Educating for Democracy
2022 Annual Meeting
Join us in DC and Online
Drawing on the capacity for innovation demonstrated across higher education during the pandemic, the 2022 Annual Meeting will showcase and examine new models, practices, and solutions aimed at reinvigorating liberal education in service to democracy.
Educating for Democracy
The long-awaited reopening of economies and societies—and campuses—in the aftermath of the pandemic brings with it an elated expectation of restoration and recovery: the return to normal. Yet while many of the immediate challenges COVID-19 created for colleges and universities may now begin to recede, the pandemic turned a powerful spotlight on existing challenges that had for too long been left unresolved. Particularly with respect to equity, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated and deepened trends already undermining the democratic role of higher education. Democracy requires a form of higher education that is both accessible and affordable, that is not structured by racism, and that is valued because it produces graduates who are socially and economically mobile as well as practiced in the arts of democracy and civic life.
The 2022 Annual Meeting will bring together a broad and diverse community of educators not to look back to an idealized pre-pandemic normal but to look resolutely forward. The meeting program will provide a clear-eyed assessment of the obstacles that remain on the path to a liberal education for many students today. And, finding confidence in the capacity for innovation demonstrated across higher education during the pandemic, it will also showcase and examine new models, practices, and solutions aimed at removing those obstacles and reinvigorating liberal education in service to democracy.
A Hybrid Meeting
AAC&U is looking forward to gathering in person for the 2022 Annual Meeting. While we hope to see many of you in Washington, DC, we will also offer a virtual component for those unable to join us in person.
The plenary sessions and some concurrent sessions will be live-streamed. All conference participants will be able to view recordings of the virtual sessions after the meeting. The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will be an entirely virtual event and will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022.
All in-person attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. Please see the Health & Safety page for more detailed information.
Annual Meeting Highlights
Political polarization, partisanship, and disinformation are undermining democracy around the world. The symposium will provide opportunities for campus stakeholders to discuss how higher education should respond.
Marjorie Hass, President, Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is former President of Rhodes College and is former chair of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.