AAC&U News: December 2014

On the Road with AAC&U, December 2014

On January 4, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, will travel to New York City to the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting.  She will speak on a panel, titled “The Democratization of Higher Education in the United States since World War II,” alongside Daniel Greenstein of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, Earl Lewis of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Maris Vinovskis of the University of Michigan.

Susan Albertine, vice president for diversity, equity and student success, traveled to San Antonio, TX, on November 13, to participate in a Developing a Community College Student Roadmap project meeting at the Alamo Colleges. On November 15, Albertine traveled to New Orleans for the 4th Annual Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit, an event jointly sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and AAC&U.  She offered a welcome on behalf of AAC&U and facilitated a concurrent session titled “Collaborative Approaches to Designing, Delivering, and Assessing Curricula.”

Terrel Rhodes, vice president of quality, curriculum, and assessment, traveled to SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY, on November 5 to serve as a panelist during the PLA Summit on the Global Learning Qualification Framework, where he spoke about AAC&U’s LEAP initiative and VALUE rubrics. On November 12 and 13 Rhodes was in Boulder, CO, for a Multi-State Collaborative steering committee meeting, at which he provided an overview of the scoring protocols for the VALUE project, and gave attendees an update on the new digital artifact database. He then led a workshop at Miami Dade College to provide a national context on general education before facilitating discussion and working through general education issues specific to the institution.

AAC&U Senior Director for Student Success Tia Brown McNair will travel to Boston, Massachusetts on December 9 and 10 for the 2014 NEASC Annual Meeting. McNair, along with Patricia A. Marshall, associate vice president for academic affairs of AAC&U member institution Worcester State University, and Elsa Núñez, president of Eastern Connecticut State University and member of AAC&U’s Board of Directors, will present on a panel titled “Achieving Equity in Student Outcomes.”

AAC&U Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement Debra Humphreys spoke about the benefits of liberal learning in Russia this month at the international conference "Intellectual Foundations of Modern Liberal Education." Humphreys discussed "Liberal Arts Education and Professional Success: Debunking Myths about What Employers Need and What the Economy Rewards."

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, traveled to Boston, MA, on November 14 to present the keynote address for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s statewide conference “Beyond Civics 101: Higher Education’s New Civic Mission.” Massachusetts is the first state to designate civic learning as an expected outcome for every college student who graduates from a public institution in the state. Musil’s talk was titled “Degrees of Civic Engagement: Higher Education’s Transformative Make-Over.”

Ashley Finley, senior director of assessment and research, joined leaders of the University of Wisconsin Flexible Degree Option Program for a “Lessons Learned” convening in Madison, WI, on October 7. She then traveled to St. Cloud State University on October 9 to talk with faculty and staff about the development of shared institutional learning and to facilitate a training workshop on use of the VALUE rubrics. On October 15, Finley traveled to Chicago for the IES Abroad Conference, where she joined colleagues from Wofford College in a workshop titled “Reflection and Learning: Methodology for Understanding the Student Experience Abroad.” She then co-facilitated a multi-campus project meeting on “Improving Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning” with AAC&U senior director for student success Tia McNair on October 20 and 21. On October 23, Finley visited Rhodes College to work with faculty colleagues from Rhodes, the College of the Holy Cross, Ursinus College, and Lawrence College on an inter-institutional Teagle project focused on learning outcomes within first-year gateway courses. At the end of October, Finley traveled to the University of Mary Washington to present a talk to faculty entitled, “What Should Students Know and Be Able to Do? Connecting Meaningful Assessment with Meaningful Questions.”


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