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AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities) Annual Meeting

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The AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities) annual meeting, San Francisco, January 24-28, 2017

Attended by John Caraher (Physics and Astronomy, chair of Curriculum), Tamara Beauboeuf (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Faculty Career Mentor, presenter), and Anne Harris (Vice President for Academic Affairs)

AAC&U 2017 General Comments – Anne Harris

The overall theme of this year’s AAC&U meeting was “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence” and allowed participants to engage in the crucial issues surrounding liberal arts in the public sphere. Pragmatism and agility, speaking outside of our own idiom, and connecting education to demographic changes in the United States within a shifting global society were at the forefront.

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A Weekend In Revolution: Experiencing “Reacting to the Past” as a Student

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Report from the 2017 Reacting to the Past winter conference held at the University of Georgia, January 13-14, 2017.

by Carrie Klaus, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of Modern Languages, French,  and Allison Roehling, Assistant Professor of Economics and Management

The Reacting to the Past (“Reacting”) game-based curriculum, which has been around since the late 1990s, is credited with enhancing student engagement and skills in teamwork, critical thinking, oral communication, problem-solving, and integrative learning [1]. At the Reacting winter conference held at the University of Georgia in January, faculty and administrators experienced a Reacting game first-hand and spoke with instructors with experience teaching with Reacting across the country, as well as with former student participants. Read More A Weekend In Revolution: Experiencing “Reacting to the Past” as a Student

Report from the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

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Report from the AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop, hosted at Emory University, January 5-6, 2017.

By Jeane Pope, Associate Professor of Geosciences and Faculty Sustainabililty Coordinator

“That’s interesting,” one workshop participant remarked, “student learning outcomes for sustainability (e.g. critical thinking and problem solving, good communication skills, ability to work with multiple perspectives, empathy) are the same as we would want for any college graduate.”  Indeed, this is what DePauw faculty know and embrace:  that the transformative and empowering opportunities afforded by a liberal arts education are the key to positive changes for society at large. Read More Report from the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop