AAC&U News, July 2021
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Meetings, Projects, and Publications

Call for Proposals: 2022 Annual Meeting

Educating for Democracy
January 19–21, 2022, Washington, DC
Proposals are due July 26.

AAC&U is accepting proposals for the 2022 Annual Meeting, “Educating for Democracy,” which will bring together a diverse community of educators to examine new models, practices, and solutions aimed at reinvigorating liberal education in service to democracy. The meeting will also feature a virtual component for those unable to attend in person.

Call for Proposals: 2022 Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios

Quality, Equity, Affordability and Access: Preparing for the Future of Higher Education and Our Democracy
January 24, 2022
Virtual Learning Experience
Proposals are due July 26.

As we reflect on instructional practices adopted during COVID-19, decisions about which to keep, revise, or jettison must be guided by student learning and success goals. Held virtually on January 24 in conjunction with AAC&U’s 2022 Annual Meeting, the Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will offer interactive sessions for participants to share emerging best practices and research.

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.

Apply Now: 2022 Institute on ePortfolios

Year-Long Institute Model
Virtual Kick-Off, January 21–22, 2022
Applications due September 17, 2021

The Institute on ePortfolios provides a year-long opportunity for campus or state-system teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student engagement with ePortfolios. The new model directly engages the ePortfolio Institute teams throughout the 2022 calendar year via in-person and virtual interactions as participants’ ePortfolio implementation plans are developed and then put into practice.

Upcoming Webinar: Scaling and Institutionalizing Work Readiness in Higher Education

August 18, 2021, 2:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)
Register Now

Research on effectiveness in higher education convincingly points to a handful of high-impact practices while the mission and purpose of higher education continues to aim at preparing engaged citizens who are able to thrive in a culturally, racially, and socio-economically diverse world. In what ways are these high impact practices and values of engaged citizenry consistent or inconsistent with preparing work-ready graduates? Are they potentially one in the same? This webinar is in partnership with Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and Kaplan, with special thanks to the generous support of Kaplan.

Project News

New Publication: “Making Liberal Education Inclusive”

Making Liberal Education Inclusive: The Roots and Reach of the LEAP Framework for College Learning
By Carol Geary Schneider
Available now in print and digital formats.

From 2005 to 2018, AAC&U led a national public advocacy and campus-action initiative to champion the importance of a liberal education for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. At the heart of the initiative—titled Liberal Education and America’s Promise, or LEAP—was a distinctive framework for college-level learning that includes a set of broad learning outcomes, high-impact educational practices, and authentic forms of assessment. Making Liberal Education Inclusive tells the LEAP story and situates it within the broader context of AAC&U’s work over the two previous decades to break down the dividing lines between a “true” liberal arts education and career-related fields, integrally connect liberal learning with the wider world, and combine liberal education with inclusive excellence and equity.

Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism and American History

AAC&U, the American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, and PEN America have issued a joint statement opposing legislation, introduced in at least twenty states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions. More than seventy-five additional organizations also signed the statement.

New Issue of “Liberal Education Magazine”

Perceptions of the Value of Higher Education

Is a college degree worth it, despite the money and time involved? The answer depends upon whom you ask. This issue of Liberal Education presents findings from recent surveys of the general public and employers about their perceptions of the value of higher education, as well as several articles that explore the critical role that liberal education plays in preparing today’s students to be the workers and active citizens of the future.

Grant to Support Research on the Efficacy of Civic and Community-Based Engagement

The $210,000 grant from Lumina Foundation will support the synthesis and development of national research on the role of higher education in fostering students’ civic skill-building through high-impact practices.

New Issue of the “International Journal of ePortfolio”

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

Other News

“Liberal Education Magazine” Wins Prestigious EXCEL Awards

AAC&U’s Liberal Education magazine won four EXCEL Awards from the Software & Information Industry Association, including two gold awards (in magazine column and 2020 pandemic response feature article categories) and two silver awards (in magazine redesign and feature article design categories)! Congratulations to our magazine team, contributing authors, and member campuses for making the magazine stand out.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella to Serve on New “Boyer II” Commission

Convened by the Reinvention Collaborative, the blue-ribbon commission will reexamine and build on the landmark 1998 report of the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University in order to develop a new guiding vision for excellence and equity in undergraduate education at US research universities.

New Partnership 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.

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