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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.

AAC&U President Signs Letter on the DOE’s Princeton Investigation

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 17:30

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella has signed to support a letter from Wesleyan University President Michael Roth and Amherst College President Biddy Martin responding to the US Department of Education’s investigation of Princeton University after the university’s president publicly recognized that historic racism has been embedded in the institution over time.

AAC&U Launches New Voter Participation Resources Page

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 14:30

AAC&U is offering a collection of online resources and a video from civil rights leader Bernard Lafayette on voter and civic engagement. While every election is an opportunity to highlight AAC&U’s longstanding commitment to democratic and civic engagement as a vital component of a liberal education, that commitment means more than ever at this time of national reckoning with racial injustice.

AAC&U President Spoke at Ideagen’s “17 Days of Sustainability” Summit

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 14:45

Lynn Pasquerella spoke at Ideagen’s summit, which runs from September 17 to October 9. Highlighting one goal per day, Ideagen is showcasing how the world’s leading organizations are addressing the goals through the education, awareness, and collaboration of individuals and organizations who strive for a better society and planet. The panel discussion featuring President Pasquerella can be viewed here.

AAC&U President to Speak at Times Higher Education’s Virtual Student Success Forum

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 18:45

Lynn Pasquerella will speak at Times Higher Education’s one-day Student Success Forum that will examine how COVID-19 has reshaped the student experience and how it will continue to do so for the short and long term. The event will examine how universities are adapting to the “new normal” and ensuring that students can continue to learn, exchange knowledge, socialize, and become active members of their university communities.


Winners of the 2020 Delphi Award

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 17:30

Teams from Louisiana State University and Northcentral University received the 2020 Delphi Award, which includes $15,000 to continue their innovative work supporting adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track faculty in promoting student success. Since 2012, AAC&U and the USC Pullias Center have partnered on the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success to develop reports and resources, collect models, and conduct research and advocacy.

Register Now: Virtual Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 15:00

This conference, held November 5–7, 2020, will convene STEM faculty, national experts, and thought leaders; share effective STEM teaching and learning strategies; reveal the latest in STEM education research; and deeply engage in topics that are critical to the reform of STEM higher education.