meeting of the Jarislowsky Advisory Board. From January 9 to 11, she participated in an in-person training session with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission to become an evaluator for the WASC accreditation team. From February 3 to 6, she traveled to Oakland, where she participated in the accreditation evaluation of a college seeking accreditation.

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and secretary to the board, led a workshop on general education reform at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville on January 16. On Feb. 1, Finley traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, to serve as a judge for the college’s annual student project awards as part of WPI’s signature team-based research experience.

On January 3, Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, delivered a keynote address on student success during Henry Ford College’s Professional Issues Conference in Dearborn, Michigan. On January 10, McNair facilitated a workshop on inclusive pedagogy at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois. On January 14, McNair facilitated workshops on “Becoming Student Ready by Designing Equitable Pathways for Student Success” at Front Range Community College in Longmont, Colorado. On January 16, McNair participated in the Texas Knowledge Development Steering Committee meeting in Dallas. On February 6, McNair delivered a keynote address entitled “Flipping the Script—Student-Ready College vs. College-Ready Students” during the University of California–San Diego’s Social Mobility Symposium in La Jolla, California.

On December 6, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, attended a Guttman Community College (CUNY) advisory council meeting in New York. From December 12 to 13, Rhodes conducted “Assessment for Learning: Strategies for Success and Quality," a plenary workshop during the 133nd New England Association of Schools and Colleges NEASC Annual Meeting and Conference in Boston. Rhodes provided consultation on new general education program reform at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont, on January 15. He gave a keynote address and workshop, “Assignment Alignment: The VALUE of Advancing Student Learning,” at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, on January 19. On January 28, Rhodes met with a Japanese delegation of professors to discuss learning outcomes and VALUE rubrics. Rhodes joined a panel on “The Changing Nature of Work and Careers” for the third statewide convening of the Reimagining Minnesota State initiative to explore the future of higher education in the Minnesota state system from February 3 to 4.

Dawn Michele Whitehead in Costa Rica.

Dawn Michele Whitehead, interim vice president for communications and senior director for global learning and curricular change, served as a facilitator for the “Integrating Experiential Learning into Undergraduate Global and Public Health Programs and Courses” faculty development workshop in San Vito, Costa Rica, from January 5 to 12. She offered sessions on experiential learning pedagogies, clarifying assessment and benchmarking, and rubrics and reflections on high-impact instructional design. Whitehead also delivered a talk for Gallaudet University’s faculty, “Making the Case and Creating the Environment for Global Learning for All,” on January 16 in Washington, DC.


From January 30 to February 1, C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives and CIO, traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, to provide a pre-conference workshop entitled “Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Workshop to Designing Better Classes” at the 11th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. While in Blacksburg, he visited Virginia Tech to conduct interviews and lead meetings in his role as external evaluator for a National Science Foundation Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Grant entitled “Radically Expanding Pathways in the Professional Formation of Engineers.”

Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment, attended the Lumina Foundation 2019 data and technology infrastructure convening from January 30 to 31 in Palo Alto, California.

                    Caryn McTighe Musil in Senegal.

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, as part of a group of invited delegates from the United States, attended and spoke at the international seminar, “The 3rd Mission of Higher Education and Research (HER),” at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, from December 10 to 12 to explore what form university-community partnerships took in developing countries. On January 15, Musil 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 on diversity, equity, and student success. The pair will return for a two-day set of interviews again at the end of January.

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