What's New

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."

Beyond the ‘A’ Word

Register now for Webinar: Beyond the ‘A’ Word on April 17

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 13:00

A new webinar, “Beyond the ‘A’ Word: Assessment that Empowers Faculty,” will provide techniques, strategies, and case studies that demonstrate an approach to assessment that promotes innovation and enables creative practices for marrying teaching and learning with authentic assessment.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

AAC&U Receives Grant to Develop Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00

AAC&U has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the initial development of ten Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at higher education institutions across the country.

Gender Values

Gender Values: Meeting the Challenge for STEM Gender Diversity

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 16:00

This project offers a powerful, dynamic assessment tool designed to assist US colleges and universities in tailoring best practices and resources to meet their own unique institutional goals for diversifying STEM faculty.

Mellon/ACLS Fellows Program

Applications Due March 22 for the Mellon/ACLS Fellows Program

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 14:00

The Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program is a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2017, the Public Fellows Program will place up to twenty-two recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring; an annual stipend of $67,500; and health insurance. 

The application deadline for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program is March 22, 2017 (8 p.m. EDT).

The Public Fellows Program is offered by ACLS with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.