AAC&U News, September 2016

News & Events, September 2016

Meetings and Institutes

Global Learning and the College Curriculum Conference: Register Now for Best Rates

October 6–8, 2016, Denver, Colorado
AAC&U invites you to join with colleagues at “Global Learning and the College Curriculum: Nurturing Student Efficacy in a Global World” to learn how educators are placing real-world problem solving at the center of the undergraduate curriculum. Many of the challenges facing our nation and the world in the twenty-first century are global in nature, and students need to be prepared to solve these problems with an ethical global mindset. Conference participants will discuss how global learning can be mapped equitably across the institution to chart a new course for inclusive curricular change. Plenary speakers include Kentaro Toyama of the University of Michigan and MIT, author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, and Hans de Wit, director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. Learn more about this conference and register by September 21 for the best conference rates.

Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Call for Proposals

March 16–18, 2017, Jacksonville, Florida
Proposals due Monday, September 12
AAC&U is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2017 conference on "Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change.” The conference will explore how the individual and collective voices of students, faculty, staff, and community partners can be catalysts for transformative campus and social change. Affirming that people will be the drivers of the institutional and structural transformation needed to support the success of today’s students and prepare them for unscripted challenges, participants will explore strategies for leading inclusive campus dialogues and strategic visioning that value and embrace diversity of thought, identity, and beliefs. We invite proposals that showcase evidence-based practices that reflect the conference theme and that can be adapted readily to a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions. Visit the Call for Proposals to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at the conference.

Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education Conference: Register Now for Best Rates

November 3–5, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to join with colleagues at the conference “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st-Century Society” to share and examine evidence-based models, practices, and strategies to provide high-quality undergraduate STEM teaching and learning and increase the number of students majoring, completing baccalaureate degrees, and pursuing careers in STEM fields. This year’s conference will deepen our understanding of “what works” in STEM higher education reform and provide attendees with the opportunity to rethink curricular designs and teaching approaches in ways that will maximize learning. Learn more about this conference and register by October 5 for the best rates.

AAC&U Annual Meeting Speakers Announced, Registration Opens September 15

AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting—“Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence”—will be held January 25–28 in San Francisco, California. The opening plenary will be an open discussion moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella on the challenges and realities of advocating for liberal education and inclusive excellence in our current political, economic, and social environment. Speakers will be Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream; Michael Roth, author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters; Jeff Selingo, author of There is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow; and Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race. At the final plenary on Saturday, Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker will speak on “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today.” The ACAD Luncheon speaker will be Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc, on “Iteration and Innovation in Education.” The Annual Meeting will also feature a premeeting symposium on Wednesday, January 25, “Student Activism and Liberal Education: Faculty Engagement in Turbulent Times,” and the Eighth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios on Saturday, January 28. Registration will open on September 15, 2016.

 

Meeting the LEAP Challenge

LEAP Texas Hosts Social Responsibility Week

From August 8 to 12, LEAP Texas hosted Social Responsibility Week, a week of free online events for educators organized by the LEAP Texas Faculty Fellows. Among the activities were a contest for “recipes” for activities that teach social responsibility, online events streamed through Periscope, and chats on Twitter using the hashtag #LEAPTexas. Faculty Fellow Jennifer Edwards also offered a glimpse of the Tarleton State Equity Innovation Lab. The LEAP Texas Faculty Fellows also participate in AAC&U's Faculty Collaboratives project.  

 

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Network News

Conferences Focusing on Building and Sustaining Campus and Community Relationships

The Imagining America National Conference, “At the Crossroads,” will be held October 6–8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The sessions at this conference will “enable people to build and sustain relationships that link stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address collective challenges.” On November 10 and 11, the Anchor Institutions Task Force will host its annual meeting in New York City. This meeting will highlight ways in which anchor institutions are addressing education, health, and economic development through community partnerships and the ways in which anchor institutions can harness their assets to solve problems in collaboration with their partners. For a full listing of fall civic conferences, see the CLDE events calendar.

Newly Released White Paper Addresses Civic Professionalism

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life has published Civic Professionalism: A Pathway to Practical Wisdom for the Liberal Arts. This publication addresses civic professionalism as a framing concept for civically engaged work in the liberal arts; civic professional identities for faculty members; the relationship between civic professionalism and student learning outcomes; and institutional structures that support civic professionalism as an orientation toward work, learning, and democratic citizenship.

Kettering Promotes Deliberative Democracy in Series of Initiatives

The Kettering Foundation has partnered with The Democracy Commitment and the Talloires Network to begin multiyear initiatives to deepen the practice of deliberative democracy at community colleges and around the world. The Kettering Foundation has also been convening a series of research exchanges with college presidents interested in civic engagement and deliberative democracy in an effort to address the problems of democracy. Please see the Kettering blog for findings and insights from these exchanges.  

The Anchor Institutions Task Force, Imagining America, the Kettering Foundation, and The Democracy Commitment are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of thirteen leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and to make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

 

Project News

New Book from BTtoP: Well-Being and Higher Education

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), an independent national initiative operating in partnership with AAC&U, recently released a book titled Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes, featuring thirty-five essays from recognized scholars. Edited by BTtoP Director and President Emeritus of Bates College Don Harward, the volume provides a thorough discussion of well-being in the context of higher education. Essays focus on topics ranging from what well-being means, both in the hedonic and eudaimonic traditions, to how well-being is linked to the core purposes of an institution of higher education, to how campuses can facilitate and manifest this connection in realized ways—for the greater good of students and of the world in which we expect students to thrive and that we expect them to shape. The volume is available for purchase through AAC&U’s online store in print and as an eBook (PDF). For more information about BTtoP, visit http://www.bttop.org.

 

Other News

Submit Nominations by October 3 for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. All doctorate-level graduate students planning careers in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the master’s is the terminal degree, such as art or music, are also eligible. Nominees must hold student status in January 2017, when award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. See the Cross Award Web page for a list of previous recipients. Information about how to submit a nomination for the 2017 award is available here.

New AAC&U Publication: Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future

AAC&U has published Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future, a report describing actions that every type of higher education institution can take to recognize and support inclusive excellence among faculty and build the capacity of women faculty of color to advance in their careers and contribute to higher education reform efforts. The report highlights the work of HBCUs as leaders in the education and graduation of STEM students, focusing in particular on the underexplored role of STEM women faculty of color, both in supporting student success in STEM fields and, over time, in driving campus changes that can make any college or university more effective in educating all students.

AAC&U Cosponsors The Academic Minute

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of the radio segment 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. Subscribe to The Academic Minute here, or contact the production team if you are interested in sharing your research with listeners.

Excellence in Assessment Designees Announced

Ten colleges and universities have been named as the first class of Excellence in Assessment designees. The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program, cosponsored by AAC&U, recognizes institutions’ commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. Sponsoring the EIA program along with AAC&U is the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a public college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Learn more about this program, including which institutions were recognized, here.

AAC&U’s Terrel Rhodes to Deliver Keynote Address at AAEEBL Conference

Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, will be the keynote speaker at the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning’s (AAEEBL) 2016 Southeast US Regional Conference, focusing on eportfolios. The conference will take place November 7–8, 2016, at Virginia Tech. Proposals to present at the conference are being accepted through September 15, and can be submitted here.

Access and Diversity Collaborative Guidance in Wake of Fisher v. University of Texas Ruling

The College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative has released a document detailing key takeaways and implications for colleges and universities in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on Fisher v. University of Texas. Some of these takeaways include: “Goals and objectives associated [with] student body diversity should be sufficiently precise, without resorting to numbers only, and based on evidence-centered academic judgments,” and “institution-specific evidence should support the necessity of using race-conscious methods for achieving these goals.” Read the full document hereand read AAC&U’s recently released statement on the case here.

AAC&U Senior Vice President Debra Humphreys to Assume New Position at Lumina Foundation on October 24

Debra Humphreys, AAC&U senior vice president of academic planning and public engagement, will join the Lumina Foundation on October 24 as Vice President of Strategic Engagement. In her new position, Humphreys will draw from her unique skill set in higher education, communications, academic planning, stakeholder engagement, and public policy to lead the Foundation's stakeholder engagement and strategic communications work. As part of that work, Humphreys will provide direction for Lumina's thought leadership efforts as well as the substantive work on postsecondary education quality. Humphreys has worked in a variety of capacities at AAC&U since 1993. In addition to her current position, Humphreys’s distinguished career at AAC&U has included serving for three years as VP of Communications, Policy, and Public Engagement; eleven years as VP for Communications and Public Affairs; and, prior to 2001, as Director of Programs in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at AAC&U, where she directed programs on diversity, equity, and women’s issues in higher education. Among other accomplishments, Humphreys has led AAC&U’s public and employer engagement and outreach efforts including the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact and AAC&U’s influential series of reports based on national surveys of employers. She also has led the advocacy strand of the influential LEAP initiative since its beginning and has worked to advance communications capacity on the part of college and university leaders and faculty members helping to develop resources to support a 21st century vision of liberal education and quality learning across all institutions and fields. "No matter where I travel on behalf of AAC&U and regardless of the forum, Debra is mentioned as a change maker, innovator, and articulate and tireless champion of the values at the core of our mission," says AAC&U president Lynn Pasquerella. "She will be missed so very much. At the same time, I am thrilled that Debra will be assuming such a critical leadership role at one of our most valued partners. I look forward to continued collaboration around our shared objective of promoting liberal education and inclusive excellence." 

 

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