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A Voice and a Force for Liberal Education in the 21st Century

In the Spotlight

AAC&U Will Celebrate 100 Years of Leadership for Liberal Education in 2015
AAC&U’s Annual Meeting —“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—will be held in Washington, DC, January 21–24, 2015. The Annual Meeting will explore higher education’s role in engaging students with the world’s urgent problems and, ultimately, in helping to create a more just and sustainable global future. We want to explore the kinds of learning—combining high touch and high tech—that Americans need now from postsecondary education to engage, contribute, and thrive within the economy as democratic and global citizens, and in their own lives. The Annual Meeting will feature the Centennial Symposium on January 21—“America's Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?” and the Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios on Saturday, January 24.

AAEEBL Invites Participation in 4th Annual E-Portfolio Survey
The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) is conducting its 4th Annual E-Portfolio survey. AAEEBL invites anyone associated with e-portfolio practice in higher education to contribute to this year's survey, which closes August 1. The survey, which takes about ten minutes to complete, focuses on the ways in which e-portfolios are used to achieve learning objectives and educational goals. The study is part of a multi-year research initiative to find out more about trends in e-portfolio implementation and results across a wide variety of institutions and demographics. To complete the survey, visit the AAEEBL website. AAC&U's Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment Terrel Rhodes serves on the advisory board of AAEEBL.

AAC&U’s Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly Co-Lead August 6 Webinar on LGBTQ Student Success for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
AAC&U's Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly will co-lead an August 6 webinar titled “Understanding LGBTQ Student Success: A Toolkit for Expanding Campus Practice.” This webinar is being sponsored by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The webinar will be on Wednesday, August 6, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. (Eastern time). The cost for the webinar is $199. In this webinar, panelists will discuss literature on student success—which includes best practices for supporting first-generation, racial or ethnic minority, and low-income students—to identify ways to better serve LGBTQ students. They will also broaden the notion of what it means to be underserved in U.S. higher education and provide a toolkit to help educators and practitioners address issues relevant to LGBTQ student success. Click here to register for this webinar. See also Rebecca Dolinsky and Heather McCambly’s article, “LGBTQ Student Success in Higher Ed: Collaborating with Diverse Practitioners.”



Liberal Education and America's Promise

LEAP Presidents' Trust Member David P. Angel Seeks to Define 'Liberal Education 2.0'
LEAP Presidents' Trust Member and Clark University President David P. Angel was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “On Leadership” online video series. President Angel noted that, “Blending a traditional liberal-arts education with practical real-world projects can make students more valuable contributors to the organizations they will work for when they graduate.” Learn more about developing blended approaches and employer partnerships at:




News on AAC&U's upcoming Centennial Year

A Special Message from AAC&U's President about the Forthcoming Centennial


Featured Events

GLOBAL LEARNING IN COLLEGE: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st-Century College Students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 16–18, 2014. Register by September 2 for best conference rates.

TRANSFORMING STEM HIGHER EDUCATION in Atlanta, Georgia, November 6-8, 2014. Register by September 24 for best conference rates.

Centennial Annual Meeting

GENERAL EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT: From Mission to Action to Evidence: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Programs in Kansas City, Missouri, February 19-21, 2015.

DIVERSITY, LEARNING, AND STUDENT SUCCESS: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence in San Diego, California, March 26-28, 2015. Proposals due September 8, 2014.


Institute on General Education and Assessment, University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, June 3-7, 2014.

Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17-21, 2014.  

Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments, California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, California, July 9-13, 2014.

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty, Institute I: Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, July 18–23, 2014
Institute II: Baca Campus of Colorado College, Crestone, Colorado, July 25–30, 2014


Featured Member News and Resources

 AAC&U News

The June/July issue of AAC&U News features a curriculum-to-career program at Mount Holyoke College, data on the workplace engagement of college graduates, and the latest news about AAC&U meetings, projects, and publications. Watch for our next issue of AAC&U News in August..

Featured Publications

Liberal Education, Spring 2014  

Liberal Education, Spring, 2014: Quality, E-Quality, and Opportunity

This issue presents highlights of the 2014 AAC&U Annual Meeting. Also included are articles on the second iteration of the Degree Qualifications Profile, the relationship between witness and service, divergent traditions of democracy in relation to higher education, and recent Supreme Court rulings affecting diversity efforts.



Peer Review, Winter, 2014  

Diversity & Democracy, Spring, 2014: Global Learning: Reaching Across Horizons

In the twenty-first century, the connections between local occurrences and global systems—financial, technological, natural, ideological—are more apparent than ever. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores the global learning students need to grapple with this complexity while preparing for responsible action in the world.