For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
Carrie Johnson
Associate Director, Marketing and Media Relations
202.387.3760, ext. 811

109 Campuses Selected to Attend AAC&U Summer Institutes on General Education and Assessment; High-Impact Practices and Student Success; and Integrative Learning and the Departments

Participants Will Work to Redesign, and Develop Assessment Plans for, General Education Programs, Develop and Expand High-Impact Educational Practices, and Advance Integrative and Engaged Learning In and Across the Disciplines
May 5, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the colleges, community colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2015 summer institutes for teams. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma (June 2–6, 2015); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (June 9–13, 2015); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at the University of Delaware (July 14–18, 2015).

“The 2015 AAC&U summer institutes will bring together campus teams focused on action agendas to ensure that all students achieve liberal education outcomes that are essential for success in the twenty-first century,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “As in years past, I am so impressed by the ambitious goals institutions applying to our institutes have set—and the clear commitment these institutions have to student success.”

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 and consultants.

The Institute on General Education and Assessment this year focuses on building a campus learning culture that supports the design principles developed as part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) initiative. Through emphasizing implementation of intentional, well-defined, and meaningfully assessed general education curricula, GEMs promotes equity-minded planning to ensure success for our increasingly diverse students and faculty.

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help cam­puses and systems make institution-wide changes that benefit all students. It is ideal for institutions at various stages of work, and it addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams work on removing barriers to student success and devising integrative learning-centered plans—making intentional and evidence-based use of the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and high-impact educational practices. Highlighting the success of students who have historically been underserved, the program supports work to make excellence inclusive and to recognize and nurture the assets students bring to college.

The Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments is intended for colleges and universities interested in developing faculty and departmental leadership for advancing programs and curricula for integrative learning. Such programs and curricula build students’ capacity to integrate their learning— across general education, majors, and the cocurriculum, and through prior professional, academic, and life experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.  This year’s institute will highlight The LEAP Challenge, AAC&U’s Centennial initiative to better prepare students for a world that places a premium on adaptive learning and collaborative problem-solving, and will be organized around the five principles for redesigning liberal education for the twenty-first century articulated in General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement

AAC&U also will announce soon the faculty members participating in the Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty. Three PKAL Institutes are to be held this summer. Two of the Institutes will be hosted at The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland, and a third Institute will take place in the heart of the Rocky Mountains on the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado. The PKAL Institutes are designed to prepare early and mid-career STEM faculty for roles as effective agents of change in transforming undergraduate STEM education at the departmental, institutional, and/or national levels.

Institute on General Education and Assessment, Participating Campuses:

Anderson University (SC)

Mount St. Mary's University (MD)

Biola University (CA)

Notre Dame de Namur University (CA)

California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

Oral Roberts University (OK)

Clemson University (SC)

Portland Community College (OR)

College at Brockport: State University of New York (NY)

Queensborough Community College - City University of New York (NY)

College of St. Benedict/St. John's University (MN)

Randolph College (VA)

Columbus State Community College (OH)

Shenandoah University (VA)

Community College of Philadelphia (PA)

St. Cloud State University (MN)

Erie Community College (NY)

St. Edward’s University (TX)

Finger Lakes Community College (NY)

Trinity University (TX)

Georgia College (GA)

University of Arizona (AZ)

Hamline University (MN)

University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Heritage University (WA)

University of Guam (Guam)

Hilbert College (NY)

University of Houston-Downtown (TX)

Houghton College (NY)

University of San Diego (CA)

Jacksonville University (FL)

University of Washington Tacoma (WA)

Jamestown Community College (NY)

Utica College (NY)

Longwood University (VA)

Washington & Jefferson College (PA)

Monmouth University (NJ)

Westminster College (PA)

Montgomery College (MD)

Winston-Salem State University (NC)

Morgan State University (MD)

Wofford College (SC)


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

Alamo Colleges (TX)

Salt Lake Community College (UT)

Austin Peay State University (TN)

Tennessee Board of Regents (TN)

Bellarmine University (KY)

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TX)

Cabrini College (PA)

Texas Tech University (TX)

California State University, Fresno (CA)

University of Colorado Denver (downtown Denver campus) (CO)

California State University, Fullerton (CA)

University of Georgia (GA)

Clayton State University (GA)

University of Hartford (CT)

College of the Canyons (CA)

University of Houston-Downtown (TX)

Eastern Michigan University (MI)

University of North Carolina Wilmington (NC)

Fayetteville State University (NC)

University of San Diego (CA)

Goucher College (MD)

University of West Florida (FL)

Jacksonville University (FL)

University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Knox College (IL)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (WI)

Northern Kentucky University (KY)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Notre Dame de Namur University (CA)

Utah Valley University (UT)

Roosevelt University (IL)

Viterbo University (WI)


Western Kentucky University (KY)


Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments, Participating Campuses:

Augustana College (IL)

Morehouse College (GA)

Bates College (ME)

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)

California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

North Dakota State University (ND)

California State University, Chico (CA)

Oberlin College (OH)

Castleton State College (VT)

Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)

Centenary College of Louisiana (LA)

Old Dominion University (VA)

Clark University (MA)

Portland State University (OR)

College of William and Mary (VA)

Pratt Institute (NY)

Concordia College (MN)

Richland College (TX)

Connecticut College (CT)

Saint Louis University (MO)

Denison University (OH)

Samford University (AL)

Drexel University (PA)

Thiel College (PA)

Elizabethtown College (PA)

Tri-County Technical College (SC)

Elon University (NC)

University of Delaware (DE)

Hawkeye Community College (IA)

University of North Texas plus Collin College and the Dallas County Community College District (TX)

Hong Kong Baptist University (HK)

University of Washington, Bothell (WA)

Indiana University East (IN)

University of Wisconsin System (WI)

Jacksonville University (FL)

Warren Wilson College (NC)

Johnson & Wales University (RI)

Weber State University (UT)


Whitman College (WA)


About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.