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Register Now: AAC&U’s Virtual Annual Meeting

Revolutionizing Higher Education after Covid-19
January 20–23, 2021

The 2021 AAC&U Annual Meeting will be an entirely virtual event to ensure the health and safety of meeting participants, our staff, and the public. In addition to the full program, the virtual meeting experience will be designed to provide opportunities for the engagement and interaction that the AAC&U community has come to expect from our annual meetings. In this moment of unprecedented transformation and uncertainty, and in the broader context of an urgent need to educate students for democracy, can higher education harness the resilience, creativity, and innovation that have been unleashed by the COVID-19 crisis and emerge from it strengthened? Will the inevitable restructuring and reorganization intentionally prioritize quality, equity, and inclusion? The 2021 annual meeting will explore these urgent questions now facing colleges and universities. Sharing effective educational practices and exploring new financial models, campus leaders at all levels and from institutions of all types will together begin to work out what undergraduate education will look like in a post-pandemic future.

Call for Proposals: Virtual Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Upholding These Truths: Equity, Diversity, and Democracy
March 24–26, 2021
Proposals due December 15.

What is the role of higher education in upholding the values of equity and diversity, and in sustaining democracy? Where are we falling short—and for whom? AAC&U invites colleagues from all areas of the higher education landscape to submit proposals and join us in exploring these and related questions along with the various experiences of institutional and community participants to acknowledge, to reimagine, to transform, and to heal. Proposals are encouraged that balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples. Presentations should focus on evidence-based programs that foster discovery and problem-solving through idea sharing and community building. Proposals should also address how the work can be adapted in a wide range of educational settings and institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

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“Unite for Truth!” Giving Tuesday Campaign: Help Advance Racial and Social Justice

Over the past four years, AAC&U has been working with institutions of higher education from across the country to develop self-sustaining, community-integrated Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers that advance racial and social justice on our campuses and in our communities. This #GivingTuesday, AAC&U invites you to join us in preparing the next generation of strategic leaders and thinkers to address racism and to dismantle the persistent belief in a hierarchy of human value. When you give on #GivingTuesday, you are standing with AAC&U and demonstrating your belief in the promise of a more just society and in our collective ability, working alongside community partners, colleges, and universities, to transform the racial narrative and heal the wounds of racism’s legacies. In her recent video message, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella explains why this work is more urgent than ever.

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

Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Cost of Upward Mobility is the winner of the 2020 Frederic W. Ness Book Award. The annual award, which recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, will be presented to author Jennifer M. Morton during AAC&U’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Published in 2019, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way delves into the true cost of higher education for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and looks at the ethical dilemmas of upward mobility—the broken ties with family and friends, the severed connections with former communities, and the loss of identity—faced by students as they strive to earn a successful place in society.

Registration Open for AAC&U’s 2020–21 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.

Enroll Your Campus in the National COVID-19 Higher Education Student Impact Study

AAC&U is partnering with Columbia University’s Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group (GPEG) research team to support the federally funded National COVID-19 Higher Ed Student Impact Study examining the effects of COVID-19 on student well-being, decision-making, and academic and life outcomes. The longitudinal cohort study aims to help colleges and universities better support students’ learning, whether on campus or online, by understanding how the pandemic has shaped their lives and choices. Participating campuses will receive a summary data report that can be used to facilitate campus action strategies for addressing students’ college engagement, socio-emotional needs, and career development. Additionally, student and campus participants will receive access to services for any students whose responses indicate imminent suicidal behavior. If you would like to enroll your campus in study, please indicate your interest on the School Participation Form. Questions about the study can be directed to the lead researcher, Larkin S. McReynolds.

Call for Papers: “International Journal of ePortfolio”

The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP), a peer-reviewed journal, is now accepting manuscripts for consideration in its spring 2021 issue. The mission of IJeP is to encourage the study of practices and pedagogies associated with ePortfolios in educational settings. The journal’s focus includes the explanation, interpretation, application, and dissemination of researcher, practitioner, and developer experiences. AAC&U publishes IJeP twice a year, employing a rolling submission process. Those wishing to be considered for the spring 2021 issue should use December 1, 2020, as a submission deadline. The review process generally takes less than ninety days.

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