2014 General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities

February 27, 2014 to March 1, 2014
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Conference Overview

General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities will examine how emerging disruptions in higher education are leading to positive opportunities for innovation in general education and assessment to improve the undergraduate experience for all students.

Questions to be addressed include: How can the increasing movement toward online learning lead to more effective uses of technology for all students with special emphasis on high-quality multi-modal learning for post-traditional and underserved students? How can higher education move from monitoring seat time as a measure of achievement to assessing outcomes as measures of success, particularly as new modes of learning are taking students out of seats and into communities?  How are institutions promoting collaboration across campus among faculty and other educational professionals to align quality improvement efforts, especially as campuses have grown more reliant on adjunct faculty and less reliant upon additional resources?

The meeting will explore how individual programs, campuses, consortia, and collaboratives have been working to create new opportunities for student learning throughout general education. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss innovations that go beyond a single program or campus, pedagogy or practice, and that show how tenure-track and contingent faculty, other educational professionals, community partners, and students are developing expanded paradigms for learning that matter for students, the workforce and communities both local and global.

In short, we invite you to attend to share and learn from creative endeavors being developed across campuses to address persistent challenges to student learning in general education and the assessment of authentic student work. The program will embody the collective energy and optimism within and among our institutions to seize opportunities to collaborate and advance quality in the midst of these disruptions.

Please join colleagues from across the country to re-envision new opportunities in general education and assessment through discussions about:

  • Collaborating for Quality: From my work to our work – collaborating across campus divisions, institutions, schools, and communities
  • Aligning Assessment: Connecting assessment efforts across the institution(or institutions) to focus and scale improvement efforts
  • Intentional learning: From cornerstone to capstone; faculty development (including contingent faculty); high-impact practices; integrating general education, majors, work, and students' lives
  • Strategies for Engaging Change – Transparency, communication, resource mapping, building inter-institutional networks  


Please contact the Development Office at (202) 884-7421 or e-mail Development@aacu.org for information about sponsorship opportunities for this conference.