AAC&U News: April 2015
News & Events

April 2015

Meetings and Institutes

Save the Date: Network for Academic Renewal Conferences on Global Learning in College and STEM Education

Global Learning in College: October 8-10, 2015, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

As diverse peoples, cultures, religions, and ideas move around the world, how are educators collaborating across disciplines, campuses, and communities to advance global learning in ways that more effectively prepare students to address real-world issues and make the world a better place for all? AAC&U’s conference Global Learning in College: Defining, Developing, and Assessing Institutional Roadmaps will examine how faculty and administrators are defining, developing, and assessing global learning programs and practices that prepare students to explore issues from multiple perspectives and across disciplines—and to apply what they learn to real-world situations. Complete registration information will be available June 1.

Transforming STEM Education: November 12–14, 2015, Seattle, Washington

Transforming STEM Education will address the national imperative to produce more competitively trained and liberally educated STEM graduates.  It is designed to assist colleges and universities as they work to make inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. This conference will focus on the inextricable link between increasing STEM baccalaureate degree earners and ensuring a scientifically literate citizenry. Issues to be addressed will include integrative, cross-disciplinary STEM teaching and learning; inclusive excellence and broadening participation in STEM; STEM faculty support and reward systems; and institutional transformation to advance hands-on learning and to increase all students’ achievement of key learning outcomes. Complete registration information will be available August 1.


AAC&U Partners with NAFSA and AASCU for Global Learning Colloquia—Registration Open

AAC&U is pleased to partner with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) on two Global Learning Colloquia offered in conjunction with NAFSA’s Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, May 24–29, 2015. The colloquia—designed for faculty members, academic leaders, and international educators to explore global learning in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary contexts—are offered as stand-alone events for those not attending NAFSA’s full meeting.

Designs for Global Learning and Assessment will be held May 27. Presenters include Ashley Finley, senior director of assessment and research at AAC&U; Hilary Kahn, assistant dean for strategic collaborations and director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University; and Indira Nair, vice president for education emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University.  Designing Project-Based Experiences for Integrative Global Learning will be held May 26.  Presenters include Jonathan Isham, director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College; and Scott Jiusto, associate professor of geography and director of the WPI Cape Town Project Centre; Anne T. Ogilvie, director of global operations; and Richard Vaz, dean of interdisciplinary and global studies—all from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).


Meeting the LEAP Challenge

AAC&U and LA Chamber of Commerce Host LEAP Centennial Symposium on Diversity, Equity, and Excellence

AAC&U and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce are cosponsoring a forum, titled “Diversity, Equity, and Excellence: College Learning and America's Unmet Promise,” on April 15 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. This forum, the second in a series of events AAC&U is sponsoring as part of its Centennial Year, will bring together educational, policy, civic, and business leaders to examine the learning all college students need to thrive in a knowledge economy and participate actively and responsibly in a diverse and global society. Participants will examine economic trends both nationally and in the state of California and the implications of those trends for educational policy and practice. Central to the forum will be a searching dialogue on “the equity imperative”—the need for stronger leadership to ensure that all students, including those from groups traditionally underserved by our educational systems, receive the kinds of high-impact educational experiences that will position them for success.

Advancing the LEAP Challenge: Students Take the Lead and Demonstrate the Power of Project-Based Learning

Students at Stanford University have shown that students can take the lead in advancing the LEAP Challenge to make Signature Work expected for all students. Students in the Stanford 2025 project created a web page and video, titled “Purpose Learning,” that imagines a time in the near future when students declare a “mission, not a major.”  Project-based learning is the default form of learning in this future, and students develop the skills to pursue their mission through interdisciplinary coursework and in “impact labs,” in which they collaborate with faculty members on real-world projects. The “history” of Purpose Learning cites AAC&U’s research on high-impact educational practices as one inspiration for the movement. View the Purpose Learning video, or view AAC&U’s Centennial Video highlighting real students pursuing Signature Work today.



PKAL – Undergraduate Science Education News

Upcoming Regional Network Meeting in Ohio

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform, invites the entire PKAL/AAC&U community to participate in an upcoming Regional Network meeting. The Ohio PKAL Regional Network (Ohio-PKAL) will host its inaugural annual conference on Increasing STEM Student Success in Higher Education on May 16, 2015, at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

AAC&U and PKAL’s Kelly Mack Honored by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

AAC&U Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope Kelly Mack has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Women in Higher Education" selected from across the nation by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. AAC&U’s Board of Directors and staff congratulate Kelly on this honor. We thank Kelly for her leadership and commitment to advancing STEM learning, liberal education, and inclusive excellence in American higher education.


Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network News

New Resource on Student Success Using Service Learning and Peer Advocacy

Developed by Campus Compact, Connect2Complete (C2C) is a new model focused on how community colleges can take advantage of existing resources to increase student learning and success. This integrated strategy aims to enable students to connect in meaningful ways with their peers and instructors and to experience the relevance of their coursework to the real world, both on campus and in their communities. C2C integrates two key features—service learning and peer advocacy. The guide is designed for a broad range of audiences, including community engagement professionals, faculty, student leaders, administrators, and presidents. Find more information or reserve your free copy of the C2C Resource Guide, which will be available in April 2015.

Register Now for June Civic Learning Conference Hosted by Three National Organizations

The American Association of State and Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education have collaborated to integrate three major civic conferences into one event, to be held June 4-6, 2015, in New Orleans. The theme of the Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting is “Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education.” The meeting will explore partnerships between student and academic affairs, civic pathways, engaging diverse students, developing campus partnerships, and assessing civic learning and democratic engagement. Registration is still open.

Interfaith Leadership Summer Institute Promotes Social Cohesion

Interfaith Youth Core’s Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI), held August 7-9 in Chicago, aims to equip undergraduate students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses. All participants get a chance to build relationships, network, and share best practices with other people from across the country who are passionate about interfaith work. The “early bird” registration deadline is June 4, while the regular registration deadline is July 16. For more information, email leadershipinstitute@ifyc.org.

The American Democracy Project Campus Compact, The Democracy Commitment, Interfaith Youth Core, and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education are all 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 and Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college



Other News

AAC&U President Featured in The Presidency with Article on “Reshaping the Conversation About the Liberal Arts”

In an article in the spring issue of The Presidency, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider notes that “America’s historic strength in higher education has come from its distinctive investment in the combination of both broad and specialized learning.  Yet policymakers . . . assume that specialized study in a major is the only part of a higher education that really matters.  As a result they see the broad learning component of college as an area ripe for cost savings.” She warns about the dangers of this trend and notes that “our society needs the full array of liberal arts, sciences, and professional majors . . . We must ensure that students in every major, whatever its subject matter, finish their degrees with those liberal learning outcomes that best prepare our graduates for career success and democratic responsibility.” 

AAC&U President Praises Boren’s Leadership; Urges Higher Education to Engage Hard Questions about Racial and Ethnic Disparities

AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider issued a statement praising University of Oklahoma President David Boren for his moral leadership in the wake of the recent posting of a racist video produced by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from his campus.  In addition, President Schneider urged all of higher education to advance campus dialogue and learning “exploring where we are in our long history of multiple struggles for full inclusion in US democracy, and, even more important, where we want to go.”  See Schneider’s full statement, including resources that can support campus dialogues and learning on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

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