AAC&U News: December 2015

On the Road with AAC&U, December 2015

On November 19, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, traveled to Indianapolis, IN, to speak alongside Anthony Carnevale, research professor and director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, at the opening plenary session for Lumina Foundation’s “10 Years to Goal 2025: A Symposium on Focus, Commitment, and Urgency.” On the morning of December 14, she will speak in Washington, DC, at a workshop on “Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies in Higher Education,” sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences; that evening, she will deliver a keynote address at another workshop, focused on “Quality in the Undergraduate Experience,” sponsored by the National Academies.


Susan Albertine, AAC&U vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, traveled to Elon, North Carolina, on November 16 and 17 to serve as external reviewer for the Public Health Studies program at Elon University. On November 20, Albertine facilitated a discussion session on LEAP States and general education assessment to the provosts of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.


AAC&U Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement Debra Humphreys will present a plenary address on “Education for a Life of Purpose, Meaning, and Well-Being: The Questions to Ask, the Choices to Make” at Boston College on December 3.


Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U associate vice president in the office of diversity, equity, and student success, presented at the 2015 National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference on December 1 and 2 in Tampa, FL. The title of her presentation is “Asking the Right Questions—Strategic Planning for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” On December 17, McNair will travel to Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA, to lead a faculty professional workshop on designing and assessing research-based signature assignments.


Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, traveled to Phoenix, AZ, to attend the Community College Humanities Association national meeting, held November 4–6, and to attend a special Democracy Commitment convening with the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Musil also attended the final meeting of the National Science Foundation Gonzaga University ADVANCE project in Seattle, WA, on November 13–15, 2015; Musil is a member of the National Advisory Board for the project, which is designed to increase the professional advancement of women across race in STEM fields at twelve predominantly undergraduate institutions linked through a series of mentoring groups that are discipline specific and organized by professional advancement levels.

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