AAC&U News, April 2020
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Free Webinar Series: Quality, Equity, and Inclusion during the COVID Crisis

As the higher education community responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, AAC&U is offering a series of webinars to support those at the forefront of efforts to maintain the commitment to quality, equity, and inclusion. Thanks to generous support from Microsoft, the webinars are available live and on-demand at no cost. The webinars in this series are presented in two formats:

  • Transformational Tuesdays

Hosted by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella, presidents, board members, and national changemakers discuss their responses to the COVID-19 crisis, the tough decisions they are making, and how COVID-19 is transforming higher education.

  • Faculty Fridays 

Hosted by AAC&U leaders and featuring special guests, faculty come together as a virtual community for a weekly “happy hour” conversation with the staff, administrators, and community partners who share and support their commitment student success.

Applications Due April 21 for AAC&U’s New Institute on ePortfolios

The yearlong institute will kick off July 20–23, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

AAC&U, in collaboration with the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is launching a yearlong Institute on ePortfolios. Working in person and online, teams from campuses and state systems will collaborate to actualize ambitious strategies to broaden student engagement with ePortfolios at their institutions. The institute will kick off alongside the 2020 AAEEBL Annual Meeting.

Call for Proposals: AAC&U’s Conference on Global Learning

October 8–10, 2020, Miami, Florida
Proposals due May 11.

The best preparation for life, work, and citizenship involves full integration of global learning into the educational experiences of all students at institutions of all types. The 2020 Conference on Global Learning will explore practical and theoretical approaches to global learning at the course, departmental, and institutional levels. The conference will also include opportunities to examine tactics and strategies for making global learning experiences more accessible and inclusive. Click here for the full call for proposals.

Online Resources from the Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

AAC&U thanks presenters who were planning to join us at the Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success in New Orleans for their efforts and generosity in contributing to the intended conference program. Because the New Orleans conference was canceled, several presenters who did not participate in the virtual conference provided presentation materials, recordings, and resources, which are archived here. Registrants for the virtual conference can also access recordings and materials from plenaries and workshops.

Project News

Survey of College Presidents on Future Repercussions of Coronavirus

In this new survey from AAC&U and ABC Insights, members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust detail their perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions they anticipate taking to mitigate its impacts. A majority of college and university presidents anticipate reengineering operations, providing student refunds, cutting costs, freezing hiring, implementing furloughs, or laying off staff.

New Issue of “Liberal Education” on Work and the Purpose of College

This issue of Liberal Education explores how a liberal education can help prepare students for meaningful careers. Nearly every article touches on the importance of global awareness and intercultural knowledge to ready students for embarking on careers and solving complex world problems such as climate change, the refugee crises, and the automation of jobs and other such consequences of ever-enhancing technology. Indeed, part of higher education’s mission is, as AAC&U’s Terrel Rhodes writes, “to prepare our graduates for lifelong learning and global citizenship.”

Tell Us Your Story: When Did a Student Teach You Something in Class?

We want to hear from you! Send AAC&U a story about a time a student taught you something in class. We'll feature responses in an upcoming magazine column. Send responses of less than one hundred words to Ben Dedman at dedman@aacu.org.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

Follow Online for Updates Related to COVID-19

AAC&U and its Office of Undergraduate STEM Education remain vigilant in tracking developments related to the spread of COVID-19 as they become available. Updates will be posted on the institute event pages, and for up-to-the-minute changes to the status of our institutes, follow us on Twitter: @WeArePKAL.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Readjusting Routines while Affirming a Compassionate, Just Society

New resources have emerged to help everyone navigate the current pandemic while fiercely holding on to key democratic values of equity, justice, and public welfare. See Imagining America’s “Weaving Our We: Collecting Resources to Combat Isolation during the COVID-19 Crisis,” inviting others to share in “small yet significant acts of kindness.” The Iowa Campus Compact and Minnesota Campus Compact have compiled “Coronavirus and the Engaged Campus,” which provides resources on community-based learning amid social distancing. They are holding weekly virtual meetings on this topic every Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

Interfaith Youth Core Hosts Webinar on “Unexpected Partnerships”

Interfaith Youth Core will host a webinar on April 16 at noon (CT), with senior staff from Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University talking about forging a connected relationship. This bond allows the neighboring institutions to approach civic engagement within their community on a united front. You can register for the webinar here.

Iowa Campus Compact, Minnesota Campus Compact, and Interfaith Youth Core 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

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 AAC&U, VSA Analytics, and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). More information about the designation and applications, which are due May 1, 2020, can be found here.

Advice for Students on the 2020 Census

The Census Bureau has created a short video to clarify where students should be counted, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if they are temporarily staying elsewhere, “students who normally live at school should be counted at school.”

AAC&U and Higher Ed Groups Ask Congress to Support Students and Institutions

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and other organizations in sending letters to Congress detailing the urgent need for emergency relief to students and colleges and universities during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The associations asked Congress for five things: (1) emergency relief to students and institutions, (2) access to low-cost capital, (3) a technology implementation fund, (4) administrative relief, and (5) longer-term tax relief for students and institutions.

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