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AAC&U Commitment and Plan of Action to Support the Indispensable Liberal Arts and Sciences Released

In a recent letter to members, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has profiled AAC&U's current and planned work on behalf of the liberal arts and sciences. Building on work in AAC&U's LEAP initiative that seeks to make the purposes and practices that characterize a 21st-century liberal education a guiding compass for all students and all major fields, Schneider articulates in her memo to members why the liberal arts and sciences are an indispensable component of any quality undergraduate degree. Moreover, she sketches out how AAC&U plans to, at once make the case for the liberal arts and sciences, and support member institutions as they work to ensure that all students reach the important learning outcomes that the arts and sciences provide. See the full letter to members and a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed that Schneider co-authored with David Townsend of the Aspen Institute.

AACU Board Releases Statement on "Ensuring the Value of US Higher Education"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 10:00

The AAC&U Board of Directors recently released a statement, "Ensuring the Value of US Higher Education," calling for a more "searching exploration of 'value' than" has been proposed in recent speeches by President Obama. In the official statement, the AAC&U board further calls for the creation of a "contemporary framework for quality that is focused on Essential Learning Outcomes, educational practices that lead to these outcomes, greater equity in access to excellence, and intentionality in generating evidence of achievement based on students' best work."

AAC&U Commitment and Plan of Action to Support the Indispensable Liberal Arts and Sciences Released

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:00

In a recent letter to members, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has profiled AAC&U's current and planned work on behalf of the liberal arts and sciences. Building on work in AAC&U's LEAP initiative that seeks to make the purposes and practices that characterize a 21st-century liberal education a guiding compass for all students and all major fields, Schneider articulates in her memo to members why the liberal arts and sciences are an indispensable component of any quality undergraduate degree. Moreover, she sketches out how AAC&U plans to, at once make the case for the liberal arts and sciences, and support member institutions as they work to ensure that all students reach the important learning outcomes that the arts and sciences provide. See the full letter to members and a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed that Schneider co-authored with David Townsend of the Aspen Institute.

The Humanities and Arts are Disciplines "Basic to Democracy" Say AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider and Aspen Institute Senior Leader David Townsend

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:00

When politicians attack the humanities and arts, they are forgetting core lessons from our founders and depleting our capacity to sustain a civil society. In their Inside Higher Ed essay, Ignoring the Founders, Schneider and Townsend write, "There would be no America if Thomas Jefferson cared more about beans and viticulture than the truth that all men are created equal, if John Adams cared more about the legality of contracts for debt than liberty, if Benjamin Franklin cared more about inventing and marketing new technologies than the pursuit of happiness." The essay will be reprinted in the next issue of AAC&U's flagship journal Liberal Education. Since 1991, AAC&U and the Aspen Institute have co-sponsored the Wye Seminars on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity, for which Townsend serves as director and faculty member. The content and pedagogy of these seminars foster learning needed to secure a self-governing democracy and a prosperous economy. The seminars, designed for faculty members and academic leaders, will be offered again in the summer of 2014.

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AAC&U Commitment and Plan of Action to Support the Indispensable Liberal Arts and Sciences Released

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:30

In a recent letter to members, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider has profiled AAC&U's current and planned work on behalf of the liberal arts and sciences. Building on work in AAC&U's LEAP initiative that seeks to make the purposes and practices that characterize a 21st-century liberal education a guiding compass for all students and all major fields, Schneider articulates in her memo to members why the liberal arts and sciences are an indispensable component of any quality undergraduate degree. Moreover, she sketches out how AAC&U plans to, at once make the case for the liberal arts and sciences, and support member institutions as they work to ensure that all students reach the important learning outcomes that the arts and sciences provide. See the full letter to members and a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed that Schneider co-authored with David Townsend of the Aspen Institute.

LEAP Presidents' Trust Member Makes the Case for the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:15

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray notes in a recent Huffington Post College blog post, "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace," "All successful careers require critical thinking, teamwork, sensitivity to cultural, demographic, economic and societal differences, and political perspectives. A liberal arts education provides this grounding. ...No one knows what the jobs of the future will be, but a liberal arts degree provides a great foundation for adjusting to new careers and further education. We do know that a third of all Fortune 500 CEOs have liberal arts degrees. ...Finally, our society desperately needs the grounding in ethical thinking and questioning that the liberal arts provide. ...A good job and top salary out of college, we all agree, would be wonderful. More important by far, is what our college graduates do beyond the starting line to build a rewarding life, create a fulfilling career and serve their communities."

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AAC&U Board Releases Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:15

AAC&U’s Board of Directors has released an official statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, which explains AAC&U’s vision for inclusive excellence in light of the association’s recently expanded mission “to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.” “As our nation faces unprecedented demographic shifts and a complex and challenging economic, legal, and regulatory environment, it is more important than ever that every higher education institution redouble its efforts to ensure that all students learn with and from diverse peers and graduate ready to lead in a diverse and globally connected world,” said Mildred García, president of California State University, Fullerton and chair of AAC&U’s Board. The new statement on inclusive excellence is a companion to AAC&U’s existing Board Statement on Liberal Education.

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