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HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced the colleges, community colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to its three regularly scheduled 2015 summer institutes for teams. Hilbert College was selected to attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma (June 2–6, 2015). Hilbert’s team will consist of Professor John D’Amico - team leader, Professor Charles Ernst, Associate Professor Kate Eskew, and Assistant Professor Carraugh Reilly-Nowak.
The Institute on General Education and Assessment this year focuses on building a campus learning culture that supports the design principles developed as part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) initiative. Through emphasizing implementation of intentional, well-defined, and meaningfully assessed general education curricula, GEMs promotes equity-minded planning to ensure success for our increasingly diverse students and faculty.
“The 2015 AAC&U summer institutes will bring together campus teams focused on action agendas to ensure that all students achieve liberal education outcomes that are essential for success in the twenty-first century,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “As in years past, I am so impressed by the ambitious goals institutions applying to our institutes have set—and the clear commitment these institutions have to student success.”
All AAC&U institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus along with a curriculum focused on important trends, research and best practices, and a resident faculty of educational experts and consultants.
Teams of five or more from each institution will attend these summer institutes: the Institute on General Education and Assessment; the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (June 9–13, 2015); and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at the University of Delaware (July 14–18, 2015).
The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help campuses and systems make institution-wide changes that benefit all students. It is ideal for institutions at various stages of work, and it addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams work on removing barriers to student success and devising integrative learning-centered plans—making intentional and evidence-based use of the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and high-impact educational practices. Highlighting the success of students who have historically been underserved, the program supports work to make excellence inclusive and to recognize and nurture the assets students bring to college.
The Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments is intended for colleges and universities interested in developing faculty and departmental leadership for advancing programs and curricula for integrative learning. Such programs and curricula build students’ capacity to integrate their learning— across general education, majors, and the cocurriculum, and through prior professional, academic, and life experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. This year’s institute will highlight The LEAP Challenge, AAC&U’s Centennial initiative to better prepare students for a world that places a premium on adaptive learning and collaborative problem-solving, and will be organized around the five principles for redesigning liberal education for the twenty-first century articulated in General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement.
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Institute on General Education and Assessment, Participating Campuses:
Anderson University (SC)
Mount St. Mary's University (MD)
Biola University (CA)
Notre Dame de Namur University (CA)
California State University, Los Angeles (CA)
Oral Roberts University (OK)
Clemson University (SC)
Portland Community College (OR)
College at Brockport: State University of New York (NY)
Queensborough Community College - City University of New York (NY)
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University (MN)
Randolph College (VA)
Columbus State Community College (OH)
Shenandoah University (VA)
Community College of Philadelphia (PA)
St. Cloud State University (MN)
Erie Community College (NY)
St. Edward’s University (TX)
Finger Lakes Community College (NY)
Trinity University (TX)
Georgia College (GA)
University of Arizona (AZ)
Hamline University (MN)
University of Central Oklahoma (OK)
Heritage University (WA)
University of Guam (Guam)
Hilbert College (NY)
University of Houston-Downtown (TX)
Houghton College (NY)
University of San Diego (CA)
Jacksonville University (FL)
University of Washington Tacoma (WA)
Jamestown Community College (NY)
Utica College (NY)
Longwood University (VA)
Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
Monmouth University (NJ)
Westminster College (PA)
Montgomery College (MD)
Winston-Salem State University (NC)
Morgan State University (MD)
Wofford College (SC)
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