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AAC&U Welcomes Christen Aragoni as Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 08:45

AAC&U has appointed Christen Aragoni as academic editor and editor of Liberal Education, the flagship journal of AAC&U.

Aragoni most recently served as an editor and writer for Currents, the membership magazine of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She covered the alumni relations beat and other topics on advancement in higher education, while also overseeing production. She previously was a senior editor at The American Prospect magazine, where she participated in coverage of the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, edited pieces on a range of political and cultural issues, and wrote book reviews. She also serves on the alumni committee of Cornell Alumni Magazine.

Aragoni earned her master of fine arts in creative writing from American University, receiving the Myra Sklarew Award for an MFA thesis which demonstrates remarkable originality, for fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, graduating magna cum laude in English, with minors in writing and women’s studies.

AAC&U Remembers Bernice “Bunny” Sandler

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:15

We at AAC&U were saddened to learn of the death on January 5, 2019, of Bernice Sandler, “Bunny” to almost everyone. Her bold actions, strategic sense, and savvy organizing helped revolutionize what it meant to be female on a college campus. AAC&U’s Caryn McTighe Musil shares a tribute to Bunny’s transformative legacy.

National Day of Racial Healing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 09:30

To mark the third annual National Day of Racial Healing on January 22, AAC&U calls on colleges and universities across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in our society.

Announcing the Network of Concerned Academics

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 13:30

The Network of Concerned Academics (NCA) is a coalition of US higher education organizations, networks, campus groups, administrators, faculty, staff, and students who seek to promote and advance the principles of higher education: the unfettered search for truth, the cultivation of an inclusive democratic culture, and the expansion of access to high-quality education for all members of our diverse society.

A Holiday Message from AAC&U

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:30

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella shares a message for our members and colleagues wishing you a happy holiday season. We look forward to our continued work together in fulfilling the enduring promise of American higher education.

Webinar: "What We Know from the Inaugural Year of the VALUE Institute"

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 11:00

Please join our upcoming webinar, “The Landscape of Learning: What We Know from the Inaugural Year of the VALUE Institute,” on December 4 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). This webinar will share the project-level results of the first year of the VALUE Institute (2017–18), a collaborative effort led by AAC&U and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (IUCPR).

Register Now: Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 11:00

AAC&U's Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference: “Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations" will examine what it means to work toward campus environments where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability. The conference will be held March 2830, 2019 in Pittsburgh.

Register Now for AAC&U's "Creating a 21st-Century General Education" Conference

Register Now for AAC&U's "Creating a 21st-Century General Education" Conference

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 17:30

AAC&U's “Creating a 21st-Century General Education: Responding to Seismic Shifts” conference invites colleagues to join us in sharing efforts to create intentional and integrated programs, assess current practices, and generate evidence of high-quality learning for all students. The meeting will be held February 14–16 in San Francisco.

2019 Summer Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

2019 Summer Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 17:00

Teams attending the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success will work with institute faculty to develop practices to support student engagement, advance curricular coherence, and generate equitable outcomes. Apply by March 7 for the institute, which will be held June 18–21 at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

"Catalyst in Action," Published by Stylus in Association with AAC&U

"Catalyst in Action," Published by Stylus in Association with AAC&U

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 09:45

Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice, edited by Bret Eynon and Laura M. Gambino with a foreword by Carol Geary Schneider, offers guiding principles and classroom-based ePortfolio practices that improve student success, deepen learning, and catalyze change. AAC&U members receive 25 percent off by using the code AACU25.

Two Institutions Win the Delphi Award for Innovative Approaches to Supporting Adjunct Faculty

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 13:45

The Pullias Center for Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education has announced that Harper College and California State University–Dominguez Hills have won the Delphi Award, given in partnership with AAC&U and with funding from the Teagle Foundation to recognize innovative approaches to supporting adjunct faculty in promoting student success.

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.

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.

L. Lee Knefelkamp

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.