December 2010
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AAC&U officers and staff regularly travel throughout the country, and occasionally the world, to speak and consult at AAC&U member schools through seminars, institutes, and workshops as well as in more informal gatherings. AAC&U staff also regularly speak on the value of liberal education at various media and public affairs events. These meetings are an opportunity for the membership to influence the direction of AAC&U's initiatives. We look forward to seeing you the next time we are on your campus.

Carol Geary Schneider, AAC&U president, addressed a gathering of trustees, faculty, students, and staff as part of a working dinner for Goucher College’s Strategic Planning Group on November 16. On December 9, Schneider will participate in a series of discussions in Indianapolis to celebrate the Lumina Foundation’s ten- year anniversary, and on December 13, she will speak at the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s “Pathways to College” network gathering in Washington, DC.

Susan Albertine, AAC&U vice president of engagement, inclusion, and success, presented a closing plenary address at “Teaching TALKS: Today’s Academics Linking Knowledge and Skills,” in Portland, Oregon, October 21.  On November 5, she participated in the thirteenth annual “What Is an Educated Person?” conference, “Changing Perspectives on General Education: Students, Faculty, and the Business Community, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  On November 8, in Denver, Colorado, Albertine presented “Using Learning Outcomes or Competencies to Develop Integrative Public Health and Social Justice Programs,” at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  On November 16, she gave the closing plenary keynote presentation, “A Roadmap for Community College Student Success: The Promise of AAC&U’s Newest Collaborative Project,” at “Conducting Sustainable Assessment in a Changing Environment,” the fall 2010 conference of the Virginia Assessment Group.

Susan Elrod, executive director of Project Kaleidoscope, facilitated a workshop on student misconceptions in genetics on November 2 at the ASHG Education Meeting in Washington, DC. On November 12–16, she visited Mount Royal University in Banff, Calgary, Canada, and gave a keynote presentation, “SoTL in STEM: Why, How, and What?" at the International Symposium on Teaching and Learning, and also facilitated a campus workshop, “Toward a Pedagogy of Discovery for All Students.”

Kevin Hovland, AAC&U director for global learning and curricular change, led a day-long workshop October 29 for Vermont Campus Compact at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, with Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC&U senior vice president. The workshop was titled “Remapping Education for Global Learning: A Shared Responsibility.” Musil and Hovland also participated in a consultation at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, November 3, where they met with key academic administrators and faculty and led a workshop called “Emerging Trends in General Education: College Learning for a Global Century” to assist the college in revising its Course for Common Study requirements.

Debra Humphreys, AAC&U vice president for communications and public affairs, presented a plenary address, “Building Next-Generation Accountability Frameworks and State Policies: Lessons from LEAP,” at the Western Interstate Commission on higher Education annual meeting November 9, 2010, in Boulder, Colorado. Humphreys also presented the opening keynote address at the Senior Student Affairs Officer Symposium on High Impact Educational Practices: Fostering Strong Partnerships between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, held on November 11, 2010 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC&U senior vice president, traveled to Aix-en-Provence, France, on October 7-9 to participate in the board meeting of the Council of Academic Advisers of the Institute for American Universities. On November 8-11, Musil visited Strasbourg, France, to attend the Council of Europe Meeting on Autonomy and Academic Freedom and also to participate as a member of the US Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy to plan an IC/CoE international forum for next summer.  Musil also gave the plenary address, “A Measure of Equity: Women’s Progress, Power, and Priorities,” for a women’s breakfast at a Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 12-13. On November 19-20, she attended a National Writing Project board meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, attended the College Board Forum 2010 on October 29 in Washington, DC. On November 1, Rhodes participated in the National Governor’s Association’s Credit Hour Roundtable in Washington, DC. Rhodes traveled to the University of Alaska at Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska, November 3–6, to give two keynote talks on the LEAP initiative and electronic portfolios; he also had meetings with several faculty committees on general education and e-portfolios and addressed the university’s Faculty Senate on e-portfolios and student learning. On November 9–11, he visited Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as part of a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools committee visit.

Frederick Winter, AAC&U senior director of advancement and leadership development, presided at two roundtable sessions on AAC&U’s Community College Roadmap project at the November 4 and 5 annual meeting of the Council for Resource Development, the national community college fund raisers’ association. On November 15, Winter traveled to the Duke Center for International Development at Duke University to meet with twenty-five university presidents and vice presidents from the Xi’an area of China, who were visiting the United States on a two-week program called “Management and Innovation of Higher Education.”