On the Road with AAC&U, October 2015
On September 23, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, moderated a plenary panel, “Veteranos y Up & Comers: Examining the Faculty Role for Latino Student Success,” at Excelencia in Education’s Accelerating Latino Student Success workshop in Washington, DC. On October 1, she traveled to Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts to speak with trustees, faculty, elected student government, and various other campus groups about the importance of liberal education. On October 7 and 8, she will attend a US Education Learning Forum at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and on October 11 and 12, she will participate in inaugural activities for the new campus of Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
On October 8 and 9, AAC&U Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement Debra Humphreys will conduct faculty focus groups at Shenandoah University on priorities for general education reform. On October 12, she will deliver a plenary presentation on “Professional Competencies in a Globalized Economy” at a conference on Understanding Global Professional Competencies at Brigham Young University. She will present on a panel discussion at Temple University in Philadelphia on October 15 on the topic of “The Value of the Liberal Arts.” She will also be the keynote presenter on October 26 at the University of Montana conference “Defining a 21st-Century Education for a Vibrant Democracy.”
AAC&U Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change Dawn Michele Whitehead traveled to Towson, MD, on September 25, to be a featured speaker presenting on “Attaining Inclusive Excellence: Guided by an Equity-Minded Framework” at the conference “Admission: The Road to Higher Education for All,” which AAC&U cosponsored at Goucher College. On October 25 through 27, Whitehead will present on the Global Learning VALUE Rubric at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U associate vice president in the office of diversity, equity, and student success, will participate on a panel at an event for federal education policy partners hosted by Lumina Foundation at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on October 14. She also will deliver the plenary address and lead working group sessions with faculty at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY, on October 22 and 23 for a Mini-Institute on Integrative Liberal Arts Education. On October 26, McNair will participate in the C4 Consortium at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV, engaging teams in conversation on curricular coherence and change. On October 28 to 30, McNair will deliver the keynote speech and lead a faculty workshop for Albany State University’s National Undergraduate Research Week in Albany, GA.
Susan Albertine, AAC&U vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, attended the inauguration ceremony for Chancellor Beverly Kopper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater, WI, on September 11. Albertine was an invited attendee at the National Academies STEM Workforce Summit, September 21–22, in Washington, DC. On September 25, Albertine received the 2015 Joseph Katz award and delivered a plenary speech titled “Liberating General Education” at the annual meeting of the Association for General and Liberal Studies in Milwaukee, WI.
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, participated in the opening plenary panel, “Scaffolding Signature Work and Deepening Democratic Engagement” and facilitated other sessions at the Bonner Foundation Provosts’ conference, “Signature Work,” at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, September 21–23. On September 25 and 26, she attended the National Endowment for the Humanities 50th Anniversary Symposium at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. Musil also marched as an AAC&U representative in the October 2 inauguration of MaryAnn Baenninger, Drew University’s first woman president, and served as a panelist in the college’s Academic Symposium on “Organic Community: Universities, Cities, and Diversity” in Madison, NJ.