AAC&U News, August 2021
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Register Now: 2021 Virtual Conference on Global Learning

Global Learning Reimagined
October 7–9, 2021

Join educators from across the country and around the world who are working to make global learning more accessible and inclusive, more deeply rooted in ethical relationships, and more intentionally situated within both local and international settings.

Register Now: 2021 Virtual Conference on Undergraduate STEM Education

Nothing Stays the Same: Reflecting on, Reckoning with, & Re-Engineering Undergraduate STEM Education
November 4–6, 2021

Be part of a collective voice, not just collective noise. By foregrounding diverse disciplines, perspectives, worldviews, voices, needs, and desires—especially of those who have been historically marginalized from STEM—this conference will drive discovery, innovation, and structural changes to make undergraduate STEM education more inclusive and innovative.

Call for Proposals: 2022 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment

From Reflection to Reimagination: Making Excellence the ‘New Normal’
February 10–12, 2022, San Diego, California
Proposals are due September 20, 2021.

The 2022 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment provides an opportunity for colleagues from across higher education to build on the narratives of resilience and innovation created across our campuses amid unprecedented challenges. We invite proposals about your work to create intentional and integrated general education programs, to assess our current practices, and to generate evidence of high-quality learning for all students.

Apply Now: 2022 Institute on ePortfolios

Yearlong Institute Model
Virtual Kick-Off, January 21–22, 2022
Applications are due September 17, 2021.

The Institute on ePortfolios provides a yearlong 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 Webinars

AAC&U’s 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.

Other News

New Report on Campus Challenges and Strategic Priorities

For nearly eighteen months, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged stubborn assumptions about higher education: that change is slow, that faculty can’t adapt, that student learning is separate from their everyday lives, or that all students have the same opportunities to succeed. During the 2020–21 academic year, AAC&U surveyed more than seven hundred faculty, staff, and administrators at colleges and universities about their biggest challenges and most important priorities over the previous year. The report on the findings, Campus Challenges and Strategic Priorities in a Time of Change, paints a picture of campuses that are persisting with “business as usual”—but are also seeing their bubbles of normalcy burst under the force of external pressure.

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.

AAC&U Receives Grants for Two New Projects on Open Educational Resources

AAC&U announced that it has received grants totaling $522,757 from the Davis Educational Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to expand efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of open educational resources (OER) as a strategy for improving educational quality and equity and supporting student success. “AAC&U partners with institutions across the global higher education landscape to support OER development and implementation,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We are grateful to the Davis Educational Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for enabling us to expand this work by launching two new OER projects.”

Sixty-Six Institutions Selected to Participate in Institute on Open Educational Resources

The institutions participating in the new yearlong institute will gain momentum in broadening campus engagement with and adoption of open educational resources. OER have been proven to be a viable affordability and student success strategy for higher education, saving students—and often institutions—money.

Tell Us about Your Work: What’s Your Motto for Your Approach to Teaching?

We want to hear from you! Send AAC&U a description of a motto or personal philosophy that guides your approach to teaching or supporting students. How does it affect your work? We'll feature some of your responses in an upcoming magazine column. Send responses of fewer than one hundred words to Ben Dedman at dedman@aacu.org.

Call for Nominations: K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The Cross Awards recognize graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning. Nominations for the 2022 awards are due by September 30, 2021.

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