AAC&U News, October 2019
On the Road

September/October 2019

AAC&U Vice President Ashley Finley (far right in left photo) poses with fellow panelists at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s Annual Conference. AAC&U Board Chair Carol Leary (left in right photo) and AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella (second from left) met Seth Meyers (center) at his show in New York.

Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, served as a panelist on “How to Promote Student Success” with Connecticut College president and AAC&U board member Katherine Bergeron and Council of Independent Colleges president Rich Ekman at the Times Higher Education US Student Success Forum held at the New York Institute of Technology on September 5. While there, she and AAC&U board chair Carol Leary were in the audience of Good Morning America to support the Serious Fun Network, which provides services to children with life-limiting illnesses. From September 9 to 12, Pasquerella was on the campus of Mills College in Oakland, California, chairing the WSCUC accreditation visit. On September 17, she discussed insights from a piece written for the Harvard Business Review on the findings from AAC&U’s latest round of employer surveys at the Harvard Club of New York City. President Pasquerella attended the board meeting of Sweet Briar College from September 26 to 29. On October 2, she presented at the American Council on Education Forum on College Unbound in Washington, DC.  

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president of strategic planning and partnerships, was a panelist for a session titled “Mobilizing the Next Generation for Civic Engagement” at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s Annual Conference on September 10 in Chicago. She attended the “Ensuring Students are Learning” project meeting with Tia Brown McNair in Austin, Texas, on September 24. Finley delivered the keynote address, “Seeking Meaning Beyond Compliance: Leveraging Assessment to Communicate Institutional Value,” for the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference on October 1 in San Antonio.

On September 9, Andrew Flagel, vice president for advancement and member engagement, wrote an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed on “Surviving the College Tours” as a parent. On September 27, he spoke on a panel at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling national conference on “Navigating the New Anti-Semitism on Campus.” He discussed the latest research, trends, and best practices on how to advise and prepare families as they navigate the new anti-Semitism on campus.

Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote address on “Becoming a Student-Ready Campus” and facilitated discussions with campus stakeholders about Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on September 11. On September 12, McNair delivered a keynote and facilitated discussions on “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at Marion Technical College in Marion, Ohio. On September 13, McNair delivered a keynote and facilitated a workshop titled “Becoming Student-Ready by Designing Equitable Pathways for Student Success” at Columbus State University during the Ohio Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Leadership Institute in Columbus, Ohio. From September 16 to 17, McNair facilitated two workshops on “High-Impact Practices and Becoming a Student-Ready University” at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. On September 20, she delivered a keynote address on frameworks for equity and inclusion during Pratt Institute’s 2019 Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning in Brooklyn, New York. On September 24, McNair attended the “Ensuring Students are Learning” meeting for AAC&U’s grant, “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning, in Austin, Texas. On September 26, McNair participated in a opening panel discussion titled “Teaching and Learning in the Context of Guided Pathways” at the American Association of Community Colleges Teaching and Learning Institute on “Ensuring Students are Learning and Progressing Along the Pathway” in New Orleans. On October 2, McNair delivered a keynote and facilitated a workshop on transfer and social justice at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, OH.

Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment and executive director of VALUE, attended a meeting entitled “Quality and Equity in the New Credentialing Landscape” put on by the Lumina Foundation in Dallas, Texas, from September 11 to 12. On October 1, he spoke on a panel of experts at the LEARN workshop titled “E-Portfolios, Reflections, Stories and the Entrepreneurial Mindset.” He gave a talk, “ePortoflios as Measures of Growth,” in which explored how institutions can leverage VALUE rubrics to assess portfolios or measure entrepreneurial mindset growth.

From September 17 to 18, Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the office of campus, community, and careers, participated in a convening on intercultural learning at Purdue University’s Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research in West Lafayette, Indiana. On September 19 and 20, she facilitated workshops for faculty in Purdue’s College of Education on “Internationalization in the College of Education: Our Educational and Ethical Imperative”; for teacher education students and Iowa City teachers on “MythBusters International Education Style”; and for 120 Iowa City high school students on “Global Education and the Seal of Biliteracy: What’s at the Heart of the Matter?”

Kate McConnell, assistant vice president for research and assessment, facilitated a two-date workshop on “Tips and Tricks for Using the VALUE Rubrics” and “VALUE Scorer Calibration Training” from September 12 to 13 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. On September 20, she participated in the VALUE Institute kickoff meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. On September 27, she served as a keynote and workshop facilitator on VALUE at the Thomas Nelson Community College Annual Assessment Academy in Hampton, Virginia.

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Caryn Musil and Jonathan Algers,
president of James Madison University.

On September 10, Caryn McTighe Musilsenior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended a National Press Club dialogue, “Rising to the Challenge: Higher Education and Democracy,” inspired by the findings of a recent publication, Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship in Higher Education: Reclaiming Our Civic Purpose, edited by William V. Flores and Katrina S. Rogers. From September 20 to 21, Musil made welcoming remarks and attended the “Debate for Civic Learning Institute” held at James Madison University (JMU) and sponsored by JMU, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The two-day meeting focused on “integrating debate pedagogy into course curriculum design and institutional programming for civic learning.”



From September 20 to 21, BTtoP Director David Scobey took part in a presidential forum on “The College and the Community” at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The conference brought together national leaders in higher education, social innovation, and community impact to discuss academic-community partnerships and the role higher education institutions and their students have on community development.

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