AAC&U News, June/July 2016

News & Events, June/July 2016

Presidential Transition

President-Elect Lynn Pasquerella to Begin at AAC&U July 1

AAC&U President-Elect Lynn Pasquerella will be completing her tenure at AAC&U member institution Mount Holyoke College in mid-June and taking the helm of AAC&U on July 1. On June 1, she joined members of the LEAP Presidents’ Trust for its annual spring convening. This was the first of many planned dialogues the new president will be having with AAC&U’s membership. Pasquerella will also meet and discuss membership priorities with campus teams attending several of AAC&U’s summer institutes in June and July. Under her leadership, Mount Holyoke College became a pace-setter for integrative liberal learning—including through designs to help all students connect their college studies to long-term professional success via purposeful pathways.

President Emerita Carol Geary Schneider

AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider will become president emerita on June 30. She plans a three-month leave, which will include travel to Scotland and Ireland, as well as time spent enjoying her garden at her home in Washington, DC. In October, she will resume work advocating for quality and equity in higher education. Watch for an announcement this fall about her next formal affiliation. Carol will retain her aacu.org email address and also will have her own presence on the web at www.carolgearyschneider.net


Meetings and Institutes

Call for Proposals: AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting—Deadline July 22

January 25–28, 2017, San Francisco, California
The Call for Proposals is now open for AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting, “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence.” The Annual Meeting will respond to the urgent need—expressed by educators from campuses across the country—for more effective approaches to restoring public trust in higher education and improving public understanding of how liberal education and inclusive excellence are valuable “public” and “private” goods. Front and center will be a focus on how liberal education must serve the cause of equity in American society—educating and graduating students from all backgrounds equipped to lead and contribute to our diverse democracy. The meeting will feature a Pre-Meeting Symposium on January 25, “Student Activism and Liberal Education: Faculty Engagement in Turbulent Times,” and the Eighth Annual E-Portfolio Forum on Saturday, January 28. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 22, 2016. Complete information is available here.

Call for Proposals: General Education and Assessment Conference—Deadline August 1

February 23–25, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona
AAC&U is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for AAC&U’s 2017 conference “General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning.” Sessions at this conference will focus on how high-quality general education pathways that are effective for all students—especially those from traditionally underserved groups—are being developed. Conference participants will examine how faculty members and all campus educators are being supported and rewarded for innovative work and leadership in designing new approaches to teaching and learning that prepare today’s students to be active participants in our nation’s democracy and to succeed in an ever-changing global society. Visit the Call for Proposals to learn how to submit a proposal to share your work at the conference.

Registration Now Open: Global Learning and the College Curriculum Conference

October 6–8, 2016, Denver, Colorado
AAC&U invites you to join with colleagues at “Global Learning and the College Curriculum: Nurturing Student Efficacy in a Global World” to learn how educators are placing real-world problem solving at the center of the undergraduate curriculum. Many of the challenges facing our nation and the world in the twenty-first century are global in nature, and students need to be prepared to solve these problems with an ethical global mindset. Conference participants will discuss how global learning can be mapped equitably across the institution to chart a new course for inclusive curricular change. Learn more about this conference and register by September 7 for the best conference rates.

Registration Now Open: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education Conference

November 3–5, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to join with colleagues at the conference “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st-Century Society” to share and examine evidence-based models, practices, and strategies to provide high-quality undergraduate STEM teaching and learning and increase the number of students majoring, completing baccalaureate degrees, and pursuing careers in STEM fields. This year’s conference will deepen our understanding of “what works” in STEM higher education reform and provide attendees with the opportunity to rethink curricular designs and teaching approaches in ways that will maximize learning. Learn more about this conference and register by October 5 for the best rates.


Meeting the LEAP Challenge

LEAP Global Partner Releases New General Education Document

In spring 2016, the Japan Association for College and University Education (JACUE) published a document on general education titled Management Tips for Quality Assurance in General Education. The document is available in both Japanese and English and describes an array of general education models and practices currently being used in Japanese institutions. AAC&U and JACUE encourage colleagues in both Japan and the United States to review the document and send comments to either Susan Albertine, senior scholar at AAC&U, or Tomoko Torii, professor in the Institute of Teaching and Learning at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. JACUE is a LEAP Global Partner and is working with AAC&U to explore the meaning, aims, practices, and outcomes of general and liberal education in a global context, in both Japan and the United States.


PKAL—Undergraduate STEM Education News

AAC&U to Form and Lead New Commission on Inclusive Excellence in STEM in Partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

AAC&U and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently announced the formation of a new Inclusive Excellence Commission chaired by AAC&U Vice President and Project Kaleidoscope Executive Director Kelly Mack. The commission is being formed as part of HHMI’s new Inclusive Excellence Initiative and will include nationally and internationally recognized experts on undergraduate STEM reform, broadening participation, leadership development, educational equity, and organizational change. Over the next four years, the commission will advance an evaluation of the strategic interventions being supported by HHMI through its new Inclusive Excellence grant program and develop a conceptual realist model for inclusive excellence in STEM. Read more about the Inclusive Excellence Commission and about the HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative.


Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Network News

National Campus Compact Issues Call for Campus Civic Action Plans; NC Campus Compact Releases Journal

Campus Compact used its thirtieth anniversary to launch a new Action Statement which nearly four hundred chancellors and presidents have signed. These campuses have agreed to the principles in the statement as well as to producing a Civic Action Plan to leverage progress. Creating a Great Campus Civic Action Plan offers a blueprint for helping “campuses move toward integrated engagement in teaching, scholarship, partnerships and intuitional action.” One of the state affiliates of National Campus Compact, North Carolina Campus Compact, is supporting progress through its peer-reviewed, online journal, whose latest edition on Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement has just been released.

NERCHE Offers Guidance on Supporting the Civic Engagement of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) has released a working paper, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Community Engagement: How the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application Can Encourage Campuses to Support Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Their Community Engagement. This paper examines the “rationale for why ‘community-engaged’ institutions must support NTTF and their efforts to become community engaged.”

Campus Compact and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and to make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.


Project News

Public Forums Address Immigration, Race, and Inequality and Foster Community Discussion

Two more community colleges (in addition to those named in the May issue of AAC&U News) hosted public forums connected with Citizenship Under Siege, directed by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In each of these two forums, participants investigated the connections between gender and citizenship. On April 21, County College of Morris hosted the forum “Rights, Privileges, and Citizenship: The Argument for Woman Suffrage,” which explored through historical and legal documents the long struggle by women in the United States to gain full rights as citizens and as voters. Working with the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Miami Dade College hosted the forum “Citizenship Under Siege: Democracy For All?” on May 17. The forum touched on the contested nature of citizenship for immigrant women and the current issues that impede their ability to function as full citizens in Miami and nationally.

Webinar Registration Now Open: A Look Ahead for the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment/VALUE Initiative

June 29, 2015, 2:00­­­­­­–3:00 p.m. (EDT)
In this final webinar in the current Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC)/VALUE Initiative series, learn how the initiative is changing the way institutions and states view student learning assessment. The two primary project leaders, Julie Carnahan from the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association and Terrel Rhodes from AAC&U, will provide an update on the MSC/VALUE initiative, share the biggest lessons learned thus far, and discuss areas for future consideration and growth. Learn more about this webinar and register for free; send inquiries to events@taskstream.com.


Other News

AAC&U President Affirms Commitment to Equity and Engagement with Diversity in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider issued a statement on June 23 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. In her statement, she affirmed AAC&U’s strong commitment “to helping our members succeed in the long-term work of educating and graduating students—from all backgrounds—who will be both prepared and inspired to work for a more just and equitable democracy in the United States and for the expansion of human dignity and opportunity around the world.” In a news release announcing the statement, AAC&U’s President-Elect Lynn Pasquerella also noted that “our nation’s historic commitment to educating for democracy cannot truly be fulfilled until racial equality is achieved around access to excellence in higher education. The Supreme Court’s decision highlights the significance of AAC&U’s commitment to championing equity and inclusion in liberal education.” See the full statement and news release.

AAC&U Announces Appointment of Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons

AAC&U has announced the appointment of Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as the new vice president for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons. Jessen-Marshall currently serves as an AAC&U leader for the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Pathways Project, is a member of the advisory board for AAC&U’s quarterly periodical Diversity & Democracy, and serves as a faculty member for AAC&U’s Institute on Liberal Learning and the Departments. The Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, which Jessen-Marshall will lead beginning on August 8, is the home of AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments as well as several projects including The LEAP Challenge; General Education Maps and Markers; Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility; and Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills.

Submit Nominations by October 3 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. All doctorate-level graduate students planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the master’s is the terminal degree, such as art or music, are also eligible. Nominees must hold student status in January 2017. Award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in January 2017. See the Cross Award Web page for a list of previous recipients. Information about how to submit a nomination for the 2017 award is available here.

AAEEBL ePortfolio Review Issues Call for Proposals

The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), an AAC&U partner organization, invites proposals for its inaugural issue of the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review, to be published in 2016. The first issue will focus on the topic of “evidence-based learning.” The publication will be issued electronically three times each year; acceptance for publication is competitive. To learn more or submit a proposal, visit the journal’s website

New Book Offers Guidance on Becoming a Student-Ready College

Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success will be published by Jossey-Bass in July and is now available for preorder. By prompting readers to ask what their institutions can do to support incoming students, the book shifts the conversation about student success from a focus on student preparedness to a focus on institutional preparedness. The book’s coauthors include AAC&U Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Tia Brown McNair and AAC&U Senior Scholar Susan Albertine, writing with Michelle Asha Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Nicole McDonald of Lumina Foundation, and Thomas Major Jr. of Lumina Foundation.

New Statement on Assessing Student Learning

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), an AAC&U partner organization, has released a new policy statement, Higher Education Quality: Why Documenting Learning Matters. In this new statement, NILOA argues that improving student and institutional performance must be a national priority. AAC&U President and NILOA Board Member Carol Geary Schneider has stated that “the assessment movement is poised to drive a sea change in what actually counts as meaningful, actionable evidence by putting students’ authentic work at the center of the assessment inquiry.” For more information about this new policy statement, visit the NILOA website.

Making the Most of AAC&U Membership

Join AAC&U Member Associates Program

If your institution is a member of AAC&U, you are eligible to become an AAC&U Associate. Associates Program dues are just $70 per calendar year. Associates receive all the benefits enjoyed by AAC&U Campus Representatives, including subscriptions to all AAC&U's print and online periodicals, notice of calls for proposals for institutes and meetings, and invitations to apply for grant-funded projects and to participate in special AAC&U events. Associates also receive an additional 20 percent discount on the purchase of one to ten copies of a single publication purchased via AAC&U's online shopping cart. Learn more about this discount online or from Renée Gamache, membership coordinator, at (202) 884-0809 or memberservices@aacu.org.

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