The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has announced The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is among the colleges, community colleges, universities, and state systems sending teams to one of three regularly scheduled 2014 summer institutes. The UTC team will attend the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, from June 17–21.

“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 twenty-first 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.”

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 twenty-four 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.

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed for institutions at various stages of work and addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams address barriers to student success and devise integrative learning-centered plans—making intentional use of Essential Learning Outcomes and high-impact educational practices. Highlighting the success of students from groups that have historically been underserved, the program supports work to make excellence inclusive.
Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, Participating Campuses:

Adrian College (MI) Laramie County Community College (WY)
Alamo Colleges (TX) Marshall University (WV)
Albright College (PA) Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Armstrong Atlantic State University (GA) Middlesex Community College (MA)
Birmingham-Southern College (AL) North Carolina State University (NC)
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA) Radford University (VA)
California State University, Fresno (CA) Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (NM)
California State University, Fullerton (CA) St. Cloud State University (MN)
Centre College (KY) SUNY at Oneonta (NY)
CUNY New York City College of Technology (NY) Tri-County Technical College (SC)
CUNY Queensborough Community College (NY) Tusculum College (TN)
College of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands) University of La Verne (CA)
Cornell University (NY) University of Florida (FL)
Daemen College (NY) University of Southern California (CA)
Dominican University of California (CA) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (TN)
Graceland University (IA) University of Wisconsin System (WI)
Hastings College (NE) Wallace State Community College–Hanceville (AL)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA) Western Carolina University (NC)
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IN) Widener University (PA)
Kaplan University (IA) Woodbury University (CA)


About AAC&U

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 more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

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

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