2007 Annual Meeting
THE REAL TEST:
Liberal Education and
Democracy’s Big Questions
January 17-20, 2007
New Orleans, Louisiana
Held in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Academic Deans
Pre-Meeting Symposium: The Politics of Accountability: A Real Test for Higher Education
AAC&U is very pleased that we were able to hold our 2007 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. We're sure those of you who attended the meeting heard the words of appreciation from residents of the city -- and we at AAC&U add our thanks to you for making this a very special meeting. We invite you to listen to or download podcasts of featured sessions you heard (or missed), and we hope to see you at AAC&U's next Annual Meeting, which will be held January 23-26, 2008,in Washington, DC.
2007 Conference Program Online
See the complete conference program, including links to handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and additional resources.
ALSO OF INTEREST
Resource Available Free to Educators
The School of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University is making available a curriculum project based on
When The Levees Broke, an HBO documentary by Spike Lee. "Teaching The Levees : A Curriculum of Civic Engagement" will include a DVD of Lee's film, as well as a 100-page curriculum book supported by online resources. The curriculum lessons are aimed at three audiences: high school social studies students, college students in history-related courses, and adult learners in civic, religious, and community groups. Teachers College Press plans to distribute 30,000 free packages, and educators may request one via the “Teaching The Levees” website.
About the Annual Meeting
The academy continues to have a civic obligation not only to provide expertise to prepare for and respond to disasters, but also to help the nation redress the causes of the inequality and disenfranchisement made all too clear in the wake of such a disaster. We must teach students about these issues and inspire them to respond with reasoned inquiry, creative problem solving, compassionate concern, and a strong sense of social and civic responsibility for the long-term health of the democracy in which they live. —AAC&U’s Board of Directors’ Statement of Support in the Aftermath of Katrina (Sept 2005)
Efforts to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast continue to raise questions that test our ability and commitment to put into practice the outcomes of a liberal education. How do we learn from past experiences, identify problems and opportunities, and implement credible solutions? How should we direct our efforts to prepare students to be responsible citizens and leaders in times both of crisis and relative tranquility? How do we apply the lessons of Katrina and Rita to the complex contexts of our own local communities and institutional missions?
As AAC&U’s Board of Directors noted last year, “New Orleans represents a valuable opportunity for the nation—and its colleges and universities—to reflect on the root issues that make many Americans especially vulnerable in times of catastrophe.” As David Brooks put it, "Floods wash away the surface of society. . . .They expose the underlying power structures . . . and the unacknowledged inequalities."
The society we are creating represents the real test—of our democratic aspirations, our educational effectiveness, and our core commitments.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of our 2007 Annual Meeting. We invite you to learn more about our sponsors here.
Annual Meeting Welcoming Reception Sponsor
- Chartwells: Eat. Learn. Live.
- DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education
- Academic Management Systems - CourseEval™ : Build a 'culture of evidence' in your institution’s assessment program
- Data180: Data Solutions for Academe
- TaskStream: For demonstrating learning achievement
- TIAA-CREF: Financial Services for the Greater Good
- Inside Higher Education: The new conversation in higher education
- Stylus Publishing, LLC: Vital titles from independent publishers
Please contact the Development Office at (202) 884-7421 or e-mail Development@aacu.org for information about sponsorship opportunities for AAC&U's 2008 Annual Meeting.