2021 Summer Institutes Symposium

Improving and Accelerating Quality and Equity Initiatives at Scale

June 14, 2021

Virtual Learning Experience

This one-day symposium is designed to bring together teams consisting of state-level leaders and leaders from their campuses who aspire to bring high-impact practices, general education reform, increased equity, and/or meaningful assessment strategies to scale within and across institutions in their state. The symposium will highlight practices and approaches from diverse state contexts. The symposium is a stand-alone event, but it can also be seen as a companion to either AAC&U’s Institute on General Education and Assessment, which precedes the symposium, or AAC&U’s Institute on High Impact Practices and Student Success, which follows it. The symposium state teams will engage in planning activities to foster coordinated, cross-institutional collaboration in the service of improving and accelerating their quality and equity initiatives. In addition, those engaged in guided pathways projects and state student success center efforts will find this symposium essential to their work. Institute participation, although encouraged, is not required to participate in this symposium. Leaders and their members of broad-based consortia and associations are also welcome and encouraged to participate in this event.

Registration Rates



10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Lynn Pasquerella, President, AAC&U
  • Tia McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers, AAC&U
  • Eddie Watson, CIO and Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation, AAC&U

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Key Strategies to Improve Quality and Equity in Higher Education

  • Eddie Watson (Moderator), AAC&U
  • Melissa Bell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Tristan Denley, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, University System of Georgia
  • Jodi Fisler, Senior Associate for Assessment Policy and Analysis, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

11:30 – Noon

Cross-State Planning and Discussion Activity

Noon – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Systemic and Systematic HIPs Reform

  • Tia McNair (Moderator), AAC&U
  • Heidi Leming, Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Tennessee Board of Regents
  • Costas Spirou, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia College and State University
  • Jennifer Thorington Springer, Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Professor of English, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

State Leadership in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (Part One): the VALUE Approach

  • Jessica Chittum (Moderator), Director of Assessment and Pedagogical Innovation, AAC&U
  • Katie Shanahan, Director, General Education Assessment, University of Louisville
  • Bob Awkward, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Effectiveness, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Chris Duke, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Accreditation, Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness at San Jacinto College

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Accreditation Challenges and Opportunities

  • Eddie Watson (Moderator), AAC&U
  • Sonya Christian, President, Bakersfield College
  • Destiny Quintero, Director of Quality Services, Higher Learning Commission
  • Mac Powell, Senior Vice President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

State Leadership in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (Part Two): Faculty Development, OER, and the VALUE ADD Tool

  • Emily Magruder, Director, Institute for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Office of the Chancellor
  • Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, SUNY System Administration
  • Eddie Watson, AAC&U

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Next Steps & AAC&U’s New States Initiative

  • Tia McNair, AAC&U
  • Eddie Watson, AAC&U

For more information, please contact C. Edward Watson at [email protected].