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Seeking Submissions for The Academic Minute

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 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.

Register Now for the Global Engagement and Social Responsibility Conference

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 13:45

The best rates are available before September 1 for the conference, "Higher Education's Role in Addressing Global Crises," October 12–14 in New Orleans.

Registration Open for the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 13:45

Register now for the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference, "Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence," November 2–4 in San Francisco.

Teagle Foundation Grant Supports the Delphi Award for Faculty Models to Support College Student Success

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 15:45

Beginning in 2019, the award will be presented at the AAC&U Annual Meeting by the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success—a partnership of AAC&U and the Earl and Pauline Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.        

Adrianna Kezar, professor at the University of Southern California, codirector of the Pullias Center, and director of the Delphi Project, received the grant to provide awards to campuses that create best practices in faculty work that support student success. AAC&U and the Pullias Center initiated the Delphi Project “to support a better understanding of factors that led to a majority of faculty being hired off the tenure track, the impact of these circumstances on teaching and learning, and potential strategies for addressing issues of rising contingency together.”

AAC&U Receives Purposeful Pathways Project Grant

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:45

The Teagle Foundation grant will fund a three-year project to guide faculty-led curricular change and build communities of practice around quality and completion.

HHMI Selects Institutions for Inclusive Excellence Initiative

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 11:45

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected twenty-four higher education institutions to participate in the initiative, which will “help increase the capacity of colleges and universities to effectively engage all students so that they can be successful in science, especially undergraduates who enter four-year institutions via nontraditional pathways.” AAC&U has established an Inclusive Excellence Commission to evaluate the outcomes of the initiative and share findings with the broader higher education community.

Omar Harbison

AAC&U Appoints Omar Harbison as Director of Student Success

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 11:30

Omar Harbison will join AAC&U on July 5 as the director of student success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. He will manage various externally funded projects and develop research related to student success, with an emphasis on underserved students.                 

Before joining AAC&U, Omar served as senior instructional media producer and trainer in the Center for Faculty Professional Development at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he designed the infrastructure for a university-wide digital dossier and eportfolio process. He has also served as an assistant professor at Morehouse College in the journalism and sports program and the cinema, television, and emerging media program. Omar started his career in higher education in 2005 at North Carolina Central University, where he taught English composition and speech communication. Omar is also an award-winning media professional with more than seventeen years of experience in broadcast journalism and new media technology. His documentary, HIV/AIDS: Have We Forgotten?, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009.

Omar graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor of arts degree in industrial organizational psychology. He earned a master of arts degree in journalism from Regent University, where he continued his studies with a postgraduate concentration in organizational leadership. 

The VALUE Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 15:30

AAC&U announces the development of the VALUE Institute as a continuing resource for institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success.

Kathryn Peltier Campbell Named Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education and Diversity & Democracy

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:45

AAC&U announced today the appointment of Kathryn Peltier Campbell as Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education and Diversity & Democracy. Campbell most recently served as Senior Editor for Equity and Civic Engagement and Director of Member Communications and has overseen the development and editorial direction of Diversity & Democracy, AAC&U’s quarterly publication on diversity, equity, global learning, and civic engagement. 

Campbell joined AAC&U in 2007 and has edited numerous AAC&U periodicals including Diversity & Democracy (previously Diversity Digest) and On Campus with Women, as well as other AAC&U publications such as America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education (Witham et al. 2015), General Education Transformed: How We Can, Why We Must (Gaston 2015), and Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High Impact Practices (Finley and McNair 2013).

Campbell earned her master’s in English from the University of Virginia, where she participated in the English department’s American Studies interdisciplinary program. She also earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, graduating with high honors in English Language and Literature and completing a second major in physics.

2018 Annual Meeting

CFP Open for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:15

Proposals are due Friday, July 21, 2017, for the meeting, Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?, which will be held January 24–27, 2018, in Washington, DC.

2018 General Education and Assessment

Submit Proposals for 2018 General Education and Assessment Conference

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:15

Proposals are due Friday, July 14, 2017, for the conference, Foundations for Democracy, which will be held February 15–17, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA.

AAC&U Selects Nearly 200 Institutions to Participate in Summer Institutes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 09:15

Teams of five or more will attend Institutes on General Education and Assessment, High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and Integrative Learning and Signature Work. Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institutes.

Lynn Pasquerella

AAC&U President Urges Graduates to Find “Your Best and Most Authentic Selves”

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 15:15

On May 20, Lynn Pasquerella delivered the commencement address to graduating students at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, urging graduates to use the invaluable skills they acquired through a liberal education to enhance their personal lives and strengthen democracy. “Elizabethtown College takes seriously our nation’s historic mission of educating for democracy,” Pasquerella said. “Yet, beyond the public purpose of higher education, your education has served a personal purpose, as well . . . Elizabethtown has set you on the path of finding your best and most authentic selves.” 


Feature Your Department in a New Project on Civic and Social Responsibility

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:00

AAC&U has launched a new project to describe how different departments and disciplines incorporate learning for civic and social responsibility into requirements and pedagogy of a student’s major or specialized program.

Newman's Own Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation Appoints AAC&U President to Advisory Board

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 14:45

Newman's Own Foundation has appointed Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, to its advisory board. In January, AAC&U received a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation for a three-year initiative supporting the collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at higher education institutions across the country. The grant will support a multi-year initiative to implement ten TRHT Centers, which will be designed to engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Pasquerella join the Newman's Own Advisory Board," Bob Forrester, president and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation and executive chairman of Newman's Own, Inc., said in a press release. "Lynn is a distinguished scholar and teacher, whose lifelong commitment to bringing empowerment and opportunity to the least advantaged in our world will make her a valued colleague and advisor."