2018 AAC&U Annual Meeting: BTtoP Sessions

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 2:45pm to Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:45am

BTtoP is honored to be participating in the Association of American Colleges and Universities' 2018 Annual Meeting: "Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?"

This year, BTtoP will be offering four sessions, as well as hosting our annual reception, where we hope to be able to see old friends and welcome new ones to join us! 

Whole Students, Whole Institutions, and Whole Learning

Thursday, January 25, 2:45 PM-4:00 PM

Cabin John/Arlington Room (set up theatre style – 80 people)

Since its inception, American higher education has been dedicated to the “whole student.” A true education was considered as much about shaping the person and the citizen they would become as it was about shaping career skills. As higher education has grown in its scope and diversity, both in content and stakeholders, the organizational structure of educational institutions became increasingly complex – in many ways improving and progressing with the nation. However, one consequence of this progression is that the gap between the student development goals of higher education and its outcomes has grown. How can we bridge this gap? We have two major sources of research to aid us: 1) literature on the development of the whole student, and 2) literature on organizational development and change. This session will bring together researchers from both scholarly traditions in an effort to help us integrate the knowledge of student development and organizational psychology toward educational environments that truly foster students' intellectual, interpersonal, intercultural, and civic development.

Moderator: Lee Knefelkamp, Senior Scholar, BTtoP; Senior Fellow, AAC&U; Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University

Panelists: Frank Golom, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland; Carolyn S. Terry, Associate Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montgomery College; Amy Sarch, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of General Education, Shenandoah University

Educating for Global Civic Consciousness and Agency: The Whole World and the Whole Student

Thursday, January 25, 4:15 PM-5:30 PM

Cabin John/Arlington Room (set up theatre style – 80 people)

Despite the current rhetoric of walls, tariffs, and made-in-America economics, the world’s systems are inextricably integrated and interdependent. To teach or act as if any nation is autonomous and self-sufficient is to miseducate students and defy reality. Students need a global education that introduces them to the complex historical, cultural, political, and scientific nuances of intertwined relationships, systems, and entities. Similarly, students themselves don’t arrive on campus without their own intersecting identities and experiences – to think of students as if they bring their brain to college but nothing else is to ignore neuroscience, psychology, and almost every educational theory. This session will explore as a conceptual challenge the implications of coupling global civic learning and action and educating a student’s whole self. 

Moderator: Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar, Bringing Theory to Practice; Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, AAC&U

Panelists: Helen Margaret-Nasser, Director of the Student Union and Intercultural Center, CUNY Kingsborough Community College; Hilary Kahn, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change and Assistant Dean for International Education and Global Initiatives, Indiana University Bloomington; Lucy Brown, student, Indiana University Bloomington 

BTtoP Annual Reception

Thursday, January 25, 5:30 PM

Grand Foyer, Declaration Level

Please join us for snacks, drinks, and conversation! We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues.

Moving from Talk to Action: How Structured Dialogues Can Achieve “Greater Purposes”

Friday, January 26, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Cabin John/Arlington Room (set up in round discussion tables for approximately 50 people)

This session will feature four grantees from Bringing Theory to Practice’s Greater Purposes Campus Dialogues initiative. The Initiative is aimed at helping campuses through a series of structured, action-focused dialogues to reach across silos in order to address timely issues, promote inclusion, and articulate shared goals. Each campus dialogue is intended to contribute to a campus culture that promotes student success through embracing higher education’s greater purposes – including engaged learning, well-being, civic engagement, preparation for a meaningful life, global citizenship, and a commitment to equity. Panelists will provide a brief synopsis of how structured dialogues have created actionable steps toward campus change around a particular issue (i.e. the role of civic engagement, becoming a sanctuary campus, helping students to become change agents). Following these presentations, panelists will moderate table discussions with participants regarding how structured dialogues can be applied at their own institutions to seed actionable steps toward positive changes in campus culture. 

Moderator: Ashley Finley, National Evaluator, BTtoP; Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Dominican Experience, Dominican University of California

Panelists: Zoe Corwin, Associate Professor and Director of Research, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California; Sarah Hoiland, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, CUNY Hostos; Patty Robinson, Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives, College of the Canyons; Kristen Luschen, Dean of Multicultural Education and Inclusion and Professor of Education Studies, Hampshire College

Upholding Truth, Evidence, and Reason: An Imperative Democratic Obligation of Higher Education in a Divided Nation

Friday, January 26, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Cabin John/Arlington Room (set up in round discussion tables for approximately 50 people)

Recent controversies over free speech and partisanship on college and university campuses have served to mask higher education’s principal responsibility to champion how and whether a belief or claim is justifiable and to assert that facts and the power of reason are non-partisan. If one of the central purposes of higher education is to prepare critical thinkers who will shape the future of our democracy for the better of the country and the world, then those at learning institutions, both in the educational and public sphere, must forcefully call-out any effort to purge truth, evidence, or reason of their legitimacy. Are higher education’s identity and core principles so fragile that this cannot be accomplished? If not, how can campus faculty and administrators lead the way in upholding truth, evidence, and reason, even when accused of partisanship or relativization? Following brief panel provocations, these questions are turned to the audience for facilitated conversations at discussion tables, followed by responses from the panel.

Moderator: Don Harward, Director, BTtoP; President Emeritus, Bates College

Panelists: Jason Blakely, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University; Elizabeth Minnich, Senior Scholar, AAC&U