2017 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

2017 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Saturday, July 22, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

"Curricular Coherence: Finding Meaning and Purpose"

AASCU’s 2017 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting will focus on ways to ensure that the academic experiences we offer our students add up to something that is both meaningful and valuable.

About the Conference

"As for what passes as a college curriculum, almost anything goes. We have reached a point at which we are more confident about the length of a college education than its content and purpose....Indeed, the major in most colleges is little more than a gathering of courses taken in one department...." (AAC&U, Integrity of the College Curriculum, 1985: 2)

"Three decades of constantly adding new programs and more choices to the undergraduate curriculum have yielded colleges and universities that are economically unsustainable and educationally dysfunctional." (Robert Zemsky, Checklist for Change, 2013: 82)

The theme for AASCU’s 2017 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting is “Curricular Coherence: Finding Meaning and Purpose.”  This theme was inspired by the two observations above, one in 1985 and the other 28 years later in 2013.  For us, curricular coherence is predicated on a thoughtful, comprehensive examination of the purposes of the courses and other academic experiences that we require of our students.  It also means paying attention to a whole set of topics that are now the substance of contemporary conversations in higher education—topics such as creating degree maps and pathways for students to find their way through college.  Moreover, curricular coherence can refer to the steps we take to help transfer students move seamlessly between two-year and four-year institutions without the loss of credits.  At its core, curricular coherence means focusing on quality learning and intentional teaching, reducing the complexity of choice while providing greater clarity about outcomes, and linking degrees and coursework to jobs and careers.

As always, AASCU’s Academic Affairs Meetings are designed to provide a rich, diverse set of programs that will be professionally useful to provosts, deans, department chairs, faculty, student affairs professionals and others engaged in the academic enterprise.  To this end, in addition to presentations that are connected to the conference theme, this summer’s Academic Affairs meeting will include a wide array of other sessions and discussions on topics of contemporary concern, including teacher education, international education, civic engagement, student success, and faculty roles and responsibilities.  The conference will also feature a number of sessions on administrative matters such as budgeting, staffing and change management.

We hope you will join us.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for this meeting has closed.

Please note: If you are a meeting sponsor or a prospective meeting sponsor, please contact Adrienne Vincent at vincenta@aascu.org for information on how to submit your session information.

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Click here to download a PDF of the program.

Click here to download a PDF of the program at-a-glance.

Fees top

Unless otherwise noted, registration fees include all program sessions and materials, the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, lunch and the closing reception on Saturday, refreshments, and all breaks.

Provost / CAO: $650
If you are the provost or CAO of an AASCU member institution, your registration fee is $650. All other representatives from your campus should pay the reduced registration fee (see below).

Other Campus Representative: $550

Provosts are encouraged to invite other individuals from their campuses (deans, associate provosts, student affairs representatives, faculty members, etc.) to attend the meeting. These individuals should pay the reduced registration fee of $550.

Non-Member: $750
Individuals who are not employed at AASCU member campuses should pay the Non-Member registration fee. 

Sponsor (with fee waiver): $0

Spouse / Partner / Guest: $150

This registration fee includes the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday and the closing reception on Saturday.  

Registration Information top

Please note: In order to register, you must first sign in to your AASCU account. If you do not already have an AASCU account, you can create one by clicking the "create a new account" button under the sign-in box.

When you register, please be sure to select the correct registration category (i.e., Provost/CAO, Other Campus Representative, Non-Member, Sponsor or Spouse/Partner/Guest). See "Fees" above for a description of each category.

If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Felicia Durham, AASCU's Meeting Registrar, at durhamf@aascu.org or (202) 478-4673.

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Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 385-3000

Click here to reserve a room in AASCU's hotel block at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The special conference room rate is $199 per night, plus tax. To obtain this rate, you must book your room by June 29, 2017.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

If an individual must cancel their registration (or that of their guest), they will receive a full refund if the cancellation is received before 5p.m. EST on Monday, July 3, 2017. There will be a $200 cancellation fee after July 3. Special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.




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