AAC&U News, October 2019
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Register Now: Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers Conference

Crossing Borders and Boundaries
October 17–19, 2019, San Antonio, Texas

Join us at the Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers conference to explore practical and theoretical approaches to global learning at the course, departmental, and institutional levels. Margee Ensign, president of Dickinson College, will deliver the keynote address, “The National Security Threat We Are Ignoring—The Failure of American Education to Prepare Students for the Future.” David Hernández, associate professor of Latina/o/x studies at Mount Holyoke College, will deliver the closing plenary, “The Global Next Door: Local Engagement, Accompaniment, and New Forms of Diversity.” Featured sessions will be led by Khanjan Mehta, vice provost for creative inquiry and director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh College; Amir Reza, dean of Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning and dean of global education at Babson College; and Amer F. Ahmed, founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting.

Register Now: Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

November 7–9, 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Register by October 7 for best rates

Transforming STEM Higher Education invites participants to question and examine the entire range of contemporary challenges to—and opportunities for—STEM higher education reform. Conference sessions will explore contemporary approaches to teaching, broadening participation, interrogating research studies, and verifying assessment tools for determining effectiveness. Keynotes will include Mary Boyce, assistant vice provost of diversity, equity, and inclusion at University of Michigan on “Creating Conditions to Transform Undergraduate STEM Education”; Saundra Yancy McGuire, director emerita of the center for academic success at Louisiana State University on how to “Transform STEM Education by Teaching Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key!”; and David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands on “The Soul of Leadership in STEM Educational Transformation.” For more information on the keynote sessions, click here.

Register Now: 2020 Annual Meeting

Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead
January 22–25, 2020, Washington, DC
Register by November 18 for best rates

AAC&U’s 2020 Annual Meeting will open Wednesday evening, January 22, with the Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, presented by Shaun R. Harper, founder and executive director of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California. The opening plenary, moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella, will feature speakers Andrew Delbanco, president of The Teagle Foundation; Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict; and Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed. Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University, will deliver the final plenary. The annual meeting will feature two all-day events on Wednesday, January 22: a pre-meeting symposium, “Learning to Thrive: The Invisible Skills That Foster Student Success,” and a forum presented by the Lingnan Foundation on “Global Economic Development and Higher Education.” The 11th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios, “ePortfolios and the Future of Higher Education: Fostering Leadership among Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Students,” will be offered January 25.

Upcoming AAC&U Webinars

AAC&U is pleased to share news about our fall webinars:

  • “Strategies for Supporting Faculty Planning to Advance Curricular Coherence: Four Case Studies,” October 22, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (ET)
  • “The Emerging Landscape of Learning: A Review of Five Years of AAC&U’s VALUE Initiative,” October 30, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
  • “Fostering Civic Consciousness through Creativity-Based Pedagogy,” November 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ET)
  • “STEM Matters: The Formula for Driving Innovation,” December 11, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET)

More information on AAC&U webinars can be found here.

Project News

Registration for AAC&U’s 2019–20 VALUE Institute Opens October 15

AAC&U’s VALUE Institute enables any higher education institution, department, program, state, consortium, or provider to utilize the VALUE rubrics approach to assessment by collecting and uploading samples of student work to a digital repository and have the work scored by certified VALUE Institute faculty and other educator scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment. If your institution, program, state, system consortium—national or international—has an interest in participating in the VALUE Institute, please review the “Interest in VALUE Institute Participation“ page, discuss the contents with colleagues, and send an email to valueinstitute@aacu.org to schedule an initial consultation. More details can also be found here.

Winners of the 2019 Delphi Award

Teams from the Penn State University system and Santa Monica College received the 2019 Delphi Award, which includes $15,000 to continue their innovative work supporting adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track faculty in promoting student success. Since 2012, AAC&U and the USC Pullias Center have partnered on the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success to develop reports and resources, collect models, and conduct research and advocacy.

Call for Papers: ”International Journal of ePortfolio”

The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), a publication of AAC&U, is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access journal freely available online. It is published twice a year (typically in April and October). IJeP is now accepting manuscripts for consideration for its Spring 2020 issue. Those wishing to be considered for this issue should submit by December 1, 2019, and can expect the review process to take less than ninety days. The full call for proposals, including submission guidelines, can be found here.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Celebrates 30th Anniversary

This year AAC&U will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference in Chicago. Since its founding in 1989, PKAL has been one of the leading advocates in the United States for transforming undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. To date, it has empowered an extensive network of over 7,000 STEM faculty and administrators committed to the principles, practices, and partnerships that advance cutting-edge, integrative STEM higher education for all students. PKAL has been the premiere national alliance offering state-of-the-art leadership development for STEM faculty. To commemorate the accomplishments of PKAL STEM Leadership Institute alumni, this conference will feature a special keynote presentation on leadership, an interactive pre-conference workshop, memorabilia, and other opportunities to deepen our connections to each other and our commitments to reforming undergraduate STEM education. For more information on PKAL, click here.

New Issue of “Peer Review”

This special double issue of Peer Review, “At the Soul of Leadership: Authentic Perspectives on STEM Reform from HBCUs,” features articles by the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) fellows on proven approaches for leaders that have broadened the participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

IDHE Releases National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement Report

Democracy Counts 2018: Increased Student and Institutional Engagement is the latest report of college student voting patterns based on data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. College student voting rates doubled in 2018 to 40 percent, a full 21 percentage points higher than in the last midterm election in 2014. In the report’s introduction, Nancy Thomas posits on a few reasons why college students are showing increased voter engagement: institutional commitment “toward learning for the health and future of democracy”; “a greater sense of agency among students that transcends demographic and disciplinary subgroups”; and the “shifting from elections as episodic flashpoints to embracing political learning, discussion, and equity as year-round educational objectives for all students.” On page 19, a chart tracking voting rates by academic field of study shows the need to foster a civic lens in the major that is scaffolded within the curriculum. Students in education and the social science fields outpace their peers in business and stem fields, but all fields showed voting rate increases between the 2014 and 2018 midterms. The report highlights that “every field of study contributes to the health and well-being of communities and the nation. We urge faculty to explore with their students the public relevance of that field.”

Free Webinars Focused on Civic Learning and Community Building

Campus Compact offers a variety of free webinars to support campus goals of educating for the public good. This webinar, “A Focus on Faculty: Practical and Research-Informed Strategies for Faculty Development in Community Engagement,” will be held on December 10 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. (EST). Additional webinars of interest can be found on the Campus Compact events page.

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education 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 Holds PLACE Collaboratory Launch Convening

From October 1 to 4, three dozen participants in BTtoP’s PLACE Collaboratory—including academic institutions, community partners, and students—are meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the inaugural convening of the PLACE project. The convening brings together educators and community partners from all four regional hubs: Newark, Greensboro, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. Participants are setting goals and measures of success for the two-year project, which will include public humanities projects in all four cities and a national network aimed at distilling and disseminating model practices for authentic community partnerships. For more information on PLACE, which is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, click here.

Other News

Call for Submissions for the "Academic Minute,” Cosponsored by AAC&U

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is the host of the Academic Minute, a radio segment produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features professors and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. Producers of the Academic Minute are seeking submissions about all research topics, and universities are encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from one institution. Recent weekly takeovers include research from New York Institute of Technology, Roanoke College, University at Albany, Carleton College, and Amherst College. Please send your submission to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org

New Book on “Creating Space for Democracy” Coming in October

Published by Stylus in association with AAC&U, Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education offers a blueprint for achieving the civic mission of higher education by incorporating dialogue and deliberation into learning at colleges and universities. It opens by providing a conceptual framework, with leading voices in the dialogue and deliberation field providing insights on issues pertinent to college campuses, from free speech and academic freedom to neutrality and the role of deliberation in civic engagement. Subsequent sections describe a diverse range of methods and approaches used by organizations that pioneered and sustained deliberative practices and outline some of the many ways in which educators and institutions are using dialogue and deliberation in curricular, cocurricular, and community spaces, including venues such as student centers, academic libraries, and residence halls. AAC&U members can use the code CSD20 for 20 percent off and free shipping and handling.

Annual Summit: Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

November 19–20, Seattle, Washington
Register by November 6

To learn about promising approaches and innovative ideas or to share ideas about how to prevent and address sexual harassment, register now for the First Annual Summit hosted by the National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. This summit aims to identify and elevate promising practices for preventing sexual harassment in higher education. Through a combination of plenary sessions, panel discussions, and concurrent sessions, this day-and-a-half event will serve as an opportunity for members of the Action Collaborative and the broader higher education community to gather information, engage in dialogue, and gain diverse perspectives on how to effectively prevent sexual harassment. Participants can join in-person or virtually through an interactive webcast. The deadline to register to participate in-person is Wednesday, November 6.

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.

How Trinity College Is Creating an Inclusive Future
By Joanne Berger-Sweeney
October 1, 2019
Hartford Courant

Westfield Promise Provides WMass High School Students Pathway to College
By Ramon S. Torrecilha
September 26, 2019
The Republican

Who Decides What’s Good and What’s Bad in the Humanities?
By G. Gabrielle Starr
September 17, 2019
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Free Public College Is a Terrible Idea
By Brian Rosenberg
September 13, 2019
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Westfield State Focuses on Relevant, Lifelong Learning
By Ramon S. Torrecilha
August 29, 2019
The Republican

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