AAC&U News, November 2021
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Register Now for Discounted Rates: 2022 Annual Meeting

Educating for Democracy
January 19–21, 2022, Washington, DC
Register by December 17 for discounted prices.
Hybrid Event

The 2022 Annual Meeting will bring together a broad and diverse community of educators, not to look back to an idealized pre-pandemic normal but to look resolutely forward. Roosevelt Montas (Columbia University) will open the meeting with a lecture on “Liberal Education: For What and for Whom?” The following evening, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella will moderate an open discussion on “Liberal Education’s Role in Preserving Democracy” featuring Gilda Barabino (Olin College), Timothy Eatman (Rutgers University–Newark), Roosevelt Montas (Columbia University), and Nicole Washington (Miami Dade College). Heather McGhee, a renowned expert on the American economy and author of the bestseller The Sum of Us, will deliver the closing plenary.

Registration Now Open: 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 event

It is important for the future of our democracy, higher education, and our students that quality, equity, affordability, and access be central among the goals of new methods of instruction. AAC&U’s Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios is being reframed this year with these goals and intersections in mind. This event will offer interactive concurrent sessions and workshop opportunities for participants to share evidence and best practices regarding how ePortfolios, open learning, and open educational resources are being leveraged in the service of student learning, student agency, and student success. Plenary speakers will include Pablo Avila, associate director of ePortfolio and digital learning at LaGuardia Community College; Steve Ehrmann, higher education author and consultant; and Traci Morris, executive director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University.

Registration Now Open: 2022 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment

From Reflection to Reimagination: Making Excellence the ‘New Normal’
February 10–12, 2022, San Diego, California
Virtual Wednesday
 on February 9, 2022

The 2022 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment invites colleagues from all areas of higher education to share efforts to create intentional and integrated general education programs, to assess our current practices, and to generate evidence of high-quality learning for all students. The conference will guide educators in reflecting on how to navigate turbulent contexts and maintain steady progress toward quality and equity.

Registration Now Open: 2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

More Than Just Words”
New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17–19, 2022
Hybrid Event

Registration is now open for the 2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. The conference will go beyond the rhetoric to prioritize campus strategies, institutional culture, and accountability in operationalizing the values of equity and diversity. Conference sessions will explore the experiences of institutional and community participants; identify barriers that are hindering our progress; and promote discussion of the privileges, biases, and false belief in a hierarchy of human value that are embedded in our systems, structures, and policies.

Project News

Giving Tuesday 2021: Unite for Democracy

Democracy is under assault. Polarization and partisanship are deepening. Intolerance of difference is on the rise. This Giving Tuesday, show your support for the essential role of colleges and universities in sustaining democracy. Help AAC&U ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need for active and responsible involvement in civic life.

Winner of the 2021 Ness Book Award

AAC&U has announced the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book AwardThe Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom by Eddie R. Cole. The Ness award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, will be presented to the author at AAC&U’s annual meeting.

Winners of the 2021 Delphi Award

Teams from the University of Denver and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been awarded the 2021 Delphi Award, including a $15,000 cash prize to continue their work supporting adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track faculty in promoting student success. Since 2012, AAC&U and the USC Pullias Center have partnered on the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success.

Call for Student Work Samples: Contribute to VALUE Institute Training

AAC&U’s VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) Institute has issued a call to institutions and faculty to contribute student work samples that will be used for VALUE rubric calibration training. At this time, we are requesting student work samples specifically aligned with four learning outcomes: civic engagement, ethical reasoning, global learning, and integrative learning. The VALUE rubrics for those four outcomes can be downloaded directly from AAC&U’s website. An assignment prompt or description is needed for each work sample. Contributors will be entered into a raffle to win a complimentary registration, for virtual or in-person attendance, for AAC&U’s 2022 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment. If you are interested in contributing or need more information, please reach out to Jessica Chittum in the Office of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation. All work samples will be used for training purposes and de-identified to protect the confidentiality of contributing students, faculty, and institutions. As always, thank you to the AAC&U community for your support of VALUE initiatives!

Other News

Tell Us Your Story: Why Did You Become an Educator?

We want to hear from you! We'll feature stories about your pathways to education in an upcoming magazine column. Send responses of fewer than one hundred words to liberaled@aacu.org.

“Liberal Education” Magazine Wins Prestigious TRENDY Award

Association TRENDS presented AAC&U's Liberal Education magazine with a Gold TRENDY Award for “Most Improved Magazine.” Entries in this highly competitive category were judged on appearance, layout, content, appropriateness, and effectiveness.

Discount for AAC&U Members: “TRUST ME” Documentary on Media Literacy

Higher education leaders can purchase an on-demand viewing of TRUST ME: How Do You Know What to Believe, an award-winning documentary that gives audiences a front-row seat to efforts that promote journalistic integrity and media literacy around the world. Through January 31, 2022, AAC&U members can receive a 50 percent discount on the regular retail price as a benefit of AAC&U’s partnership with the Getting Better Foundation. In addition, join us at the AAC&U’s 2022 Annual Meeting for a special live screening of a 60-minute version of TRUST ME. The pre-meeting symposium will focus on liberal education and information literacy.

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