AAC&U News: December 2014
News & Events

December 2014

Meetings and Institutes

AAC&U’s Annual Meeting: Early Registration Ends December 12

We warmly invite you to attend AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting —“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will be held January 21–24, at the new Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC.  Speakers include Eric Liu, Citizen University; Carol Geary Schneider, AAC&U; Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Evan Ryan, US Department of State; Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core; José Antonio Bowen, Goucher College; Amy Laitinen, New America Foundation; and Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates. The Annual Meeting opens with the Wednesday Evening Forum—“Reaching Wider: A Dialogue across Boundaries”—with discussants Frank Bruni of the New York Times; Azar Nafisi, author of The Republic of Imagination; Kavita Ramdas of the Ford Foundation; and Brian Murphy, president of De Anza College, moderated by Jeffrey Brown of the PBS NewsHour. Featured sessions, conference highlights, hotel information, and a listing of all sessions are online now.

Centennial Symposium at Annual Meeting

AAC&U is pleased to offer a special Centennial Symposium on “America’s Global Future:  Are College Students Prepared?”—an all-day event on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, held in conjunction with AAC&U’s 2015 Annual Meeting.  The Symposium features speakers Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University; Daniel Greenstein, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Richard M. Freeland, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; Michael S. Roth, Wesleyan University; Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation; Candace Thille, Stanford University; and Nancy Zimpher, State University of New York System Office. More information is online.

Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios to Follow Annual Meeting

The Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios on Saturday, January 24, includes more than thirty presentations on new research about engaging students through digital learning and e-portfolios and on the lessons learned about developing and implementing digital learning applications and e-portfolios. Featured speakers include Candace Thille, assistant professor at Stanford University and founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University, and José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. Participation in the Forum is available as a stand-alone event for those who cannot attend the full Annual Meeting.  More information is online.

Register Now for General Education and Assessment Conference: From Mission to Action to Evidence

February 19-21, 2015—Kansas City, Missouri

General education remains a central element of the higher education landscape: it is the place where faculty members and student affairs educators have the primary opportunity to reach the largest number of students, engaging them with work to develop important skills and knowledge beyond their major.  AAC&U invites you to the conference From Mission to Action to Evidence: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Programs. Join with colleagues to discover the latest research and practices in general education and its assessment; digital and equity-minded innovations; effective methods of communicating the value and outcomes of general education; and new approaches to creating a campus culture of assessment, including the latest advances in authentic assessment and use of rubrics to assess students’ best work. Registration is now open.

Register Now for Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence

March 26-28, 2015—San Diego, California

Making excellence truly inclusive requires a continuous pursuit of institutional excellence in order to ensure that all students enjoy the benefits of an engaged liberal education. In AAC&U’s 2015 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference, participants will explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive through sustainable and measurable campus practices. Faculty, administrators, student affairs educators, and students are invited to participate—both individually and as teams—to help design and promote educational strategies that ensure all students have access to high-quality learning throughout their varied educational journeys. Registration is now open.

Send a Team to AAC&U's 2015 Summer Institutes

The Institute on General Education and Assessment will take place June 2–6, 2015, in Edmond, Oklahoma, and provides campus teams with opportunities to refine and advance general education programs and their assessment. The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success will take place June 9–13, 2015, in Madison, Wisconsin, and helps campuses, higher education systems, and consortia identify the assets students bring to college, make intentional and evidence-based use of Essential Learning Outcomes and high-impact practices, and devise integrative plans to advance inclusion and high levels of learning for all students. The Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments will take place July 14–18, 2015, in Newark, Delaware, and is intended for colleges and universities interested in developing faculty and departmental leadership for integrative learning. Complete information about these three institutes, including application materials, is now online.

Apply Now for New 2015 Institute on Project-Based Learning

AAC&U and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are pleased to announce a new Institute on Project-Based Learning, which will be held June 25–27, 2015, at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. This intensive workshop will bring together teams of five or more faculty and administrators from colleges and universities to gain knowledge about project-based learning and make tangible progress to integrate those learnings into their own curricula. The institute curriculum will include a mix of interactive workshops on project-based learning, consultations with institute faculty, and collaborative teamwork. Participants will come to the institute with a proposal outlining a specific goal or project they would like to advance and will leave the Institute with an enhanced understanding of project-based learning and a tailored plan to advance work on their own campuses. The institute’s keynote speaker will be Randy Bass, vice provost for education and founding executive director of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University. Applications are now being accepted.



LEAP Partner WaCLA Wins Key of Excellence Award

AAC&U salutes our colleagues in the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA), which has won the Phi Beta Kappa “Key of Excellence” award.  The Key of Excellence award, which carries a $10,000 prize, recognizes exemplary programs for innovative efforts to engage communities with the real-world value of the arts and sciences. WaCLA will receive special recognition at a local celebratory event designed to bring together policymakers, business leaders, and Phi Beta Kappa members in support of the liberal arts and sciences. WaCLA is an association of Washington state public and private higher education institutions, organizations, and individuals promoting the value of a liberal arts education. The consortium has been an active partner in several LEAP projects, including the Employer-Educator Compact.

PKAL - Undergraduate Science Education News

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty

Institute I: July 14–July 19, 2015
Institute II: July 21–July 26, 2015
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

Institute III: July 25–30, 2015
The Baca Campus of Colorado College, Crestone, Colorado

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early- and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions.  Over 40 percent of Institute alumni currently hold positions of leadership on their home campuses.

Upcoming Regional Network Meetings in Southern California and Ohio

PKAL Southern California (PKAL SoCAL) will host a meeting on “Wicked Problems and STEM” on February 7, 2015, at California State University – Fullerton in Fullerton, California. The registration deadline is January 29, 2015. In addition, 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. Proposals for the Ohio-PKAL meeting will be accepted until December 15, 2014.


Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network News

AAC&U Sponsors Two-Part Civic Institute to Bolster Civic-Minded Institutions in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Action Collaborative, organized in partnership with Pennsylvania Campus Compact, gathered teams from eleven Philadelphia schools with some eighty participants to exchange practices and strategies that produce civic-minded institutions. On November 7, the Philadelphia Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action Collaborative met for the first of two working forums, Creating Civic-Minded Institutions: From Partial and Optional to Pervasive and Expected. Participating institutions assessed their civic work using the Civic Institutional Matrix from A Crucible Moment, the influential report from the National Task for Force on Civic learning, and used the results to create a two-year civic action plan to define strategic areas of work. Helen Giles-Gee, president of University of the Sciences, and Jim Harris, president of Widener University, opened the meeting with a focus on "Navigating the Rapids: Strategies for Keeping the Civic Agenda from Going Overboard."

Recent Publications Address Civic Engagement and Tenure and Promotion

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) has released a working paper, The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship: Creating Academic Cultures that Support Community-Engaged Scholarship. The report examines the wide range of faculty rewards that provide incentives to University of Massachusetts faculty for undertaking community-engaged scholarship and outlines actions still needed to fully recognize its value.  NERCHE also released a reflective article that addresses the demands of community-engaged early-career faculty navigating the path toward promotion and tenure. Demonstrating Impact as a Community-Engaged Scholar within a Research University is written by Farrah Jacquez, the 2013 recipient of the Ernest A. Lynton Award

AAC&U, Campus Compact, and NERCHE are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations that is 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 supports efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college.


Project News

New Publications Describe Impact of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives

Two new publications describe the impact of “inclusive excellence” projects led by AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. News from Initiatives: Growing Knowledge about What Works for Latino Student Success reports on the success and experiences of five Hispanic-Serving Institutions employing evidence-driven, campus-based change strategies for improving Latino student success and engagement through high-impact practices. Growing Knowledge is a collaborative initiative between AAC&U and Excelencia in Education with funding from TG Philanthropy. News from Initiatives: Developing a Community College Student Roadmap details the diverse campus-based initiatives to improve student learning and success undertaken by the community colleges that joined in the second phase of the Roadmap Project. The Roadmap project is funded by MetLife Foundation.


Other News

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