2015 General Education and Assessment: Conference Highlights


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: General Education for the New Face of America

LESLIE E. WONG, President, San Francisco State University

America's evolving new demographic face is present on many campuses. This new generation is more race and class sensitive, wise to street-culture, and active within their communities both real and virtual. Their college expectations will challenge us to craft educational experiences that resonate with this
different awareness. Their spin on what is relevant and useful offers colleges and universities a creative moment, especially with general education  content. We shouldn't misjudge this moment.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 8:15 – 9:15 A.M.

PLENARY: Very Secret Diaries of a General Education Reform Team

LORI J. CARRELL, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development, University of Minnesota Rochester

Want reform? Wondering how to make it happen? Concerned about departments or faculty members who might...resist? Sneak into this session and be sure you are not followed. A team of general education reformers and implementers at a regional, comprehensive university recorded their secrets in a journal and locked it away. Recently, one defector from that team has bravely decided to go public. That courageous defector will disclose entries revealing practical secrets such as how to build faculty senate consensus around a LEAP-inspired reform, how to create hundreds of new courses infused with high-impact practices, how to engage community partners and alumni, and how to transform higher education.
(Following the presentation, your silence about these secrets is expected.)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 9:45 – 10:45 A.M. AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 8:30-9:30 A.M.

Affinity Group Discussions

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated affinity group discussions on the topic of primary interest to them. These topics will include the five conference themes: conceptualizing general education; designing general education; garnering support and approval for a new general education program; implementing a new general education program; and assessing general education—as well as five additional themes identified by participants when they register for the conference. Participants will be encouraged to follow the same discussion theme from Friday to Saturday to advance a coherent and iterative conversation that builds on ideas gleaned and lessons learned throughout the conference.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 12:00 – 1:45 P.M.

LUNCHEON:  The VALUE Imperative
(Separate registration and fee: $25)

PEGGY MAKI, Educational Assessment Consultant

At the turn of this century, AAC&U launched its landmark higher education initiative: Greater Expectations. This groundbreaking work led to the development of LEAP outcomes and aligned VALUE rubrics.  Dr. Maki will explore  the exemplary ways in which the VALUE rubrics: (1) are fueling unprecedented levels of dialogue, collaboration, curricular and co-curricular re-design, and educational practices focused on shared expectations for student learning; and (2) are challenging conventional practices, such as standardized tests and transfer practices. She will conclude with a call for deepening and broadening the application of VALUE rubrics to student work across all of our institutions as a shared higher education commitment to achieve equitable outcomes with all students--no matter when they matriculate or transfer into our institutions or how they design a degree pathway.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.

The LEAP Challenge:  Preparing Students to Create Solutions for Our Future

TIMOTHY K. EATMAN, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Co-Director  of Imagining America, and STUDENTS, Syracuse University; MARY BETH LOVE, Chair and Professor of Health Education, SAVITA MALIK, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Metro Academies, and STUDENT, all of San Francisco State University; and CATHERINE PRIDE, Associate Professor of Psychology, and ELISE MARTIN, Dean of Assessment, both of Middlesex Community College
Moderator: GAIL EVANS, (Retired) Dean of Undergraduate Studies, San Francisco State University and Senior Scholar, AAC&U

Across this Centennial Year, AAC&U will launch the LEAP Challenge—the next stage in AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative designed to prepare students to integrate and apply their learning to the unscripted challenges of our fast-changing global society.  How can we ensure that liberal education works at peak for all college students, whatever their background, educational goals, and intended careers?  This forum will showcase students' stories about the kinds of learning in college that matters to them; examine how institutions can foster programmatic, integrative, and scaffolded approaches to these kinds of learning; and consider indicators to determine if students are actually achieving these essential learning outcomes.  


PLENARY: Politics of Change: Putting It All Together and Anticipating Campus Responses

JOSÉ CRUZ, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University, Fullerton; and LORAINE PHILLIPS, Assistant Vice Provost, Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting, The University of Texas at Arlington

This plenary will examine the nature of change at an institutional level and how to gain support for and introduce a meaningful change strategy. How might campuses evaluate their readiness to embrace and build support for change within the organization, the faculty, and administration? Participants will learn about an integrative and equity-minded framework for initiating change that will help them explore three critical sets of questions: What level of support already exists; what kind of case can be made for the change being proposed; and what resources might be available to launch and accomplish the change?