AAC&U News, November 2019
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Poster Session Call for Proposals: 2020 General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference

Reflection and Meaning-Making in Turbulent Times
February 20–22, 2020, Jacksonville, Florida
Submissions for poster proposals due November 15

AAC&U has extended the deadline to submit poster proposals to November 15 for the 2020 General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference. Session presenters will share their efforts to create intentional and integrated general education programs, to assess current practices, and to generate evidence of high-quality learning for all students.

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:

  • “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 3:15 p.m. (ET)

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

Save the Dates for AAC&U’s 2020 Summer Institutes

  • Institute on General Education and Assessment
    June 2–5, 2020
    University of Vermont
  • Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
    June 2–5, 2020
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers
    June 16–19, 2020
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work
    July 21–24, 2020
    American University
  • Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence
    July 21–24, 2020
    American University
  • TIDES Institute: Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES)
    June 8–12, 2020
    Leesburg, Virginia
  • PKAL STEM Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty
    Institute I: July 8–13, 2020 | Institute II: July 15–20, 2020
    Adamstown, Maryland

Project News

AAC&U Announces Winner of the 2020 Frederic W. Ness Book Award

AAC&U has announced the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Social Order (Teachers College Press). The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The 2020 Ness Award will be formally presented to the author, Joy Ann Williamson-Lott, at AAC&U’s annual meeting on January 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Joy Ann Williamson-Lott is dean of the graduate school and a professor of the history of education at the University of Washington College of Education, and coeditor of the History of Education Quarterly.

Registration Open for AAC&U’s 2019–20 VALUE Institute

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, or 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.

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

Save the Dates: 2020 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute™

July 8–13 and July 15–20, 2020, Adamstown, Maryland

The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute (SLI)—uniquely designed for early- and mid-career STEM faculty, principal investigators, and administrators—awakens and sensitizes its participants to the systems, structures, and influences of power and privilege within higher education, equipping them with the tools and skills needed to bring about social change in STEM. Nearly 60 percent of the institute’s curriculum is grounded in the major tenets of experiential learning, including the state-of-the-art diversity simulation, My Tenure Trek™, which guides participants through real-world experiences that are representative of cultures, norms, and traditions that are distinctly different from their own. Overall, the institute has proven effective in promoting leadership self-efficacy among its participants, with over 65 percent of institute alumni noting a significant increase in their ability to (1) facilitate change, (2) effectively respond to problems, and (3) fully consider the impacts of diverse cultures on institutional transformation. For more information on the 2020 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute, click here.

Save the Date: 2020 TIDES Institute

June 812, 2020, Washington, DC

The AAC&U Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (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. Participants will use their authentic voices, institutional contexts, and individual worldviews to create meaningful solutions for retaining underrepresented students in STEM. For more information on the 2020 TIDES Institute click here.

Save the Date: 2020 Knowledge Exchange Institute

May 18–22, 2020, Washington, DC

The AAC&U Knowledge Exchange Institute offers STEM faculty a unique opportunity to understand and gain evaluation and education research expertise that is culturally sensitive and necessary for more accurately pinpointing the areas where institutional interventions, particularly those related to broadening participation, are likely to flourish. For more information on the Knowledge Exchange institute, click here.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

AAC&U’s One-Day Institutes on Civic Prompts in the Major

AAC&U has announced One-Day Institutes on Civic Prompts in the Major: Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good on the East and West Coasts. Departmental teams of three or more are invited to apply. The application deadlines are November 25, 2019, for the West Coast institute on January 31, 2020, in Los Angeles, and December 16, 2019, for the East Coast institute on March 6, 2020, in Washington, DC. These one-day events give departmental teams the time, space, and rich national resources to embed civic learning across the structure, concepts, and pedagogies of undergraduate majors.

New Report on the Value of Peer Relationships

A report stemming from the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) partnership between Interfaith Youth Core, the Ohio State University, and North Carolina State University, has been released: Friendships Matter: The Role of Peer Relationships in Interfaith Learning and Development. This report highlights “the impact that interworldview friendships—friends who have different religious traditions, political ideologies, or guiding philosophies than one another—have on interfaith development and attitudes in the first year of college.” This national study is the first to explore the trends of college student friendship formation with peers sharing different worldviews.

National Convenings on Civic Learning and Democracy

Please save these dates for the following national meetings that focus on the role of higher education in fostering civic learning and strengthening democracy. From March 29–April 1, 2020, Campus Compact’s 2020 National Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. The 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (#CLDE20), co-organized by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP), will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 3–6, 2020. The CLDE20 call for proposals is open until January 31, 2020.

The Bonner Foundation Offers Website Resources for Civic Learning and Community Building

The Bonner Foundation recently launched its newest Community-Engaged Learning Initiative, described as “continuing to support the integration of community-engaged learning and deep, reciprocal community-engaged projects across the institution.” This website offers campus examples and workshop guides as models for campus-wide integration of community-engaged learning.

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, AASCU’s American Democracy Project, The Bonner Foundation, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities 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.

Other News

White House Meeting to Address Overdoses on College Campuses

Public health officials are seeing worrying signs that opioid overdoses are increasing on college campuses. In response, the White House’s Drug Czar at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is starting a new initiative to help universities proactively address this problem and implement comprehensive overdose response protocols. On November 13, ONDCP will convene a meeting of college presidents, nonprofits, and leading higher education associations (including AAC&U) to call attention to this problem and discuss how university administrators can ensure the safety of their students. Email sarmed.rashid@ondcp.eop.gov if you have questions or are interested in attending.

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”

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.

Phi Beta Kappa’s Key into Public Service Scholars Award

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, launched a new undergraduate scholarship program this October to connect promising arts and sciences students with opportunities in public service. The Society seeks online applications for the Key into Public Service Scholarship from across various arts and sciences disciplines for $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and a trip to Washington, DC, for up to twenty rising sophomore, junior, and senior liberal arts and sciences students interested in public service careers. Society membership is not required. Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others. Students within all liberal arts and sciences majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants can learn more and apply online by December 31, 2019, at PBK.org/ServiceScholarsApp.

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.

STEM Education is Important. But Discounting the Arts Would Be a Mistake
By Mary A. Papazian
October 29, 2019
Sacramento Bee

President Speaks: Mental Health Should Be Among Colleges’ “Most Urgent Priorities”
By Shirley Collado
October 25, 2019
Education Dive

State Financial-Aid Grant Cut Deprives Students
By Grant H. Cornwell
October 23, 2019
Orlando Sentinel

Teaching Social Justice to Future Generations
By Scott D. Miller
October 20, 2019
The Virginian-Pilot

Five Ways We’re Helping Our First-Generation College Students Succeed
By Carolyn J. Stefanco
October 15, 2019
eCampus News

Three Ways One Campus is Reaching Underrepresented Students
By Marvin Krislov
October 15, 2019
Education Dive

How a Liberal Arts Education Can Help Your Career
By Michael Roth
October 11, 2019
Inc.

Why I Don’t Wear Pink
By Marjorie Hass
September 11, 2019
Medium

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