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AAC&U Announces Winner of the 2019 Ness Book Award: “The New Education”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 12:45

AAC&U has announced the winner of the Frederic W. Ness Book Award, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux. The Ness Award recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The award will be formally presented to the author, Cathy N. Davidson, at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting on January 24, 2019, in Atlanta.

Registration Now Open for AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting

Registration Now Open for AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 13:00

Register now for the 2019 Annual Meeting, "Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education,” which will highlight innovations and proven practices that show why higher education is essential for employability and democratic vitality. The meeting will be held January 23–26 in Atlanta. 

Senators Introduce Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:00

US senators have introduced the Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act, which "would encourage colleges and universities to remove criminal and juvenile justice questions from their admissions applications and give more Americans a chance to earn a higher education." In May, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella released a statement, “Expanding the American Dream: Destigmatizing Past Criminal Justice Involvement,” urging AAC&U's member institutions to review their practices related to criminal justice involvement.

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AAC&U Mourns the Unexpected Passing of Its Beloved Senior Scholar, L. Lee Knefelkamp

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 11:00

"Lee Knefelkamp shaped American higher education in profound and lasting ways. We are deeply saddened by her passing and know that her life and legacy will continue to influence all that we do at AAC&U," writes President Lynn Pasquerella. AAC&U acknowledges Lee’s extraordinary work to make liberal education inclusive throughout her career. 

AAC&U Releases New Employer Research

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 00:00

AAC&U's newest employer research, “Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work,” shows that employers overwhelmingly endorse broad learning and cross-cutting skills as the best preparation for long-term career success.

Two AAC&U Members Earn Excellence in Assessment Designation

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 10:30

Two AAC&U member institutions—Northern Arizona University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte—have earned the Excellence in Assessment designation for their commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success.

Election Imperatives: New Report on Student Voting and Political Engagement

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:00

Published by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University, this report offers ten recommendations to help campuses improve students’ political learning, discourse, inclusion, agency, and participation, beyond—but also including—voting.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella Appointed President of Phi Beta Kappa Society

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 12:15

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella has been appointed president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for a three-year term from 2018 to 2021. She has served Phi Beta Kappa in several national and local roles, most recently as vice president of the society from 2016 to 2018.

AAC&U Appoints Ashley Finley as Senior Advisor to the President and Secretary to the Board

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:30

AAC&U has appointed Ashley Finley as the senior advisor to the president and secretary to the board. Ashley has been an active AAC&U member and leader during her tenure at Dominican University of California, where she currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Dominican Experience. She is also the national evaluator for Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP).

The Academic Minute Radio Segment Seeks Research Submissions

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:30
The Academic Minute, a radio segment hosted by AAC&U president Lynn Pasquerella and produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, is seeking individual submissions for upcoming segments on any topic, and campuses are also encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from a single institution. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org, and be sure to tune in daily.

AAC&U Calls for Colleges and Universities to Promote Diversity and Equity

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 14:45

AAC&U has released a statement calling on colleges and universities to fulfill the promise of American higher education by promoting diversity and equity. "Identifying and overcoming the institutional structures and hidden barriers that undermine diversity is an imperative, not only for delivering a twenty-first-century liberal education that prepares students to thrive, . . . but for carrying out our nation’s historic mission of educating for democracy," the statement says.

Andrew Flagel Joins AAC&U as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:30

AAC&U has appointed Andrew Flagel as vice president for advancement and member engagement, effective July 1. In this role, he will help promote the mission of AAC&U by leading strategic advancement and membership growth and development.

Recent Op-Ed on the Benefits of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00

“The liberal arts and sciences are not only critically important for individual career success and the overall national economy. They are also essential to our country,” wrote Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa Society, in a recent op-ed for Fox News, "What Critics of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education are Missing."

David M. Scobey Joins BTtoP as New Director

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:00

After fifteen years of dedicated service, Donald W. Harward, director and cofounder of Bringing Theory to Practice, is stepping down at the end of this month. Following a successful search, David M. Scobey will join BTtoP as the new project director on July 1. Read the full announcement here

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.

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