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AAC&U President Presents Keynote at the Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:15

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is presenting the keynote address, “Escaping Westworld,” at the 11th Annual Union College Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education in Schenectady, New York, on June 1. The symposium explores how to integrate engineering and the liberal arts and diversify the STEM fields. Against the backdrop of Westworld, the hit HBO television program about an android revolution at a futuristic theme park, Pasquerella “will consider the cultural misappropriation of science in a way that has conflated science with scientism and defend integrative learning as the best preparation for grappling with the complexities of an unpredictable future.”

Joint Statement on the Value of Liberal Education by AAC&U and AAUP

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 10:15

AAC&U and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have released a joint statement on the economic, societal, and democratic value of liberal education.

AAC&U Webinar on "Teaching Techniques to Improve Learning and Ensure Classroom Success"

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 10:30

AAC&U's webinar will feature award-winning educators and best-selling authors Elizabeth Barkley, José Antonio Bowen, Claire Howell Major, and moderator C. Edward Watson as they discuss teaching practices proven to promote learning across disciplinary contexts. The webinar will be held June 19 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

AAC&U Selects Nearly Two Hundred Institutions to Participate in Summer Institutes

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 14:45

AAC&U announced the nearly two hundred colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2018 summer institutes.

AAC&U President Delivers Commencement Address at Mary Baldwin University

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 13:00

Lynn Pasquerella delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at Mary Baldwin University on May 20, 2018. In her address, Pasquerella stressed the importance of the liberal education that students received in preparing them to be valuable assets to their employers, the economy, and the national democracy. “The liberal education you received at this institution has equipped you with the skills necessary to confront the unscripted problems of the future and prepare you for jobs that have not yet been invented,” Pasquerella said.

AAC&U Awards Twenty-Four Grants to Spur Civic Learning in Student Majors

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:30

AAC&U has announced the twenty-four departments from institutions across the country that received mini-grants, supported by a grant from The Endeavor Foundation, to advance civic learning and social responsibility as expected dimensions within students’ majors.

US Senator Commends AAC&U for Work to Destigmatize Criminal Justice History

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:45

US Senator Brian Schatz has commended AAC&U for urging its member institutions to review policies related to students with criminal histories. On May 1, 2018, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella responded to a request from Schatz by releasing a statement asking campuses to review admissions practices related to students' criminal justice involvement and promote discussion about initiatives like the “ban the box” movement to remove criminal justice questions from applications. “This move takes us one step further in restoring hope and opportunity for people with criminal records, who face an uphill battle in trying to improve their lives and pursue the American Dream,” Senator Schatz said in a May 15 statement. “I hope that others in the higher education community will follow their lead.”

Seeking Submissions for The Academic Minute

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 09:30

The Academic Minute radio program is seeking submissions for upcoming segments. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org.                                      

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being broadcast widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals.

The Academic Minute has particular interest in research submissions related to several specific themes:

  • Labor Day – exploring jobs, automation, and the future of work in America
  • Back to School – educational practice, especially liberal education
  • Week-Long Series – five separate research submissions from one institution
  • Other Topics – research focused on areas outside of these topics

Be sure to tune in daily to The Academic Minute, and thank you for considering this opportunity for public engagement.

Statement on Destigmatizing Past Criminal Justice Involvement

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:30

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella encourages campuses to review admissions practices related to students' criminal justice involvement and promote discussion about initiatives like the “ban the box” movement to remove criminal justice questions from applications. 

Livestream the Release of a New National Academies Report

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:15

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will release a new report titled The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree. AAC&U’s Lynn Pasquerella and Susan Albertine, members of the project committee, invite you to attend the release online or in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET).

Making the Case for High-Impact Practices

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 16:45

In a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, Jillian Kinzie and George D. Kuh argue that simply offering high-impact practices isn't enough to reap the benefits they provide. Implementation should be equitable, intentional, geared toward institutional context, and based on evidence.

Livestream the Release of a New National Academies Report

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:15

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce, which includes AAC&U’s Lynn Pasquerella and Susan Albertine as board members, invites you to attend the release of the new report, The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree. Participants can attend the event in Washington, DC, or livestream it here on May 7, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET).

New Partnership to Foster Interfaith Leadership and Cooperation in Higher Education

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:15

A transformational grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will support a three-year partnership between AAC&U and the Interfaith Youth Core to increase curricular and cocurricular student experiences at colleges and universities.

Submit a Proposal for the 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:30

Help AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope chart a daring path toward the reform of STEM higher education by submitting a proposal for the 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education: Confirming the Authority of Evidence conference. Proposals are due May 11.

A Call for Effective Assessment

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:15

Members of the higher education assessment community have joined together to affirm a collective commitment to effective and useful assessment practices that contribute to better student learning. Read the full statement here

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