AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella delivered a keynote address on the future of liberal education during the University of Hartford board of regents meeting in West Hartford, Connecticut, on February 27. On March 3, she traveled to Cambridge, Maryland, to present on liberal education and equity at Morgan State University’s administrative retreat.
Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote address titled “Designing Learning Pathways that Are Coherent, Inclusive, and Equity-Minded” at Salt Lake Community College on February 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From February 12 to 13, McNair participated in a committee meeting for the Texas Pathway Student Success Center in Austin. On February 19, McNair participated in a panel titled “High-Impact Practices and Equity: Pathways to Student Success in General Education” at Achieving the Dream’s 2020 Annual Conference at National Harbor, Maryland. On February 21, McNair cofacilitated a breakout session titled “Strengthening Guided Pathways to Ensure Students Are Learning” at AAC&U’s General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference. On February 26, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Shifting Mindsets and Challenging Norms to Advance Student Success” at the University of Houston–Clear Lake in Houston, Texas. On February 27, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “Intentionality by Strategic Design: Inclusion and Engagement for Underserved Student Success” at North Lake College’s Annual Professional Development Day in Austin, Texas.
On February 6, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, delivered a presentation on “The Value of VALUE Assessment Results: Pedagogy and Learning Improvement” in a webinar on “Teaching and Assessing Creativity and Critical Thinking” hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). From February 16 to 17, he traveled to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to serve as a consultant in helping NCCU move forward in the development of a revised general education curriculum. Rhodes also delivered opening and closing remarks and moderated two “Pecha Kucha” (chit chat in Japanese) sessions at AAC&U’s Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment from February 20 to 22 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, attended an intercultural think tank, offered introductory remarks, and served as the moderator for the opening plenary, “Embedding Intercultural Learning in High-Impact Practices: How to Position Students for High-Impact Experiences,” at the WISE (Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement) Conference hosted by Wake Forest University from February 12 to 14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Whitehead attended the Association of International Education Administrators annual conference in Washington, DC, from February 17 to 19, and spoke on the panel, “Preparing the Next Generation of International Education Leaders.” From February 19 to 20, she participated in the Forum on Education Abroad board meeting in Washington, DC. On February 25 and 26, she met with faculty and staff to discuss global learning and campus internationalization and delivered a presentation on “The Global Learning Imperative: Why It Is Critical for All Students” at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Lumbee, North Carolina.
C. Edward Watson, CIO and associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia to deliver the opening keynote—“What Do We Really Know about How People Learn?”—at Wiley’s Canadian “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace” Conference. On February 19, he delivered a preconference workshop titled “Maximizing Learning within Your General Education Curriculum” at AAC&U’s General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. On February 28, he traveled to New Orleans to deliver the opening keynote titled “What Do We Really Know about How People Learn?” at Wiley’s US “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace” Conference. During the week of March 2, he traveled to St. George’s University in Granada to deliver a set of presentations concerning ePortfolios, AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, and digital learning.
On February 9, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, presented “Liberating the Ivory Tower: From Patriarchal Landlords to the People’s Public Square,” in a public forum that was livestreamed by Wesley/Nexus as part of its exploration of “Patriarchy in Science, Education, and the Church,” held at the Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Conference Center in Fulton, Maryland.