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    New White Paper - Pathways Reimagined: Exploring Innovative Approaches to Degree Completion and Student Success”

    Insights from the 2014 AASCU Regional Presidential Symposium  

    Pathways ReimaginedThe landscape of presidential leadership is changing, and leaders of AASCU institutions recognize that future success hinges on fresh ideas and new insights. In that spirit, a cadre of AASCU member presidents, provosts, and other high-level leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. in November 2014 to explore next-generation ideas for university leadership.  This symposium, made possible through generous support from Pearson, sparked lively conversation and an abundant flow of ideas. This paper encapsulates those insights. View this publication at aascu.org/3dpubs/pathwaysreimagined/

    The New York Times in Education Teaching Toolkit

    By AASCU and The New York Times
    © Copyright 2015

    NYT ToolkitBuilding on our long and productive partnership, AASCU and The New York Times have created the The New York Times in Education Teaching Toolkit. With the toolkit, we hope to showcase some of the great work happening on our campuses, while providing a roadmap for those who want to expand their teaching techniques and strategies. We have collected observations, learning outcomes, course descriptions, assignments and syllabi from real instructors who are currently using The New York Times in their classrooms. The result is a rich resource for anyone looking to bring the outside world into her class. View the toolkit at aascu.org/3dpubs/NYT/Toolkit/

    Becoming a Steward of Place

    Lessons from AASCU Carnegie Community Engagement Applications 
    By John Saltmarsh (and colleagues)
    © Copyright 2014

    Becoming Steward of Place - FreeOver the past decade, as AASCU has worked to operationalize its concept of “stewards of place,” others were working to build a more coherent intellectual grounding for the work of campuses interacting with their communities. One of the more notable efforts in building a concrete concept of civic and community engagement came out of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which in 2006 created a new voluntary classification scheme that highlights the work of campuses committed to partnerships with their communities. The 2006 Community Engagement Classification application and selection process was followed by subsequent rounds in 2008 and 2010. Download PDF


    Teacher Scholar – The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

    © Copyright 2013 Fort Hays State University  

    Teacher ScholarProduced at Fort Hays State University, the new journal Teacher-Scholar will explore the history, present circumstances, and possible future of America's hardest working but least studied institutions of higher learning—Regional State Universities or, to use a more recent and revealing title, State Comprehensive Universities (SCUs). Read more

    Electoral Voices – Engaging College Students in Elections

    An American Democracy Project
    Best Practices Guide
    © Copyright 2006

    Electoral Voices coverIn 2006, AASCU’s American Democracy Project published Electoral Voices – Engaging College Students in Elections, a best practices guide. Until recently, this monograph has been for sale in the AASCU online bookstore. Now, in time for planning for the 2012 national election, we’re re-releasing the guide free in PDF format. Download PDF. Read more



    Tools and Insights for Universities Called to Regional Stewardship

    Alliance for Regional Stewardship
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
    © Copyright 2006

    Tools and Insights 2006 - coverIn recent years, much attention has been focused on the emergence of the knowledge economy and the nation’s aging, migrating population, but our communities and public institutions—including higher education—are just coming to terms with these trends. The combination of an economy and a population in transition promises significant, even dramatic, changes in how we think about questions of local and regional planning and development. Download PDF



    Stepping Forward As Stewards of Place

    A Guide for Leading Public Engagement at State Colleges and Universities
    © Copyright 2002

    Stewards of Place 2002 - coverHow do presidents and chancellors “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk” in leading engaged institutions?
    Every day, the nation’s state colleges and universities demonstrate, in ways large and small, the inextricable linkages with their communities and with the world at large. These linkages, collectively referred to as “public engagement,” are an essential part of the heritage of AASCU institutions and embrace a wide variety of activities—including outreach, applied research, service learning, and more. Moreover, these linkages reflect a constant challenge to institutions to serve as “stewards of place,” to function as learners as well as teachers in tackling the myriad of opportunities and issues facing our communities and regions. Download PDF