AAC&U News, June/July 2019
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Call for Proposals: 2020 Annual Meeting

Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead
January 22–25, 2020, Washington, DC
Proposals due July 22

Several broadly negative fiscal trends now affecting higher education are exacerbating the affordability challenge and threatening the financial sustainability of colleges and universities. In response, on campuses across the country, administrators, faculty, staff, and students are rising to meet these challenges—redoubling their commitment to equity and inclusion, refusing to accept the notion that high quality must come at a high cost. AAC&U’s 2020 Annual Meeting will showcase equitable, innovative, and cost-effective models for providing today’s students with a strong, relevant, and inclusive liberal education. Meeting participants are invited to share their work on the development and implementation of the high-impact educational practices, inclusive pedagogies, authentic forms of assessment, and pathways to student success that are transforming student learning at two- and four-year institutions, across disciplines and majors, and across institutional types—and shaping the future of higher education. The deadline to submit proposals is July 22.

Nominations Due October 1 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes 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 others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Nominees must hold student status in January 2020, and award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. A list of previous recipients is available here.

Project News

Nominations Due June 21 for the Frederic W. Ness Book Award

We invite your nominations for the 2020 Frederic W. Ness Book Award. Each year, the Ness Book Award Committee recognizes a book that makes an outstanding contribution to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. AAC&U’s board of directors established the Ness Book Award in 1979 to honor Frederic W. Ness, who served with distinction for many years as president of AAC&U. The 2020 award, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, will be presented at AAC&U’s annual meeting in January. To qualify for the award, a book must have been published between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019; additional criteria for eligibility are available here. Nominations must be received no later than June 21, 2019.

AAC&U Announces Twenty Institutions in New Guided Pathways Project

AAC&U has selected twenty institutions to participate in a new two-year project, Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students Are Learning. As the leading national association focused on quality in undergraduate education, AAC&U, in collaboration with the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, will work with the twenty institutional participants to strengthen designs of project-based and applied learning experiences, and to assess student achievement of learning outcomes to advance equity and student success goals along guided pathways. The following institutions will participate in the project: Amarillo College, Chattanooga State Community College, Community College of Baltimore County Foundation, Crafton Hills College, Finger Lakes Community College, Houston Community College, Indian River State College, Kapi‘olani Community College, Kilgore College, Miami Dade College, Middlesex Community College, Monroe Community College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Palo Alto College, Salt Lake Community College, San Antonio College, San Jacinto College, South Texas College, St. Petersburg College, and Waubonsee Community College.

AAC&U Selects More Than Two Hundred Institutions to Participate in Summer Institutes

AAC&U announced the two- and four-year colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its 2019 summer institutes. Teams of five or more will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont (June 4–7); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Villanova University (June 18–21); the Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers at Villanova University (June 25–28); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Emory University (July 16–19). Institutions were also selected to attend the Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Institute in Los Angeles (June 10–14). Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) STEM Leadership Institute at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland (July 9–14 and July 16–21). 

Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Network Meetings

2019 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has been hosting the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute™ for more than two decades. Since its inception, nearly 1,000 STEM faculty have taken advantage of this opportunity, with a significant percentage ascending to academic leadership positions. The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers individuals in fully understanding and implementing the theory and practice of navigating the politics of change, addressing inter- and intra-personal conflicts, and restructuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science and technology. To learn more about this year’s PKAL Summer Leadership Institute click here.

My Tenure Trek™

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) will institute My Tenure Trek™ (MTT™) at the 2019 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute this summer. MTT™ is a powerful professional development tool that simulates the tenure process while also empowering participants to view academia through a critical lens that embraces the lived experiences of those most not like themselves. The MTT™ simulation is offered exclusively to participants of the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute. Learn more about MTT™ and other PKAL signature programs here.

AAC&U 2019 TIDES Institute

The Office of Undergraduate STEM Education is excited to host AAC&U’s 2019 TIDES Institute from June 10 to June 14 in Los Angeles. The TIDES Institute offers a different approach to empowering STEM faculty to implement culturally responsive pedagogy in core STEM classrooms. Modeled after our unique professional development design, the TIDES Institute uses the combined power of critical reflection, accountability, awareness, and coalition building to increase the self-efficacy of STEM faculty in designing and delivering culturally responsive STEM content. We are excited to announce the following guest speakers: David Leonard, Washington State University; Stephanie Briggs, Community College of Baltimore County–Catonsville; Sumun Pendakur, University of Southern California; and Adriana Medina, University of Maryland Baltimore County.

HHMI Grants to Increase Capacity to Include Students of Diverse Backgrounds in Science

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to invite colleges and universities to apply for its third Inclusive Excellence competition (IE3), which will award grants to up to thirty schools to help increase their capacity to include students of diverse backgrounds in science. Institutions that receive a $1 million HHMI award will join the current IE community engaged in this work, supporting each other to build institutional capacity for student belonging. All schools that wish to submit a pre-proposal must indicate their intent to apply online and are encouraged to do so by the end of July. To learn more about the IE3 competition, read the press release or visit the IE3 competition page. Please contact HHMI at IE3@hhmi.org with any questions. For updated information on the important outcomes of this initiative, visit the AAC&U Inclusive Excellence Commission web page.  

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Kettering Foundation Working Paper on Innovations in Journalism Curriculum

Journalism Instruction and Citizen-Centered Democracy 2019, a working paper from the Kettering Foundation, “details an ongoing Kettering Foundation learning exchange with journalism educators on innovations in journalism curriculum to prepare students—the journalists of tomorrow—to practice journalism in ways that are more supportive of democracy.”

Imagining America Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary with a National Gathering

Honoring twenty years of supporting publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and organizers, Imagining America is hosting a conference, Mighty Dreams: Designing and Fostering Belonging in “America,” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from ​October 18 to 20 for those who are trying to create “spaces to heal, find a sense of belonging, and construct new ways of being, living, and working in community” to “imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory America and world.”

Campus Compact Offers Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program

This new program “provides civic and community engagement professionals with opportunities to earn formal recognition for the knowledge and skills they develop throughout their careers.” Two of the planned fifteen micro-credentials are now available for Community Engagement Fundamentals and Community Partnerships. 

The Kettering Foundation, Imagining America, and Campus Compact are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve 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.

BTtoP News

BTtoP Hosts Well-Being and Equity Webinar in Partnership with AAC&U

On June 12, BTtoP hosted a webinar on well-being and equity in partnership with AAC&U. Led by Jo Ellyn Walker and Nicole Brocato, and moderated by Caitlin Salins, BTtoP project manager, the webinar explored two questions: What does it mean to place support for student flourishing at the center of the equity agenda? What does it mean to place equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our understanding of student well-being? This webinar explored both questions with a focus on historically underserved students, including students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and adult working students. Speakers discussed frameworks for understanding the connection between well-being and equity and adaptable campus practices that can advance flourishing for students of all backgrounds. For more information and to download the webinar slides, please click here.

BTtoP Releases RFP for AMP Grants

In February, BTtoP announced its newest RFP opportunity: Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice (AMP) Grants. Intended for both public and nonprofit universities, colleges, and consortia that are former grantees of BTtoP, AMP Grants provide between $500 and $3,000 to increase the public reach of work previously supported by BTtoP. These grants may be used to support a range of activities, including campus-to-campus consulting visits, multicampus convenings, public writing, and the release of digital and media products. On March 1, BTtoP started accepting applications on a rolling basis. Award announcements began on April 1 and are ongoing. The RFP is available on BTtoP’s Funding Opportunities page.

Other News

Two Job Openings at AAC&U: Director of Student Success and Senior Director of Membership

AAC&U seeks talented, self-motivated, productive, and creative individuals for the positions of Director for Student Success and Senior Director of Membership. The Director of Student Success will report to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and serve as a member of the senior leadership team at AAC&U. The director will conceptualize and manage funded projects, conduct research, develop resources, and engage with higher education institutions to build institutional capacity to advance student learning and success. The Senior Director of Membership will report to the Vice President of Advancement and Member Engagement and will plan strategic membership recruitment, prioritizing potential membership targets, marketing campaigns, advertising, and event-driven recruitment. Visit our employment opportunities page for more information about the positions and how to apply.

AAC&U’s Ashley Finley Cowrites Foreword to Book on “Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership”

AAC&U’s Ashley Finley and Elon University’s Peter Felten cowrote the foreword to Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership: A Guide to Implementing the Transparency Framework Institution-Wide to Improve Learning and Retention. Edited by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Allison Boye, and Suzanne Tapp and published by Stylus, the book offers a comprehensive guide to the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework that has demonstrated increases in retention and improved outcomes for students. “This book describes and illustrates what is possible when we are as transparent as possible with the purposes, tasks, and criteria of the work we assign our students,” Felten and Finley wrote.

Helpful Student Resources from AAC&U on General and Liberal Education

Get students off to a great start with brochures and publications designed specifically for students. These resources help high school and incoming students—and parents—understand the value of a liberal education and the importance of broad learning outcomes that prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. Hundreds of institutions have used AAC&U’s student resources in orientation, first-year seminars, academic advising, admissions, and career counseling.

  • Why Do I Have to Take This Course? is a practical guide intended to take some of the mystery out of curricular requirements and educate students about the importance of broad learning outcomes developed over the entire course of their undergraduate years.
  • What Will I Learn in College? is a short guide to college learning that helps students understand what will be expected of them and how to prepare for success, including candid recommendations from college students about how to get ready for college.
  • What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future? is a brochure that introduces what a liberal education is—and why it is important to all college students. Based on AAC&U research, it provides a contemporary definition of the term “liberal education,” discusses the most important outcomes of college, and features the perspectives of recent graduates and employers.

AAC&U offers substantial discounts for large purchases—up to 70 percent off—as well as our regular bulk discounts. Learn more about these discounts online. To request a sample PDF, email pub_desk@aacu.org.

Thought Leadership from Presidents’ Trust Members

Articles and Op-Eds by Members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust

The Presidents’ Trust is a leadership group of nearly three hundred college and university presidents from all institutional types who are committed to advocating for the value of liberal education and inclusive excellence and rebuilding public trust in higher education. More information and a roster of all trust members can be found here. For more information about Presidents’ Trust membership, please contact the president’s office at presidentsoffice@aacu.org.

At the Intersection of College and Community
By Dennis Pierce
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Richard Rhodes, Austin Community College
June 7, 2019
Community College Daily

Universities Worry about Potential Loss of Chinese Students
By Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member G. Gabrielle Starr, Pomona College
June 3, 2019
The Washington Post

How a College and Coding School Are Partnering to Bring New Courses to Campus
By Natalie Schwartz
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Mary Marcy, Dominican University of California
May 29, 2019
Education Dive

The College Dropout Crisis
By David Leonhardt and Sahil Chinoy
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Devorah Lieberman, University of La Verne
May 23, 2019
The New York Times

Scott D. Miller: Respond to the Coming Climate Crisis
By Presidents’ Trust Member Scott D. Miller, Virginia Wesleyan University
May 19, 2019
The Virginian-Pilot

What Infosys-Trinity Partnership Means for Liberal Arts and the Workforce
By Carmen Baskauf and Lucy Nalpathanchil
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
May 14, 2019
Connecticut Public Radio

Maryland’s Small Colleges Saw the Future, and It was Bleak. Now, They’re Selling Liberal Arts with a Twist.
By Liz Bowie
Featuring Presidents’ Trust Member José Antonio Bowen, Goucher College
May 10, 2019
The Baltimore Sun

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