AAC&U News, June/July 2017

News & Events, June/July 2017

Meetings and Institutes

AAC&U 2018 Annual Meeting: Proposals Due July 21

January 24–27, Washington, DC

The Call for Proposals is now open for AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting: “Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?” The meeting will address higher education’s role in the American Dream in the face of a public narrative that argues the two have become disconnected. Speakers and sessions will reinforce the alignment of higher education, life, work, and citizenship by highlighting evidence-based educational practices guided by clearly articulated goals for student learning—practices designed for students of all backgrounds and across all disciplines and institution types. The meeting will feature a Pre-Meeting Symposium, “The Power of Civic Engagement—Across Campus, Within Communities, Beyond Borders,” on January 24 and the 9th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios on Saturday, January 27. 

2018 General Education and Assessment Network Conference: Proposals Due July 14

A Network for Academic Renewal Conference 
February 15–17, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AAC&U invites proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations at the 2018 General Education and Assessment Network Conference: “Foundations for Democracy.” AAC&U strongly encourages proposals that balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples; that highlight the mechanics and methodology of a practice, strategy, or model; and that showcase fully developed, evidence-based programs. Proposals should address how the work can be adapted in a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

Register for Global Engagement and Social Responsibility Conference

A Network for Academic Renewal Conference 
October 12–14, New Orleans, Louisiana

Register now for AAC&U’s 2017 Conference on Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: “Higher Education's Role in Addressing Global Crises.” Conference participants will explore how well-structured global learning practices provide students with opportunities to deeply engage real-world issues—both on and off campus and across disciplines and majors—through classroom experiences, dialogues, and problem-solving with community members, peers, and practitioners. Plenary speakers will include Wajahat Ali from Affinis Labs on “Millennial Swagger: Promoting Social Entrepreneurship through Storytelling and Social Media” and Richard Kiely with Engaged Cornell on “Exploring the Role of Community—Engaged Learning and Research in Advancing Global Engagement and Social Responsibility.” 

Register for Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
November 2–4, San Francisco, California

Register now for AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope’s 2017 Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education: “Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence.” The conference will address the importance of STEM proficiency for both STEM majors and nonmajors and will highlight the importance of empowering faculty. Speakers will include Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, on institutional transformation to advance STEM research, discovery, and innovation. The University of Michigan’s Timothy A. McKay will share insights on learning analytics and the data-driven student support tools he has applied through the Digital Innovation Greenhouse and the REBUILD project

Meeting the LEAP Challenge

Nominations Due October 2 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. Nominees must hold student status in January 2018, and award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

June Presidents’ Trust Meeting

Members of the LEAP Presidents’ Trust gathered in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 9, for conversations about presidential advocacy for liberal education amidst campus crises. Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College and chair of the Presidents’ Trust, engaged the group in discussion about ways that presidents are called upon to articulate their core values in public spaces. The Presidents’ Trust is also engaged in designing the next generation of AAC&U’s research on employer views of liberal education outcomes and high-impact practices, and members of the group provided feedback on AAC&U’s emerging strategic priorities for its 2018–22 strategic plan. The sessions also included a focus on how presidents can continue to articulate the value of higher education as a public good that serves our democracy. 

2017 CLAWS Award Winners

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts, an affiliate of AAC&U’s LEAP States Initiative, presented the 2017 Champion for the Liberal Arts in Washington State (CLAWS) Awards to individuals and organizations that advanced the value of the liberal arts. Joanna Segal, a faculty librarian at Green River College, received the 2017 Individual CLAWS Award. As coordinator of the One Book project, she assists in the selection of a text that addresses student diversity and organizes events and resources centered around the text’s theme. The 2017 Organizational CLAWS Award was presented to the Washington Campus Compact (WCC) for promoting creative service-learning opportunities and helping students solve important community problems.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

HHMI Selects Institutions for the Inclusive Excellence Initiative

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected twenty-four higher education institutions to participate in the initiative, which will “help increase the capacity of colleges and universities to effectively engage all students so that they can be successful in science, especially undergraduates who enter four-year institutions via nontraditional pathways.” AAC&U has established an Inclusive Excellence Commission to evaluate the outcomes of the initiative and share findings with the broader higher education community.

Project News

Call for Proposals to Serve as a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center

AAC&U invites institutions to submit proposals to serve as a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center. With funding from the Newman’s Own Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ten institutions will be chosen through a competitive process as the sites of new TRHT Campus Centers. In collaboration with AAC&U, Center teams will identify evidence-based strategies that support the vision of the TRHT enterprise. Participants will be selected based on their proposal’s ability to engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to uproot the conscious and unconscious biases and misbeliefs that have triggered racial violence and tension in American society. Proposals are due July 14, 2017.

AAC&U Receives Purposeful Pathways Project Grant

AAC&U has received a grant from the Teagle Foundation for a three-year project to guide faculty-led curricular change and build communities of practice around quality and completion. In partnership with the University of Houston–Downtown, Winston-Salem State University, the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, and the Community College of Philadelphia, Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence will re-envision curricular change as a scalable, faculty-led process that engages stakeholders from across an institution to enhance quality in educational design and timely degree completion. Purposeful Pathways will develop resources that help establish broader communities of practice by promoting curricula that are efficient, logically and practically coherent, and closely tied to meaningful assessment. 

BTtoP News

Continuing the Conversation from BTtoP’s National Conference

Bringing Theory to Practice was pleased and honored to host their national conference, “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being,” on May 24–26 in Chicago, Illinois. Thanks to thought-provoking sessions and workshops and over three hundred participants representing diverse roles on campus (including students), the atmosphere was very positive and generative. BTtoP is currently collecting presentation slides, remarks, and other resources from presenters, and these resources will be posted on the conference webpage. Multiple sessions, including the “KeyDuet” (keynote duet) featuring Leeva Chung and Laura Rendon, were livestreamed and are available on the BTtoP Facebook page. BTtoP is currently exploring additional ways to capture and continue the energy and conversations created by the conference, including an upcoming partnered issue of AAC&U’s Diversity and Democracy, a special issue of the BTtoP newsletter, and the sharing of conference photos, film footage, and brief interviews. 

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Campus Compact Mini-Grants for Positive Engagement: Proposals Due July 14

Open to Campus Compact member institutions, the Fund for Positive Engagement can be used for campus projects that “catalyze experimental responses to challenges arising from this new climate” of political and social upheaval. 

Community College Faculty Development Seminar on Law-Based Civics Programs

The Democracy Commitment, in collaboration with Street Law, Inc., the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education, is offering a one-day seminar to “learn about the elements of Street Law’s Community College Program, the course curriculum, best practices in civic education instruction, and the positive impact the course can have on college students.” The seminar will be held at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation office in Chicago, Illinois, on September 22.

Imagining America’s Public Explores “Knowledge Making in Arts Practice”

The current issue of PublicImagining America’s online journal, “endeavors to express that knowledge creation through art making is a multilayered, multisensory, multidimensional experience and that knowledge producers are more diverse than generally acknowledged.”

Local Outreach Guide Includes County-Based Conditions That Affect Civic Engagement

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has compiled a database of information that can help campuses decide how to “facilitate program and outreach investment decisions at the county level.” CIRCLE describes the RAYSE Index (Reaching All Youth Strengthens Engagement) as a “great tool and framework for thinking about civic health and a way to start conversations about the strengths and assets of a community for civic engagement.”

Campus Compact, The Democracy Commitment, Imagining America, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve 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 make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

Other News

The Academic Minute Radio Show Seeks Research Submissions

Submit your scholarly research submissions to be featured in The Academic Minutehosted by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella and produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to the public good. Individuals or administrators are invited to submit research to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org.

AAC&U Appoints Omar Harbison as Director of Student Success

Omar Harbison joins AAC&U as the director of student success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. His work will focus on leading and contributing to various externally funded projects, and he will also conduct research development activities related to student success, with an emphasis on underserved students. 

Kathryn Peltier Campbell Named Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education

AAC&U has appointed Kathryn Peltier Campbell as senior academic editor and editor, Liberal Education. Campbell most recently served as Senior Editor for Equity and Civic Engagement and Director of Member Communications and has edited Diversity & Democracy (AAC&U’s quarterly publication on diversity, equity, global learning, and civic engagement) since 2007. She will remain engaged with Diversity & Democracy as executive editor, working with a new editor whom AAC&U is currently seeking to hire.

AAC&U Selects Nearly Two Hundred Institutions to Participate in Summer Institutes

AAC&U announced the two- and four-year colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2017 summer institutes. Teams of five or more will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at Loyola University Chicago (May 31 –June 3, 2017); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Boston University (June 24–27, 2017); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Loyola University Chicago (July 11–14, 2017). Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institutes at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland (July 11–16; 18–23; and 25–30, 2017). 

AAC&U President Delivers Commencement Addresses

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella delivered commencement addresses to graduating students at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. At Bishop’s University on June 3, she told graduates that their liberal education has helped them become “innovators in [their] own lives.” At Elizabethtown on May 20, she urged graduates to recognize that the invaluable skills they acquired through a liberal education has set them “on the path of finding [their] best and most authentic selves.”

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