AAC&U News: January/February 2016
News & Events

January/February 2016

Lynn Pasquerella Named Next President of AAC&U

Pasquerella Will Assume New Role July 1, 2016

The AAC&U Board of Directors and President Carol Geary Schneider are delighted to announce that Lynn Pasquerella will become the fourteenth president of AAC&U. Pasquerella, whose background in higher education spans both public and private institutions, has served as president of Mount Holyoke College since 2010.  She has been an active member of the AAC&U LEAP Presidents’ Trust and is well known to the AAC&U community. See the news release and announcement to the membership from AAC&U’s board of directors.


Meetings and Institutes

General Education and Assessment Conference in New Orleans: Registration Now Open

February 18–20, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana

AAC&U invites you to attend the conference General Education and Assessment: From My Work to Our Work. Developing high-quality general education pathways that are effective for all students—especially for those students from traditionally underserved groups—requires building, enriching, and supporting collaboration among all educators. Join with colleagues to rethink general education designs and outcomes, connect curricular and cocurricular pathways, and re-envision the nature of faculty and all campus educators’ roles to move from “my work” to “our work.” Registration is now open.

Proposals Due February 26 for Network Conference on Global Learning and the College Curriculum

October 6-8, 2016, Denver, Colorado

AAC&U is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for AAC&U’s 2016 Conference on Global Learning and the College Curriculum: Nurturing Student Efficacy in a Global World. Sessions at this conference will examine how institutions are integrating and assessing global learning across the curriculum and in general education; creating, implementing, and assessing globally-focused courses and programs; developing and implementing global civic engagement experiences at home and abroad; integrating international students in meaningful ways; providing global learning experiences for new majority students; and examining global sustainability issues. For more information, visit the Call for Proposals.

Proposals Due March 24 for Network Conference on Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

November 3-5, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite proposals that will share and examine enduring and emerging theory-driven and evidence-based models, practices, and strategies for integrating high-quality undergraduate STEM teaching and learning throughout the undergraduate experience and increasing the number of students majoring, completing baccalaureate degrees, and pursuing careers in STEM fields. This year’s conference seeks to deepen knowledge and insights about “what works” in STEM higher education reform and provide attendees with the opportunity to rethink pedagogical designs and approaches to maximize learning. Proposals are due Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Register for Conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success in Philadelphia

March 17–19, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AAC&U invites you to attend the conference Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets. The complexities of our history with diversity compel us as educators to engage in difficult but essential dialogues to identify both institutional and individual barriers that stand in the way of our reaching full and meaningful inclusion for all students in higher education. Join us to explore the kinds of entrenched attitudes and policies that rest on deficit-minded assumptions about diversity, student learning, and success; and engage in “courageous conversations” designed to help us prepare all students for lifelong success and citizenship. Register by February 24 for best rates.

Send a Team to AAC&U's 2016 Summer Institutes – Deadlines Approaching

The Institute on General Education and Assessment will take place June 4–8, 2016, in Boston, MA, 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 21–25, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA, 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 educational practices, close achievement gaps, 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 12–15, 2016, in Chicago, IL, and is intended for faculty and administrative teams leading change to deepen students’ integrative learning over time—connecting general education with learning in the major, and curricular with cocurricular learning. Complete information about these three institutes, including application materials and deadlines, is now online.

2016 Institute on Project-Based Learning: Application Deadline February 15, 2016

June 22-25, 2016, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts

In partnership with AAC&U, WPI will host and run the 2016 Institute on Project-Based Learning, a two-and-a-half-day program where teams from colleges and universities will gain knowledge about project-based learning and make tangible progress to integrate those learnings into their own curricula. The institute will bring together teams of faculty and administrators from colleges and universities for interactive workshops, consultations with Institute faculty, and collaborative teamwork sessions focused on project-based learning. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education at Georgetown University, will be returning as keynote speaker. Applications are open through February 15, 2016. Learn what participants had to say about the 2015 Institute on Project-Based Learning.


PKAL – Undergraduate STEM Education News

Upcoming Regional Network Meetings in Southern California, DC, 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 Southern California (SoCAL) PKAL Regional Network, Integrating Teaching, Assessment, and Education Research to Enhance Student Learning in STEM, will be held at University of California–Irvine in  Irvine, CA, February 27, 2016. The Capital PKAL Regional Network, Creating Learning Environments: Valuing Diversity, Improving Retention, and Promoting Persistence for Students in STEM, will be held at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, April 8, 2016; the call for proposals deadline is February 28, 2016. The Ohio PKAL Regional Network, Evidence-Based Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education, will be held at Capital University in Columbus, OH, May 21, 2016. Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network, Best Practices in STEM Education, at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA, June 10, 2016; the call for proposals deadline is February 12, 2016.

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty

Institute I: July 12–July 17, 2016
Institute II: July 19–July 24, 2016
Institute III: July 26–July 31, 2016
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

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. Applications are due February 24, 2016.


Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network News

AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment Join with Seven Community Colleges To Launch Public Forums on “Citizenship Under Siege”

AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) announced recently the receipt of a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to sponsor a series of public forums around the country on “Citizenship Under Siege” in partnership with seven community colleges. This project builds on a previous NEH-funded initiative, Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking. For more information, see www.aacu.org/citizenship.

AAC&U Endorses Campus Compact Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors

AAC&U has endorsed Campus Compact's 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors, lending our support to this effort to reinvigorate higher education for the public good. We encourage AAC&U member presidents and chancellors to join the more than 170 campus leaders who have already signed the Action Statement. Consistent with AAC&U’s focus on equity, inclusive excellence, and democratic renewal, the statement commits participating institutions to take action to educate students for democratic citizenship and build partnerships for positive change, and will provide the basis for discussion at Campus Compact’s upcoming 30th Anniversary Summit of Presidents and Chancellors.

The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action Network 2016 Conferences and Meetings

The Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference “Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact” will be held in Boston, MA, March 21-23. Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA, the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting will be in Indianapolis, IN, June 2-4. The Bonner Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) will be held at Maryville College, June 7-10. The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is hosting an Interfaith Leadership Institutes in Chicago, IL, August 5-7. Save the date for the Imagining America’s national conference to be held in Milwaukee, WI, October 6-8.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU),  (NASPA) Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education,  The Bonner Foundation, The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), Campus Compact, and Imagining America 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.


Project News

VALUE Project Seeks Student Work Samples

The AAC&U VALUE Project is seeking your assistance. In our ongoing efforts to study the use of the VALUE Rubrics and improve assessment, we are undertaking a cutting edge national norming/calibration project. Please send an email to Wende Garrison if you are willing to contribute to this project and have a student work sample relevant to any these VALUE Rubrics: Civic Engagement; Intercultural Knowledge and Competence; Ethical Reasoning; Quantitative Literacy; and Critical Thinking. Garrison will be happy to provide you with more information about the project and discuss using your work sample in the VALUE Project. Your help, as we continue the important work of VALUE, is appreciated!


Other News

New National Survey of AAC&U Academic Leaders Documents Consensus on Learning Outcomes, Trends in Integrative General Education Designs

The second of three reports on findings from a new survey of AAC&U member chief academic officers, “Recent Trends in General Education Design, Learning Outcomes, and Teaching Approaches,” explores how institutions are defining common learning out­comes, trends related to general education design, and use of emerging, evidence-based teaching and learning practices. For more information, see the press release. Full findings from this and a previous report released in November on additional findings from the survey related to equity and student success can be found at www.aacu.org/about/2015-membersurvey.

AAC&U Presents 2016 Frederic W. Ness Book Award to Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael S. Roth

AAC&U announces the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award: Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters published in 2014 by Yale University Press. The Ness award is given for the book that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education, and was presented to the author, Michael S. Roth, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, on January 21, 2016, in Washington, DC. Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University. More information about the book can be found online.

Graduate Students Honored with K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Ten graduate students were honored as 2016 recipients of the annual K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, a distinction given to graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Award recipients include: Claire Berezowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Nusta Carranza Ko, Purdue University; Annemarie Galeucia, Louisiana State University; Uttam Gaulee, University of Florida; Brad Jacobson, University of Arizona; Jasmine Linabary, Purdue University; Breanne Przestrzelski, Clemson University; Roman Ruiz, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Siakel, University of California, Irvine; and Desiree Weber, Northwestern University. For more details about the 2016 recipients, see the list of Cross Award winners online. The 2016 Cross Scholars were introduced last month at AAC&U’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Register for February 10 Webinar on the Excellence in Assessment Designations

Cosponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and AAC&U, the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designations are designed to recognize campuses that are successfully integrating assessment practices across campus to provide evidence of student learning outcomes that are representative of all students who attend their institution. A free webinar on February will review the rationale behind the EIA Designation program, present and explain the evaluation rubric, and delve deeper to explore the NILOA Transparency Framework, from which the evaluation rubric was created. Register now.

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.

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