The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) will host several events in Washington, DC, from January 19-21, 2016 that will spotlight its members’ collective mission and approach to teaching and learning as well as honor the legacy of Ernest L. Boyer and his impact on the national consortium.
Events begin with a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, January 19, from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building. The briefing, “Holistic Approaches to Postsecondary Persistence and Success: Integrating Liberal Education, Professional Studies and Civic Engagement” will feature a panel of NAC&U students and recent alumni, hosted by Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. The selected students are Samantha Hubner, Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.; Evan Melgren, Drury University, Springfield, Mo.; and Peter May, University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind.
The students will share their experiences of how their integrative education, including undergraduate research, business consulting, and multidisciplinary team projects improved the quality of their college experiences and prepared them with real-world skills. In addition to the panelists, students from Belmont University, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.; St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas; University of La Verne, La Verne, Calif.; University of New Haven, New Haven, Conn.; and Widener University, Chester, Penn. will present posters of their undergraduate experiences.
There will be another briefing on Wednesday, January 20, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the National Press Club on the same topic but with a different group of students, moderated by author and NAC&U senior scholar William Sullivan. The selected students are Dylan Gray, Manhattan College; Jack Ryan, North Central College, Naperville, Ill.; and Daniela Gutierrez de la Garza, Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. There will also be poster presentations from Belmont University, Manhattan College, St. Edward’s University, and the University of New Haven at this event.
As the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting gets underway at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday, NAC&U will present a pre-conference workshop from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on “Supporting Student Learning through the Holistic Department.” NAC&U, with support from The Teagle Foundation, has developed an integrated “holistic” structure for academic departments to more effectively and efficiently manage faculty work, while supporting more time for faculty-student interactions. The interactive workshop will discuss the components and development of a holistic department including the role of the department chair, departmental accountability, faculty workload and revision of administrative policies. Presenters are Stephen Wilhite, provost, Widener University; Richard Alan Gillman, associate provost for Faculty Affairs and professor of Mathematics, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.; and Ann Auman, professor of Biology, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.
On Wednesday evening, NAC&U will present the 6th Annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Cathy N. Davidson, a leading interdisciplinary and technology scholar, at the Annual Meeting’s opening night forum. The Ernest L. Boyer Award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy and impact on the creation of NAC&U by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. Following the award presentation, Davidson will deliver a plenary titled “Educating Higher: Toward an Equitable Innovative Future for Higher Education,” demonstrating why there can be no true innovation in higher education without addressing the full range of issues around equity. She will discuss the need to think strategically about how to best restructure higher education for current world conditions and demonstrate how to take immediate action to transform classrooms into egalitarian spaces designed to support student success.
The final event will be a panel discussion during the Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 21, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. titled “The Power of Integrated Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society,” which will again feature students and be moderated by author and senior scholar William Sullivan. Brian Rosiek, Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.; Victoria Ochoa, St. Edward’s University; and Nicole Crossey, Widener University will share their experiences of how their integrative education improved the quality of their college experiences and prepared them with real-world skills.
For more information or to attend the Capitol Hill Briefing or National Press Club Briefing, please contact Michelle Apuzzio at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other events are included in AAC&U Annual Meeting registration.
About The New American Colleges and Universities
The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size (2,000-7,500 students) independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. To improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning among its members, The New American Colleges and Universities sponsors projects and conferences, administrator and faculty affinity groups, surveys and data benchmarking, and international study programs. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. Follow them on Twitter @NACandU.
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