April 2012
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Register for Fall 2012 Network for Academic Renewal Conferences on Diversity, STEM Learning

Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning
October 18-20, 2012—Baltimore, Maryland
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Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire
November 8-10, 2012—Kansas City, Missouri
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Resources and Podcasts from AAC&U's 2012 Annual Meeting Now Available

AAC&U has posted PDFs of many PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the 2012 Annual Meeting, as well as links to additional information about projects, programs, and publications. Presentations from the E-Portfolio Forum also are posted. Podcasts of the meeting’s opening and closing plenary sessions are now available on AAC&U’s podcast page, along with other featured presentations at the Annual Meeting. AAC&U thanks the nearly two thousand participants who traveled to Washington, DC, to be part of the 2012 Annual Meeting. We hope to see you next January in Atlanta.



Massachusetts Becomes Eighth LEAP State

AAC&U and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education recently announced that Massachusetts would become the eighth official state partner in AAC&U’s LEAP initiative. According to Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland, “LEAP offers an extraordinary model for how our campuses can best prepare students for postgraduate life as engaged citizens and highly skilled contributors to Massachusetts’s knowledge-based economy.” Massachusetts is also one of nine states involved in AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives initiative, funded with support from Lumina Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


Employers Speak about Liberal Education at LEAP Day Webinar

On February 29, 2012 (“LEAP Day”), AAC&U cohosted, with University of Wisconsin Whitewater and the California State University System Office, a special LEAP webinar, featuring two panels of employers discussing the skills and knowledge that college graduates need today. Speaking before live audiences in Whitewater and Long Beach, the panels spoke about the need for graduates who can navigate an increasingly globalized economy and adapt quickly to new roles and responsibilities in the workplace. The panel also responded to questions e-mailed in from viewers around the country. See a video recording of the broadcast here.



Update on Sustainability Initiative with Disciplinary Societies

Now in its second year, the “Mobilizing Disciplinary Societies on Behalf of Our Students” initiative has engaged eleven partner societies in collaborative work that leverages their membership, programs, and influence to infuse twenty-first-century real-world challenges related to sustainability into undergraduate STEM curricula. We are gearing up for a working meeting May 4–6 in Washington, DC, where society representatives will strategize for continued work during the remainder of the initiative and beyond. To read more about this initiative, click here.


Project Meeting for the Keck/PKAL STEM Education Framework Project

PKAL is pleased to announce the first meeting of the new Keck/PKAL STEM Education Framework Project, which will bring together fifteen invited campuses from California to test evidence-based strategies with the end goal of wider scale institutional transformation in STEM education. The Framework will be designed to help campus leaders translate national recommendations and research for improving student learning and success into scalable and sustainable actions. For more information about this project, click here.


Project Highlights

New Grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to Support Expansion of Quality Collaboratives Initiative

AAC&U recently received a $397,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the work of its ongoing initiative, Quality Collaboratives. The Hewlett Foundation joins Lumina Foundation and AAC&U in this nationwide effort to clarify what learning undergraduate students should be able to demonstrate as they receive baccalaureate and associate-level degrees. The Quality Collaboratives initiative was launched in October 2011, supported by a generous grant from Lumina Foundation, and is designed to pilot the new Degree Qualifications Profile as a framework for advancing and assessing the essential learning needed by all college graduates. The new funding from The Hewlett Foundation will provide support for an expanded list of states to be involved in the initiative and also will expand the number of institutions working together in those states to advance student learning outcomes and effective assessment in the context of student transfer from two-year to four-year public institutions. See the Quality Collaboratives Web site for more information and a list of participating schools and states.


BTtoP Calls for Proposals Addressing Engaged Learning, Civic Education, and Psychosocial Well-Being

Proposals are requested for projects during 2012-2014 that will promote engaged learning, civic engagement and development, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is particularly interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and proposals for how institutions can transform and sustain their priorities and practices. BTtoP seeks to support institutions at various stages of this work, and provides funding for three grant categories that recognize progression from small seminars to large demonstration projects. In this latter category the project anticipates, but does not require, that the institution has already taken steps made possible by support from BTtoP. See here for more information about the RFP.


Other AAC&U News

AAC&U Cosponsoring National Council for Research on Women Annual Meeting

The National Council for Research on Women will hold its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from Wednesday, June 20, to Friday, June 22, 2012. Cosponsored by AAC&U and titled “Agenda-Setting 2012 Nationally and Globally—Leveraging Women's Voices,” the conference will focus on strengthening women’s economic security and advancing women’s leadership, both critical goals for moving towards greater gender equality nationally and globally. For more information and to register, visit www.ncrw.org/events/2012/06/20/ncrw-annual-conference-2012-strengthening-womens-economic-security-and-leadership. Early bird rates are available until May 1, 2012.


AAC&U Website Survey

AAC&U is working on upgrades and changes to our website to improve its usability and make it as easy to navigate as possible for our core constituents—educators in higher education dedicated to improving and advancing liberal education. We want to gather input from those who already have at least some experience with our web resources. If you are one of those people and can answer a few simple questions, we would be very grateful.



Peer Review: Assessing Liberal Education Outcomes Using VALUE Rubrics
Peer Review Assessing Liberal Education Outcomes Using VALUE Rubrics
Liberal Education: The Completion Agenda
Liberal Education The Completion Agenda

Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning
October 18–20, 2012
Baltimore, Maryland

Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire
November 8–10, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri


2012 AAC&U Summer Institutes

Institute on General Education and Assessment
The Hotel at Turf Valley, Ellicott City, Maryland, June 2–6, 2012

Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, June 19–23, 2012

Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments
The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, July 11–15, 2012

PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty
The Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, CO
Institute I: July 17–22, 2012
Institute II: July 31–August 5, 2012


For more information on meetings, visit www.aacu.org/meetings/index.cfm