On the Road with AAC&U, October 2016
On September 23, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, traveled to Kennebunkport, Maine, to speak with the Board of Trustees of the Governor’s Academy on creating pathways for liberal education. On the same day, she delivered a public address, “Welders, Philosophers, and the Public Good: Responding to the Attack on Liberal Education,” at the Salisbury Forum at the Salisbury School in Connecticut.
Terrel Rhodes, vice president of AAC&U’s Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, presented at the Missouri Multi-State Collaborative fall training in Johnson City, Missouri, on September 9. Rhodes led an interactive workshop for faculty regarding learning outcomes and enhancing student learning for all students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 16. On September 19, he traveled to the Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning to present on VALUE Rubrics.
On September 3, Tia Brown McNair, vice president of AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, presented a plenary lecture titled “The Impact of Engagement in High-Impact Practices” at the thirty-fifth Annual Conference of the Council for Opportunity in Education in Sacramento, California. On September 6 and 7, McNair presented a keynote address titled “Assessment and Beyond: Connecting High-Impact Practices with Applied Learning Outcomes” during the State University of New York at Geneseo’s ASSESStivus program, a venue for discussing assessment techniques that promote continuous improvement. From September 19 to 21, she led a faculty workshop on “The LEAP Challenge: Integrating High-Impact Practices into Undergraduate Teaching” and presented on “Equity, Inclusion, and Excellence: Evidence-Based Practices for Student Success” at Mills College in Oakland, California. From September 22 to 23, McNair facilitated several workshops on LEAP and Inclusive Excellence for faculty and staff at Indiana State University. On September 27, she presented a keynote session titled “Making Excellence through Experiential Learning: Intentionality, Innovation, and Implementation” at the 45th National Society for Experiential Education National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. On October 4, she presented on a panel during the Association of Community College Trustees Invitational Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Susan Albertine, senior scholar and director, LEAP States, traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 16 to deliver a keynote address titled “Writing for Lives Our Students Will Live” at the “Writing Pathways to Disciplinary Learning” conference, sponsored by Indiana University. The conference drew faculty from several Indiana University campuses, from Ivy Tech Community College, and from public schools.
On September 1, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, presented in a roundtable session, “Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines in the 21st Century,” at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From October 2 to 4 she visited IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France, as a member of the Council of Academic Advisors; the meeting focused on undergraduate research and student wellness.
Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, delivered a keynote address at the Second Annual Mellon Global Citizenship Summit for thirty-six universities representing Appalachian College Association members and historically black colleges and universities in Kingsport, Tennessee, on September 30.
Kate McConnell, senior director for research and assessment, conducted a seminar with graduate students and faculty at James Madison University’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on September 23. The seminar, on "Current Priorities, Future Directions for Assessment," was a discussion of AAC&U's role in advancing the broader conversation about quality and equity in higher education, the role assessment and data play in that conversation, and future opportunities for those considering assessment and evaluation as a career path.