Meetings and Institutes
AAC&U's 2017 Annual Meeting—Mark Your Calendars
AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting will be held January 25–28, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The call for proposals will be available online at the end of May, with a deadline of July 22, 2016. We invite you to check AAC&U's website later this month for more information.
Faculty and Administrative Teams from 119 Institutions, 34 States, and 4 Countries to Attend AAC&U 2016 Summer Institutes
AAC&U recently announced the colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its 2016 summer institutes. Teams of five or more participants from a total of 119 institutions will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at Boston University (June 4–8, 2016); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of California, Los Angeles (June 21–25, 2016); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at Loyola University Chicago (July 12–15, 2016). These institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus. Watch for announcements later this summer about the 2016 Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty. The PKAL Institutes are designed to guide early- and mid-career STEM faculty in an introspective exploration of the theories, practice, and art of leadership that is required to effectively manage the politics of institutional change and contribute to national undergraduate STEM reform.
Meeting the LEAP Challenge
LEAP Champions Convene in Georgia
On April 12, the University System of Georgia (USG) convened a Conference for LEAP Champions in Athens, Georgia. The program began with an overview of statewide LEAP activity, presented by Ginger Durham, the USG’s assistant vice chancellor of faculty development, and Micheal Crafton, provost of the University of West Georgia. Teams from Georgia College, University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia, University of Georgia, Middle Georgia State University, Clayton State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology made presentations coalescing around themes such as high-impact practices, integrative learning, and faculty leadership; several other Georgia institutions made brief reports. Susan Albertine, AAC&U’s director of LEAP States, led a midday discussion titled "What Does It Mean for a State to LEAP?" An evening reception featured Tom Caswell, instructional designer and director of the Washington Open Course Library; Houston Davis, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the USG, also spoke. Learn about LEAP at www.aacu.org/leap.
Campus Teams Collaborate on Capstones and Signature Work
Representatives from campuses participating in the Capstones and Signature Work initiative, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, attended a project meeting in Pittsburgh on April 28–30 to strategize about curricular reform processes and collaborate on ways to clarify, communicate, and assess Signature Work at their institutions. Teams in the project are working to expand and improve Signature Work opportunities for their students, and to create more coherent pathways that prepare them to accomplish that work. More about the project and the participating campuses is available here.
PKAL—Undergraduate STEM Education News
Upcoming Regional Network Meetings in 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 upcoming regional network meetings. The Ohio PKAL Annual Conference, “Evidence-Based Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education,” will be held at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on May 21, 2016. The Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Spring Meeting, “Best Practices in STEM Education,” will be held at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts, on June 10, 2016.
U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference
AAC&U is pleased to be a supporting organization for the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, which will take place May 18–20, 2016, at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. The fifth annual conference will bring together more than 1,000 stakeholders from all sectors of the national STEM community to address a very real and immediate challenge facing America today—the shortage of skilled workers to fill STEM jobs all over the country. This collaborative, resolution-oriented symposium will go beyond broad-based discussion of the issues, focusing on outcomes and specific strategies, initiatives, and successes that are already moving the needle. Kelly Mack—AAC&U vice president for undergraduate STEM education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope—will speak on “Retention Intervention: Staying the Course in College” on Thursday, May 19. For more information and to register, please visit www.usnewsstemsolutions.com. Use code “AACU100” for a $100 discount off the conference registration fee.
Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Network News
Mini-Institute on the Role of the Humanities in Constructive Campus–Community Dialogues
AAC&U is organizing a mini-institute during the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting sponsored by the American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The mini-institute, titled “Citizenship Under Siege: Finding Common Ground Amidst Fractious Differences,” will be moderated by representatives from the seven community colleges participating in the Citizenship Under Siege project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participants will examine how the humanities can help bridge fractious divisions surrounding citizenship and explore how to design public forums and educational resources to foster dialogues in courses, on campus, and in the larger community.
AAC&U, TDC, NASPA, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (sponsor of ADP) 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 to make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.
Public Forums Address Immigration, Race, and Inequality and Foster Community Discussion
Citizenship Under Siege, coordinated by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is underway as participating community colleges host public forums connected with the project. By mid-April, four colleges—Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC), Lone Star College (LSC), Middlesex Community College (MCC), and Santa Fe College (SFC)—had hosted their forums, which addressed issues of importance in their local communities through presentations and moderated discussions or deliberative dialogues on immigration, race, and economic inequality. MWCC’s public forum, “Is the American Dream Real?,” addressed the societal impact of economic inequality with keynote speaker Robert Putnam. A writer and historian led LSC’s public forum, which addressed economic inequality through deliberative dialogues on Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity? Held at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, MCC’s public forum, “Immigration and Community Challenges in Lowell,” focused on Lowell’s rich immigrant history as well as locally based social and political activism. SFC drew on theater for their public forum by hosting a production of the play “Parallel Lives,” which explores the different lives of a white woman and a black man growing up in Florida in the 1950s and 1960s.
AAC&U President and President-Elect Working Together to Guide Leadership Transition
AAC&U President-Elect Lynn Pasquerella recently took part in AAC&U’s spring board of directors meeting and is working together with President Carol Geary Schneider, Chief of Staff Bethany Zecher Sutton, and other staff members to ensure a smooth transition in AAC&U leadership. While remaining busy with her ongoing duties at Mount Holyoke College, President Pasquerella already is engaging with key AAC&U partner institutions and presidents about the next era of leadership for liberal education and inclusive excellence. Stay tuned for more information in AAC&U News about President Pasquerella, including information about opportunities to meet her during her inaugural year.
Assessment Webinars in May and June Cosponsored by AAC&U
AAC&U, SHEEO, and Taskstream are cosponsoring two webinars in May and June as part of the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC)/VALUE Initiative Webinar Series. On May 17, the webinar topic will be “State Perspectives,” and representatives from states participating in the MSC will share their experiences. On Thursday, June 16, the webinar topic is “Data Analysis and Use,” and individuals from participating MSC campuses will share insights on how to use data to inform changes to assignment design. Registration for these webinars will open in the coming weeks on Tasksteam’s website. Learn more about the Multi-State Collaborative and VALUE.
Register Now for Liberal Arts Illuminated Conference in July
“Liberal Arts Illuminated: Pathways, Possibilities, Partnerships” will be held July 11–13 and is being hosted by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Central Minnesota. The conference will bring together leadership, faculty, and trustees from liberal arts colleges, as well as public policymakers, for a substantive generative conversation about the future of liberal arts institutions. AAC&U is a sponsoring organization. Register here by June 1 to receive the early bird discount of $50.
New Book on Integrative Learning for Success in Life, Work, and Society
The Power of Integrative Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society by William M. Sullivan will be published in June and is now available for preorder. Drawing on examples from the twenty-five members of the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) consortium, the book makes the case for an approach that combines the strengths of the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility in order to give students the combination of skills and experiences that will prepare them for success in all aspects of life after graduation. NAC&U is a consortial partner in AAC&U’s LEAP initiative. More resources and publications on integrative liberal learning are available on AAC&U’s website.
New Book on Civic Outcomes Measurement
Research on Student Civic Outcomes in Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Methods will be published by Stylus Publishing, Inc., in November and is now available for preorder. This volume presents research on—and deepens understanding of—teaching strategies that foster the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of college graduates to be actively engaged in their communities as citizens and civic-minded professionals. AAC&U Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment and Executive Director of VALUE Terrel Rhodes coauthored a chapter, “Documenting and Gathering Authentic Evidence of Civic Outcomes,” with Ashley Finley, associate vice president of academic affairs at Dominican University of California. This chapter describes AAC&U’s VALUE/eportfolio approach to civic outcomes assessment. More resources and publications on assessment and civic learning are available on AAC&U’s website.
AAC&U President Contributes Foreword, Afterword to New Book on Global Liberal Arts Education
AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has contributed the foreword and afterword to a new book, Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia: Possibilities and Challenges in the Global Age. The book shares unique case studies of liberal arts colleges both in and outside of East Asia; examines the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western liberal arts education; and offers practical and sustainable models and guidelines for liberal arts colleges in East Asia and beyond. Learn more online about AAC&U’s resources on liberal education and global learning.
Making the Most of AAC&U Membership
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 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 Renée Gamache, membership coordinator: (202) 884-0809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.