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A Holiday Message from AAC&U

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 17:45

This holiday season brings to a close an exceptionally difficult and wrenching year. As we gather with family and friends—in person, virtually, or in spirit—let us look together with hope to the new year. From all of us at AAC&U, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Free Webinar on Shifting Mindsets around Liberal Arts and Job-Specific Training

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 15:00

Liberal arts or job-specific training? Why not both? Learn why higher education and business leaders don't see these traditionally opposing mindsets as incompatible. Join the free webinar on December 16 at 2 p.m. (EST) to learn more. Register here.

New Issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio Available Now

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 08:45

The International Journal of ePortfolio encourages the study of practices and pedagogies associated with ePortfolios in educational settings. Highlights from the latest issue include examining ePortfolio persistence beyond the program of study; ePortfolios as a high- impact practice in general education; and leveraging ePortfolios to foster civic and scientific literacy.

In Memoriam

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 22:15

AAC&U notes with regret the November 16 death of Rudolph H. Weingartner. An active leader in the association, he served on the board of directors (1985–89), the Task Group on General Education (1985–88), the Liberal Education editorial board (1986–94), and the National Advisory Committee for the Project on Liberal Education, Study in Depth, and the Arts and Sciences Major (1988–89). His Undergraduate Education: Goals and Means won the Frederic W. Ness Book Award in 1993.

Tia Brown McNair to Participate in Online Seminar Series on the Future of Online Learning

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 14:00

On December 2, AAC&U Vice President Tia Brown McNair will discuss her book From Equity Talk to Equity Walk in the first free seminar in the “The Future of Learning: ACCJC Conversations Among Thought Leaders” series from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella Speaking at the STAR Scholars Network Global Virtual Event

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 15:30

The 2020 STAR Scholars Network Conference, “Shaping a Humane World,” will feature President Pasquerella as a key speaker along with special guest Noam Chomsky and other distinguished higher education leaders. The conference will celebrate individuals who are making the world a more just and humane place. Click here for more information or to register for the free event, which will be held December 6–8.

AAC&U Signs Letter to Extend Current Suspension of Payment and Zero Percent Interest for Federal Student Loan Borrowers

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 11:30

AAC&U has joined the American Council on Education and other higher ed associations in writing to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for an extension the current suspension of payment and zero percent interest for federal student loan borrowers, as well as the suspension of collections on defaulted loans. These measures will protect student loan borrowers from the current volatile economic market until financial conditions improve.

Call for Proposals: Virtual Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 20:00

AAC&U invites colleagues from all areas of the higher education landscape to join us in sharing efforts to create intentional and integrated general education programs that grapple with contemporary challenges, assess our current practices, and generate high-quality educational experiences for all students. Proposals are due November 16.

Unite for Truth: Free Webinar on Racial Healing and Transformation

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 19:45

In a year marked by a tumultuous election, mounting racial and social injustices, and growing health disparities based on race, there continues to be a tremendous need for racial healing and transparent dialogues. As part of this year’s "Unite for Truth!" Giving Tuesday campaign, this webinar will highlight how Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers are leading efforts to dismantle the false belief in the hierarchy of human value.

Registration Open for 2020–21 VALUE Institute

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 14:45

Register now for the VALUE Institute, higher education's leading source for direct evidence of student learning. The VALUE Institute provides institutions, departments, programs, states, consortia, and other providers with external validation of institutional assessment of learning outcomes.

AAC&U Announces Winner of the Ness Book Award

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 17:30

Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Cost of Upward Mobility is the winner of the Frederic W. Ness Book Award. The annual award, which recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education, was presented to author Jennifer M. Morton during AAC&U’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.

AAC&U President Featured in Ed Up Experience Podcast

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:45

President Lynn Pasquerella joined the Ed Up Experience podcast for a discussion on the relevancy of liberal arts education, the value of higher education, and the impact higher education institutions have on society.


AAC&U Featured in “Leading Improvements in Higher Education” Podcast

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 13:30

AAC&U vice presidents Terrel Rhodes and Dawn Michele Whitehead are featured in the first season of the Leading Improvements in Higher Education podcast of the Assessment Institute at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. The podcast provides a timely overview of issues, opportunities, and ideas related to teaching and learning, student success, and assessment and improvement in higher education.


AAC&U Joins Higher Ed Associations Responding to Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 18:00

AAC&U joined the American Council on Education and more than fifty other higher education associations in sending a letter to the White House expressing grave reservations about the recent Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping and requesting that the order be withdrawn.

10th Anniversary of the Academic Minute

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 11:45

For the next two weeks, the Academic Minute is celebrating its first decade by presenting one segment from each year. AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is the host of the Academic Minute, a radio segment produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U.