AAC&U News: April 2015

On the Road with AAC&U, April 2015

On April 10, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, will travel to Meadville, PA, to deliver a keynote address, “Democracy and Opportunity:  How Liberal Education Can Foster Both,” at Allegheny College’s undergraduate conference on Voting Rights and Democratic Participation as part of the institution’s Bicentennial commemoration.

Kelly Mack, AAC&U vice president for undergraduate science education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope, served as a panel speaker on “Past, Present, and Future of Policies Affecting Women in Science,” as part of a New York Academy of Science's event, Policies that Influence Gender Balance in STEM, on March 24, 2015, in New York, NY.

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended the DukeEngage Community Partners Meeting March 3-4 in Durham, NC as a member of the DukeEngage Advisory Board and then gave the opening dinner address for the International Service Learning Summit held at Duke University March 4-6.  On March 17, Musil was the keynote speaker for Cleveland State University 50th Presidential Forum, “Preparing for a Twenty-First-Century Workforce through the Liberal Arts.”  That afternoon she led a faculty seminar, “Hands-On Experiential Pedagogies: Not Just for Pre-Professional Majors—and Not Just Internships.” 

AAC&U Senior Director for Student Success Tia Brown McNair traveled to Texas A&M University–San Antonio on April 7 to present on campus models for implementing high-impact practices. On April 23, McNair will deliver a keynote address titled “Ready Students? Or Student-Ready? A New Culture of Leadership For Student Success” at the 2015 WASC Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference in Oakland, California.

Ashley Finley, senior director of assessment and research, joined colleagues in Kansas City, MO, February 18–19 to train approximately 150 faculty members who volunteered to become national scorers for the AAC&U and SHEEO Multi-State Collaborative, Minnesota Collaborative, and Great Lakes Colleges Association projects. Following the training event, Finley traveled to the Texas A&M Assessment conference on Feb 22 and 23 to facilitate a workshop titled “‘We implemented the VALUE Rubrics! Now what?’ Getting to the Next Level with Direct Assessment” and participate in a panel discussion with Trudy Banta and Paul Gaston on current issues in higher education assessment.  

Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, was at the University of Michigan-Flint March 13 as part of the school’s annual Assessment of Student Learning Summit. He then traveled to Florida State University in Tallahassee March 18–19 to lead two VALUE rubric calibration sessions and provide background on the rubrics’ development and intended use. On March 24, Rhodes served on a panel called “Educational Innovations to Improve Learning Outcomes”, as part of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA.  

Susan Albertine, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, presented a plenary address to the Culture, Health, and Science (CHS) Program of the Five Colleges in Amherst, MA, March 5–6, with attendees from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Amherst College. Albertine also met with leadership of the CHS Program to discuss strategic directions.  On March 7–10, Albertine traveled to Boulder, CO, to serve as a facilitator for an assignment-design charrette for faculty from multiple institutions, organized by NILOA (National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment). Assignments selected for the project addressed Degree Qualifications Profile proficiencies. From March 14 to 18, Albertine traveled to Doha, Qatar, to discuss and present AAC&U’s work for general and liberal education, and learning outcomes and assessment, at Qatar University. On March 23, Albertine served as panelist for a plenary session titled “Framing the Future: Welcome to the Next 100 Years of Education in Public Health,” at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

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