AAC&U News, January/February 2017

On the Road with AAC&U

On December 7, Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), moderated a panel, “The Role of Higher Education in Transformation and in Narrative Change,” at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s invitational “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation” summit in Carlsbad, California. On January 5, she spoke at the Women’s College Coalition dinner at the Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute in Orlando, Florida. On February 1, Pasquerella led a Phi Beta Kappa Committee on Qualifications team on a site visit to Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

Tia Brown McNair, vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, participated in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Invitational Summit in Carlsbad, California, on December 5–9. On December 14, McNair participated in the Competency-Based Education Quality Standard Workshop, hosted by Lumina Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois. On January 5–6, she presented a faculty workshop on “Closing the Equity Gap: Our Collective Responsibility” and led discussions on becoming a student-ready college with campus educators at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. On January 13, McNair facilitated a faculty development workshop on high-impact practices, including a discussion of signature assignments and rubric development at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.  On January 18, she led a faculty workshop on designing, implementing, and assessing high-impact undergraduate student and faculty collaborative research projects at Hostos Community College in New York City. On January 29–31, McNair presented and led several discussions with campus faculty and student leaders on becoming a student-ready university, high-impact practices, and racial healing at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, was invited by the Endeavor Foundation to present a portrait of the current state of civic learning at liberal arts colleges on January 17 in New York City.

Kate McConnell, senior director of research and assessment, facilitated an all-day workshop on December 3 about accreditation fundamentals with Susan Bosworth of the College of William and Mary and Joshua Brown of the University of Virginia at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She also led a workshop on signature assignments at the Community College of Rhode Island on January 11 and participated (along with Terrel Rhodes, Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment and Executive Director of VALUE) in the VALUE/Minnesota Collaborative project meeting held at Hamline University on January 12.

Susan Albertine, senior scholar and director of LEAP States, traveled to Bradley University on January 17 to deliver a keynote address titled “The Faculty We Want; The Faculty We Need” and to facilitate a planning session on gender equity for faculty.

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