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A Voice and a Force for Liberal Education in the 21st Century

In the Spotlight

AAC&U Will Celebrate 100 Years of Leadership for Liberal Education in 2015
AAC&U’s Annual Meeting —“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—will be held in Washington, DC, January 21–24, 2015. The Annual Meeting will explore higher education’s role in engaging students with the world’s urgent problems and, ultimately, in helping to create a more just and sustainable global future. We want to explore the kinds of learning—combining high touch and high tech—that Americans need now from postsecondary education to engage, contribute, and thrive within the economy as democratic and global citizens, and in their own lives. The Annual Meeting will feature the Centennial Symposium on January 21—“America's Global Future: Are College Students Prepared?” and the Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios on Saturday, January 24.

AAC&U President Schneider Discusses Academic Silos in Undergraduate Education on Inside Higher Ed Podcast
AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider took part in an episode of “This Week,” a podcast from Inside Higher Ed, which went live Friday, August 22. Schneider joined a panel discussion with Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik and Robert Townsend of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences about the academy's new report examining the different enrollment patterns of students majoring in humanities fields and those majoring in STEM fields. The panel discussed the role of general education, the persistence of disciplinary silos, and ways to encourage students to integrate their learning across science and the humanities. Schneider praised the STIRS scholars (part of AAC&U’s project on Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills) for developing problem-centered cross-disciplinary case studies that can be used in general education and in major programs. The podcast can be streamed or downloaded from the Inside Higher Ed website.

New Project to Engage Minority-Serving Institutions In Research about Impact of HIPs on Underserved Student Achievement
AAC&U has received a grant from TG Philanthropy to expand AAC&U’s ongoing work to make excellence inclusive and ensure that all college students—including, in particular, those attending minority-serving institutions—benefit from proven high-impact educational practices. Part of AAC&U’s ongoing Making Excellence Inclusive, the project, “Advancing Underserved Student Success Through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” will examine the degree to which greater faculty intentionality in clearly articulating expectations for student learning and implementing more problem-centered instructional strategies can help to deepen student learning and increase student success. Read the press release or see the project web page for more information.





Liberal Education and America's Promise

LEAP Presidents' Trust Member David P. Angel Seeks to Define 'Liberal Education 2.0'
LEAP Presidents' Trust Member and Clark University President David P. Angel was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “On Leadership” online video series. President Angel noted that, “Blending a traditional liberal-arts education with practical real-world projects can make students more valuable contributors to the organizations they will work for when they graduate.” Learn more about developing blended approaches and employer partnerships at:




News on AAC&U's upcoming Centennial Year

A Special Message from AAC&U's President about the Forthcoming Centennial


Featured Events

GLOBAL LEARNING IN COLLEGE: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st-Century Students in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 16–18, 2014. Register by September 2 for best conference rates.

TRANSFORMING STEM HIGHER EDUCATION in Atlanta, Georgia, November 6-8, 2014. Register by September 24 for best conference rates.

Centennial Annual Meeting

GENERAL EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT: From Mission to Action to Evidence: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Programs in Kansas City, Missouri, February 19-21, 2015.

DIVERSITY, LEARNING, AND STUDENT SUCCESS: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence in San Diego, California, March 26-28, 2015. Proposals due September 8, 2014.


Institute on General Education and Assessment, University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, June 3-7, 2014.

Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17-21, 2014.  

Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments, California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, California, July 9-13, 2014.

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty, Institute I: Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, July 18–23, 2014
Institute II: Baca Campus of Colorado College, Crestone, Colorado, July 25–30, 2014


Featured Member News and Resources

 AAC&U News

The August issue of AAC&U News features service learning at the University of Houston–Downtown, new data on the lives of recent college graduates, and the latest news about AAC&U meetings, projects, and publications. Watch for our next issue of AAC&U News in September.

Featured Publications

Peer Review, Spring 2014  

Peer Review: Gender Equity in STEM

This issue explores current trends in higher education related to recruiting, retaining and advancing STEM women and women of color faculty.



Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2014  

Diversity & Democracy: General Education and Democratic Engagement

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features approaches to general education that help students develop the skills they need for participation in a diverse and globally connected democracy. Contributing authors also raise pertinent questions about opportunities for and barriers to faculty and students' democratic engagement in higher education itself.