AAC&U News, November 2019
On the Road

October/November 2019

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Caryn McTighe Musil (on the right in left photo) attended the Imagining America 20th Anniversary conference. Tia Brown McNair (center) caught a foul ball barehanded—without spilling her drink—as she cheered the Washington Nationals on their road to the World Series. Ashley Finley (right) delivered a keynote at the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella attended the “Educating for Freedom—For All” forum presented by the Teagle Foundation in celebration of the foundation’s seventy-fifth anniversary on October 3 in New York. From October 9 to 13, Pasquerella was in Lanzhou, China, to present a keynote address at the annual conference of the International Forum of Higher Education, where she spoke about developing a curriculum that promotes student success and prepares students for the challenges of the twenty-first century through educating students within the context of the workforce. On this trip, Pasquerella also presented a workshop on “Current Trends in Higher Education” for faculty in Beijing. From October 17–19, President Pasquerella traveled to San Antonio, where she conducted the “Newcomers’ Welcome” at AAC&U’s Crossing Borders and Boundaries Conference of the Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers program. On October 25 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Pasquerella presented a keynote talk at the “Branches from the Same Tree” conference of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pasquerella served on their Commission on the Arts that explored the role arts can play in a diverse twenty-first-century democracy, and her keynote addressed her experience as a key member of the report committee and her experience—based on her roles at both Mount Holyoke College and AAC&U—on the integration of the arts and humanities with STEM education. The Kettering Foundation convened a Deliberative Democracy Consortium on October 30 and 31 in Washington, DC, to explore the intersection of deliberative democracy with human cognition, social and emotional intelligence, and moral decision making. President Pasquerella was invited to present at the consortium based on her work with ethics, justice, and citizenship. On November 5, President Pasquerella traveled to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, to conduct a site visit of their Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center.

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president for strategic planning and partnerships, delivered the keynote address, “Seeking Meaning Beyond Compliance: Leveraging Assessment to Communicate Institutional Value,” for the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference in San Antonio from October 1 to 2.

Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, attended the Teagle Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Forum “Educating for Freedom—for All” in New York on October 3. On October 4, McNair attended a national advisory board meeting for the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, Ohio. On October 7, McNair delivered a keynote address on “Becoming a Student-Ready Institution” at Western Michigan University’s fall 2019 student success summit in Kalamazoo, Michigan. On October 14, McNair delivered a keynote titled “Why Equity and Assessment Must Be Inextricably Linked for Student Success” and participated in the opening panel discussion at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis 2019 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. On October 16, McNair delivered the opening keynote titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College: High-Impact Practices and Intentionality by Design” at the National Student Employment Association’s 2019 Annual Conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. On October 21, McNair delivered the opening keynote on marketable skills for students and high-impact practices at the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators’ 2019 annual conference in San Marcos, Texas. On October 29, McNair delivered a keynote address on becoming a student-ready campus at the European Access Network’s 2019 Annual Conference “Drivers for Change” in Ghent, Belgium. On November 5, McNair participated in a site visit to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. 

Andrew Flagel, vice president for advancement and member engagement, gave the opening keynote on the higher education landscape, and enrollment and services for students 50 and older, for the AARP Higher Education Roundtable on October 11 in Washington, DC.

From October 9 to October 13, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, traveled to Beijing to work with GATE (Global Advanced Technical Education), where he presented during an online seminar, “Model of Talent Cultivation in American Universities.” In Lanzhou, he attended the International Forum of Higher Education (IFHE) 2019 annual conference, where he gave a speech titled “Quality Improvement and Student Acquisition of Essential Learning Skills and Abilities.”

Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the office of global citizenship for campus, community, and careers, traveled to St. George’s University in Grenada from October 9 to 11 to facilitate workshops during the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Faculty Retreat. As the Global Learning track coleader, Whitehead facilitated the global learning sessions at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis from October 13 to 15. On October 17, Whitehead and Maureen Vandermass-Peeler of Elon University convened the inaugural meeting for a think tank on mentoring in undergraduate research in global contexts as a preconference gathering for AAC&U’s Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers conference. On November 3, Whitehead delivered the opening address, “The Context for Civic Learning and Engagement in Higher Education Today,” for the Bonner Foundation's fall directors meeting at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland.

From October 9 to 10, C. Edward Watson, CIO & associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to the University of Cincinnati to provide the opening keynote, “Developing Transferrable Skills for Lifelong Learners,” at the fourth annual Learning and Teaching at UC Conference. From October 13 to 15, he traveled to IUPUI’s Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, to copresent a session, “Leadership in Assessment for Learning Improvement and Innovation,” with Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment. From October 27 to 29, Watson performed a program review for the Center for Faculty Innovation at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and on November 1, he delivered a presentation titled “Flipping the Classroom: Best Practices for Engaged Learning” at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, New Jersey, as part of a professional development initiative between the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) and Fujitsu.

On Tuesday, October 9, Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment, gave a keynote workshop titled “Why Learning Matters: Assessing for Quality in Questioning Times” for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s 2019 fall workshop in Chicago. She also presented a session titled “The VALUE Approach to Assessment and CBE: Points of Intersection, Points of Departure” at the Competency-Based Education Network’s annual conference, “CBExchange 2019,” in Palm Springs, California, from October 22 to 25.

From October 18–20, Caryn McTighe Musilsenior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended the 20th Anniversary Imagining America (IA) gathering in Albuquerque, where she participated in the initial meetings as an advisor on IA’s leadership cohort in the Mellon Foundation–funded Leading and Learning Initiative: Fortifying Public Scholarship in the Arts, Design, and Humanities. She was also invited as one of a select number of established and emerging leaders in a closed intergenerational session, “Why and When Public Scholarship Matters: An Inquiry.” Musil attended the 10th Anniversary conference of the Anchors Institution Task Force in New York from October 24 to 25, where she facilitated the thematic breakout session on global engagement. On November 6, Musil attended “Civics and the Future of Democracy,” hosted by the Atlantic and the Stavros Niarchos SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, as a gathering of “thought leaders from education, business, and government to discuss civic education in a moment fraught with uncertainty for our democratic values and institutions.”

David Scobey, director of BTtoP, and Kate Griffin, PLACE project coordinator, attended the annual national meeting of Imagining America, “Mighty Dreams: Designing and Fostering Belonging in ‘America’” from October 18 to 20 in Albuquerque. This year’s gathering, in partnership with the University of New Mexico, considered how we define, design, and foster belonging in our home communities and as a nation-state. From October 21 to 23, Scobey and Griffin met in Los Angeles with participants in the Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) Collaboratory, a national project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. PLACE brings together eleven campuses and their community partners in four cities to use public humanities and cultural projects that address significant public issues. Scobey and Griffin visited the University of Southern California, the College of the Canyons, Pitzer College, and the University of LaVerne, along with community partners dealing with such issues as immigrants’ rights, gentrification, housing affordability, and climate change. On November 5, Scobey offered remarks at “A New Civic Story,” an event at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County that celebrated the launch of the Center for Democracy and Civic Life.

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