For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs

The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) to Honor Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York Graduate Center, with Ernest L. Boyer Award

Award Will Be Presented at AAC&U’s 2016 Annual Meeting Opening Night Forum
Sep 29, 2015

AAC&ULumina Foundation

Washington, DC—The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) will present its sixth annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Cathy N. Davidson, a leading interdisciplinary and technology scholar, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting Opening Night Forum on Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016, where Davidson will deliver the Boyer Award Lecture. The Ernest L. Boyer Award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, “How Higher Education Can Lead—On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal,” will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, January 20-23, 2016. 

Davidson's pragmatic and visionary address—“Educating Higher: Toward an Equitable, Innovative Future for Higher Education”—will show why there can be no true innovation in higher education without addressing the full range of issues around equity.  Davidson will demonstrate how we can take immediate action to transform classrooms into egalitarian spaces designed to support student success; and she will call on policymakers and educators to change institutional structures and public policies for a new model of higher education, transforming credentialing, labor practices, rankings, assessment, costs, accreditation, technology, graduate training, social justice, public support, and much more.  

“I am deeply honored to receive the Boyer Award from NAC&U.  All of higher education demands a new form of liberal arts that integrates interdisciplinary thinking throughout the curriculum, in order to insure the most expansive, diverse, multicultural education for the complex and changing world our students face today.  The Boyer Award exemplifies that deep commitment to learning that lasts a lifetime,” said Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor in the City University of New York (CUNY)’s Graduate Center’s English Ph.D. program and director of the Futures Initiative, a CUNY-wide program that promotes greater equity and innovation in higher education.

The AAC&U Annual Meeting complete program and listing of speakers will be published online at See for information about featured speakers and how to register for the meeting. 

Media are welcome to attend all sessions, but press passes are required and must be obtained in advance. Please contact Carrie Johnson at by Friday, January 15, 2016, to receive press passes to the meeting.

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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.

About The New American Colleges and Universities

Founded in 1995, The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size (2,000-7,500 students) independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. To improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning among its members, The New American Colleges and Universities sponsors projects and conferences, administrator and faculty affinity groups, surveys and data benchmarking, and international study programs. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. Follow them on Twitter @NACandU.