AAC&U News: August, 2014

News & Events, August 2014

Meetings and Institutes

AAC&U's 2015 Centennial Annual Meeting—Join Us to Celebrate 100 Years of Leadership for Liberal Education

AAC&U will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2015, and we warmly invite your participation in the 2015 Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will be held in Washington, DC, January 21–24, 2015. The Annual Meeting will explore higher education’s role in engaging students with the world’s urgent problems and, ultimately, in helping to create a more just and sustainable global future.  We will explore the kinds of learning—combining high touch and high tech—that Americans need now from postsecondary education.  The Annual Meeting will feature a special Centennial Symposium on January 21—“America's Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?”—and the Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios, which will be held all day on Saturday, January 24.  Annual Meeting registration opens on September 15.                  

Register Now for AAC&U's Conference on Global Learning

AAC&U invites you to attend the conference Global Learning In College: Cross-Cutting Capacities for Twenty-First-Century Students. Join with colleagues to discuss what we expect a global learner to be able to do in practice; develop educational designs for global learning that align with that vision; and consider the kinds of evidence we have—and the kinds of evidence and resources we need—to effectively help all students become global learners.

Register by September 2 for best rates.

Submit Proposals for AAC&U's Conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success

Creating campus climates and educational practices that evolve with today’s increasingly diverse cohort of students requires an institution-wide commitment to addressing diversity, equity, learning, and student success as core values with measurable goals. AAC&U's conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence will address these issues and more. Submit proposals that address the ways colleges and universities are making diversity and inclusive excellence an institutional value system, providing high-quality learning for all students.

Proposals are due September 8.


LEAP Presidents' Trust Member David P. Angel Seeks to Define 'Liberal Education 2.0'

LEAP Presidents' Trust Member and Clark University President David P. Angel was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “On Leadership” online video series. President Angel noted that “blending a traditional liberal arts education with practical real-world projects can make students more valuable contributors to the organizations they will work for when they graduate.” Learn more about developing blended approaches and employer partnerships at www.aacu.org/leap/presidentstrust/compact/

PKAL—Undergraduate STEM Education News

Twenty Institutions Selected to Participate in New Initiative "Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM" (TIDES)

AAC&U has announced the twenty institutions selected for the initiative TIDES—Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM. The initiative will support curriculum and faculty development activities to develop models for broader institutional change and to advance evidence-based and culturally competent teaching in STEM fields, particularly in the computer and information science domains. Of the twenty institutions selected, fourteen are full awardees, five received honorable mentions, and one institution is designated as noteworthy. The fourteen full awardees will each receive up to $300,000 for projects completed over the next three years. The TIDES initiative is funded with a $4.9 million grant to AAC&U from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Over the next three years of the initiative, TIDES and its awardee institutions will provide STEM faculty with opportunities to become proficient in incorporating culturally sensitive pedagogies into STEM courses, develop interdisciplinary courses, and engage in course implementation that is grounded in culturally sensitive evidence-based pedagogies. The initiative is led by Kelly Mack, vice president for undergraduate STEM education at AAC&U and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network News

AAC&U Cohosts International Forum on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

As a member of the Steering Committee for the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy, AAC&U partnered with the Council of Europe, the European Wergeland Centre, and the European Students’ Union to host the fourth global forum on “Higher Education for Democratic Innovation,” held June 25–27, 2014, at Queen’s University, Belfast—a research university in Northern Ireland that is deeply involved in campus/community partnerships.  AAC&U member presidents and representatives comprised over a quarter of the attendees, which as a whole represented eighteen different countries. Plenary sessions and small group discussions focused on such issues as the role of higher education in cities fractured by conflict and stratification; ways to create more inclusive, democratic universities and colleges; the challenges and opportunities for making education for democracy more central to the academy; and the implications of new technologies for higher education’s democratic mission. For further details, see the conference web page.

New Online Resources to Foster Interfaith Cooperation in the Classroom

The Interfaith Youth Core provides a variety of downloadable teaching modules and tools to help faculty and staff and administrators to both foster and assess interfaith cooperation in the classroom and on campus.

Fall Conferences on Civic Learning on Campus and in the Community

National conferences this fall hosted by members of the CLDE Action Network will offer sessions on Civic Professionalism and Citizenship, Democracy, and Education and will bring together representatives of anchor institutions across sectors and industries to improve the ways in which colleges, universities, health care institutions, community foundations, government, and other institutions collaboratively strengthen their neighborhoods, municipalities, and regions. Regional conferences this fall address the civic mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, global civic engagement, and civic leadership.

The Interfaith Youth Core, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, The Democracy Commitment, Imagining America, the Anchor Institutions Task Force, and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education are all members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations that is coordinated by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and supports efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college.

Project News

Sixty-Eight Institutions in Nine States to Pilot New Approach to Learning Outcomes Assessment

AAC&U and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) have announced the sixty-eight institutions—including both two-year and four-year institutions—participating in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC), supported in its initial planning year with funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nine states currently participating in the MSC include Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah; see the full list of participating institutions. As part of AAC&U's ongoing VALUE initiative, the sixty-eight institutions in the MSC will pilot test a cross-state and cross-institutional effort to document how well students are achieving key learning outcomes like quantitative reasoning, written communication, and critical thinking by assessing authentic student work products using a set of common rubrics. 

New Project to Engage Minority-Serving Institutions In Research about Impact of HIPs on Underserved Student Achievemen

AAC&U has received a grant from TG Philanthropy to expand AAC&U’s ongoing work to make excellence inclusive and ensure that all college students—including, in particular, those attending minority-serving institutions—benefit from proven high-impact educational practices. Part of AAC&U’s ongoing Making Excellence Inclusive initiative, the project, “Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” will examine the degree to which greater faculty intentionality in clearly articulating expectations for student learning and implementing more problem-centered instructional strategies can help to deepen student learning and increase student success. Read the press release or see the project web page for more information.

Other AAC&U News

AAC&U Joins Multi-State Coalition in Support of Common Core Standards

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has joined Higher Education for Higher Standards to publicly advocate for the implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, in K-12 schools.  This collaboration aims to mobilize college leaders to participate in the public debates about the standards, addressing the role that these standards play in helping today's students better prepare for success in college, life, and work.  AAC&U has consistently called for colleges and universities to ensure that today's college students achieve a broader set of learning outcomes to ensure that they are ready to succeed in a complex global society. If students are to achieve these Essential Learning Outcomes, they must arrive at college better prepared for the kinds of inquiry-based learning and collaborative problem-solving that define high-quality learning in the twenty-first century.  The Common Core Standards will not accomplish this goal by themselves, but implementing them effectively and in a coordinated way across states is an important step in the right direction, AAC&U affirms. Read the full press release for more information.

Submit Nominations for the 2015 Ernest L. Boyer Award

The Ernest L. Boyer Award is given by the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) every year to recognize an individual whose achievements in higher education exemplify Boyer’s quest for connecting theory to practice and thought to action, in and out of the classroom. The winner will be announced at AAC&U’s annual meeting in January 2015. AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider is a former recipient of the award. Nominations are due by September 16, 2014. For instructions on how to submit a nomination, visit the NAC&U website.

AAC&U's Dolinsky and McCambly Co-Lead August 6 Webinar on LGBTQ Student Success

AAC&U's Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly will co-lead an August 6 webinar titled “Understanding LGBTQ Student Success: A Toolkit for Expanding Campus Practice.” This webinar is being sponsored by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.  The webinar will be on Wednesday, August 6, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. (EDT). The cost for the webinar is $199. In this webinar, panelists will discuss literature on student success—which includes best practices for supporting first-generation, racial or ethnic minority, and low-income students—to identify ways to better serve LGBTQ students. They will also broaden the notion of what it means to be underserved in US higher education and provide a toolkit to help educators and practitioners address issues relevant to LGBTQ student success. Click here to register for this webinar.

Submit Nominations by October 1 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes 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 doctorate-level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the master's is the terminal degree, such as art or music, are also eligible. Nominees must hold student status in January 2015. Award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in January 2015. See the Cross Award Web page for a list of previous recipients.

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