AAC&U News, February 2020
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Register Now: 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, effective and engaging pedagogical practices informed by research on how students learn, and assessment strategies that demonstrate student learning. Christine Ortiz, founder of Station1 and Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the keynote address, “Promise and Peril in Higher Education: Building an Equitable, Creative, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future through Socially Directed Science and Technology.” View the conference schedule for a full program of events.

Register Now: Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

The Power of Collective Action
March 1921, 2020, New Orleans, Louisiana
Register by February 18 for best rates.

The AAC&U 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” and “Whose Freedom, Whose Speech? Creating Campuses for All Voices,” presented 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 the 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

Upcoming Webinar on “Challenging the Normalization of Hate”

Challenging the Normalization of Hate: Strategies for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
February 18, 3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET)

AAC&U’s upcoming webinar will explore how the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework can inform strategies to address the increasing normalization of hate within our communities. Given the power of the internet and social media for spreading white supremacist thought, Jessie Daniels, the author of Cyber Racism, will share strategies for countering the spread of racist ideology. Panelists from three TRHT Campus Centers will also discuss how the TRHT Framework can bring about radical change through storytelling, active listening, and community-engaged work. Click here for more information about future AAC&U webinars.

Project News

AAC&U Selects Thirteen Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

AAC&U has selected thirteen institutions to host Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. An initial cohort of ten institutions was selected by AAC&U in 2017. In partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort and with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, and Papa John's Foundation, AAC&U works with higher education institutions across the country to develop self-sustaining, community-integrated TRHT Campus Centers. Organized around the five pillars of the TRHT framework—narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and economy—the centers seek to prepare the next generation of leaders to confront racism and to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value. The thirteen institutions selected as sites for the second cohort of TRHT Campus Centers are Adelphi University; Andrews University; Big Sandy Community and Technical College; Dominican University; George Mason University: Marywood University; Otterbein University; Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville; Stockton University; University of Arkansas–Fayetteville; University of California, Irvine; the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium (Johnson C. Smith University, Queens University of Charlotte, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte); and the University of Puget Sound.

AAC&U Launches the L. Lee Knefelkamp Fund for Linking Student and Campus Success

To honor the legacy of scholar and educator L. Lee Knefelkamp, AAC&U has announced the launch of a new endowed fund to promote intentional and sustained linkages between student and campus success. To achieve this, the fund will seek to support and recognize excellence and innovation in campus-based efforts within three broad areas of work: (1) integration of the curriculum and cocurriculum; (2) holistic advising and mentoring; and (3) professional development inclusive of multiple campus constituencies. Click here to learn more about the fund or to make a contribution.

Recipients of the 2020 K. Patricia Cross Award

AAC&U is excited to announce the recipients of the 2020 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, recognizing 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. The awards honor the work of K. Patricia Cross, professor emerita of higher education at the University of California–Berkeley. This year’s recipients are Sara R. Abelson, health behavior and health education, University of Michigan; María B. Alcívar-Zuñiga, human development and family studies, Iowa State University; Ciara R. Christian, language, literacy, and culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Zachary del Rosario, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Stanford University; Brett Ranon Nachman, educational leadership and policy analysis, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Douglas R. Valentine, sociology, University of Missouri; and Edgar Virgüez, environmental sciences and policy, Duke University.

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.

New Issue of the “International Journal of ePortfolio” (IJeP)

new issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal, is now available online. This issue features case studies and perspectives on the teaching, assessment, and implementation of ePortfolios in higher education.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

PKAL Regional Network Meetings in the Washington, DC, Region and Southern California

Registration Now Open: 2020 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute®

Institute I: July 8–13, 2020
Institute II: July 15–20, 2020
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

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 intrapersonal conflicts, and restructuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science and technology. This institute—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. The application deadline is March 16, 2020. Click here to register or for more information.

Other News

AAC&U Endorses AAUP Statement in Defense of Knowledge and Higher Education

AAC&U has formally endorsed a statement by the American Association of University Professors that argues for the importance of expert knowledge and the higher education institutions that produce and transmit it. Addressing an ongoing movement to attack the disciplines and higher education institutions, the statement defends the critical role these institutions perform in producing the knowledge that sustains American democracy, especially in this moment of intense global instability.

Job Opening: Program Coordinator, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment

AAC&U seeks a talented, self-motivated, productive, and creative individual for the position of Program Coordinator in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment (OQCA). Through OQCA, AAC&U works to promote curricular coherence and to advance assessment practices that meaningfully incorporate students’ demonstrated student learning.  The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Vice President for Research and Assessment and Director of VALUE Institute and work collaboratively with the OQCA team to support its signature initiative, VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education), and the VALUE Institute, which provides external validation of institutional assessments of student learning. For more information about the position and how to apply, click here.

Applications Open for 2020 Excellence in Assessment Designation

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation—the first national initiative of its kind—recognizes institutions that successfully integrate assessment practices throughout the institution, provide evidence of student learning outcomes, and use assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance. The EIA designation’s focus is on processes and uses of assessment data, rather than on student performance or accomplishment. The EIA designation is cosponsored by VSA Analytics, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and AAC&U. More information about the designation and applications, which are due May 1, 2020, can be found here.

AAC&U President Joins Heterodox Academy Advisory Council

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella has joined the Heterodox Academy Advisory Council, a group of higher education leaders and public intellectuals who will help guide work to enhance the quality and impact of research—and improve education—by promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in higher education.

Register Now for Rx Racial Healing for Co-Facilitators Workshop

Registration is now open for the Ntianu Garden: Center for Healing and Nature’s two-day Rx Racial Healing for Co-Facilitators Workshop, March 19–20, 2020. This workshop is designed for leaders and those working on racial healing for communities and organizations. Participants will improve their skills and gain an increased understanding of key Rx Racial Healing concepts, including the “ABCs of Racial Healing” (affirmation, belonging, and consciousness change); racial hierarchy; bias; healing; and how to design effective racial healing circles.

Examples of Excelencia: Recognize Your Institution for Supporting Latino Students

Examples of Excelencia is the only national effort bringing attention to evidence-based practices accelerating Latino student success in higher education. Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has recognized programs serving Latino students across four categories: associate’s degrees, baccalaureate degrees, graduate programs, and community-based organizations. Nominate your program, or one you know is working for Latino students, to help grow the national recognition of programs accelerating Latino student success. To date, over 300 programs have been recognized and are informing others looking to serve Latino students. Nominations are open through March 6, and profile submissions are due April 10.

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.

President Speaks: Seven Ways to Build a Better Career Launchpad for Low-Income Students
By Adam Weinberg and Laurel Kennedy
January 27, 2020
Education Dive

A New Year's Resolution for the “Age of Certainty”
By José Antonio Bowen
December 31, 2019
The Hill

Scott D. Miller: Christmas Wishes for Higher Ed
By Scott D. Miller
December 22, 2019
The Virginian-Pilot

President Speaks: What I Learned from an Academic Redesign
By Lori Varlotta
December 13, 2019
Education Dive

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