AAC&U News: October 2014
News & Events

October 2014

Meetings and Institutes

Registration Now Open for AAC&U's 2015 Centennial Annual Meeting

We warmly invite you to attend AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting —“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will be held January 21–24, at the new Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC. The Opening Plenary will feature Eric Liu, author of A Chinaman’s Chance; and Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U. Liu will speak on “America’s Challenge: With China Surging and Democracy Faltering, How Will America Thrive?” Schneider will follow with “The LEAP Challenge:  Preparing College Students—Privileged and Not—to Create Solutions for Our Future.” The Opening Plenary will be followed by a series of sessions on “The Next Generation of Liberal Education Reforms.”  The Closing Plenary— “Innovation, Creativity, and the Equity Imperative”—will be presented by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and the ACAD luncheon speaker will be Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.   The Annual Meeting will feature a Centennial Symposium on January 21 (see below) and the Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios on Saturday, with Candace Thille (Stanford University) and José Antonio Bowen (Goucher College). The Wednesday Night Opening Forum—“Reaching Wider: A Dialogue across Boundaries”—will include discussants Frank Bruni (The New York Times); Azar Nafisi (author of The Republic of the Imagination); Kavita Ramdas (the Ford Foundation); and Brian Murphy (De Anza College). Please check our website for complete information.

Centennial Symposium at 2015 Annual Meeting

AAC&U is pleased to offer a special Centennial Symposium on “America’s Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?”—an all-day event on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, held in conjunction with AAC&U’s 2015 Annual Meeting.  The Symposium—designed as a “deep dive” for leadership teams of presidents, senior academic leaders, and key partners such as trustees, employers, and policy leaders—will probe the kind of learning that prepares students for an era of global interdependence. Featured speakers include Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University; Carly Fiorina, formerly of Hewlett-Packard; Richard M. Freeland, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; Azar Nafisi, Johns Hopkins University; Eduardo J. Padrón, Miami Dade College; Kavita N. Ramdas, Ford Foundation; Michael S. Roth, Wesleyan University; Sheri Sheppard , Stanford University; Nancy Zimpher, State University of New York System Office; Candace Thille, Stanford University, and Timothy P. White, the California State University.  For those who cannot attend the full Annual Meeting, it will be possible to register for the Symposium as a stand-alone event. More information is online.

Register Now for Conference on Global Learning

October 16–18, 2014—Minneapolis, MN

AAC&U invites you to attend Global Learning In College: Cross-Cutting Capacities For Twenty-First-Century Students. Join with colleagues to discuss what we expect a global learner to be able to do in practice; develop educational designs for global learning that align with that vision; and consider the kinds of evidence we have—and the kinds of evidence and resources we need—to effectively help all students become global learners. Registration is now open.

Register Now for Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education

November 6-8, 2014—Atlanta, Georgia

Cosponsored by AAC&U and PKAL, Transforming STEM Higher Education will address both the importance of increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate degree earners who master complex STEM content and competencies and also the importance of enhancing STEM literacy for all students. Join with colleagues to strategically address several dimensions of STEM higher education reform, including innovative and effective approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching and learning; strategies for measurement and evaluation; inclusive excellence; faculty professional development; and advancement of effective institutional change strategies. Registration is now open.

LEAP News

Kathy Wolfe Joins AAC&U as Senior Fellow for LEAP and Centennial Planning

AAC&U is pleased to announce that Kathy Wolfe, professor of English and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will be spending the 2014–15 academic year as a senior fellow at AAC&U. Wolfe will be assisting with the planning for AAC&U’s Centennial Year and helping to develop the next generation of LEAP work. We invite all of our LEAP colleagues from our member institutions, the LEAP Campus Action Network, and the LEAP States Initiative to get in touch and share LEAP-related institutional needs, interests, and successes with Kathy (wolfe@aacu.org) as she plans activities, resources, and events for the coming year. 

PKAL – Undergraduate Science Education News

Upcoming Regional Network Meetings in North Carolina, Upstate New York

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform, invites the entire PKAL/AAC&U community to participate in an upcoming Regional Network Meeting. PKAL Upstate New York will host a meeting on “Multidisciplinary Sustainability in STEM Education” on November 1, 2014, at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York. In addition, PKAL North Carolina will host a meeting titled “It Takes Two for STEM Success: 2+2 STEM Partnerships” on November 3, 2014, at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network

Monographs Chronicle Civic Learning Events at Community Colleges

Three monographs recently published by the Maricopa Community Colleges' Center for Civic Participation describe innovative and wide-reaching civic learning events offered as models for civic engagement at community colleges, but that are adaptable for use at four-year institutions as well. The monographs—all available free as PDFs—are The Human Library, Genocide Awareness Week, and Building Cities in Speech.

November Conferences Address Solving Problems at Home and Beyond Our Borders

The Anchor Institutions Task Force Annual Meeting, scheduled for November 15–17 in Chicago, Illinois, will examine the role of colleges and universities as powerful stabilizing and transformative entities that can, through collaboration with others, make economic, social, and educational differences in their communities. Registration is free. For more information see the conference agenda. The American Association of State Colleges and University’s (AASCU’s) American Democracy Project tackles global challenges with its conference Educating Globally Competent Citizens, November 6–7, 2014, hosted at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. For more information on this conference designed for faculty and administrators, see the conference web page.

BTtoP Publishes Monograph on Civic Learning and Teaching

Civic Learning and Teaching, the fifth and final volume in the Civic Series of monographs published by Bringing Theory to Practice, contributes to an understanding of why the integration of civic engagement into higher education—both inside and outside the classroom—matters for students, faculty, campus professionals, and community members. From service learning and study abroad to alternative spring break and community-based research, most colleges and universities have created opportunities for students to have “civic experiences.” This monograph suggests that when campus and community leaders work intentionally to connect students’ civic experiences with learning and teaching, students’ learning becomes more fluid, more transformative, and more likely to inspire civic thought and action. The monograph is available as a free PDF download; print copies are also available for purchase.

The Democracy Commitment, the Anchor Institutions Task Force, the American Democracy Project, and Bringing Theory to Practice are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations that is coordinated by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and supports efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college.

Project News

GEMs Project Concludes Initial Planning Year

AAC&U has been working with a national advisory group to lay the foundation for General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs), a project that focuses on developing a portable and proficiency-based framework for general education that helps all students, especially those who have been traditionally underserved by higher education, learn most effectively and demonstrate and apply their learning outside the classroom.  The GEMs project is in the final few months of its initial planning year, aided by a recent project meeting where AAC&U worked with the national advisory group to focus on equity, digital innovations, and general education design principles for the next phase of implementing the GEMs project.

Advancing Roadmaps Project to Develop Learning Pathways for Community College Students

AAC&U has launched a new project, Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success, with support from The Kresge Foundation. Advancing Roadmaps will disseminate and advance the knowledge and insights on student learning and engagement developed by the nineteen community colleges participating in AAC&U’s Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project. Beginning in September 2014 and through August 2016, Advancing Roadmaps will scale these strategies to support guided learning pathways potentially useful for all students and build national, regional, and state partnerships among organizations committed to improving student learning and success at two-year institutions, including Achieving the Dream, Inc. and Jobs for the Future. For more information, see the press release.

Other News

Revised Degree Qualifications Profile to Be Released October 8

On October 8, Lumina Foundation will formally release the first edition of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). The DQP, which shows higher education how faculty can help students achieve virtually all the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, provides a framework for the proficiencies college graduates should develop at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider is one of the four authors of the DQP.  We invite you to tune in for the live webcast, with the opportunity to submit questions that will be answered at the Town Hall Q&A and Next Steps session at the end of the day and/or answered on the new DQP website, which will go live on October 8. To pre-register and receive a reminder about the webcast, please sign up here (the webcast can also be accessed through this URL): http://www.luminafoundation.org/dqp_and_tuning.

Within Our Lifetime Network Seeks Partners for Work Combating Racial Bias

The Within Our Lifetime Network is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about the impact of implicit racial bias and to encourage action to combat this impact. The campaign seeks to utilize the recent implicit bias research as a lens for fostering action to address persistent racial inequities in the institutions of American society. Within Our Lifetime seeks both institutional and individual partners to help raise awareness and build support for this work, including from colleges and universities. More information, including a list of government and nonprofit organizations that have endorsed the network’s vision statement, is available online.

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