What's New

Webinar on "STEM Matters: The Formula for Driving Innovation"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 15:15

This webinar will bring together key institutional leaders, funding agency officers, and professional society representatives for an open and frank discussion of the structural and systemic barriers to quality and equity in undergraduate STEM education. Free for all who wish to participate, it will be held December 11 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Apply Now: Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 14:30

Campus teams interested in developing faculty-engaged, evidence-based, and sustainable models to advance quality and equity in student learning outcomes are invited to apply by February 20 for AAC&U's Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The institute will be held June 2–5 in Atlanta.

New Publication from AAC&U and NILOA

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 16:00

A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment of High-Impact Practices, written by Ashley Finley and co-released with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), outlines a process of effectively assessing high-impact practices—such as learning communities, capstones, undergraduate research, and community-based experiences—at your institution.

Webinar on “Fostering Civic Consciousness through Creativity-Based Pedagogy”

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 15:30

This webinar will highlight exemplary pedagogies for fostering civic consciousness and present strategies for applying them across disciplinary boundaries. Free for AAC&U members, it will be held November 14 at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

2020 Ness Book Award Winner: “Jim Crow Campus”

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:30

AAC&U has announced the winner of its Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Social Order. The annual award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, will be presented to author Joy Ann Williamson-Lott at AAC&U’s annual meeting.

White House Event to Address the Opioid Crisis on College Campuses

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:30

On November 13, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will convene a meeting of college presidents, nonprofits, and leading higher education associations (including AAC&U) to call attention to opioid overdoses on college campuses and discuss how university administrators can ensure the safety of their students. Email sarmed.rashid@ondcp.eop.gov if you have questions or are interested in attending.

Webinar: Reviewing the Results from AAC&U’s VALUE Initiative

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 15:00

On October 30, AAC&U will host a webinar discussion on “The Emerging Landscape of Learning: A Review of Five Years of AAC&U’s VALUE Initiative.” Free for AAC&U members, this webinar will showcase results generated by the national—now multinational—Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative, and presenters will help participants think through its methodological, pedagogical, and practical implications.

Registration Open for 2019–20 VALUE Institute

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:00

Register now for the VALUE Institute, higher education's leading source for direct evidence of student learning. The VALUE Institute provides institutions, departments, programs, states, consortia, and other providers with external validation of institutional assessment of learning outcomes.

Apply Now: One-Day Institutes on Civic Prompts in the Major

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 09:30

Through a grant from The Endeavor Foundation, AAC&U will sponsor two regional institutes for faculty teams seeking to embed civic learning across the structure, concepts, and pedagogies of undergraduate majors. The first institute will be held on January 31, 2020, in Los Angeles, and the second on March 6, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Webinar: Supporting Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 14:00

On October 22, AAC&U’s Tia Brown McNair will moderate a webinar discussion with four case studies on “Strategies for Supporting Faculty Planning to Advance Curricular Coherence." Free for all who wish to participate, this webinar will feature ambitious curricular change efforts to increase intentionality and reduce time to degree at the four institutions participating in AAC&U’s Purposeful Pathways project.

AAC&U Joins AAUP Statement on DOE Intrusion at Duke-UNC

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:30

AAC&U and several other organizations have joined a statement by the American Association of University Professors urging the US Department of Education to step away from the dangerous path it entered by ordering the Duke–UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to revise its offerings or lose federal funding. “This marks a chillingly inappropriate political intrusion into curricular decisions best made by faculty and poses a significant threat to academic freedom,” the statement said.

Lynn Pasquerella Speaking at “College Unbound: A Regional Accreditation and Innovation Journey”

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 13:15

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella will be a panelist, along with students and other thought leaders from the higher education community, in the American Council on Education’s lively discussion on the ten-year accreditation journey of College Unbound on October 2 at 8:30 a.m. (ET). The event will be livestreamed, but you must register. Registration is complimentary. 

AAC&U Held Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 12:30

More than 2,200 people gathered in Washington, DC, for AAC&U’s 2020 Annual Meeting, “Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead.” The meeting—held January 22–25 in Washington, DC—showcased equitable, innovative, and cost-effective models for providing today’s students with a strong, relevant, and inclusive liberal education. Click here for more information about the meeting.

AAC&U Supports FUTURE Act to Fund STEM at Minority-Serving Institutions

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 15:45

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and forty-one other higher education organizations in urging Congress to pass the FUTURE Act, legislation that extends vital mandatory funding for STEM education benefiting students at minority-serving institutions. “This bill is revenue neutral and allows these important institutions to continue the valuable work of offering quality STEM programs,” the organizations wrote in a letter to US Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy.

Webinar: How VALUE Can Improve Teaching, Learning, and Student Success

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 14:30

On September 25, Terrel Rhodes and Kate McConnell will lead a webinar on “Adding VALUE: How AAC&U’s Signature Approach to Assessment Can Improve Teaching, Learning, and Student Success.” Free for all who wish to participate, this webinar will present an overview of the VALUE approach, from local assessments using the VALUE rubrics to external validation available through the multinational, multi-institutional scoring initiative.