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119 Institutions Selected to Send Teams to AAC&U Summer Institutes

Participants Will Work to Redesign General Education Programs and Assessment Plans, Advance Equity and Student Success Through High-Impact Educational Practices, and Develop Integrative and Engaged Learning Strategies In and Across the Disciplines

May 3, 2016

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 2016 team-based summer institutes. Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: The Institute on General Education and Assessment at Boston University (June 4–8, 2016); The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of California, Los Angeles (June 21–25, 2016); and The Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at Loyola University Chicago (July 12–15, 2016).

“The 2016 AAC&U summer institutes provide a unique opportunity for diverse campus teams to develop action agendas that will advance inclusive excellence and twenty-first-century designs for liberal education,” 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 for themselves—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 more engaged, student-centered, and outcomes-focused designs for general education. Teams will explore intentional, well-defined, and meaningfully assessed models of general education; processes of redesign; and the implementation of highly effective practices aligned with the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Principles.

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 staff leadership to advance programs and curricula that build students’ capacity to integrate their learning—across general education, majors, and the co-curriculum, as well as prior professional, academic, and life experiences inside and outside the classroom. Today, college graduates must be able to apply the knowledge and skills they are learning in real-world contexts as they collaborate to develop solutions to complex and urgent problems encountered in globalized workplaces and civic life. This year’s Institute will be informed by five liberal education design principles developed as part of AAC&U’s LEAP initiative. It will help institutions interested in advancing the goals of the LEAP Challenge to expect Signature Work of all students.

Institute on General Education and Assessment, Participating Campuses:

California State University Channel Islands + Santa Barbara City College (CA)

Northern Kentucky University (KY)

Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Norwich University (VT)

Chemeketa Community College (OR)

Park University (MO)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (DC)

Quinsigamond Community College (MA)

The Citadel (SC)

Regis College (MA)

The College of St. Scholastica (MN)

Skyline College (CA)

Cornell College (IA)

Southeast Missouri State University (MO)

Curry College (MA)

St. Bonaventure University (NY)

Emory University (Oxford College Unit) (GA)

St. Olaf College (MN)

Farmingdale State College State University of New York (NY)

The State University of New York at Fredonia (NY)

Ferris State University (MI)

Stonehill College (MA)

Fitchburg State University (MA)

United States Air Force Academy (CO)

Florida State University (FL)

United States Coast Guard Academy (CT)

Fort Hays State University (KS)

University of North Texas + Collin College +  Dallas County Community College (TX)

Graceland University (IA)

University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Guilford College (NC)

University of Vermont (VT)

Houston Community College (TX)

Utica College (NY)

Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana + Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

Weber State University (UT)

Laboure College (MA)

Western Oregon University (OR)

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA)

Wheaton College (Massachusetts) (MA)

Montana State University Billings (MT)

Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)

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

Alamo Colleges (TX)

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

American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

San Jose State University (CA)

Bunker Hill Community College (MA)

Scripps College (CA)

Butler University (IN)

Stevenson University (MD)

California State University, Fresno (CA)

SUNY Buffalo State College (NY)

California State University, San Marcos (CA)

Tennessee Board of Regents (TN)

Campbellsville University (KY)

Texas A&M University (TX)

College of the Canyons (CA)

Texas A&M University - Texarkana (TX)

Columbus State University (GA)

University of California Davis (CA)

Dalton State College (GA)

University of North Florida (FL)

Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (FL)

University of Richmond (VA)

Hoa Sen University (Vietnam)

University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

Juniata College (PA)

University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Mercy College (NY)

University of Washington Tacoma (WA)

Missouri State University (MO)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Moravian College (PA)

Washington State University - Tri Cities (WA)

North Carolina State University (NC)

Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Oberlin College (OH)

Western Carolina University (NC)

Peru State College (NE)

Winston Salem University (NC)

Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments, Participating Campuses:

Albion College (MI)

Radford University (VA)

American University in Cairo (EG)

Richland College (TX)

Azusa Pacific University (CA)

St. Ambrose University (IA)

Boston University (MA)

St. Norbert College (WI)

Champlain College (VT)

Slippery Rock University (PA)

Dominican University (IL)

Texas Tech University (TX)

Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

United States Military Academy West Point (NY)

Hiram College (OH)

University of Birmingham at Alabama (AL)

Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)

University of Denver (CO)

Jacksonville University (FL)

University of Hartford (CT)

Marquette University (WI)

University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

Middlebury College (VT)

University of Northern Iowa (IA)

Monmouth University (NJ)

University of San Diego (CA)

Morningside College (IA)

University of South Carolina (SC)

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)

University of Southern Maine (ME)

Old Dominion University (VA)

Virginia Tech (VA)

Providence College (RI)

Worcester State University (MA)

Quinnipiac University (CT)


Watch for announcements later this summer about the 2016 Project Kaleidoscope Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty. The PKAL Institutes are designed to guide early and mid-career STEM faculty in an introspective exploration of the theories, practice, and art of leadership that is required to effectively manage the politics of institutional change and contribute to national undergraduate STEM reform.

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.