AAC&U Remembers Former AAC&U Board Chair Bobby Fong Marking his sudden passing on September 8th, AAC&U released a statement remembering Bobby Fong, former president of Ursinus College and former chair of AAC&U’s board of directors, noting, in part, that Fong “remained at heart a dedicated and gifted teacher for whom the privilege of helping students learn was always the highest calling. Read the full statement.
AAC&U Board Member James Grossman Addresses “The New History Wars” in The New York Times AAC&U Board Member and Executive Director of the American Historical Association James Grossman writes about a new round of “History Wars” sparked by release of new AP standards. In his September 2 op-ed Grossman notes that, “The educators and historians who worked on the new history framework were right to emphasize historical thinking as an essential aspect of civic culture. Their efforts deserve a spirited debate, one that is always open to revision, rather than ill-informed assumptions or political partisanship." For more on evolving educational goals related to history, diversity, and democracy, see the recent new edition of AAC&U's The Drama of Diversity and Democracy and AAC&U's report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future. See also an update on follow-up activities to this report.
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.
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: http://www.aacu.org/leap/presidentstrust/compact/index.cfm
The September issue of AAC&U News features an education map at Manchester Community College, new data on high school civics education, and the latest news about AAC&U meetings, projects, and publications. Watch for our next issue of AAC&U News in October.
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.
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