For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)

106 Campuses Selected to Attend AAC&U Summer Institutes on General Education and Assessment; High-Impact Practices and Student Success; and Engaged Learning In and Across the Disciplines

Participants Will Work to Redesign and Develop Assessment Plans for General Education Programs, Develop and Expand High-Impact Educational Practices, and Advance Integrated and Engaged Learning In and Across the Disciplines

Apr 27, 2011

Washington, DC ––The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2011 summer institutes. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend one of three summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at San José State University in San José, California (June 4-8, 2011); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (June 14-18, 2011); and the Engaging Departments Institute at The Hotel at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland (July 13-17, 2011).

"AAC&U's 2011 summer institutes are designed to address in a variety of ways the central challenge facing higher education—ensuring that all students achieve the high quality liberal education they need and deserve," said AAC&U president Carol Geary Schneider. "Each year, we are inspired by the exciting and innovative ways these institutions are tackling the challenge of improving liberal learning outcomes for all their students."

For the past twenty-one years, AAC&U's Institute on General Education and Assessment has provided hundreds of colleges and universities a collaborative space to advance integrative general education reforms and assessment on their campuses. Campus teams come to this institute to develop, refine, and advance outcomes based intentional curricula, engaging pedagogies, effective assessment, and long-term sustainability of efforts.

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success – formerly the Greater Expectations Institute – is designed to help campuses develop high-impact educational practices and strategies that make excellence inclusive for underserved students, and also improve persistence, graduation rates, and achievement of essential learning outcomes. This year's institute includes community colleges participating in the Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project. These community colleges will create an integrated roadmap to support both student persistence and higher levels of academic achievement. The Roadmap Project is made possible by a grant from MetLife Foundation.

AAC&U also offers the Engaging Departments Institute, now in its third year, for teams of faculty, department chairs, and other administrative leaders. The purpose of this institute is to advance integrated and engaged learning in and across disciplines, to help institutions integrate major programs with general education, and to assess broad student learning outcomes within individual departments and majors. This year's institute includes campuses participating in the Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF) project. This project focuses on systemic reform in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and provides leadership development for women of color STEM faculty at historically black colleges and universities. The PCFF project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). The Engaging Departments Institute is part of ongoing work in Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), and is supported by the Teagle Foundation.

All AAC&U institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus along with a curriculum focused on important trends, research and best practices, and a resident faculty of educational experts.

As part of its new partnership, Project Kaleidoscope and AAC&U will also soon announce those individuals participating in the 2011 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty. Institutes will be held in July on the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado. The institutes are designed for early and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions.

Institute on General Education and Assessment, Participating Campuses:

Auburn University (AL)

Ouachita Baptist University (AR)

Austin Peay State University (TN)

Saint Leo University (FL)

Cabrini College (PA)

San José State University (CA)

California State University-Bakersfield (CA)

Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

California State University-San Bernardino (CA)

State University of New York at Fredonia (NY)

City University of New York New Community College (NY)

State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

Dillard University (LA)

The Ohio State University Main Campus (OH)

Fayetteville State University (NC)

Thiel College (PA)

Ferrum College (VA)

University of California-Merced (CA)

Gonzaga University (WA)

University of Kansas (KS)

Hesston College (KS)

University of La Verne (CA)

Howard University (DC)

University of Massachusetts Boston (MA)

Indiana University South Bend (IN)

University of Missouri - Kansas City (MO)

Johnson & Wales University (RI)

University of San Diego (CA)

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (PA)

University of West Florida (FL)

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus (NY)

Wesley College (DE)

Marquette University (WI)

Willamette University (OR)

Missouri State University (MO)

Yeshiva University (NY)

Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)



Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, Participating Campuses:

Adelphi University (NY)

*Middlesex Community College (MA)

Baldwin-Wallace College (OH)

*Mt. San Antonio College (CA)

California State University System Office (CA)

Nazareth College of Rochester (NY)

California State University-Dominguez Hills (CA)

Norfolk State University (VA)

California State University-East Bay (CA)

*Northern Virginia Community College (VA)

California State University-Los Angeles (CA)

Oregon State University (OR)

California State University-Monterey Bay (CA)

*Prince George's Community College (MD)

California State University-Sacramento (CA)

Saint Mary's College of California (CA)

California State University-San Bernardino (CA)

Saint Michael's College (VT)

Central Connecticut State University (CT)

*Salt Lake Community College (UT)

College of Southern Maryland (MD)

San Francisco State University (CA)

Community College of Philadelphia (PA)

Skidmore College (NY)

*CUNY Hostos Community College (NY)

Sonoma State University (CA)

*CUNY Queensborough Community College (NY)

Stanford University (CA)

Drew University (NJ)

*Tidewater Community College (VA)

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FL)

US Air Force Academy (CO)

*Gainesville State College (GA)

University of Alaska Anchorage (AK)

*Georgia Perimeter College (GA)

University of Houston-Downtown (TX)

Iowa State University (IA)

University of Vermont (VT)

Keene State College (NH)

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

*Lane Community College (OR)

Zayed University (United Arab Emirates)

*Miami Dade College (FL)


*These Institutions are part of AAC&U's Developing a Community College Roadmap Project. The Roadmap Project is made possible by a grant from MetLife Foundation.


Engaging Departments Institute, Participating Campuses:

Bennett College for Women (NC)

Spelman College (GA)

Central State University (OH)

Tennessee State University (TN)

Dixie State College of Utah (UT)

University at Albany – SUNY (NY) 

Gallaudet University (DC)

University of Arizona (AZ)

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (British Virgin Islands)

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (AR)

Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)

University of Baltimore (MD)

J.F. Drake State Technical College (AL)

University of Dayton (OH)

Livingstone College (NC)

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MD)

Muhlenberg College (PA)

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (MN)

Naropa University (CO)

University of Southern Maine (ME)

North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

University of the District of Columbia (DC)

North Carolina Central University (NC)

Wiley College (TX)

Northern Kentucky University (KY)

Winston-Salem State University (NC)

Quinnipiac University (CT)