AAC&U News: January/February 2016

On the Road with AAC&U, January/February 2016

On January 13, AAC&U Senior Vice President Debra Humphreys presented a keynote address, “General Education Today: Toward Inclusive Excellence and Student Success in an Innovation-Driven Global Society,” at a statewide summit on general education in Albuquerque, NM. She traveled to California State University, San Luis Obispo on January 29 and 30 to be part of a team doing a general education program review, followed by a presentation at a Williams College event in Los Angeles, CA, on January 31. Humphreys also attended the Lumina Foundation convening, “It Is All About Learning,” in Indianapolis, February 2–3. She will do a consultation and presentation on “Building Curricular and Co-Curricular Pathways to ‘T’ Competencies” at the Rochester Institute of Technology on February 9. On February 12, Humphreys will deliver a presentation on “Liberal Education and Professional Success: Aligning Curricular and Cocurricular Practices with Outcomes that Matter” at a Morningside College Board of Directors meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. 


Susan Albertine, senior scholar and former vice president for AAC&U, served on the steering committee for and facilitated discussion at the National Academies of Science Workshop on the Integration of the Humanities & Arts with Science, Engineering, and Medicine on December 2 in Washington, DC.  On December 14, Albertine was an invited participant in the National Academies “Quality in Undergraduate Education Summit.” On January 27, Albertine traveled to Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, to make a keynote presentation titled “Liberal Arts and Liberal Education for a Global Century.”


Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, presented a session on high-impact practices through problem-centered learning at the University of Montevallo’s Faculty Development Institute on January 8. On January 29, she delivered the keynote address on equity focused guided learning pathways for a faculty in-service event at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, WI.


 Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended the DukeEngage Advisory Board meeting at Duke University in Durham, NC, from December 2–3. Musil travelled to Boston, MA, to attend a Campus Compact working meeting on January 6–7 to discuss the feasibility of adopting a credentialing program for community engagement professionals.


Senior Director of Research and Assessment Kate McConnell provided an overview of the current VALUE projects, including the Multi-State Collaborative, to the 2015 Virginia Regional Accreditation Symposium on November 18 in Richmond, Virginia. On December 5, she co-facilitated an “Assessment Fundamentals” workshop at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ 2015 Annual Meeting.


AAC&U Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment Terrel Rhodes traveled to Ewing, NJ, for a site visit at The College of New Jersey on December 1 and 2 as part of his responsibilities as an external reviewer for the school’s general education program. On December 3, Rhodes was in Columbus, OH, to co-facilitate, with AAC&U Senior Director of Research and Assessment Kate McConnell, a project meeting of the Great Lakes Colleges Association VALUE Collaborative. Rhodes was in Columbia, MO, on December 4 to lead a workshop on the VALUE rubrics and assignment design at the Missouri Department of Higher Education fall faculty conference. Rhodes, a member of the Stella and Charles Guttman College Advisory & Research Council, attended a council meeting in New York, NY on December 11.

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