AAC&U News, December 2019
On the Road

November/December 2019

On November 23, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella attended a memorial service for John Churchill, former president of Hendrix College and ninth secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote address on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at the University of Florida’s Inaugural Student Success Summit in Gainesville, Florida, on November 12. On November 15, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “A Vision for Equity, Innovation, and Quality” at the National Learning Communities Conference in Indianapolis. On November 20, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “Becoming a Student Ready College: Shifting Mindsets and Challenging Norms” at the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington. On November 22, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “Becoming a Student-Ready University: Intentionality by Design” at Wayne State University’s Student Success Summit in Detroit on “Caring. Collaborating. Educating.” On December 4, McNair attended the All Learning Counts Convening for Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis.

Dawn Michele Whitehead at Machu Picchu.

On November 15, Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the office of global citizenship for campus, community, and careers, delivered a workshop, “Building Support for Departmental Civic Designs Within and Across Departments: Cultivating Allies and Intersecting Commitments,” at the 2019 Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major–Midwest at Loyola University in Chicago. She also serves on the institute’s advisory board. On November 20, Whitehead delivered a workshop, “Internationalizing the Curriculum: Why Now Is the Time to Integrate Global Learning Across the Curriculum,” and met with senior leaders and curriculum committees at the College of Brockport, State University of New York. On December 2, the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers facilitated a project meeting for the first two cohorts of the Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education initiative.

Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment, served as an advisory board member providing feedback on the program for the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Institute, held November 11–13 in Chicago. From November 13 to 14, she led a session titled “CTLs and Assessment: Rethinking University Structures to Maximize Instructional Improvement Opportunities” at the POD Network’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh. McConnell facilitated a two-day workshop on the VALUE approach to assessment at Arizona State University from November 19 to 21. From December 6 to 10, she attended the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools annual conference in Houston. She cofacilitated a daylong workshop, “Alert! ‘How To’ for the Revised Planning, Effectiveness, and Achievement Standards.”

BTtoP Director David Scobey attended and gave a keynote at the Network for Improvement and Innovation in College Health’s 20x30 Transformathon from November 10 to 12 in New York. BTtoP is a proud partner in the 20X30 initiative, a national network of people and organizations working together to transform the well-being of twenty million students in higher education by 2030. From November 21 to 22, Scobey met with students, faculty, and staff at Rutgers University–Newark and its community partners in the PLACE Collaboratory, a national project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) brings together eleven campuses and their community partners in four cities to use public humanities and cultural projects that address significant public issues.

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