2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting
Offering opportunities for colleagues from across regional comprehensive institutions to meet, share, and learn from each other’s challenges and successes.
Educational gag orders. ChatGPT. Political Extremism. Alternative Facts. Don’t Say Gay laws. The conditions for teaching and learning have rarely been this fraught.
How are faculty, staff, and students navigating this challenging terrain in the classroom and beyond? How are campus leaders responding to the challenges to academic freedom, the implications of artificial intelligence for faculty and students, and the rise of political extremism on campus? How do we maintain ‘brave spaces’ for teaching and learning in this context? How has teaching and learning changed since the mass shift to online learning during the pandemic? What did we learn?
Who should participate?
- Provosts/Chief Academic Affairs Officers
- Assistant and Associate Provosts
- Student Affairs Leaders
- Assistant and Associate Vice Presidents
- Deans and Directors
- Assistant and Associate Deans
How will you benefit?
- Attendees gain knowledge and tools and have opportunities to build skills that are immediately applicable to their jobs.
- Attendees have valuable opportunities to reflect individually, collectively within their campus teams, and across institutions on their work and common successes and challenges.
- Participants will hear from, and engage in conversations, with experts and peers pushing the boundaries of what is possible across higher education.
- Sessions are focused on and calibrated to the successes and challenges of regional comprehensive institutions.
- Sessions are anchored in AASCU’s commitment to advancing equitable student success and the key considerations (e.g. practices, mindsets, policies, and structures) of what it takes to be a truly student-centered enterprise.
We offer a rare opportunity for colleagues from across regional comprehensive institutions to meet, share, and learn from each other’s challenges and successes.
AASCU’s Academic Affairs meetings are a place of welcoming, acceptance, and belonging. Content presented celebrates and strives to advance the work accomplished at regional comprehensive institutions. Speakers, participants, and staff alike are committed to learning from and growing together.
Schedule at a glance
This schedule is provided for informational purposes and is subject to change. Meeting attendees should refer to the meeting app for final session times, speakers, and locations.Download the meeting app.
|8–3:30 p.m.||Becoming A Provost Academy (BAPA)|
|8–11 a.m.||Academy for New Provosts (ANP)|
|8:30–11 a.m.||Student Success Institute (SSI)|
|10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Student Success Equity Intensive (SSEI)|
|10 a.m.–12 p.m.
|Lessons Learned from the Transfer Student Success Equity Intensive (Aspen College Excellence Program)
|Building Resilient, Inclusive Communities of Knowledge: What Campus Leaders Should Know (The Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University)
|Academic Programs informed by Labor Market Data: The Truth, the Misinformation, and the Alternative Facts (Gray Associates)
|5 Critical To-Dos for Academic Leaders to Support Student Success and Mental Health (EAB)
|Reframing the Response: Tools to Respond Effectively to Hate, Microaggressions, and Tense Moments on Campus (PEN America)
|2:45–3:30 p.m.||First-Time and New Member Attendees Welcome: Getting the Most From your AASCU Membership|
|3:45–5:15 p.m.||Opening Remarks
Plenary: ‘O Brave New World’: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning
|5:45–7:45 p.m.||Opening Reception
Harbor cruise with spectacular views of the Baltimore skyline and local landmarks.
|8–8:50 a.m.||Focus Groups|
|9–10:30 a.m.||Plenary: Preventing Hate-Fueled Violence: What Campuses Can Do
|Globalizing Classrooms through Creating a Fulbright-Friendly Campus
|Changing Culture and Practice through Building an Equity Lens: From Data to Insight to Action
|Using the Student Voice to Inform the Learning Ecosystem
|Allocating Resources to Scale and Sustain Digital Learning and Student-Centered Initiatives
|Student Success Through a Systemwide Initiative: Three Institutional Strategies to Improving Degree Completion
|11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.||Lunch|
TOPICAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
|The Critical Role Graduate Education Plays in Institutional Health
|A Deep Dive Into the Challenges Facing Academic Affairs
|International Enrollment Management and Big Data
|Update from Capitol Hill
EXEMPLARY PRACTICE SESSIONS
|Setting the Record Straight: Using Primary Sources to Teach Truth, Create a Sense of Belonging and Engage in Equity-Oriented Teaching
|Equity Academy: Using Disaggregated Data for Equitable Teaching
|Fostering students’ sense of purpose through inclusive curriculum and HiPs
|Investing in Faculty & Empowering Students to Enhance Student Success
|More Talking, Less Fighting: Leadership Through Deliberative Dialogue
|Supporting Effective Teaching to Sustain Interest, Participation, and Performance in HBCU Students
|Beyond Completion: Building Institutional Capability to Improve Career Outcomes
|Creating a Thriving Learning Environment: Strategies for Implementing High-Impact
EXEMPLARY PRACTICE SESSIONS
|Retention, Graduations, and Fiscal Impact: ADP Initiatives in Core Curriculum Courses
|Getting the Whole University on Board: Kean’s Whistle-Stop Core Curriculum
|Posing a Model for Trauma-Informed Online Teaching in Higher Education
|Immediately Implement Solutions to Help Faculty Navigate the Challenging Terrain in Higher Education
|Teaching, Learning & Mentoring: The Faculty-Student Relationship Matters
|Grappling with Learning Loss: A Blueprint for Faculty and Student Success
|Embracing the Future: Ethically Using AI in College Composition Classrooms
|Leading New Experiential Learning Initiatives
|7:30–8:20 a.m.||Focus Groups|
|Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success: Case Studies from the Higher Education Equity Network
|The American Democracy Project: Planning for the next 20 years
|Creating and Sustaining a Campus COIL Program
|The Role of Academic Planning and the Course Schedule in Supporting Teaching and Learning
EXEMPLARY PRACTICE SESSIONS
|Furthering Student Success with Academic Coaches: A New Role for Student-Centered Adjunct Professors
|Recentering Relationships in Higher Education: A Campus-Wide Approach
|Equity-centered Teaching and Learning
|Empower Students & Administrators With Unified Academic Operations
|Innovative Mentoring Practices Provide a Key Element of the Student Success Ecosystem
|Staying the Course: Math Prerequisites as a Gatekeeper on Students’ Paths to Calculus
|Teaching Cultures, Identities, and Belonging through Interdisciplinary Global Service-Learning Projects
|Beyond Knowledge: Ensuring Learners Have the Critical Skills for Lifelong Success
|11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.||Lunch and Closing Plenary:
Equity-Centered Research and Design for Innovative Teaching and Learning
|1:30–5 p.m.||Becoming A Provost Academy (BAPA) Opening Programming|
Meet our speakers
Senior Program Manager at the College Excellence Program
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach
Southern Connecticut State University
Vice President of Academic Innovation and Transformation
Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Social Work
The University of Maryland, Baltimore
Vice President of Academic Quality
University of Maryland Global Campus
Inaugural Dean of the HLLC
Rutgers University Newark (NJ)
Vice President of Student Success and Engagement
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
California State University System
Vice President, Equity Solutions
Director of Training and Partnership Development, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)
American University (DC)
Professor and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education
University of Southern California
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Weber State University (UT)
Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education; Founding Director, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)
American University (DC)
State University of New York at Oswego
Senior Partner and Chief Product Officer: Markets
Senior Program Officer: Digital Learning, Postsecondary Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
SL (Shree Lakshmi)
Director of Research + Strategy
Director, Student Success
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
San Francisco State University (CA)
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder
“We continue to flex and adjust to the needs of students. This conference was valuable as both a benchmark for what others are doing and a catalyst for new ideas.”
“Lots of ideas for things we can do at my campus!”
“The speakers were knowledgeable and helpful – content was inspiring.”
|Attendee Type||By May 10||After May 10|
|Member Rate, Full Conference||$700||$800|
|*Team Rate, Members-only (per person for a group of three or more from the same member campus)||$650||$750|
|Campus presenter (only for invited presenters)||$650||$650|
|Non-Member Rate, Full Conference||$950||$950|
*To register three or more team members to receive the discounted rate, please contact Felicia Durham.
Not sure if your institution is a member? Check our member map.Need help with team or regular registration?
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 547-1200
Stay along the waterfront on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, within walking distance of Charm City attractions like the National Aquarium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. With the most recently renovated rooms on the harbor, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel offers a host of amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and more than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
- Rooms in the AASCU Room Block $209 (plus taxes and fees).
- To receive the discounted room rate, please reserve your room by Tuesday, June 27. Reservation requests after June 27 will be accepted on a space available basis.
- Refer to the snapshot of events above to confirm your hotel arrival and departure dates.
- You may cancel your hotel reservation for no charge before 11:59 PM local hotel time one day before arrival.
- Group rates will be honored three days before group arrival and three days after group departure based on availability. Book early.
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – 8 miles
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – 45 miles
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 60 miles
AASCU is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all attendees at our gatherings. We follow all local rules and CDC guidance and closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Attendees at all AASCU events agree to adhere to the following health and safety protocols.
Before leaving home
- AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”.
Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event.
We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings.
Onsite during the event
- Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk.
- If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask.
- Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- If you feel unwell, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the convening, seek medical care and do not attend the meals or gatherings.
- If you test positive during the conference, please notify AASCU staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
AASCU reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.
Registered participants who cannot attend are eligible for partial refunds as follows:
- Cancellation requests received until Wednesday, May 21 , 2023 (5pm ET) will be charged a $250 administrative fee.
- Cancellations received between May 22 and June 21, 2023 5 p.m. (ET) will incur a $500 cancellation fee.
- Cancellations received after 5 p.m. (ET) on June 21, 2023, and no-shows are not eligible for refunds.
All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the refund request.Request refund.
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