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

In the Spotlight

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.





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 23 for reduced 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 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.


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.