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Making the Case for High-Impact Practices

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 16:45

In a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, Jillian Kinzie and George D. Kuh argue that simply offering high-impact practices isn't enough to reap the benefits they provide. Implementation should be equitable, intentional, geared toward institutional context, and based on evidence.

Livestream the Release of a New National Academies Report

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:15

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce, which includes AAC&U’s Lynn Pasquerella and Susan Albertine as board members, invites you to attend the release of the new report, The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree. Participants can attend the event in Washington, DC, or livestream it here on May 7, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET).

New Partnership to Foster Interfaith Leadership and Cooperation in Higher Education

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:15

A transformational grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will support a three-year partnership between AAC&U and the Interfaith Youth Core to increase curricular and cocurricular student experiences at colleges and universities.

Submit a Proposal for the 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:30

Help AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope chart a daring path toward the reform of STEM higher education by submitting a proposal for the 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education: Confirming the Authority of Evidence conference. Proposals are due May 11.

A Call for Effective Assessment

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:15

Members of the higher education assessment community have joined together to affirm a collective commitment to effective and useful assessment practices that contribute to better student learning. Read the full statement here

AAC&U VALUE Rubric Calibration Training Now Open

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 16:15

Volunteer now to participate in VALUE Rubric Calibration Training, running through June. This is a wonderful development opportunity to be certified as a VALUE Rubric Scorer, and you may be invited to score student work for the inaugural year of the VALUE Institute. For more information or to volunteer, please email Wende Garrison, director of VALUE Institute training, at garrison@aacu.org.

Applications Due May 1 for Excellence in Assessment Designation

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00
The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designation recognizes institutions for their efforts in intentional integration of campus-level learning outcomes assessment. Cosponsored by AAC&U, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the EIA Designations focus on campus processes and uses of assessment outcomes, rather than on student performance or accomplishment.

Webinar: Signature Work from First Year to Capstone

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 16:15

In this webinar, administrative and faculty leaders from three institutions will share models and insights into the process their institutions took to integrate signature work opportunities into the curriculum. This webinar will be held April 27 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Upcoming Webinar on Addressing Disparities in Student Outcomes

Free Resources on Addressing Disparities in Student Outcomes

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 14:00

AAC&U offers a new publication and upcoming webinar on “A Vision for Equity: Campus-Based Strategies for Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence.” Based on findings from a three-year project that included thirteen institutions, these resources share lessons, practical examples, models, and data for campuses working to identify and address disparities in student outcomes. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Metropolitan Universities Issue Guest Edited by Tia Brown McNair and Judith Ramaley

Metropolitan Universities Issue Guest Edited by Tia Brown McNair and Judith Ramaley

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 16:00

AAC&U's Tia Brown McNair and Portland State University's Judith Ramaley (AAC&U Distinguished Fellow) guest edited an issue of Metropolitan Universities titled "Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem," which also featured an article by AAC&U's Jacinta Saffold, “The Heavy Lifting of Diversity: A Need for Scholar Administrators.”

The CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

The CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 15:15

Advocates of open educational resources (OER), including AAC&U’s C. Edward Watson, created the CARE Framework to start a conversation about OER stewardship and help "organizations and individuals that benefit from OER to think about giving back."

Kate McConnell Articulates the Value of Assessment in Inside Higher Ed

Kate McConnell Articulates the Value of Assessment in Inside Higher Ed

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:00

Kate McConnell, AAC&U’s senior director for assessment, contributed an article to Inside Higher Ed, “What Assessment Is Really About,” on March 1, 2018. Responding to a recent New York Times op-ed by Molly Worthen, McConnell calls for “those of us with responsibility for measuring and then sharing what we know about student learning on our campuses . . . to belie the easy stereotype of the bureaucratic bean counter, and to avail ourselves of every opportunity to center our work within the teaching enterprise.” 

AAC&U Webinar on Integrating Civic Learning in the Majors

AAC&U Webinar on Integrating Civic Learning in the Majors

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 16:30

Join AAC&U’s webinar, “Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility,” for a panel discussion that will help departments adopt a civic lens for all majors. The webinar is free for AAC&U members and will be held April 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. (ET).

Webinar: Strategies for Communicating the Importance of Liberal Education

Webinar: “Strategies for Communicating the Importance of Liberal Education”

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 13:30

This webinar, which will be held March 29, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), will help participants think through negative perspectives of higher education and craft messages that articulate the strengths and promises of liberal education.

AAC&U Researcher Selected to Attend 2018 NCES Data Institute

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:45

Erin Horan, postdoctoral research analyst in AAC&U’s Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, is one of forty applicants accepted to participate in the 2018 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education. The institute, which will be held online and in-person from March to June 2018, will help researchers explore and gain expertise with the array of datasets available through NCES. Horan has been assigned to the research group focused on socioeconomic status in the postsecondary space, and this opportunity will help her connect NCES data with AAC&U’s work on quality and equity in higher education.