AAC&U News: October 2015
News & Events

October 2015

Meetings and Institutes

October Network Conference to Focus on Global Learning in College

October 8–10, 2015, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The 2015 AAC&U conference Global Learning in College: Defining, Developing, and Assessing Institutional Roadmaps invites you to join with colleagues to examine how faculty and administrators are defining, developing, and assessing global learning to prepare students to explore issues from multiple perspectives and across disciplines—and to apply what they learn to real-world situations. Please join us for this timely conversation on preparing students for the increasingly complex challenges of our globally interdependent society. Onsite registration available.

Register for Network Conference on Transforming STEM Education

November 12–14, 2015, Seattle, Washington

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to attend the conference Transforming STEM Education to explore the latest research on integrative, cross-disciplinary STEM teaching and learning; inclusive excellence and broadening participation in STEM; STEM faculty support and reward systems; and institutional transformation to advance hands-on learning and increase all students’ achievement of key learning outcomes. Plenary presenters include Scott E. Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of complex systems, political science, and economics at the University of Michigan; Erika T. Camacho, associate professor of mathematics and natural sciences at Arizona State University; and Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark. Register by October 14 for reduced rates.

Registration Opens for AAC&U Annual Meeting on Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal

AAC&U’s 2016 Annual Meeting, “How Higher Education Can Lead—On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal,” will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, January 20–23, 2016. The opening plenary will feature Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U; the final plenary speaker will be Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond. Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will speak on “Educating Higher: Toward an Equitable, Innovative Future for Higher Education” at the Opening Night Forum on January 20.  The Annual Meeting will include a Pre-Meeting Symposium on January 20 on “The LEAP Challenge and the Equity Imperative”; and the Seventh Annual E-Portfolio Forum on Saturday, January 23.  Program, hotel, and registration information can be found at online.

Seventh Annual E-Portfolio Forum Focuses on “Achieving Equity through Student Success and E-Portfolios”

The Annual Meeting will once again feature an E-Portfolio Forum all day on Saturday, January 23. The forum’s opening plenary—“Realities and Possibilities of Digital Pedagogies in the Changing Academy”—will be presented by Tressie McMillan Cottom, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. The luncheon plenary, “Envisioning the Folio Thinking EcoSystem” will be presented by Helen Chen, research scientist and director of e-portfolio initiatives, and Thomas Black, associate vice provost for student and academic services and university registrar—both of Stanford University. The final plenary on Saturday will be “The Field Guide to the E-Portfolio Future” presented by Trent Batson, executive director of AAEEBL; C. Edward Watson, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia and co-executive editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio; and Terrel Rhodes, vice president, office of quality, curriculum, and assessment at AAC&U. Registrants of AAC&U’s Annual Meeting can attend the forum’s opening plenary and all morning sessions at no additional cost.  There will be an additional fee for those attending the luncheon and afternoon sessions.  The E-Portfolio Forum is also available as a stand-alone event for those who will not attend the Annual Meeting.  More information is online.


Meeting the LEAP Challenge

AAC&U to Develop Case Studies Highlighting How Higher Education is Meeting The LEAP Challenge

As part of AAC&U’s family of projects devoted to The LEAP Challenge launched at AAC&U’s 2015 Annual Meeting, thirteen participating institutions have been invited to work with AAC&U to develop case studies demonstrating how individual colleges and universities are already engaging their students in the Signature Work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning to a significant project with meaning to the student and to society. The case studies will be featured in a forthcoming monograph to be published by AAC&U.


PKAL – Undergraduate STEM Education News

AAC&U Announces Octavia Tripp as Senior Scholar in Residence in the Office of Undergraduate STEM Education

AAC&U announces the appointment of Octavia Tripp as a senior scholar in residence in AAC&U’s Office of Undergraduate STEM Education for the 2015–16 academic year. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Tripp to AAC&U,” said Kelly Mack, vice president for undergraduate stem education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope.  “Dr. Tripp brings to us a combined theoretical and practical perspective on how to most effectively empower STEM faculty to embrace, implement, and sustain transformations from traditional to more interactive teaching practices. Learn more online about AAC&U’s Resources on STEM Education and see how to register for AAC&U’s Fall Network Conference on Transforming STEM Education in Seattle, WA, November 12–14.

Upcoming Regional Network Meetings in Massachusetts, Southern California, and Ohio

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform, invites the entire PKAL/AAC&U community to participate in our upcoming Regional Network meetings. The PKAL Massachusetts regional meeting, “Best Practices in Retaining Underrepresented Students in STEM,” will be held at Framingham State University on October 16, 2015. The PKAL Southern California (SoCAL) meeting, “Integrating Teaching, Assessment, and Education Research to Enhance Student Learning in STEM,” will be held at the University of California–Irvine on February 27, 2016. The deadline for proposals for this meeting is November 6, 2015.  The PKAL Ohio regional meeting, “Evidence-Based Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education,” will be held at Capital University on May 21, 2016. The deadline for proposals for this meeting is December 15, 2015.

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty

Institute I: July 12–July 17, 2016
Institute II: July 19–July 24, 2016
Institute III: July 26–July 31, 2016
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early- and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. Over 40 percent of Institute alumni currently hold positions of leadership on their home campuses. Applications will be available November 1.


Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network News

New Issue of Peer Review Takes a Civic Slant on Preparing for Work

Because college graduates spend the majority of their lives at work, the latest issue of AAC&U’s journal Peer Review, “Rethinking Preparation for Work: A Civic-Enriched Liberal Education,” focuses on how colleges can help students cultivate a civic consciousness to activate in their workplaces.  Articles in this issue describe how institutions are doing just that in preparation for careers in health, business, science, museum studies, the arts, and public life. The publication emerged from a joint project between the Kettering Foundation and AAC&U. 

IFYC Issues Call for Grant Proposals to Foster Student Interfaith Leaders

The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) wants to help colleges advocate for interfaith cooperation by offering grants of up to $3,000 for colleges and universities to gather undergraduate students for the purpose of training and facilitating networking between student interfaith leaders. Grant proposals are due to IFYC by October 15.

New Data on Effects of Higher Education on Latino Electoral and Civic Participation

Colleges and universities, particularly those that are most accessible to Latino youth, have enormous potential to nurture a new generation of active citizens. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) helped author the Latino Civic Health Index, which examines trends in political participation, volunteering, and neighborhood trust across demographics including age, race, national origin, income, and immigration status.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Kettering Foundation,  Interfaith Youth Core, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) 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

New Findings Released on Student Achievement Assessed Using Common VALUE Rubrics

AAC&U and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association have announced the preliminary findings from the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) pilot study—including data about students' achievement of three of the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes: critical thinking, writing, and quantitative literacy.  In the pilot study, faculty used AAC&U’s common VALUE rubrics to assess 7,000 samples of student work submitted by faculty from fifty-nine institutions in nine states. See the MSC pilot summary slide deck for full information on preliminary results of faculty scoring of student work products, as well as demographics of students whose work was assessed, and the rubrics used in the assessments. See also www.sheeo.org/msc for the full list of participating institutions involved in both the pilot and continuing phases of the MSC work. For more information, see the press release.


Other News

AAC&U President Comments on Release of College Scorecard

President Carol Geary Schneider issued a new statement about the release of the College Scorecard, noting that the Scorecard’s focus on limited data about graduation rates, default rates, and post-graduation salary levels “reinforces the message to students that college is primarily about getting in, getting out, and getting a job. . . . The Department’s energies and resources would have been far better spent supporting efforts to strengthen the quality of college learning and to ensure that all students have equitable access to a liberating education.”  See the full statement and other statements from AAC&U on this topic. See also President Schneider’s Letter to the Editor of The New York Times.

AAC&U Vice President Susan Albertine Honored with Award from AGLS

Susan Albertine, AAC&U vice president for diversity, equity and student success, was chosen to receive the 2015 Joseph Katz award by the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). The award, given every other year, honors someone “whose commitment and activity has contributed greatly to the improvement of the educational experience of students and to the understanding of the theory and practice of general and liberal education at the national level.” Albertine officially received the award and delivered a plenary address at the AGLS annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI, September 24–26. Vice President Albertine oversees many projects and programs at AAC&U, including the LEAP States Initiative and the recently launched Faculty Collaboratives project.

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