AAC&U News: April 2016
News & Events

April 2016

Meetings and Institutes

2016 Network Conference on Global Learning and the College Curriculum Planned for Denver, CO

October 6–8, 2016, Denver, Colorado

Well-designed global learning opportunities can help all students engage in crucial real-world learning about both local and global issues. Sessions at the conference Global Learning and the College Curriculum will examine and discuss how institutions are integrating and assessing global learning across the curriculum; creating, implementing, and assessing globally-focused courses and programs; developing and implementing global civic engagement experiences at home and abroad; integrating international students into campus life in meaningful ways; providing global learning experiences for new majority students; and examining global sustainability issues.


Meeting the LEAP Challenge

Feedback Requested on Professional Development and Student Success: An AAC&U Survey

AAC&U requests your participation in a survey through which we hope to gain a deep understanding of faculty participation in professional development activities in institutions, states, and state systems. This survey, part the LEAP Faculty Collaboratives project, seeks to create a detailed national picture of how campus practitioners are currently supported through workshops and other relevant activities for student success. We seek your perspectives on the questions such as the following: What does professional development in higher education look like today? Do workshops, campus resources, and access to information about national higher education initiatives serve your efforts for student success? Follow this link to participate in our survey, which should take about 10–15 minutes to complete. This survey does not request any identifying information and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Indiana University. We kindly request participation by May 1.


PKAL – Undergraduate STEM Education News

Upcoming Regional Network Meetings in Ohio and Massachusetts

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform, invites the entire PKAL/AAC&U community to participate in our upcoming Regional Network meetings. The Ohio PKAL Regional Network, Evidence-Based Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education, will be held at Capital University in Columbus, OH, May 21, 2016. The Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network, Best Practices in STEM Education, will be held at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA, June 10, 2016.

U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

AAC&U is pleased to be a supporting organization for the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, which will take place May 18–20, 2016, at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, MD. The fifth annual conference will bring together more than 1,000 stakeholders from all sectors of the national STEM community to address a very real and immediate challenge facing America today—the shortage of skilled workers to fill STEM jobs all over the country. This collaborative, resolution-oriented symposium goes beyond broad-based discussion of the issues, and focuses on outcomes and specific strategies, initiatives, and successes that are already moving the needle.  Kelly Mack—AAC&U vice president for undergraduate STEM education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope—will speak on “Retention Intervention: Staying the Course in College” on Thursday, May 19. For more information and to register, please visit www.usnewsstemsolutions.com. Use code “AACU100” for a $100 discount off the conference registration fee.


Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network News

Attend New Summer Institute Focused on Arts, Culture, and Collective Agency

The Summer Institute at Appalshop is a five-day institute, July 14–18, 2016, focused on arts, culture, and community organizing, will bring together the work of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life; Lafayette College’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project; and teams of artists, scholars, and community leaders from across the country. The context for the institute’s exploration is set within the culture hub being built in Letcher County, Kentucky, in the poorest congressional district in the nation, where the assets of arts and culture are being mobilized and synthesized into new forms of value and wealth creation. Learn more and apply online.

Send Civic-Minded Students to CollegeDebate16

Six CLDE Action Network organizations, including AAC&U, have partnered with Dominican University of California for CollegeDebate16, an initiative at Dominican that turns to student leaders to plan strategies for using social media to expand conversations with young voters nationwide about the issues that matter most to them during the fall 2016 Presidential debates. There is still space available for college student delegates to meet on the Dominican campus in San Rafael, CA, where they will gain a deeper understanding of the social issues students are talking about and practice essential civic skills through leadership and collaboration.

NERCHE Publication on New Generation of Faculty and Public Engagement

Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education is a new publication coming out of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) Next Generation Engagement Project. This publication presents the voices of a new generation of scholars, educators, and practitioners who are committed to civic renewal and the public purposes of higher education. They question existing policies, structures, and practices, and put forward new forms of engagement that can help to shape and transform higher education to align it with societal needs.


Imagining America, AAC&U, AASCU, Bonner Foundation, Bringing Theory to Practice, Campus Compact, NASPA, and NERCHE are 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 & 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.


Other News

New Publication on Diversity and Inclusion: “Bridging the Research to Practice Gap”

Bridging the Research to Practice Gap: Achieving Mission-Driven Diversity and Inclusion Goals, a new publication from Education Counsel, aims to help institutions of higher education learn from and leverage existing research to enhance their ability to meet mission-driven diversity and inclusion goals through well-supported policies and practices. Based on a review of more than 1,200 research studies and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders over three years, the paper examines and summarizes the existing research and highlights particularly promising findings. Additionally, the paper provides recommendations for policy, practice, and future research in hopes of continuing to bridge the research to practice gap.

AAC&U President Contributes Foreword, Afterword to New Book on Global Liberal Arts Education

AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has contributed the foreword and afterword to a new book, Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia: Possibilities and Challenges in the Global Age. The book shares unique case studies of liberal arts colleges both in and outside of East Asia; examines the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western liberal arts education; and offers practical and sustainable models and guidelines for liberal arts colleges in East Asia and beyond. Learn more online about AAC&U’s resources on liberal education and global learning.

Join AAC&U Member Associates Program

If your institution is a member of AAC&U, you are eligible to become an AAC&U Associate. Associates Program dues are just $70 per calendar year. Associates receive all the benefits enjoyed by their AAC&U Campus Representatives, including subscriptions to all AAC&U's print and online periodicals, notice of calls for proposals for institutes and meetings, and invitations to apply for grant-funded projects and to participate in special AAC&U events. Associates also receive an additional 20 percent discount on the purchase of one to ten copies of a single publication purchased via AAC&U's online shopping cart. Learn more about this discount online, or from Renee Gamache, membership coordinator:  (202) 884-0809 or memberservices@aacu.org.

Register for Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization in May

Indiana University’s Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization, held May 22–25 in Bloomington, IN, is designed to help faculty, staff, and administrators learn new ways to internationalize their courses, curricula, and institutions. AAC&U is a sponsoring organization. To register by the April 15 deadline or find more information, see the institute web page.

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