The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) selected a team from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to attend the Engaging Departments Institute at the University of Pennsylvania from July 7-11, 2010.  The UTC team will include:  Dr. Barbara Norwood (Nursing and incoming chair of the General Education Committee), Dr. Victoria Steinberg (Foreign Languages), Dr. Rebecca Jones (English), Dr. Lorraine Evans (Sociology), and Dr. Karen Adsit (Teaching Resource Center).

“AAC&U’s 2010 summer institutes are designed to address in a variety of ways the central challenge facing higher education—ensuring that all students achieve the high quality liberal education they need and deserve,” said Carol Geary Schneider, AAC&U president. “Each year, we are inspired by the exciting and innovative ways these institutions are tackling the challenge of improving liberal learning outcomes for all their students.”

Now in its second year, AAC&U has designed the Engaging Departments Institute for deans, department chairs, and faculty working together in teams to improve and assess learning outcomes essential for all students. The purpose of this institute is to advance integrated and engaged learning practices in and across disciplines, and to assess broad student learning outcomes within individual department majors. This Institute is part of ongoing work in Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), and is supported by the Teagle Foundation.

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 more information on AAC&U meetings and institutes, visit

Engaging Departments Institute, Participating Campuses:

Ashford University (IA)

Berea College (KY)

California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Miami Dade College (FL)

Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) (TN)

Ramapo College (NJ)

Rhode Island College (RI)

Sacred Heart University (CT)

Spelman College (GA)

Tulane University (LA)

University of Dayton (OH)

University of Southern Maine (ME)

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at

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