For Immediate Release

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

Nearly 200 Institutions Selected to Send Participants to AAC&U Summer Institutes

May 22, 2018
Participants Will Redesign Gen Ed Programs and Assessment Plans, Advance Equity and Student Success through High-Impact Practices, Develop Integrative and Engaged Learning Strategies, and Be Equipped as Agents of Change for Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the two- and four-year colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2018 summer institutes. Teams of five or more will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Utah (June 5–8, 2018); the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Utah (June 19–22, 2018); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Boston University (July 17–20, 2018). Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland (July 10–15 and July 17–22, 2018). 
“The individuals and teams selected to participate in AAC&U’s 2018 summer institutes are committed to developing and exchanging best practices in support of student success, grounded in a liberal education for the 21st century” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We look forward to working together to achieve our shared objectives around advancing liberal education, quality, and equity in service to democracy.”
AAC&U’s team-based institutes offer campuses a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campuses along with a curriculum focused on important trends, research, and best practices delivered by a resident faculty of educational experts and consultants. The PKAL institute is designed to guide early- and midcareer 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.
The Institute on General Education and Assessment provides campus teams with opportunities to refine and advance their pivotal general education programs and their assessment. Teams will explore (1) intentional, well-defined models of general education; (2) authentic approaches to assessing student learning throughout the student experience; (3) processes for curricular (re)design; and (4) the implementation of highly effective practices aligned with the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.
The 2018 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success will help teams from campuses and state systems advance student success by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education. The resource-rich environment at the Institute helps teams anticipate and address issues that too often impede efforts to bring effective practices to scale and achieve the goals of educational change.
The Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work will assist college and university teams 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 cocurriculum and connect it to prior professional, academic, and life experiences inside and outside the classroom.
The Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute is designed expressly for STEM faculty at the early to middle stages of their careers as educators, researchers, program directors, principal investigators, or department/college-level administrators. The five-day intensive professional development experience exposes participants to the theories and practices needed to effectively manage the politics of change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform effort.
Institute on General Education and Assessment, Participating Campuses
We are delighted to welcome two international teams of observers from Hiroshima University in Japan, and King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.
Adams State University (CO) Nevada State College (NV)
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA) Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
Capilano University (BC) Pasadena City College (CA)
Centre College (KY) Piedmont College (GA)
Clark Atlanta University (GA) Rhodes College (TN)
Clemson University (SC) Saint Louis University (MO)
College of Southern Idaho (ID) Saint Mary's College of California (CA)
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University (MN) Salt Lake Community College (UT)
College of the Canyons (CA) San Jose State University (CA)
Columbia University (NY) Skyline College (CA)
Cornell College (IA) Sonoma State University (CA)
Delaware State University (DE) Texas Southmost College (TX)
D'Youville College (NY) The University of Alabama (AL)
Fulbright University Vietnam (MP) United States Merchant Marine Academy (NY)
Hiram College (OH) University of Arizona (AZ)
Hostos Community College (NY) University of New Orleans (LA)
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IN) University of Oregon (OR)
Kent State University (OH) University of South Florida (FL)
Laramie County Community College (WY) University of Utah (UT)
Lincoln University (PA) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
Metropolitan State University Denver (CO) University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)
Misericordia University (PA) Valparaiso University (IN)
Montana State University (MT) Western Carolina University (NC)
National University (CA) Whitman College (WA)
Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, Participating Campuses
Adams State University (CO) Red Rocks Community College (CO)
Albany State University (GA) Regis College (MA)
California State University, Stanislaus (CA) Snow College (UT)
Chattanooga State Community College (TN) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL) 
Eastfield College (TX) St. Olaf College (MN)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide (FL) The College at Brockport, State University of New York (NY)
Furman University (SC) The College of Idaho (ID)
Hood College (MD) Trinity Washington University (DC)
Howard Community College (MD) University of Central Florida (FL)
Lewis-Clark State College (ID) University of Houston – Downtown (TX)
Lincoln University, PA (PA) University of Michigan – Dearborn (MI)
Lummi Nation School (WA) University of San Francisco (CA)
Martin Methodist College (TN) University of Utah (Office for Global Engagement) (UT)
Montana State University Billings (MT) University of Utah (Office of Undergraduate Studies) (UT)
Nashville State Community College (TN) University of Wisconsin – Platteville (WI)
Old Dominion University (VA) Utah System of Higher Education (UT)
Piedmont College (GA) Utah Valley University (UT)
Providence College (RI) Valdosta State University (GA)
Raritan Valley Community College (NJ William Peace University (NC)

Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work, Participating Campuses

Adams State University (CO) Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles (CA)
Albany State University (GA) Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)
American College of Education (IN) North Carolina State University (NC)
Capital University (OH) Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)
Central College (IA) Palo Alto College (TX)
Central State University (OH) Queens University of Charlotte (NC)
Dean College (MA) Richland College (TX)
Eastern Michigan University (MI) St. Edward’s University (TX)
Flagler College (FL) St. Mary’s College of Maryland (MD)
Furman University (SC) Tarrant County College (TX)
Georgia Southern University (Statesboro & Armstrong Campuses) (GA) Tiffin University (OH)
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IN) University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)
Kennesaw State University (GA) University of Alberta (Augustana Campus), Canada
Lagos State University, Ojo Nigeria  University of Central Florida (FL)
Manhattanville College (NY) University of Florida (FL)
Marietta College (OH) University of Michigan – Flint (MI)
Marywood University (PA) Wake Forest University (NC)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA) Whittier College (CA)
MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS)  
Montgomery College (MD)  

Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institutes, Participating Campuses

Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago (IL) Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
Ashesi University (Greater Accra)

Saint Xavier University (IL)

Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

Sam Houston State University (TX)

Berea College (KY)

San Francisco State University (CA)

Boise State University (ID)

Savannah State University (GA)

Bowdoin College (ME)

Southern University and A&M College (LA)

Bowling Green State University (OH)

St. Olaf College (MN)

Bronx Community College (CUNY BCC) (NY)

Tennessee State University (TN)

California State University–Monterey Bay (CSUMB) (CA)

Texas Southmost College (TX)

California State University–Sacramento (CSUS) (CA)

Union County College (NJ)

Capital University (OH)

University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

Cedar Crest College (PA)

University of British Columbia (BC)

Central State University (OH) University of Cincinnati Main Campus (OH)
College of the Marshall Islands (MH)

University of Delaware (DE)

Colorado State University (CSU) (CO)

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

Delaware State University (DE)

University of Missouri–Kansas City (MO)

Delta State University (MS)

University of Mount Union (OH)

Goucher College (MD)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC) (NC)

Grinnell College (IA) University of North Carolina Wilmington (NC
Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)

University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Indiana University East (IN)

University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IN) University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
Ivy Tech Community College (IN) University of the South (TN)
James Madison University (VA)

University of Washington Tacoma Campus (WA)

Kalamazoo College (MI)

University of West Florida (FL)

Lewis and Clark College (OR)

University of West Georgia (GA)

Lewis University (IL)

Ursinus College (PA)

Marymount University (VA)

Valdosta State University (GA)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

Vanguard University (CA)

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN) Wabash College (IN)
Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

Wake Technical Community College (NC)

Muskingum University (OH)

Western Carolina University (NC)

North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

Widener University (PA)

North Dakota State University Main Campus (ND)

Winston-Salem State University (NC)

Polk State College (IN)

Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)

Pomona College (CA)  
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)  

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. 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 1,400 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, faculty, and staff engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Through a broad range of activities, AAC&U reinforces the collective commitment to liberal education at the national, local, and global levels. Its high-quality programs, publications, research, meetings, institutes, public outreach efforts, and campus-based projects help individual institutions ensure that the quality of student learning is central to their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. 

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