AAC&U News, March 2017

On the Road with AAC&U

On February 10, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, traveled to the University of Richmond to meet with college and university presidents and senior academic leaders from across the state of Virginia to discuss AAC&U’s upcoming priorities under a new strategic plan. On February 22–23, she traveled to the greater Phoenix area to meet with faculty and students at Arizona State University, Arizona State University at the West Campus, and Rio Salado College. 

Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president of diversity, equity, and student success, facilitated a workshop on February 3 on developing student-faculty collaborative research projects at Hostos Community College in New York City. On February 9–10, McNair participated in the California State University System’s academic conference in San Diego, during which she presented on “Committing to Equity, Quality, and Inclusive Excellence: Faculty as Leaders of Change.” On February 16–17, McNair participated in the 2017 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference, hosted by Oakland University in Detroit, Michigan, during which she presented a keynote address on “Advancing Equity and Inclusive Excellence to Become a Student-Ready College.” On February 23, McNair facilitated a plenary session titled “Engaging Faculty as Active Leaders of Change” during Achieving the Dream’s “DREAM 2017” Conference in San Francisco, California. On February 27–28, McNair delivered a lecture on inclusive excellence and met with faculty and college leaders at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. 

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative liberal learning and the global commons, served from February 29 to March 2 as a Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) evaluator on behalf of the reaccreditation team of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Terrel Rhodes, vice president of quality, curriculum, and assessment, spent February 7–8 at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, where he gave a workshop on “Students’ Soft Skills: Importance, Methods, and Assessment” and sat on a panel discussion. From February 27 to March 2, he traveled to Pacific University for a curriculum review workshop.

On February 7–8, Kate McConnell, senior director of research and assessment, led two workshops at Chattanooga State Community College: “Tips and Tricks for Using the VALUE Rubrics” and “More Than the Sum of Its Parts: A Holistic View of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.”

On February 18, Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, facilitated a session on program design and learning outcomes at the Internationalization Collaborative meeting of the American Council on Education and the Association of International Education Administrators in Washington, DC. Whitehead also facilitated a preconference workshop, Inclusive Excellence and Global Learning: Intersections between Internationalization and Diversity/Inclusion Initiatives to Advance Student Learning at the Association of International Education Administrators annual meeting in Washington, DC, from February 19 to 22. On February 27–28, she met with faculty and staff from the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and the University of Pittsburgh to discuss their efforts to internationalize the humanities curriculum of CCBC.

Susan Albertine, senior scholar and director of LEAP States, participated in the Second Committee Meeting on the “Integration of Education in the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the Arts and Humanities,” held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC, February 89. She traveled to Osaka, Japan, February 1118, for meetings at Osaka University on a project to re-envision college admissions. On February 15, Albertine offered a seminar for Osaka University faculty titled “Elements of Effective Program Assessment: It's All in the Planning.” On February 20, Albertine traveled to Dallas, Texas, to make a keynote presentation to the 4th Annual LEAP Texas Forum. The session was titled “LEAP States: Promise and Challenge.”

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