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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

AAC&U VALUE Rubric Calibration Training Now Open

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 16:15

Volunteer now to participate in VALUE Rubric Calibration Training, running through June. This is a wonderful development opportunity to be certified as a VALUE Rubric Scorer, and you may be invited to score student work for the inaugural year of the VALUE Institute. For more information or to volunteer, please email Wende Garrison, director of VALUE Institute training, at garrison@aacu.org.

Applications Due May 1 for Excellence in Assessment Designation

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00
The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation recognizes institutions for their efforts in intentional integration of campus-level learning outcomes assessment. Cosponsored by AAC&U, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the EIA Designations focus on campus processes and uses of assessment outcomes, rather than on student performance or accomplishment.

Webinar: Signature Work from First Year to Capstone

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 16:15

In this webinar, administrative and faculty leaders from three institutions will share models and insights into the process their institutions took to integrate signature work opportunities into the curriculum. This webinar will be held April 27 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Upcoming Webinar on Addressing Disparities in Student Outcomes

Free Resources on Addressing Disparities in Student Outcomes

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:00

AAC&U offers a new publication and upcoming webinar on “A Vision for Equity: Campus-Based Strategies for Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence.” Based on findings from a three-year project that included thirteen institutions, these resources share lessons, practical examples, models, and data for campuses working to identify and address disparities in student outcomes. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Metropolitan Universities Issue Guest Edited by Tia Brown McNair and Judith Ramaley

Metropolitan Universities Issue Guest Edited by Tia Brown McNair and Judith Ramaley

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 16:00

AAC&U's Tia Brown McNair and Portland State University's Judith Ramaley (AAC&U Distinguished Fellow) guest edited an issue of Metropolitan Universities titled "Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem," which also featured an article by AAC&U's Jacinta Saffold, “The Heavy Lifting of Diversity: A Need for Scholar Administrators.”

The CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

The CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 15:15

Advocates of open educational resources (OER), including AAC&U’s C. Edward Watson, created the CARE Framework to start a conversation about OER stewardship and help "organizations and individuals that benefit from OER to think about giving back."

Kate McConnell Articulates the Value of Assessment in Inside Higher Ed

Kate McConnell Articulates the Value of Assessment in Inside Higher Ed

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:00

Kate McConnell, AAC&U’s senior director for assessment, contributed an article to Inside Higher Ed, “What Assessment Is Really About,” on March 1, 2018. Responding to a recent New York Times op-ed by Molly Worthen, McConnell calls for “those of us with responsibility for measuring and then sharing what we know about student learning on our campuses . . . to belie the easy stereotype of the bureaucratic bean counter, and to avail ourselves of every opportunity to center our work within the teaching enterprise.” 

AAC&U Webinar on Integrating Civic Learning in the Majors

AAC&U Webinar on Integrating Civic Learning in the Majors

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 16:30

Join AAC&U’s webinar, “Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility,” for a panel discussion that will help departments adopt a civic lens for all majors. The webinar is free for AAC&U members and will be held April 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. (ET).

Webinar: Strategies for Communicating the Importance of Liberal Education

Webinar: “Strategies for Communicating the Importance of Liberal Education”

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 13:30

This webinar, which will be held March 29, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), will help participants think through negative perspectives of higher education and craft messages that articulate the strengths and promises of liberal education.

AAC&U Researcher Selected to Attend 2018 NCES Data Institute

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:45

Erin Horan, postdoctoral research analyst in AAC&U’s Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, is one of forty applicants accepted to participate in the 2018 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education. The institute, which will be held online and in-person from March to June 2018, will help researchers explore and gain expertise with the array of datasets available through NCES. Horan has been assigned to the research group focused on socioeconomic status in the postsecondary space, and this opportunity will help her connect NCES data with AAC&U’s work on quality and equity in higher education.

Inaugural Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-Wide Interfaith Excellence

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 16:00

The institute, a new partnership between the Interfaith Youth Core and AAC&U, is an opportunity for campus teams to engage issues of religious diversity. The institute will be held July 17–20 at Boston University. Applications are due April 30, 2018.

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AAC&U Announces New Directors and Officers for Board of Directors

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:45

AAC&U is pleased to welcome eight new board members, a new slate of officers, and a new board chair, Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, to its board of directors.

New Resources on Civic Learning in the Major by Design

New Resources on Civic Learning in the Major by Design

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 13:15

AAC&U recently published an issue of Peer Review and a series of case studies highlighting Civic Learning in the Major by Design. Working in tandem, these two new resources provide conceptual frameworks and specific details about how to design departmental pathways to ensure civic learning and social responsibility are dimensions of a student's major.

AAC&U Presents Ness Book Award to Beyond the Skills Gap

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:00

AAC&U presents the 2018 Frederic W. Ness Book Award to Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work for its contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. Written by Matthew T. Hora, Ross J. Benbow, and Amanda K. Oleson, Beyond the Skills Gap emphasizes the critical role of educational practice and design in preparing students for the workforce, ensuring future employees develop robust technical expertise, cultivate problem-solving and communication skills, transfer abstract knowledge to real-world situations, and foster a lifelong aptitude for self-directed learning.