On the Road with AAC&U
AAC&U officers and staff regularly travel throughout the country, and occasionally the world, to speak and consult at AAC&U member schools through seminars, institutes, and workshops as well as in more informal gatherings. AAC&U staff also regularly speak on the value of liberal education at various media and public affairs events. These meetings are an opportunity for the membership to influence the direction of AAC&U's initiatives. We look forward to seeing you the next time we are on your campus.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Susan Albertine traveled to Elon, NC, on May 4 and 5 to meet with the public health program faculty at Elon University about writing in the undergraduate public health major. She also met with academic leaders at Elon for a session titled “Reimagining Writing: How to Prepare Graduates for the Lives They Will Really Lead.” From June 2 through 4, Albertine attended the University System of Georgia’s Adult Learning Consortium Summer Institute in Stone Mountain, GA. She gave a plenary presentation titled “Reimagining Engagement: Liberal Learning for Returning Adults.” Albertine will also travel to Dallas, TX, to serve as a special guest at the inaugural LEAP Texas Forum on June 26 and 27.
On May 16 Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, gave a presentation on assessment of Essential Learning Outcomes, VALUE Rubrics, and performance descriptors during a roundtable convening of representatives from state higher education agencies hosted by the College Board in New York. Rhodes also traveled to Oregon May 30–31 to facilitate a session titled “What is Quantitative Literacy?” as part of a conference hosted by the Oregon University System’s Learning Outcomes & Assessment Workgroup. The conference, “Teaching T.AL.K.S. II: Today’s Academics Linking Knowledge and Skills,” was designed to engage faculty across the state and help to increase their understanding of assessment as institutions prepare to participate in AAC&U and SHEEO's Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment.
On May 5, Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement Debra Humphreys presented on “New Data on Liberal Arts and Employment: Implications for Practice and Policy” at the Innovation and Disruption Summit sponsored by Colgate University at the Times Center in New York City. She also participated in an invitational meeting on May 28 on “The State of the Diversity Research Agenda,” sponsored by the College Board and held at its offices in Washington, DC.
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, traveled to Philadelphia, PA, on May 2 to co-lead the inaugural Philadelphia Civic Action Collaborative Planning Committee meeting. On May 7 and 8, Musil travelled to Durham, NC, to participate in a DukeEngage advisory board meeting. Musil traveled to Bloomington, IN, May 18–21 to present the keynote address, “Bringing the World Home: Social Responsibility in a Global Context,” at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI) Global Summer Institute, where she also gave a presentation titled “High Octane Global Learning: Braiding Overlapping Learning Outcomes through High-Impact Practices.” On June 6, Musil led a session called “A Crucible Moment: Making Civic Learning and Engagement Expected for Every Student” at the American Democracy Project AASCU meeting. Musil traveled to Berkeley, CA, on June 6 and 7 to attend the National Writing Project Board Meeting, and on June 9 she attended the external Advisory Board Meeting of the University of Maryland National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence.