On the Road with AAC&U: March 2014
AAC&U officers and staff regularly travel throughout the country, and occasionally the world, to speak and consult at AAC&U member schools through seminars, institutes, and workshops as well as in more informal gatherings. AAC&U staff also regularly speak on the value of liberal education at various media and public affairs events. These meetings are an opportunity for the membership to influence the direction of AAC&U's initiatives. We look forward to seeing you the next time we are on your campus.
On February 17, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, spoke in Austin, TX, on the opening panel of a day-long symposium on the purposes of higher education in the twenty-first century, sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On February 20, she delivered an address on making the case—and mapping the pathways— for research at a Council for Undergraduate Research Dialogue in Arlington, VA. On March 21, she will speak in Ann Arbor, MI, about engaging difference and re-imagining learning at a Provost's Seminar at the University of Michigan.
AAC&U Senior Director for Student Success Tia Brown McNair will give the keynote address at the Eighth Annual Assessment Summit at the University of Michigan–Flint on March 14. The theme of this year's summit is Assessing High-Impact Practices for Equity.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Susan Albertine traveled with AAC&U Senior Fellow Jean Mach (professor of English, College of San Mateo) to Hanceville, AL, on February 4–5 for a Developing a Community College Student Roadmap project site visit at partner institution Wallace State Community College. On February 6 and 7, Albertine completed a second site visit at the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, TX. She then traveled to California on February 14 to represent AAC&U at a number of events. Albertine attended the National Research Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Annual Conference as an invited Advisory Board participant in San Diego, February 15–17. Afterwards, she attended the Academic and Student Success Programs of the California State Universities meeting as an invited participant. On February 20, Albertine met with alumni from the Give Students a Compass project who continue the project as Compass II, and on February 21, Albertine keynoted at the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges' Academic Academy (February 21–22) in Napa, CA.
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, traveled to Pittsburgh, PA, on February 7 to present at the Allegheny College Board of Trustees meeting. On February 16, she co-led a workshop, "Leadership for Global Learning: Getting the Gears Aligned," with Kevin Hovland, senior director of global learning and curricular change, at the Association of International Education Administrators annual conference in Washington, DC.
Ashley Finley, senior director of assessment and research, traveled to Dominican University of California on January 16 to lead a faculty retreat on assessment, titled "What's the Story? Connecting Learning, High-Impact Practices, and Assessment." In early February, Finley traveled to Dallas to work with the Dallas County Community College District on assessing the Texas Core Curriculum at their multi-campus assessment conference and then worked with El Centro Community College on using the VALUE rubrics for direct assessment. She then attended the Texas A&M Assessment Conference on February 16 to lead a workshop on assessing the Degree Qualifications Profile using the VALUE rubrics. Most recently, she visited Indiana State University on February 20 and 21 to lead a workshop at ISU's "Assess for Success Day," titled "What Do You Want to Know about Student Learning? Telling a Story that Matters."