AAC&U News, March 2019
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Register Now: Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference

Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations
March 28–30, 2019, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What does it mean to work toward a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability? Join educators, students, and community stakeholders as they raise critical questions about institutional and external practices, policies, and structures that hinder full inclusion and identify strategies for improving higher education environments for all participants. Plenary sessions include a keynote by Charles H. F. Davis of the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center, a panel on campus inclusion and free expression moderated by Lorelle Espinosa of the American Council on Education, and a closing plenary on reframing disability by Amanda Kraus of the University of Arizona. Program information is available from the conference schedule.

Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work

The Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, taking place July 16–19 at Emory University, is intended for faculty and administrative teams leading change to deepen students’ integrative learning over time—connecting general education with learning in the major, and curricular with cocurricular learning, leading to signature work. This institute will be held in conjunction with the Interfaith Youth Core’s Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence, with the programming and activities of each institute open to all participants. Through the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, all costs will be covered for campus teams accepted to the interfaith excellence institute. Applications are due March 18.

Announcing the 2019 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

AAC&U is offering the second annual institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers for campuses seeking to break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in their communities. At the institute, new and returning TRHT Campus Center teams will identify evidence-based strategies that support their vision for what their communities will look and feel like when the belief in the hierarchy of human value no longer exists. Teams will participate in racial healing circles, take part in workshops, and collaborate with experienced TRHT Campus Center mentors, workshop facilitators, communication experts, and evaluation consultants to develop or refine their transformative campus action plans. The TRHT Institute will be held June 25–28 at Villanova University. In conjunction with the TRHT institute, there will be a post-institute preparation process for participants interested in learning how to facilitate racial healing circles. Applications must be received by March 14, 2019.

Webinar: “The Evolving Contributions of Teaching Centers in Rewriting the Value Narrative of Education”

The Evolving Contributions of Teaching Centers in Rewriting the Value Narrative of Education
March 19, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Free for AAC&U Members, $200 for nonmembers

This webinar, a collaboration between AAC&U and the POD Network, will explore the shift of teaching and learning from the sidelines to a more central and transformative position in higher education. Major campus initiatives increasingly intersect with teaching and learning in areas such as the diffusion of evidence-based learning strategies, educational inclusion and equity, increasing centrality and rewards for teaching excellence, and technology and pedagogical innovation. In this webinar, directors of several (re)created centers at Lafayette College, Yale University, University of California–Davis, Cornell University, and Columbia University will share effective tools for navigating this landscape of innovation and change in teaching and learning and its impact on the value perception of higher education. There will be time for Q&A during the webinar, and we encourage participants to send questions in advance to webinars@aacu.org.

Resources from AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting Now Available

AAC&U has posted materials related to the 2019 Annual Meeting, including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and links to additional information about projects, programs, and publications. AAC&U thanks everyone who participated in the 2019 Annual Meeting. For those who could not attend, we hope these materials will provide some of the information you might have missed. AAC&U’s 2020 Annual Meeting will be held January 22–25 in Washington, DC.

Save the Date: Global Network Conference Call for Proposals Opening in March

The 2019 Global Engagement and Social Responsibility Conference will be held October 17–19, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. A call for proposals will be posted this month to invite sessions that move understanding and practice forward with a goal of fully integrating global learning into the educational experiences of all students at all institutional types.

Project News

Become a Certified VALUE Scorer

AAC&U is seeking volunteers to participate in the VALUE Institute 2019 Training for Certified Scorers. This represents a wonderful faculty development opportunity, as individuals who complete the training and meet our calibration standards will be certified as VALUE Institute scorers and may be invited to score student work over the summer. The number of certified scorers hired for each rubric depends on the number of student artifacts submitted and the number of scorers available. Every certified scorer who scores artifacts for the VALUE Institute will receive a stipend for their work. Participants can be trained in spring 2019 on one of the following VALUE rubrics: critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and written communication.* If you would like to participate in the 2019 VALUE Institute training, please indicate your interest here. If you have questions, please send an email to valuerubrics@gmail.com and Wende Garrison, director of VALUE Institute training, will be happy to help you.
*Training on these three rubrics is the priority for spring 2019 VALUE Institute training. Additional VALUE Institute trainings on civic engagement, ethical reasoning, global learning, and intercultural knowledge and competence will be held later in 2019.

New Publication on “General Education in the Middle East and North Africa”

Tradition Shaping Change: General Education in the Middle East and North Africa
Edited by Maha Al-Hendawi, Abdelhamid Ahmed, and Susan Albertine

This free ebook surveys the landscape of general education and core curricula in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A first effort of its kind, the ebook offers chapters on specific programs in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Contributors discuss indigenous features of programs and address boundary-crossing or global goals and outcomes.

New Issue of “Peer Review” on “A Decade of VALUE”

This issue of Peer Review celebrates AAC&U’s VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative’s first ten years. The issue features highlights of what we have learned from faculty VALUE rubric use and identifies emerging goals for the initiative’s future.

Call for Papers: “International Journal of ePortfolio”

The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), a publication of AAC&U, is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access journal freely available online. It is published twice a year (typically in April and October). IJeP is now accepting manuscripts for consideration for its Fall 2019 issue. Those wishing to be considered for this issue should submit by June 1, 2019. Those submitting manuscripts to IJeP can expect the review process to take less than ninety days. The full call for proposals, including submission guidelines, can be found here.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Regional Network Meetings in Southern California; Washington, DC, Region; and Ohio

PKAL STEM Leadership Institute

Institute I:       July 9–14, 2019
Institute II:      July 16–21, 2019
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

Enlightened institutions of higher education recognize the value of cultivating leadership capacity among STEM faculty and administrators. The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers individuals in fully understanding and implementing the theory and practice of navigating the politics of change, addressing inter- and intrapersonal conflicts, and restructuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science and technology. The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Participating in and Assessing Engagement with Our Representative Democracy

NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education is hosting a National Student Affairs Day of Action on March 12. The activities and resources are applicable to faculty and staff interested in engaging with our representative democracy. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), managed by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, has issued a last call for campuses in NSLVE to reauthorize or join for the first time.  Applications are due March 15.

National and Regional Meetings Related to Civic Learning and Democracy

Please save the dates for these meetings hosted by CLDE Action Network members happening in the latter half of 2019. The 20th Anniversary Imagining America National Gathering will be held from October 18 to 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From October 24 to 25, the Anchor Institutions Task Force conference will be held in New York. In addition, Campus Compact is hosting several CLDE-related regional convenings for 2019. Coming up, from March 25 to 27, is the Eastern Region Campus Compact meeting, “Education for Democracy: Innovating in Complex Times,” in Providence, Rhode Island.

Anchor Institutions Task Force, Campus Compact, NASPA:  Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, and Imagining America are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve 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.

BTtoP News

BTtoP Director Published in “The Chronicle” 2019 Trends Report

BTtoP Director David Scobey’s article, “The Path Across America’s Divide Starts at Its Colleges,” was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2019 Trends Report. Scobey challenges his readers to not simply set aside differences of race, class, religion, and sexuality, but to recognize the “similarities, differences, and conflicts that campuses and communities share” while “undertaking the hard work of confronting them together.”

BTtoP Director Hosts Webinar in Partnership with SUNY Empire State College

On February 11, as part of the State University of New York Empire State College’s “Revisioning Adult Higher Education” series, BTtoP Director David Scobey hosted a webinar titled “The Crossroads of Change: Why Adult Learners are So Important to the Future of Higher Education (and Vice Versa).” The webinar primarily focused on the importance of nontraditional and adult learners to change and creativity in higher education. The accompanying PowerPoint Presentation is available here.

BTtoP Releases RFP for AMP Grants

In mid-February, BTtoP announced its newest RFP opportunity: Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice (AMP) Grants. Intended for both public and nonprofit universities, colleges, and consortia who are former grantees of BTtoP, AMP grants will provide between $500 and $3,000 to increase the public reach of work previously supported by BTtoP. These grants may be used to support a range of activities, including campus-to-campus consulting visits, multi-campus convenings, public writing, and the release of digital and media products. On March 1, BTtoP started accepting applications on a rolling basis. Award announcements will begin on April 1. The RFP is available on BTtoP’s Funding Opportunities page.

Well-Being and the Equity Imperative Workshop at AAC&U’s Diversity Conference

In March 2019, BTtoP will host a pre-conference workshop at AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh. Facilitated by Joselyn Schultz Lewis, Timothy K. Eatman, and Caitlin Salins, the workshop will address two questions: what does it mean to place support for student flourishing at the center of the equity agenda, and what does it mean to place equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our understanding of student well-being? It will focus on the experience and needs of students whose experience of marginality often undermines their success: students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and adult working students. It will combine research on student well-being and precarity, discussion of best practices, and reflection on what general commitments constitute a “well-being equity agenda.” To learn more about the workshop, visit here. BTtoP will also be offering a webinar on this same topic through AAC&U’s spring webinar series on June 12; more information to come.

Other News

Wye Faculty Seminar: Citizenship in the American and Global Polity

July 14–19, 2019, Wye River, Maryland

“How do we foster civil discourse on campus about the most important questions facing our democracy?” AAC&U and the Aspen Institute are pleased to announce the 2019 Wye Faculty Seminar, which assists professors from colleges and universities in relating their teaching to broad issues of citizenship in the American polity and beyond. The seminar meets a central need of faculty in liberal arts institutions—to exchange ideas with colleagues from other colleges and other disciplines while probing ideas and values that underlie their teaching and the lives they lead as liberally educated people. Modeled in the tradition of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminars, each Wye Faculty Seminar strives to gather a diverse group of thoughtful men and women in intellectually rigorous roundtable discussions to explore great texts, stretching from ancient to contemporary times, and to translate ideas into action suitable for the challenges of our age. For more information, contact Kalissa Hendickson or visit the Wye Faculty Seminar website.

Applications Open for Delphi Award Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Applications are due July 15 for the 2019 Delphi Award, given annually to two individuals or groups who have worked to support adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track faculty in promoting student success. The awards, funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation, are presented by the Pullias Center at the University of Southern California in partnership with AAC&U.

Grants and Webinars from the Interfaith Youth Core

The Interfaith Youth Core is pleased to announce the following grants and upcoming webinars related to religious diversity in higher education. For more information please contact Carolyn Roncolato at carolyn@ifyc.org

  • Curriculum Development Grants
    Apply by March 29, 2019
    Applications for $1,000 Curriculum Development Grants are now open. 
  • Campus Innovation Grants
    Apply by April 15, 2019
    Grants of $4,000 are available to support new interfaith cooperation initiatives on campus.
  • Webinar: Turn Research Into Results: Using Data to Spark Interfaith Action on Campus
    March 19, 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
  • Webinar: “The Tendency Towards Tribalism on Campus”
    April 10, 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
  • Webinar: “Can Free Speech and Religious Pluralism Exist on Campus?”
    June 18, 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Thought Leadership Featuring Presidents’ Trust Members

Articles and Op-Eds Featuring Members of AAC&U's Presidents' Trust

The Presidents’ Trust is a leadership group of nearly three hundred college and university presidents from all institutional types who are committed to advocating for the value of liberal education and inclusive excellence and rebuilding public trust in higher education. More information and a roster of all trust members can be found here. For more information about Presidents’ Trust membership, please contact the president's office at presidentsoffice@aacu.org.

Gail Mellow
By Matt Reed
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Gail Mellow, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
February 27, 2019
Inside Higher Ed Confessions of a Community College Dean Blog

Changing of the Guard
By Ashley A. Smith
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Gail Mellow, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
February 28, 2019
Inside Higher Ed

Creating an Ecosystem for Faculty Mentorship
By Adam Weinberg, President, Denison University
February 25, 2019
Inside Higher Ed

Seeking a Haven in H.B.C.U.s and Single-Sex Colleges
By Alina Tugend
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Members Mary Schmidt Campbell, Spelman College, and David Wilson, Morgan State University
February 21, 2019
New York Times

Saint Rose Announces Creation of Women’s Leadership Institute Building with $1.2 Million Gift; Inaugural Class of BOLD Scholars
By Jennifer Gish
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Carolyn J. Stefanco, The College of Saint Rose
February 18, 2019
The College of Saint Rose

President Speaks: Boosting Social Mobility Requires Supporting Students “On All Sides”
By Dorothy Leland, Chancellor, University of California–Merced
February 14, 2019
Education Dive

F&M Sticks to Admissions Policies Even as Budget Cuts Loom
By Rick Seltzer
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Barbara Altmann, Franklin and Marshall College
February 14, 2019
Inside Higher Ed

Column: The Importance of Staying in College
By Mark Heckler, President, Valparaiso University
February 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

About (Black) Face
By Eric Anthony Grollman
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Ronald A. Crutcher, University of Richmond
February 11, 2019
Inside Higher Ed

More Anger Over Blackface Yearbook Photos
By Scott Jaschik
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Ronald A. Crutcher, University of Richmond
February 8, 2019
Inside Higher Ed

Photos of Blackface, KKK Robes and Nooses Lurk Alongside Portraits in Old College Yearbooks
By Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Ronald A. Crutcher, University of Richmond
February 7, 2019
The Washington Post Grade Point Blog

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