Association of American Colleges and Universities

Call for Proposals: General Education and Assessment

Posted on June 5, 2017

General Education and Assessment
Foundations for Democracy

February 15–17, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Call for Proposals Due July 14

The Call for Proposals is now open for AAC&U’s 2018 Network for Academic Renewal General Education and Assessment conference. The deadline for proposals is Friday, July 14, 2017.

This year’s meeting, Foundations for Democracy, will examine the democratic ideals and values upon which general education is built and challenge participants to envision and take steps toward generating a coherent, seamless undergraduate experience that champions evidence, values integrity, embraces diversity, requires collaboration, and ensures equity in practice and results—an experience where students understand that the value and purposes of general education, the major, and learning outside of the classroom are one and the same.

AAC&U seeks proposals that reflect evidence-based work led by experienced practitioners from a full range of two- and four-year institutions that will engage participants through a design thinking approach to address pressing questions:

  • How can institutions bridge the curricular and co-curricular components of student and faculty assets and interests to realize general education’s potential depth in learning outcomes and social impact?
  • How are campus sectors collaborating to advance student learning outcomes such as critical and creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving, intercultural competence, ethical reasoning and action, and synthesis of knowledge across general education and specialized studies?

AAC&U invites proposals for substantive and interactive sessions that balance conceptual frameworks with concrete examples; that highlight the mechanics of a practice, strategy, or model; that showcase mature evidence-based programs; and that can be adapted in a wide range of institutional settings. Proposals that address issues of transfer and students attending multiple institutions are encouraged. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia and welcome your proposals.

For more information, please call (202) 387-3760, or write to Karen Kalla at

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