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AAC&U Supports Continuation of DACA Protections

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 13:45

AAC&U supports the continuation of protections for students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. “AAC&U stands alongside its 1,400 members in reaffirming an abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of our democratic culture and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education,” AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella said in a statement released in January. 

AAC&U strengthened this commitment by joining the American Council on Education and other higher education leaders in sending a letter to US President Donald Trump on August 28, 2017, urging him to “to continue your promise to support the Dreamers and preserve DACA while seeking a permanent solution, and allow these productive and high-achieving individuals to continue to work, study and contribute to our great country.” This was followed on August 30 by a letter to President Trump from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, AAC&U, and fifty national organizations.

Visit our Resources for Campus Leaders Crafting Messages in Response to Issues of Racial and Social Justice for more information about how campuses have taken action to champion these values. We invite member leaders to share their own statements by emailing Ross Berry at communications@aacu.org.

AAC&U Announces Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 09:45
The first ten TRHT Campus Centers will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies for transformative change.

AAC&U President Pasquerella Responds to Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:00

In the aftermath of the horrific, heartbreaking events in Charlottesville, we must not be silent....We must harness our collective intellectual, social, and financial resources to transform words into action.  

Upcoming Webinar: "Global Learning—Beyond Study Abroad"

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:30

This webinar will offer proven frameworks, techniques, and strategies to create robust curricular and cocurricular global learning experiences.

Jacinta R. Saffold Joins AAC&U as Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 09:45

Jacinta will join AAC&U in September through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. She will be a member of AAC&U's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation project team.              

Prior to joining AAC&U, Jacinta was a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), where she examined how race—specifically for people of color in urban settings—influences cultural representation and access to social benefits in wider American society. Previously, Jacinta helped steer Howard University’s strategic undergraduate recruitment and retention plans as the assistant director of recruitment. She also taught courses on African American culture and women and gender studies at UMass, using interdisciplinary scholarship as a change agent inside and outside of the classroom.

Jacinta earned a PhD in African American studies from UMass, where she also completed a master of fine arts and humanities degree in African American studies and a certificate in women and gender studies. Prior to her studies at UMass, she earned a bachelor’s in educational studies at Emory University.

Submit Proposals for the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy Conference

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 15:45

Proposals are due August 25 for AAC&U’s 2018 Network conference, "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths," March 22–24 in San Diego.

Seeking Submissions for The Academic Minute

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 09:30

The Academic Minute radio program is seeking submissions for upcoming segments. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org.                                      

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being broadcast widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals.

The Academic Minute has particular interest in research submissions related to several specific themes:

  • Labor Day – exploring jobs, automation, and the future of work in America
  • Back to School – educational practice, especially liberal education
  • Week-Long Series – five separate research submissions from one institution
  • Other Topics – research focused on areas outside of these topics

Be sure to tune in daily to The Academic Minute, and thank you for considering this opportunity for public engagement.

Register Now for the Global Engagement and Social Responsibility Conference

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 13:45

The best rates are available before September 1 for the conference, "Higher Education's Role in Addressing Global Crises," October 12–14 in New Orleans.

Registration Open for the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 13:45

Register now for the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference, "Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence," November 2–4 in San Francisco.

Teagle Foundation Grant Supports the Delphi Award for Faculty Models to Support College Student Success

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 15:45

Beginning in 2019, the award will be presented at the AAC&U Annual Meeting by the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success—a partnership of AAC&U and the Earl and Pauline Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.        

Adrianna Kezar, professor at the University of Southern California, codirector of the Pullias Center, and director of the Delphi Project, received the grant to provide awards to campuses that create best practices in faculty work that support student success. AAC&U and the Pullias Center initiated the Delphi Project “to support a better understanding of factors that led to a majority of faculty being hired off the tenure track, the impact of these circumstances on teaching and learning, and potential strategies for addressing issues of rising contingency together.”

AAC&U Receives Purposeful Pathways Project Grant

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:45

The Teagle Foundation grant will fund a three-year project to guide faculty-led curricular change and build communities of practice around quality and completion.

HHMI Selects Institutions for Inclusive Excellence Initiative

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 11:45

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected twenty-four higher education institutions to participate in the initiative, which will “help increase the capacity of colleges and universities to effectively engage all students so that they can be successful in science, especially undergraduates who enter four-year institutions via nontraditional pathways.” AAC&U has established an Inclusive Excellence Commission to evaluate the outcomes of the initiative and share findings with the broader higher education community.

Omar Harbison

AAC&U Appoints Omar Harbison as Director of Student Success

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 11:30

Omar Harbison will join AAC&U on July 5 as the director of student success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. He will manage various externally funded projects and develop research related to student success, with an emphasis on underserved students.                 

Before joining AAC&U, Omar served as senior instructional media producer and trainer in the Center for Faculty Professional Development at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he designed the infrastructure for a university-wide digital dossier and eportfolio process. He has also served as an assistant professor at Morehouse College in the journalism and sports program and the cinema, television, and emerging media program. Omar started his career in higher education in 2005 at North Carolina Central University, where he taught English composition and speech communication. Omar is also an award-winning media professional with more than seventeen years of experience in broadcast journalism and new media technology. His documentary, HIV/AIDS: Have We Forgotten?, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009.

Omar graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor of arts degree in industrial organizational psychology. He earned a master of arts degree in journalism from Regent University, where he continued his studies with a postgraduate concentration in organizational leadership. 

The VALUE Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 15:30

AAC&U announces the development of the VALUE Institute as a continuing resource for institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success.

Kathryn Peltier Campbell Named Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education and Diversity & Democracy

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:45

AAC&U announced today the appointment of Kathryn Peltier Campbell as Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education and Diversity & Democracy. Campbell most recently served as Senior Editor for Equity and Civic Engagement and Director of Member Communications and has overseen the development and editorial direction of Diversity & Democracy, AAC&U’s quarterly publication on diversity, equity, global learning, and civic engagement. 

Campbell joined AAC&U in 2007 and has edited numerous AAC&U periodicals including Diversity & Democracy (previously Diversity Digest) and On Campus with Women, as well as other AAC&U publications such as America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education (Witham et al. 2015), General Education Transformed: How We Can, Why We Must (Gaston 2015), and Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High Impact Practices (Finley and McNair 2013).

Campbell earned her master’s in English from the University of Virginia, where she participated in the English department’s American Studies interdisciplinary program. She also earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, graduating with high honors in English Language and Literature and completing a second major in physics.