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NASA Video Series on Diversity in STEM Features Former Board Members Tatum and Hrabowski

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 17:00

MissionSTEM, a NASA program designed to help projects and institutions funded by the federal agency meet their obligations under civil rights and equal opportunity laws, has launched the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership video series. The series features interviews with prominent academic leaders about the importance of diversity in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and ways to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in these fields. The first set of videos includes interviews with Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland Baltimore County and member of the LEAP National Leadership Council, and Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College and a member of the Peer Review editorial board. Both scholars are also former members of AAC&U’s board of directors. New videos are uploaded each month.

Carol Geary Schneider

Keeping a Focus on the Value of—and Challenges for—the Humanities

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:15

The humanities are an essential component of quality in higher education.

AAC&U News: September 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 17:15

Passport to Transfer: Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

AAC&U Commitment and Plan of Action to Support the Indispensable Liberal Arts and Sciences Released

In a recent letter to members, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has profiled AAC&U's current and planned work on behalf of the liberal arts and sciences. Building on work in AAC&U's LEAP initiative that seeks to make the purposes and practices that characterize a 21st-century liberal education a guiding compass for all students and all major fields, Schneider articulates in her memo to members why the liberal arts and sciences are an indispensable component of any quality undergraduate degree. Moreover, she sketches out how AAC&U plans to, at once make the case for the liberal arts and sciences, and support member institutions as they work to ensure that all students reach the important learning outcomes that the arts and sciences provide. See the full letter to members and a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed that Schneider co-authored with David Townsend of the Aspen Institute.

AACU Board Releases Statement on "Ensuring the Value of US Higher Education"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 10:00

The AAC&U Board of Directors recently released a statement, "Ensuring the Value of US Higher Education," calling for a more "searching exploration of 'value' than" has been proposed in recent speeches by President Obama. In the official statement, the AAC&U board further calls for the creation of a "contemporary framework for quality that is focused on Essential Learning Outcomes, educational practices that lead to these outcomes, greater equity in access to excellence, and intentionality in generating evidence of achievement based on students' best work."

AAC&U Commitment and Plan of Action to Support the Indispensable Liberal Arts and Sciences Released

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:00

In a recent letter to members, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has profiled AAC&U's current and planned work on behalf of the liberal arts and sciences. Building on work in AAC&U's LEAP initiative that seeks to make the purposes and practices that characterize a 21st-century liberal education a guiding compass for all students and all major fields, Schneider articulates in her memo to members why the liberal arts and sciences are an indispensable component of any quality undergraduate degree. Moreover, she sketches out how AAC&U plans to, at once make the case for the liberal arts and sciences, and support member institutions as they work to ensure that all students reach the important learning outcomes that the arts and sciences provide. See the full letter to members and a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed that Schneider co-authored with David Townsend of the Aspen Institute.

The Humanities and Arts are Disciplines "Basic to Democracy" Say AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider and Aspen Institute Senior Leader David Townsend

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:00

When politicians attack the humanities and arts, they are forgetting core lessons from our founders and depleting our capacity to sustain a civil society. In their Inside Higher Ed essay, Ignoring the Founders, Schneider and Townsend write, "There would be no America if Thomas Jefferson cared more about beans and viticulture than the truth that all men are created equal, if John Adams cared more about the legality of contracts for debt than liberty, if Benjamin Franklin cared more about inventing and marketing new technologies than the pursuit of happiness." The essay will be reprinted in the next issue of AAC&U's flagship journal Liberal Education. Since 1991, AAC&U and the Aspen Institute have co-sponsored the Wye Seminars on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity, for which Townsend serves as director and faculty member. The content and pedagogy of these seminars foster learning needed to secure a self-governing democracy and a prosperous economy. The seminars, designed for faculty members and academic leaders, will be offered again in the summer of 2014.

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