AAC&U News, December 2019
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Register Now: 2020 Annual Meeting

Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead
January 22–25, 2020, Washington, DC
Early-bird registration ends December 16.

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.

Register Now: 2020 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment

Reflection and Meaning-Making in Turbulent Times
February 2022, 2020, Jacksonville, Florida

The AAC&U Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment will offer opportunities to examine intentional and integrated models for general education that build on students’ experiences to help them reach their aims, effective and engaging pedagogical practices informed by research on how students learn, and assessment strategies that demonstrate student learning. Christine Ortiz, Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Founder of Station1, will deliver the opening keynote, “Promise and Peril in Higher Education: Building an Equitable, Creative, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future through Socially Directed Science and Technology.” On Friday morning, Terrance J. Doyle, professor emeritus of reading at Ferris State University and CEO of Learner Centered Teaching Consultants, will deliver a plenary about “A Learner-Centered Approached to Teaching General Education Courses.” Closing out the conference on Saturday, Jennifer Kubota, codirector of the Impression Formation Social Neuroscience Lab and assistant professor of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Department of Political Science and International Relations at University of Delaware, will deliver a plenary on “Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Pedagogy: A Social Neuroscience Perspective.”

Register Now: 2020 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

The Power of Collective Action
March 1921, 2020, New Orleans, Lousiana

The Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success will focus on how educators are breaking down barriers and building coalitions to advance effective practices, identifying solutions to enduring challenges, and leading change for the common good. Conference highlights include two full-day institutes, the “Seal of Excelencia Data Institute” in partnership with Excelencia in Education and the “Whose Freedom, Whose Speech? Creating Campuses for All Voices” institute in partnership with PEN America. Lori Patton Davis, chair of the Department of Educational Studies at the Ohio State University, will deliver the keynote address, “Framing Possibilities for Collective Action in Higher Education: The Role of Intersectionality.” Estela Mara Bensimon, dean’s professor in educational equity and director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, will present a plenary titled “Educating First-Generation Equity Practitioners to be Race-Conscious.” Timothy K. Eatman, inaugural dean of Honors Living-Learning Community and associate professor of urban education at Rutgers University–Newark, will deliver the closing plenary on “Full Participation in Twenty-First-Century Academe: Beware the Shrinking Imagination.”

Apply Now for AAC&U Summer Institutes

Project News

New Issue of “Diversity & Democracy”

Undergraduate global health education is a relatively new field that exemplifies how a liberal education can prepare students for work, life, and citizenship in an interconnected world. Contributors to this issue explore themes that are relevant across higher education, including experiential learning, cultural humility, critical reflection, ethical engagement, social justice, constructive dialogue, curricular coherence, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This issue of Diversity & Democracy was produced in partnership with, and funded in part by, Allegheny College. The Association of American Colleges and Universities would like to thank Caryl Waggett and Vesta Silva of Allegheny College for their leadership and guidance in serving as guest editors for this issue.

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.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

TIDES Institute Registration Now Open

June 8–12, 2020, Leesburg, Virginia
Register by January 4, 2020
The AAC&U 2020 Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Institute is now open for registration. The AAC&U TIDES Institute, derived from our evidence-based model of professional development, offers a unique opportunity for STEM faculty who have a commitment to using deep reflection and introspection to build capacity and self-efficacy in exploring the root sources, unwritten codes, and causes of minority group underrepresentation in STEM. For more information on the AAC&U TIDES Institute and to register, click here.

Thank You for Attending and Supporting the STEM Conference

The Office of Undergraduate STEM Education thanks everyone who attended and supported the 2019 AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. We had over 850 STEM and non-STEM faculty and administrators join us in Chicago as we questioned and examined the entire range of contemporary challenges to—and opportunities for—STEM higher education reform. As we continue the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) that began at the conference, we look ahead to the next thirty years, fully expecting to lead undergraduate STEM reform with an even stronger focus on cultivating our humanity as STEM faculty, addressing the imperative for equity in STEM, and attending to the urgency for effective leadership. For more information on how you can join with Project Kaleidoscope, click here.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

The Anchor Institutions Task Force Launches Anchor Fellows Program

During their Tenth Anniversary Conference in October 2019, the Anchor Institutions Task Force announced the creation of a new fellows program. The inaugural cohorts will “visit anchor leaders and engage in discussions about ways in which anchor institutions contribute to their communities and build an institutional commitment to democratic local engagement.”

Campus Compact Announces Three New Awards

These three new awards for Campus Compact–affiliated institutions “will be bestowed on individuals and institutions who have demonstrated outstanding work in pursuit of the public purposes of higher education.” Nominations are open for the Nadinne Cruz Community Engagement Professional Award, the Richard Guarasci Award for Institutional Transformation, and the Eduardo J. Padrón Award for Institutional Transformation. The nomination period runs through January 7, 2020.

Kettering Foundation’s 2019 Higher Education Exchange Journal

The recent edition of the journal, “Higher Education Exchange 2019: Leadership and Democracy,” “brings together research on different approaches to leadership education that go beyond the conventional service-learning model. What other democratic skills and capacities are being taught? What are their implications for the future of our democracy?”

The Anchor Institutions Task Force, Campus Compact, and the Kettering Foundation 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

New Publication on Assessing High-Impact Practices from AAC&U and NILOA

A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment of High-Impact Practiceswritten by Ashley Finley and co-released with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), outlines a process of effectively assessing high-impact practices—such as learning communities, capstones, undergraduate research, and community-based experiences—at your institution.

Job Opening: Content Manager

AAC&U seeks a talented and experienced storyteller for the position of Content Manager. The Content Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of the association’s creative content for use across a range of mediums. This position reports to the Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs and works closely with the Director of Digital Communications and Strategy both to align communications and marketing efforts and to implement campaign strategies. Additionally, this position plays a key role in ensuring that AAC&U’s digital communications conform to brand and style guidelines and align with the association’s mission and priorities. For more information about the position and how to apply, click here. Review of applications will begin Monday, January 6, 2020.

AAC&U Supports FUTURE Act Funding HBCUs and MSIs

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations in a letter to Congress supporting the FUTURE Act, which would permanently fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). It would also simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and loan repayment paperwork. The legislation has passed both the Senate and House.

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.

Affordability Continues to be a Focus for Colleges
By Scott D. Miller, Virginia Wesleyan University
December 1, 2019
The Virginian-Pilot

President Speaks: Don't Sound the Death Knell for Small Liberal Arts Colleges Just Yet
By Mary Marcy, Dominican University of California
December 6, 2019
Education Dive

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