• AASCU Academic Affairs Meetings

    2021 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting
    Walking the Talk: Leading the Equity-Centered University
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 to Friday, February 5, 2021
    Virtual

    As we begin the third decade of the 21st century, American higher education is at a crossroads. Will it stay on a path toward greater democratization? Or will it contract and become more inaccessible? Research tell us that more low-income, first-generation, and students of color are pursuing baccalaureate degrees than ever before. How can we be sure the playing field is level? 
     
    The challenging events of 2020 emphasized the urgency for higher education to stay on the path of democratization, following through on our commitments to equity in every aspect of the enterprise. This includes the classroom and cabinet, policies and procedures, admission to graduation, and how we treat our employees and our students. → read more

     


     

    2020 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting
    The Transformation Continuum: Student · Institution · Community · World

    Thursday, February 6, 2020 to Saturday, February 8, 2020
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    As every educator knows, the result of authentic learning is the transformation of the student. It happens as a student fundamentally changes through deeper comprehension and understanding of new concepts and ideas. The transformation of the individual has far-reaching implications, extending to families, communities, and potentially the world. While the transformation of the student may be at the heart of our work, our institutions, the ways that we are organized, and how we do our work have remained relatively static. Whereas most of our institutions are experiencing unprecedented internal and external changes, few have realized the kind of transformation that will be necessary to thrive in the years ahead. → read more

     


     

    2019 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting
    "Leading Change: The What and the How"

    Thursday, February 7, 2019 to Saturday, February 9, 2019
    Amelia Island, Florida

    Higher education is confronting a series of challenges: reduced funding, increased expectations, growing skepticism, alarming polarization, rapidly developing technology, and burgeoning competition. Whatever the pressure, the result is invariable the same. These challenges require institutional change, and often radical or transformational change. These challenges pose two core questions: what changes are needed, and how do we accomplish those changes? → read more

     


     

    2019 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting
    "Responding to Challenges Through Innovation”

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019
    Minneapolis, MN 

    Challenges confront higher education in virtually every part of the enterprise: funding, governance, teaching, technology, equity, outcomes, and purpose. It’s obvious that many of these challenges will not go away any time soon; indeed, if anything, the number of challenges seems to be increasing. In the academic part of the system, critical challenges include helping under-prepared students, designing intrusive and effective advising, creating pathways that students understand, tracking and responding to student progress, creating engaging learning environments, assessing and increasing learning outcomes, designing a coherent general education curriculum, developing more contemporary majors, designing effective, early career planning, and a host of other issues. The campuses that survive and thrive will be those that innovate. → read more