AAC&U is working to build capacity to engage and mobilize faculty to lead transformational change. AAC&U’s Faculty Collaboratives initiative is coordinating this effort across a family of projects that AAC&U is leading or has joined. Faculty engagement, leadership, and creativity are indispensable keys to far-reaching changes in higher education. The Faculty Collaboratives is designed to reach within and across other projects to help faculty leaders and newcomers make sense of and participate in large-scale student success and attainment initiatives.
Our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue to graduate African American science and engineering baccalaureates at disproportionately higher rates than all other institutions of higher education (NSF, 2015). Despite a national imperative to diversify the STEM disciplines, however, these institutions continue to be excluded from national STEM education reform efforts.
The goals of the PCFF project were to provide professional and leadership development for women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), or in NSF natural and behavioral science disciplines, and improve undergraduate STEM education at HBCUs and beyond.
The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, a partnership between AAC&U and the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, is examining principles, policies, and practices related to the work of faculty who teach on term contracts—now the majority of faculty nationally. While full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty were once the norm, about two-thirds of the American professoriate now work on contingent contracts.
Working individually on campus and collectively in regional affinity clusters, nine teams will develop long-term plans for developing sustained and self-renewing faculty leadership for the cumulative aims and outcomes of integrative liberal learning across the curriculum.