On the Road with AAC&U, May 2016
On May 4, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, spoke with the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) at their annual meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. On May 18, she will travel to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to deliver a keynote address, “Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Scholarship in Higher Education,” at the institution’s “Future of Diversity Research—A Diversity Scholars Network Conference.”
Tia Brown McNair, vice president of AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, delivered the keynote address, “Making Excellence Inclusive: A Quality Framework for Student Learning and Success,” for the Associated Colleges of Illinois Student Engagement Conference, hosted by Augustana College in Moline, Illinois, on April 4. At the Research and Planning Conference of the California Community Colleges held in San Diego, California, on April 6–8, McNair presented a plenary on “Equity-Driven Guided Learning Pathways for Student Success” and led a workshop on “AAC&U’s LEAP Initiative and VALUE Rubrics: An Evidence-Based Quality Framework for Student Success.” On April 20, McNair spoke on equity and learning outcomes during a faculty meeting at The Evergreen State College's Washington Center, a national resource center for learning communities in Olympia, Washington. Visiting Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, from April 25 to 27, she facilitated workshops on inclusive excellence and general education and delivered a presentation on “Adams Outcomes: Designing Pathways for Student Success.”
On April 18 and 19, Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director of global learning and curricular change, gave an invited presentation, “Characteristics, Skills, and Practices that Lead to International Research Success for Undergraduate Students,” at the International Mentoring Symposium: Mentoring Students for Placement in an International Setting and Engaging Mentors in STEM, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and held at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. On May 2, Whitehead facilitated a workshop for faculty grant recipients of the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Susan Albertine, AAC&U senior scholar and director of the LEAP States initiative, traveled to the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, on April 12 for “The Emergence of LEAP State Georgia: A Conference for LEAP Champions.” Albertine facilitated a keynote discussion titled “What Does It Mean for a State to LEAP?” Participants from colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia as well as private institutions attended the conference. On April 16, Albertine traveled to Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado, for the thirty-third Faculty-to-Faculty Conference, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Albertine facilitated a discussion titled “General Education Assessment, Rubrics, and the Larger Picture.”
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended a public forum hosted as part of AAC&U and the Democracy Commitment’s Citizenship Under Siege project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through its Humanities in the Public Square program. The forum, “Income Inequality and Citizenship,” was hosted by Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, and took place on April 1 and 2. From April 10 to 12, Musil attended Oregon State University’s National Science Foundation Advance Project meeting in Corvallis, Oregon, as a member of the project’s external advisory council. Musil then traveled to Randolf, New Jersey, for a second Citizenship Under Siege public forum, “Rights, Privileges and Citizenship: The Argument for Woman Suffrage,” hosted by County College of Morris on April 21.