AAC&U News, October 2016

News & Events, October 2016

Meetings and Institutes

“The Liberal Arts Imperative in the Digital Age” Summit: Registration Now Open

October 20–21, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
Northeastern University, in partnership with AAC&U, invites you to attend “The Liberal Arts Imperative in the Digital Age: A Higher Education Summit” to explore the proposition that the liberal arts matter more than ever in the twenty-first century—and they matter for everyone. The critical and creative capacities that the liberal arts teach are crucial to addressing the complex challenges of today’s world—from managing increased automation to building resilient communities. The opening forum and reception will feature AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella and Northeastern President Joseph Aoun. On Friday, college presidents and other institutional leaders will discuss innovative educational models that integrate experiential learning; meaningfully interact with STEM and professional education; engage with big data and computational thinking; and measure the liberal arts’ impact. Learn more about the summit and register.

“Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education” Conference: Registration Now Open

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. Plenary speakers include Eric Mazur of Harvard University and Tyrone B. Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about this conference and register by October 19 for the best rates.

2017 Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Winter Meeting: Call for Proposals

January 11, 2017, Worcester, Massachusetts
Proposals Due October 14
STEM faculty members and administrators from both public and private two-year and four-year higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals for the upcoming winter meeting of the Massachusetts Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Regional Network: “Best Practices in STEM and Integrating Undergraduates in Research.” Abstracts from STEM Starter Academies and two-year institutions are especially encouraged. The meeting with be held at Worcester State University on January 11, 2017. Deadline for proposal submissions is October 14.

AAC&U Annual Meeting on Building the Public Trust—Registration Now Open

January 25–28, 2017, San Francisco, California
AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting—“Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence”—will be held in January 25–28 in San Francisco, California. The opening plenary—“Always on the Fringe: Closed Futures and the Promise of Liberal Education”—will be an open discussion moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella featuring Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream; Michael Roth, author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters; Jeff Selingo, author of There is Life After College:  What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow; and Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race. Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker will deliver the final plenary, “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today”; and Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google, Inc., will speak at the ACAD keynote luncheon on “Iteration and Innovation in Education.” The Annual Meeting will also feature the Eighth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios on Saturday, January 28. Hotel and registration information is available online. Register by November 18 for best rates.

Annual Meeting Symposium on January 25 Addresses Student Activism

January 25, 2017, San Francisco, California
The 2017 premeeting symposium, “Student Activism and Liberal Education: Faculty Engagement in Turbulent Times,” will focus on engaging faculty leadership in response to calls for racial and social justice on college campuses. The symposium will open with a plenary on “Reclaiming the Racial Narrative” presented by Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, and Gail Christopher, vice president for policy and senior advisor for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, followed by a panel on “Campus Perspectives” with speakers from Oberlin College, San Francisco State University, Goucher College, and Antioch College. A luncheon plenary—“'Leaning into our Deepest Yes': Finding Common Ground in Embracing Student Activism"— will feature Christopher Tinson, assistant professor of African American Studies at Hampshire College, and Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College. The symposium will include roundtable discussions, case studies, concurrent sessions, and closing comments by Tia Brown McNair, vice president in AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success.

“General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning” Conference: Registration Now Open

February 2325, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona
General education sits at the intersection of an array of demands facing higher education—demands for more intentionally scaffolded, integrated, and engaged approaches to teaching and learning; more campus-community partnerships; more mentoring and advising; more multimodal learning experiences; and, above all, more meaningful assessment of student learning across these efforts. “General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning” will focus on how educators throughout all sectors of higher education can address these and other issues by designing, implementing, and evaluating high-quality general education pathways that are effective for all students—especially those from traditionally underserved groups. Plenary speakers include Helen Chen of Stanford University, Lisa Grocott of Monash University, Peter Doolittle of Virginia Tech, Natasha Jankowski of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and the University of Illinois, and Catherine Wehlburg of Texas Christian University. Registration is now open.


Meeting the LEAP Challenge

Third LEAP States Summit Held, Resources Online

Teams of educators and leaders from twenty states, state systems, and consortia gathered for the third LEAP States Summit, held September 13–15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The summit invited participants to connect quality of student learning with equity in student learning outcomes and to grapple with challenges to liberal education and inclusive excellence at the systems level. AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella delivered opening remarks offering historical perspective on education as a public good and emphasizing the importance of developing educational systems that advance the pursuit of that good. Resources from the summit are available here, and more information on the LEAP States Initiative is available here.


PKAL—Undergraduate STEM Education News

Join Us On Active Learning Day, October 25

Project Kaleidoscope of AAC&U encourages its national community of STEM faculty to take part in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Active Learning Day on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. By making a pledge, STEM faculty will agree to incorporate teaching strategies that equally promote active learning and integrate cultural responsiveness in their classrooms. The deadline to make a pledge is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Click here to sign on.

Civil Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Network News

Clashes Over Citizenship: Webinar Series on Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement

This three-part webinar series is designed to expand campus expertise on how to hold constructive conversations about contentious issues and how to institute practices in and out of the classroom that foster engagement across differences. The October 13 webinar will focus on “From Fractious Differences to Engaged Dialogues”; the October 27 webinar will explore “Income Inequality and the Cost of Citizenship”; and the November 3 webinar will be on the topic “I Want My Country Back: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship.” The experts in this webinar series are community college faculty and administrators from campuses engaged in the Citizenship Under Siege project, which is directed by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Campus Compact Introduces New "Compact Nation" Podcast Series

The Compact Nation podcast series includes monthly podcasts with “leading community engagement professionals, book and literature reviews, [and] discussions of important topics in the field.” The first podcast is available online now and features a conversation with Tim Eatman, codirector of Imagining America. This episode addresses “the power and responsibility higher education and community engagement has to be a force for healing the wounds left by systemic racism and deep-rooted inequality by ‘respecting the blind spots’ and connecting through narrative.”

Online Resources for Engaging the Youth Vote

AAC&U has created an online resource page to promote voter registration and democratic engagement on college campuses. AAC&U’s LearnEngageVote also shares links to the websites of CLDE Action Network members who have created online resources to help educate youth and motivate their electoral engagement, including The American Democracy Project (ADP) (part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities), Campus Compact, CIRCLE, and The Democracy Commitment (TDC).

ADP, Campus Compact, CIRCLE, and TDC 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 make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.


Project News

Call for Proposals and Call for Designs: “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being”

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is pleased to announce a call for proposals and call for designs for its national conference, “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being,” to be held May 24–26, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will bring together educators and administrators of all types to focus on the importance of well-being in higher education. Through the lens of intersectionality, conference participants will examine and explore institutional values and campus cultures that acknowledge or contextualize these intersections, support them, and challenge them. This conference takes seriously the commitment to “whole student” development through the exploration of the very elements that make students whole. BTtoP is seeking proposals for presentations and workshops that offer new theory and scholarship, strategy, and evidence-based practices that reflect the integration of the conference topics, that embody ways to inclusively engage diverse audience members, and that are adaptable to a diverse array of institutional types. BTtoP is also seeking designs (exclusively from students) for a bold and creative logo, diagram, or graphic to use in conference materials. The creator(s) of the chosen design will earn $250 as well as a travel stipend of up to $500 to attend the conference.

New Funding Available from Bringing Theory to Practice: Campus Dialogue Grants: Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes

Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, December 9, 2016
Informational Webinar: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is accepting proposals for campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution, or up to $15,000 for consortia (with required institutional matching for both), that will provide support for one-year projects (academic year 2017–2018) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Successful proposals should demonstrate how these dialogues will, through the lens of your unique campus culture and the issues that impact it, facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. The design of proposed dialogues and the intended participants within the dialogues should reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues being faced. BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life. The full 2017–2018 Request for Proposals and supporting materials are available here.

New Publication on the Digital Learning Ecosystem

Despite the transformative potential of the ongoing digital revolution, the digital ecosystem has so far had less of an impact on formal education than on other sectors of our society. In Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem, authors Randy Bass and Bret Eynon explore the implications of emerging digital capacities and culture for higher education, arguing that any discussion to reinvent higher education that begins with technology is doomed to a diminished vision of learning. Bass and Eynon begin instead by asking: What is the role of the digital ecosystem in making a quality liberal education available to all, equitably? This publication includes examples of digital innovations that advance liberal education outcomes and is ideal for campus discussions on using digital technology to improve undergraduate teaching and learning. Open and Integrative, the last publication emerging from the General Education Maps and Markers project, is available for purchase here.


Other News

NSF Grant Funds New Higher Ed Collaboration to Advance STEM Leadership

AAC&U has joined with the University of the Virgin Islands, Fielding Graduate University, and North Carolina A&T State University to launch the Center for Advancing STEM Leadership, with the generous support of a grant from the National Science Foundation. The center will study the historical and contemporary strategies used by leaders of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in producing disproportionately high levels of underrepresented minority STEM graduates. The research will test the hypothesis that the success of HBCUs in broadening STEM participation has been due, in large measure, to an identifiable set of leadership styles and strategies that may be transferable to other institutional types. The center will also translate the evidence into institutional practices. “This is critically important to developing a new generation of higher education leaders, reflective of a collective commitment to equity as the foundation for inclusive excellence,” says Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U.

Call for Submissions for "The Academic Minute," Cosponsored by AAC&U

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of the radio segment The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. 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 serving the public good. Producers of The Academic Minute are seeking submissions on several topics, including the 2016 election, Thanksgiving and gratitude, and unexplained historical mysteries. If your research touches on these topics, please send your submission to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org

Rebecca Dolinsky Graham Appointed Director for Student Success

AAC&U is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Dolinsky Graham as director for student success in AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (DESS). Most recently, Graham served as research analyst and program manager in AAC&U’s Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, where she contributed research expertise and high-level coordination to a variety of AAC&U projects, including the Quality Collaboratives, Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE), General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs), and Faculty Collaboratives. Graham has broad and deep experience with diversity and equity issues in higher education and specific expertise in advancing LGBTQ student success. She is currently cofacilitating a national research study on campus practitioner engagement in retention efforts for LGBTQ students, within the curriculum and cocurriculum and across students’ various intersecting identities. She has authored and coauthored articles on LGBTQ student success, contingent faculty issues, and sustainable campus change efforts for Diversity and Democracy, Peer Review, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and has cofacilitated workshops on LGBTQ student success. In her new role, Graham will direct qualitative and quantitative research efforts; provide support for new and continuing initiatives, including by codirecting AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success; and conceptualize, generate, and direct sponsored projects related to change efforts at the state and campus levels.

AAC&U’s Terrel Rhodes to Deliver Keynote Address at AAEEBL Conference

Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, will be the keynote speaker at the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning’s (AAEEBL) 2016 Southeast US Regional Conference, focusing on eportfolios. The conference will take place November 7–8, 2016, at Virginia Tech.


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