AAC&U News, February 2020
On the Road

December 2019–February 2020

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Past Board Chair Carol Leary, President Lynn Pasquerella, and Opening Night Forum speaker Shaun R. Harper at AAC&U's Annual Meeting, January 22–25 in Washington, DC.

Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, presided over the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s senate meetings in her capacity as board chair from December 5 to 7 in Washington, DC. From December 12 to 13, she traveled to Olin College in Needham, Massachusetts, for a campus visit. Pasquerella attended board meetings of the Lingnan Foundation in Costa Mesa, California, from December 15 to 17. On January 27, she delivered the Clarke Forum Lecture, “Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era,” at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president of strategic planning and partnerships, visited the University of Tampa from January 14 to 15 to discuss high-impact practices and retention strategies. While there, she facilitated a faculty workshop on “Maximizing (New and Existing) High-Impact Practices: Equity, Quality, and Scale.”

Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote address on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” and facilitated a breakout session on “Making Excellence Inclusive and Advancing Educational Equity” at Washington State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, on December 11. On December 12, McNair facilitated a workshop with Evelyn Waiwaiole from the Center for Community College Student Engagement titled “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students Are Learning” at Complete College America’s 2019 Annual Convening in Phoenix, Arizona. On January 7, McNair delivered two keynote addresses on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at Tarrant County College South Campus’s “Connections Week: Success Begins with You” event in Fort Worth, Texas. On January 28, McNair delivered a keynote address on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. On January 30, McNair participated in a panel discussion titled “Strengthening Guided Pathways by Ensuring Students are Learning” at Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Network Meeting in Seattle, Washington. On January 31, McNair delivered a keynote address on “Reclaiming Equity” at Guttman Community College in New York. On February 4, McNair participated in the Launch Years Consensus Panel Convening sponsored by the Dana Center in Austin, Texas.

Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, traveled to Philadelphia for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Conference from December 9 to 11. There, he copresented a concurrent session with Tammy Cumming (Brooklyn College, CUNY) and Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers (CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies) titled “All-in-One Assessment: Timely and Meaningful Data.”

Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president for the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, served as a leader for the “Integrating Experiential Learning into Undergraduate Global and Public Health Programs and Courses” faculty development workshop in San Vito, Costa Rica, from January 4 to 12, in collaboration with the InterAmerican Center for Global Health, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Allegheny College, and Child Family Health International. She offered sessions on experiential learning pedagogies, integrating authentic assessment and rubrics into global health courses and programs, and critical reflection. On January 31, Whitehead delivered a workshop, “Building Support for Departmental Civic Designs within and across Departments: Cultivating Allies and Intersecting Commitments,” at the 2020 Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major–West Coast at California State University–Los Angeles. She also serves on the institute’s advisory board. 

DeJuanna Parker, director of student success, delivered a keynote address titled “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success” during Tallahassee Community College’s Equity and Inclusive Excellence Faculty Spring Convocation in Tallahassee, Florida, on January 6. 

From December 9 to 10, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Director David Scobey and PLACE Project Coordinator Kate Griffin met with Greensboro participants in the PLACE Collaboratory, a national project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that brings together eleven campuses and their community partners in four cities to use public humanities and cultural projects that address significant public issues. Scobey consulted with the board of trustees at Scripps College in Claremont, California, from December 5 to 6. He offered presentations on best practices in community partnerships and support for student well-being, as well as meeting with faculty on public humanities projects.

On December 6, C. Edward Watson, CIO and associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to New York to deliver a plenary session titled “LEAP Best Practices” at the College Board’s State and System AP Policy Roundtable. On January 10, he traveled to Franklin, Tennessee, to deliver the opening keynote titled “State of the Art: National Perspectives on High-Impact Practices” at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ 3rd Annual Statewide HIPs Conference. At that same event, he provided an interactive workshop entitled “Leveraging Technology to Ensure High Impact.” On January 31, he traveled to Toronto to deliver the opening keynote titled “What Do We Really Know About How People Learn?” at Wiley’s East Coast Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace Conference.

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