AAC&U Will Celebrate 100 Years of Leadership for Liberal Education in 2015
AAC&U’s Annual Meeting —“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—will be held in Washington, DC, January 21–24, 2015. The Annual Meeting will explore higher education’s role in engaging students with the world’s urgent problems and, ultimately, in helping to create a more just and sustainable global future. We want to explore the kinds of learning—combining high touch and high tech—that Americans need now from postsecondary education to engage, contribute, and thrive within the economy as democratic and global citizens, and in their own lives. The Annual Meeting will feature the Centennial Symposium on January 21—“America's Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?” and the Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios on Saturday, January 24.
Public and Private VA College Presidents Voice Skepticism About Obama Plan to Rate Colleges As the Washington Post reported in an article on August 5, private and public college presidents, including the chair of AAC&U’s Board, Kenneth P. Ruscio, President of Washington and Lee University, have signed a common letter, expressing “skepticism about President Obama’s plan to rate colleges on measures of access and value and link those ratings to federal aid.” AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider notes that, “This letter gives public voice to concerns being expressed all over higher education. It also resonates with the three public statements AAC&U’s Board of Directors has released on the ratings proposal. Speaking for myself and not for our Board, I personally believe that we should ask institutions to report how well they are serving Pell-eligible students. But that is different from rating an entire institution on the highly reductive set of metrics the administration proposes. By result, if not intent, the metrics being discussed will drive the quality of learning entirely off the public radar screen, to all students’ disadvantage.”
New Project to Engage Minority-Serving Institutions In Research about Impact of HIPs on Underserved Student Achievement AAC&U has received a grant from TG Philanthropy to expand AAC&U’s ongoing work to make excellence inclusive and ensure that all college students—including, in particular, those attending minority-serving institutions—benefit from proven high-impact educational practices. Part of AAC&U’s ongoing Making Excellence Inclusive, the project, “Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” will examine the degree to which greater faculty intentionality in clearly articulating expectations for student learning and implementing more problem-centered instructional strategies can help to deepen student learning and increase student success. Read the press release or see the project web page for more information.
LEAP Presidents' Trust Member David P. Angel Seeks to Define 'Liberal Education 2.0' LEAP Presidents' Trust Member and Clark University President David P. Angel was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “On Leadership” online video series. President Angel noted that, “Blending a traditional liberal-arts education with practical real-world projects can make students more valuable contributors to the organizations they will work for when they graduate.” Learn more about developing blended approaches and employer partnerships at: http://www.aacu.org/leap/presidentstrust/compact/index.cfm
The August issue of AAC&U News features service learning at the University of Houston–Downtown, new data on the lives of recent college graduates, and the latest news about AAC&U meetings, projects, and publications. Watch for our next issue of AAC&U News in September.
This issue of Diversity & Democracy features approaches to general education that help students develop the skills they need for participation in a diverse and globally connected democracy. Contributing authors also raise pertinent questions about opportunities for and barriers to faculty and students' democratic engagement in higher education itself.
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