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Register now for Fall Conferences on Diversity, Learning, and Inclusive Excellence and Undergraduate Research

Plan to attend AAC&U's fall working conferences, which are collaboratively designed and led by experienced practitioners, and draw from AAC&U 's member campuses and projects. Facing the Divides: Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence, held October 21-23, 2010, in Houston, Texas, will focus on the pragmatic ways in which college and university leaders are fostering inclusive learning environments. The keynote speaker will be Annette Gordon-Reed, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and author of The Hemingses of Monticello. Register by September 27 for the best meeting rates. Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines, held November 11-13, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina, will showcase promising models of undergraduate research across the curriculum and cocurriculum, as well as help participants address issues related to the sustainability and evolution of this veteran practice. The keynote speaker will be Nancy Hensel, executive director of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Register by October 18 for the best rates.


Proposals Due August 31 for Engaged STEM Learning Meeting

Submit proposals by August 31 for conference sessions at AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal meeting, Engaged STEM Learning: From Promising to Pervasive Practices. The meeting, planned in partnership with Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), will be held March 24-26, 2011, in Miami, Florida, and will help campuses adapt, scale up, and sustain effective practices in STEM teaching and learning. The conference is designed for participants who wish to develop faculty and institutional leadership in STEM reform, broaden student participation and success in STEM fields, better assess engaged STEM learning in both the majors and general education, and connect the revitalization of STEM learning with ongoing campus work in Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP).  Details and the Call for Proposals are available online.


2011 Annual Meeting to Focus on Higher Education’s Global Positioning and Defining Student Success

AC&U’s Annual Meeting—“Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees”—will be held January 26-29, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, California. The meeting will showcase examples from institutions that are staking claim to new global positions and creating opportunities for students to find their own global identities by focusing with renewed intensity on aims, learning outcomes and assessments, curriculum designs, and progressively more challenging learning to develop students’ global capabilities. The Pre-meeting Symposium, “Integrating the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities: Global Challenges and the Intentional Curriculum,” is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26. Visit the Annual Meeting Web page for hotel and registration information. Online registration will be available September 14.


Presidents' Trust Members Gather to Discuss Building Civic Capacity for Today’s College Students

More than two dozen college and university presidents gathered June 28 at American University in Washington, DC, for a summer convening of the LEAP Presidents’ Trust. Discussions focused on the critical role of higher education in building civic capacity of students and institutions. Participants also discussed the contexts for—and challenges of—educating students who are informed about the world in which they live, engaged in their communities, and globally knowledgeable. Several guests joined in the discussion, including Ira Harkavy, founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania; Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education; and LEAP National Leadership Council member Eric Liu, cofounder of the True Patriot Network.


PKAL News & Meetings

Register for Project Kaleidoscope National Colloquium on Leadership for Interdisciplinary STEM Learning

Register by September 10 for the Keck Foundation/PKAL "Transformative Change in STEM Education: Leadership for Advancing Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Learning" National Colloquium, to be held October 15-16, 2010, in Washington, DC. The Keck/PKAL National Colloquium is the conclusion and celebration of a three-year project, Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning, which has involved thirty diverse campus teams around the country in a conversation about what works and what needs to happen to better prepare students for interdisciplinary STEM thinking and doing. The National Colloquium is designed to engage participants, including members of Keck/PKAL project teams, in developing a strategic leadership action agenda to advance interdisciplinary STEM learning—for all students. For more information and to register, visit the colloquium Web page.


Project Highlights

Submit Proposals for New General Education for a Global Century Project

General Education for a Global Century is a curriculum and faculty development project of AAC&U’s Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility initiative and the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. The project is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. AAC&U invites colleges and universities across all sectors of higher education to submit applications for participation in General Education for a Global Century. We will select thirty colleges and universities through a nationwide, competitive application process to develop this national agenda and set the contours of the next generation of global learning, scientific literacy, and general education. Participating institutions will rethink the content and reimagine the designs of a globally engaged general education. The Call for Participation with complete application information is available online. The deadline to apply is September 15, and selections will be made by October 15.


Bringing Theory to Practice Project Sponsors Biennial Student Conference

BTtoP is calling for students, as well as accompanying faculty members and student affairs professionals, to come to Washington, DC, November 13-14, 2010, to attend the 2010 BTtoP biennial student conference, Recasting the “3 R’s” of Learning: From “Reading, WRiting & ARithmetic” to Reflection, Resiliency, Relationships and Responsibility. Students will have the opportunity to engage with their peers from across the country to explore the necessity of solidifying the partnership between traditional and transformational outcomes of higher education. For more information, or to refer this event to your students, please visit the conference Web page on the Project’s Web site.


Other AAC&U News

Nominations Accepted Until October 4 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards recognize graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. All doctoral-level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Nominees must hold student status in January 2011. Winners will attend and present at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco in January 2011. See the Cross Award Web page for more information, FAQs, and a list of previous winners.


Diversity & Democracy Explores Perspectives on Immigration and Higher Education

In a series of recent articles, the Chronicle of Higher Education has brought attention to undocumented students in colleges and universities. In case you missed it, a recent issue of AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy also examines this issue and the ways that immigration is transforming American higher education, and how higher education can transform the lives of new and established Americans. With a focus on questions of access and success at the crossroads between local and global, this issue's authors describe challenges facing American democracy as our demography shifts. Read the entire issue online.


Film Your Issue Contest, Cosponsored by AAC&U, Announces Winners

On June 26, winners were announced in the sixth annual Film Your Issue contest, an opportunity for young people to make films documenting the social and political issues most important to them. AAC&U and other organizations—including the American Red Cross, the NAACP, Project Citizen, and Human Rights Campaign—cosponsored the contest. The winning film, “While Women Weep,” was created by twenty-one-year-old Nikole Lim of El Sobrante, California, and focuses on the stigma surrounding rape in Kenya, where women and girls who have been raped are often rejected by their families and kicked out of school. To watch Nikole’s film, as well as those of the other winners, visit the Film Your Issue Web page.


Liberal Education Spring 2010 Cover  
Liberal Education
Liberal Education and Military Leadership
Peer Review Spring 2010  
Peer Review
Undergraduate Research
General Education & Liberal Learning  
General Education & Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice
Paul L. Gaston with J.E. Clark, A.S. Ferren, P. Maki, T.L. Rhodes, K.M. Schilling, and D. Smith

Network Meetings

Facing the Divides: Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence
October 21-23, 2010
Houston, Texas

Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery: Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines
November 11-13, 2010
Durham, North Carolina


Annual Meeting

Global Positioning
Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees

January 26-29, 2011
San Francisco, California

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