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.
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Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, spoke on a plenary panel, alongside others, at the 58th Annual State Higher Education Executive Officers’ (SHEEO) Meeting July 15 in Boulder, Colorado, discussing the Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile and accreditation. On July 25th, she participated in a panel addressing educational quality at the Society for College and University Planning’s Annual International Conference & Idea Marketplace in National Harbor, Maryland.
Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC&U senior vice president, traveled to Dayton, Ohio, July 13-14 to attend a meeting convened by the Kettering Foundation, "a research institution devoted to trying to find ways to increase citizen participation in society," with the purpose of advising on potential arenas for future research. Musil will also travel to Hope College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 23-25 to meet with campus leaders and give the plenary address for Global Understanding Without Borders, Hope’s pre-college conference for faculty members. The address, titled "Diversity and Global Learning: Exploring the Borderlands," will emphasize the importance of including diverse viewpoints and global perspectives within disciplinary and general education coursework.
Terrel Rhodes, AAC&U vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, led several sessions at the AAEEBL ePortfolio World Summit 2011 July 25-28 in Boston. Rhodes also attended the Annual Meeting of the Teagle/Spencer Project on Systematic Improvement of Undergraduate Education at Duke University, June 9-10, and WASC’s Degree Qualifications Profile/Levels of Learning task force meeting in Alameda, California, July 11-12.
Susan Albertine, AAC&U vice president for engagement, inclusion, and success, served as a faculty scholar at the National Leadership Symposium—Advancing Leadership Education: Connecting to High-Impact Practices, an annual gathering of leadership educators, held July 7-10 at the University of Richmond. On July 14, Albertine joined a plenary discussion titled “LEAP—Postsecondary Learning Objectives and Assessment” at SHEEO’s 58th Annual Meeting in Boulder, Colorado. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, July 21-22, Albertine served as facilitator at a campus retreat, “High-Impact Practices and General Education.”
Debra Humphreys, AAC&U vice president for communications and public affairs, represented AAC&U at the EU Study Tour sponsored by the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities from June 25 through July 1 in Brussels, Belgium; Valencia, Spain; and Glasgow, Scotland. She also presented the keynote address on “Learning Outcomes and Meaningful Assessment: Navigating a Climate of Public Skepticism and Shifting Public Policies” at the LiveText Assessment and Collaboration Annual Meeting on July 11 in Chicago.
Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U senior director for student success, will give a presentation on August 23 to the faculty and staff at Lewis University titled "A Guiding Vision for Liberal Education, Inclusive Excellence, and Student Success." On August 31, McNair will conduct a pre-convocation workshop at University of Michigan-Flint titled “Engagement for Significant Learning and Community Transformation.” She also participated in the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on June 27 in Washington, DC.
Sue Elrod, director of Project Kaleidoscope, led a workshop titled “21st Century Learning in STEM Education” at California State University on June 17 in Long Beach, California. Elrod also served as a facilitator at the California State University system’s Engaged Departments Institute on community engagement and service learning in undergraduate science programs, June 20 -22.
Kevin Hovland, senior director of global learning and curricular change, discussed the Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning project on Tuesday, July 26 at the Society for College and University Planning annual meeting, “Integrated Solutions How and Now,” in National Harbor, Maryland.