AAC&U News, November 2017

October/November 2017

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Dawn Michele Whitehead (on the right in the left photo) moderated a panel at the international conference of the Global Meeting of Associations and the International Association of Universities in Accra, Ghana. Lynn Pasquerella (second from the left in the right photo) spoke on a panel celebrating the inauguration of Jonathan D. Green as president of Susquehanna University.

On October 20, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella (second from left in photo) traveled to Selingsgrove, Pennsylvania, to speak in a panel discussion titled “Liberal Education: Education for Leadership” at the inauguration of Jonathan D. Green as president of Susquehanna University.

Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, facilitated a workshop on October 12 titled “Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps: Strategies for Advancing our Shared Responsibility” during the California State University Graduation Initiative Symposium in Long Beach, California. On October 23, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College: High-Impact Practices and Intentionality by Design” during the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) 2017 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. On October 27, McNair facilitated a session titled “Building Equity and Inclusion on Campus” during the 2017 Net Impact Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

From October 21 to 23, Terrel Rhodes, vice president in the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment, attended the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) 2017 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he presented on “Conducting Assessment and Research on Service Learning and Student Civic Outcomes” and “On Solid Ground: Assessment for Learning.”

From October 17–20, Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director of global learning and curricular change, moderated and served as a panelist for the session titled “What Are the Expectations and the Place of the Student in this Changing Landscape?” at the international conference of the Global Meeting of Associations and the International Association of Universities in Accra, Ghana.

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, presented on the importance of integrative learning as part of the opening plenary panel on "Advances in Education Programs: US Perspectives" for the "Global Perspectives in Convergence Education" convening that the National Science Foundation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held on November 2–3 at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC.

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended Oregon State University’s National Science Foundation Advance Project Meeting in Corvallis, Oregon, as a member of the project’s external advisory council from October 25 to 27.

Kate McConnell, senior director for research and assessment, attended a data and technology infrastructure convening hosted by Lumina Foundation on October 4–5 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Susan Albertine, senior scholar, traveled to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on October 6 to facilitate a workshop titled "Becoming a Student-Ready College" for the Shippensburg University Student Success Team. On October 10, Albertine joined a plenary panel titled "The National Context and Its Influence on Institutional Changes" for the Independent Colleges Office Liaison Meeting, "Focusing on the Future," in Washington, DC. As a member of the Committee on Integrating Higher Education in Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Albertine attended the committee’s regional workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on October 19–20 in Washington, DC.

Ashley Finley (Dominican University of California), national evaluator for Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) and AAC&U senior fellow, participated in a panel discussion at the California Community Colleges Civic Engagement Summit on October 6 at College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, California). The focus of the panel was "Civic Engagement and The Crucible Moment in Higher Education: Why Now? Why Us?" Finley discussed BTtoP's current Greater Purpose Campus Dialogues initiative and highlighted a number of successful projects happening at community colleges as part of that initiative.

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