AAC&U News, May 2021
News & Events

Meetings, Projects, and Publications

Register Now: AAC&U’s Summer Institutes Symposium

Improving and Accelerating Quality and Equity Initiatives at Scale
June 14, 2021
Virtual Learning Experience

This one-day symposium is designed to bring together teams consisting of state-level and on-campus leaders who aspire to scale up high-impact practices, general education reforms, equity initiatives, or meaningful assessment strategies within and across institutions in their state. Attendees will hear from national leaders and engage in planning activities to foster coordinated, cross-institutional collaboration in the service of improving and accelerating their quality and equity initiatives. The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Call for Proposals: Virtual Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education

Nothing Stays the Same: Reflecting on, Reckoning with, & Re-Engineering Undergraduate STEM Education
November 4–6, 2021
Virtual Learning Experience
Proposals are due July 12, 2021.

This year of reflection and reckoning has set in motion a daring course of action to re-imagine and re-engineer undergraduate STEM education. AAC&U and its Project Kaleidoscope invite you to join us for a virtual conference as we continue grappling with the undeniable truths, paradoxes, and peculiarities of STEM higher education reform. We invite proposals that share your experiences, innovations, and challenges.

Register Now for Upcoming Webinars

AAC&U webinars highlight the work being done at colleges and universities around the country to address challenges and identify best practices for enhancing the teaching and learning experience, demonstrating the value of liberal education, and preparing students to contribute to a diverse democracy and global citizenship. Join us for an array of free webinars this spring:  

Project News

Nominations Due June 18 for the Frederic W. Ness Book Award

We invite your nominations for the Frederic W. Ness Book Award. Established in 1979 to honor AAC&U’s ninth president, the annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. To qualify for the award, a book must have been published in 2020 and meet certain other eligibility requirements. Nominations must be received no later than June 18, 2021. The award, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, will be presented at AAC&U’s annual meeting in January 2022.

New Partnership with OneHE to Provide Equitable, Scalable Faculty Development

AAC&U announced a new partnership with OneHE to make sustainable faculty development available at scale. AAC&U member colleges, universities, and state systems will be able to provide their faculty with equitable access to professional development and a global community of educators. “By partnering with OneHE, we will be able to help our member institutions ensure that all their faculty have the support they need, when they need it, to be as effective as possible for their students,” says AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.

AAC&U Receives Grants to Support the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers Effort

AAC&U has received funding from Lumina Foundation, Trellis Foundation, ETS, and Wiley Education Services to support the establishment of fifteen new TRHT Campus Centers, bringing the total number of centers to forty-four. “AAC&U is grateful to these funders for their commitment to, and investment in, racial equity and healing on our campuses and in our communities,” says AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We are thrilled by this opportunity to expand the network of TRHT Campus Centers and to broaden the impact of this vital work.”

Application Now Open for the 2021 Delphi Award

The Pullias Center for Higher Education, in partnership with AAC&U, is accepting applications for the 2021 Delphi Award. The cash prize is awarded to two groups for their work in supporting adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track faculty in promoting student success. The award is designed to incentivize assistance for non-tenure-track faculty and to push institutions to support all, not just some, faculty.

Other News

Dawn Michele Whitehead Authors Chapter on Global Connections in Higher Education

International Education at the Crossroads, a new book featuring a chapter by AAC&U Vice President Dawn Michele Whitehead, examines the interconnectivity of education in an increasingly interconnected world, and what these intersections mean for the future of learning.

Seventy-Eight Institutions Selected to Participate in the Institute on TRHT Campus Centers

Campus teams participating in this year’s Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers will learn best practices and create transformative action plans to promote racial equity and healing on campus and in their communities. The institute is designed both to support the ongoing work of existing centers and to provide an introduction to the TRHT effort for institutions interested in hosting a new campus center.

Sixty-One Institutions Selected to Participate in AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

AAC&U has selected sixty-one institutions to participate in its 2021 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The institute is designed to advance campus- and system-level efforts to achieve quality, equity, and student engagement goals through the design, implementation, and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices,” or HIPs.

Associations Urge State Department to Reconsider New Travel Advisories

AAC&U joined ten other associations in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Department of State to consider changing “Do Not Travel” advisories that now include nearly 80 percent of countries worldwide and could limit travel opportunities for students.

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AAC&U News is written and edited by Ben Dedman. If you have questions or comments about the newsletter's contents, please e-mail dedman@aacu.org.

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