Penn State team heading to AAC&U's Institute on General Education and Assessment

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced that Penn State will be among the institutions attending the organization's summer institutes.

The Penn State team will attend the Institute on General Education and Assessment on June 3 to 7 at the University of Vermont.

Attending from Penn State will be, Tanya Furman, team lead, associate vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, and professor of geosciences; Peggy Van Meter, professor of educational psychology; Betty Harper, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment; Adam Christensen, director, Student Affairs Research and Assessment Office; and Janet Schulenberg, associate director, Division of Undergraduate Studies. The team's goal is to gain insights on best practices in developing, implementing and assessing a true curriculum in General Education. All team members belong to the University's General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force, which began reviewing Penn State's General Education curriculum in 2013. 

“The 2014 AAC&U summer institutes will bring together teams to focus on exactly how institutions can ensure that all students achieve liberal education outcomes that are so essential for success in the 21st century,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “The teams will work together to advance implementation of high-impact educational practices, integrative curricula, and faculty leadership for general and liberal education and its assessment.”

The AAC&U will also hold the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success on June 17 to 21 at Vanderbilt University and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments on July 9 to 13 at California State University, Fullerton.

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.

For 24 years, AAC&U’s Institute on General Education and Assessment (IGEA) has provided campus teams with opportunities to refine and advance general education programs and their assessment. The institute focuses on building a campus learning culture that supports the design and implementation of intentional, well-defined, and meaningfully assessed general education curricula that engage our increasingly diverse students and faculty.

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Last Updated May 12, 2016