AAC&U News, August 2019
On the Road

June–August 2019

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(From left to right) Caryn McTighe Musil at a global forum on “Academic Freedom, Institutional Autonomy, and the Future of Democracy” in Strasbourg, France; Dawn Michele Whitehead at an international symposium on global community-engaged learning in Ho, Ghana; and Tia Brown McNair listening to a participant at AAC&U’s Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Villanova University.

On June 13 and 14, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella presented at the Worldviews Conference in Toronto on “Current Innovations: The Conversation, EvidenceNetwork.ca, and The Academic Minute” and “Cognitive Dissonance: The Response of Higher Education and Media to the Clash of Democratic and Populist Values.” She delivered welcoming remarks at the HIPS Institute, held at Villanova University on June 19, and presented the opening keynote address on the role of liberal education in a post-truth era at the Heterodox Academy meeting in New York on June 20. Pasquerella returned to Villanova on June 25 to give greetings at AAC&U’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Institute and offered the keynote address at the Lamborn-Hughes Institute of the Reinvention Collaborative, held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on June 28. President Pasquerella opened the 2019 Midwest Roundtable on Talent with a keynote discussing the entrepreneurial mind-set in Mackinac Island, Michigan, on June 30.

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president of strategic planning and partnerships, served as an institute faculty member for AAC&U’s Institute on High-Impact Practices, held June 19–21 at Villanova University. She also served as an institute faculty member for AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work held July 16–19 at Emory University.

Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote address, “Defining a Campus Culture of Equity,” at the New American Colleges and Universities summer institute for academic affairs and faculty in Washington, DC, on June 14. From June 17 to 21, McNair facilitated AAC&U’s 2019 High-Impact Practices and Student Success Institute in Philadelphia. From June 24 to 29, McNair facilitated AAC&U’s 2019 Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers Institute in Philadelphia. On July 10, McNair delivered a keynote on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at Cuyahoga Community College’s president’s retreat in Cleveland. From June 11 to 12, McNair participated in the Idea Lab at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Chicago. From July 15 to 17, McNair facilitated the 2019 High-Impact Practices Summer Institute at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On July 30, McNair attended the California Guided Pathways Demonstration Project meeting in San Francisco. From July 31 to August 1, McNair facilitated a convening on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at Kent State University’s academic affairs retreat in Kent, Ohio.

Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the office of global citizenship for campus, community, and careers, served on the faculty of AAC&U’s Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Villanova University from June 18 to 21, and she participated in the international symposium on global community-engaged learning in Ho, Ghana, from June 23 to June 29. From July 16 to 19, Whitehead facilitated AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Emory University in Atlanta. From July 10 to 11, Whitehead attended the board of directors meeting and a joint meeting with the Council of the Forum on Education Abroad in Providence, Rhode Island.

Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts, from June 18 to 21 for the Institute on Problem-Based Learning. There, he participated as an institute faculty member and ran a workshop on “Using Rubrics in Project Work.” Rhodes also attended the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) annual meeting in New York from July 14 to 18, where he attended the AAEEBL board meeting, led a set of sessions on digital citizenship and digital ethics, and presented Helen Chen with the Batson Award, an annual presentation to recognize outstanding contributions to ePortfolio practice and theory.

Andrew Flagel, vice president for advancement and member engagement, represented AAC&U at the Business for the Common Good conference at Dynamo Academy in Italy from June 16 to 17. The conference brought corporate social responsibility leaders from around the world together to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

On June 27, C. Edward Watson, chief information officer and associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives, delivered the opening plenary at the LEAP State Georgia summer symposium in Newnan. The session was titled “Maximizing LEAP’s Relevance and Impact.” He then traveled to Bronx Community College in New York, from July 15 to 18, to participate in the Association of Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Annual Meeting. There, he delivered a workshop titled “Developing and Implementing an ePortfolio Scholarly Research Agenda: An AAEEBL Workshop.”

From June 19 to 21, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, was in Strasbourg, France, to participate in a global forum she helped organize on “Academic Freedom, Institutional Autonomy, and the Future of Democracy.” She also co-moderated the plenary session, “Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy: Examples and Challenges.” The conference was jointly hosted by the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States, and the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy, where Musil represents AAC&U. On June 26, Musil made a site visit to the New School in New York, where she is serving as a consultant with Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy for an institutional climate study on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and how they affect student success.

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