Association of American Colleges and Universities

 


The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.

From 2013 through 2017, AAC&U will work to advance:
LEAP: Liberal Education as a Global Necessity
Quality: 21st-Century Markers for the Value of US Degrees
Equity: Innovation, Inclusive Excellence, and Student Success
Social Responsibility: Integrative Liberal Learning for the Global Commons
Goals:
Guided by its mission, the LEAP Principles of Excellence, and theLEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, AAC&U will help the higher education community advance the following goals:

LEAP: Liberal Education as a Global Necessity
Build shared commitment to provide ALL college students with the high-quality learning they need to succeed and thrive in an era of global interconnection and rapid societal and economic change.

Quality: 21st-Century Markers for the Value of US Degrees
Promote a clear, contemporary, and capacious framework for high-quality learning and students' demonstrated achievement, providing an educationally meaningful compass to guide students' pathways to degrees.

Equity: Innovation, Inclusive Excellence, and Student Success
Accelerate broad-scale systemic innovation to advance educational practices that engage diversity and challenge inequities in order to make excellence inclusive.

Social Responsibility: Integrative Liberal Learning for the Global Commons
Advance "big questions/global commons" inquiry and innovation across the liberal arts and sciences and through cornerstone-to-capstone designs for general education that foster civic learning, ethical reasoning, and engagement with US and global diversity.

Follow this link to get more information about the AAC&U: https://www.aacu.org

AAC&U sponsors a variety of continuing programs—meetings, workshops, and summer institutes for campus teams—that bring together college educators from across institutional types, disciplines, and departments. AAC&U activities nurture the talents and creativity of higher education's current and future leaders. Attendees of recent meetings have described them as powerful and transformative—providing participants with innovative ideas and practices, and shaping the direction of their educational reform efforts.

Please follow this link for information about meetings and events


Weekly Liberal Education News Watch Week of August 8–12, 2016

Weekly Liberal Education News Watch
Week of August 8–12, 2016

See these important recent articles of interest to AAC&U members—and all those who care about liberal education and inclusive excellence. AAC&U archives other liberal education news stories online at www.aacu.org/liberal-education-news-watch and stories on issues of equity and inclusive excellence at www.aacu.org/press/news-watch/inclusive-excellence.

HuffPost College
Dear Class of 2020: On your first day of college, there is almost too much to think about. It’s exciting, maybe even anxiety producing. So why am I giving you more to think about? Because you are about to experience a type and caliber of education that every student deserves, but very few receive. You have enrolled in a liberal arts college, and you should make the most of this.  Read more >>
AGB Trusteeship Magazine
There’s a coming data revolution in higher education, but it’s not the “big data” revolution that many have been hyping. This revolution will be more about the right data than bigger data. Read more >>
Asian Correspondent
While some people are of the opinion that graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—or STEM, as they are often known—tend to enjoy significantly higher starting salaries than Liberal Arts graduates, it is now commonly accepted that these graduates are the ones who can meet the evolving needs of tomorrow’s global employers. Experts note how majors that instill a broader range of skills can lead to incredible accomplishments in a graduate’s career. Read more >>
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Students at Northern Illinois University felt little love for general education. Northern Illinois thinks it has found a solution: integrative learning. This approach to learning, which develops the ability to think broadly and connect ideas across disciplines and to the outside world, has become a buzzword among academic managers who see it as a way to make general education meaningful and useful, and to realize the aims of liberal education. Read more >>
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The addition of a "diversity requirement" to the curriculum at Hamilton College has gained considerable attention and prompted lively debate since it was announced in May. Starting in the fall of 2017, all students will be required to pass either a course or combination of courses that examine "structural and institutional hierarchies based on one or more of the social categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, age, and abilities/disabilities" to complete their concentration, Hamilton’s equivalent of a major. Read more >>

 

Weekly Liberal Education News Watch Week of August 15–19, 2016

Weekly Liberal Education News Watch
Week of August 15–19, 2016

See these important recent articles of interest to AAC&U members—and all those who care about liberal education and inclusive excellence. AAC&U archives other liberal education news stories online at www.aacu.org/liberal-education-news-watch and stories on issues of equity and inclusive excellence at www.aacu.org/press/news-watch/inclusive-excellence. The Weekly Liberal Education News Watch e-mail will not be sent on August 26 or September 2. The weekly e-mail will resume on September 9, 2016.

Aspen Ideas Festival Blog
Sean Decatur is president of Kenyon College, a position he has held since July 2013. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th on a panel called "Myth or Reality: If You Want a College Education, You Can Get One." Below, Decatur describes the benefits of a liberal arts education. Read more >>
HuffPost College
In the midst of a presidential campaign in which bigotry, lack of respect and an absence of critical thinking have become the hallmark of one candidate, we have a great deal to learn from liberal arts students in the State of Washington. Read more >>
The Conversation
Over the next several weeks 18.4 million students will be headed to colleges and universities in the United States. They, their families and taxpayers are making a monumental investment in the futures of these students, believing, correctly, that an undergraduate education is foundational to success in a global and knowledge-based economy. Many students arrive in college without a clear sense of purpose or direction. That is to be expected. Read more >>
BusinessWest
What skills and knowledge do Pioneer Valley employers look for in their recent hires? That was the focus of a spring 2016 survey conducted by Greenfield Community College (GCC). More than 125 businesses, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and schools weighed in on the college-learning outcomes they value the most. Read more >>
The Washington Post
When most people talk about beefing up STEM education, they mean expanding the availability of the integrated learning of science, technology, engineering and math classes. It’s needed, proponents say, because there simply aren’t enough young Americans educated well enough in these subjects to take the available jobs in the 21st Century economy — and because there is a huge STEM achievement gap between whites and blacks, the poor and the wealthy. Read more >>