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St. Kate’s among 122 institutions selected to attend prestigious summer institute

The St. Catherine University banner.
The St. Catherine University banner.
Photo by Maria Ignacio, Photo Bureau.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced that a team from St. Catherine University has been selected to attend one of its three 2013 summer institutes.

St. Catherine University faculty and staff members who will participate in the Institute on General Education and Assessment (IGEA) at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT (June 1–5, 2013) are: Ann Sweeney (Mathematics), Maria Tzintzarova (Political Science and International Relations), Rachel Neiwert (History), Cecilia Konchar Farr (English and Women’s Studies) and Brian Dusbiber (Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment). 

Two additional summer institutes are: the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, WI and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at Portland State University in Portland, OR.

The institutes offer university 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. The teams collaborate to advance implementation of high-impact educational practices, integrative curricula and faculty leadership for liberal education and its assessment.

In its 23rd year, the IGEA provides faculty and staff with opportunities to refine general education programs and advance assessment best practices. The institute concentrates on helping teams improve their campus culture to serve an increasingly diverse student body with general education curricula that is well defined and meaningfully assessed.

In partnership with Excelencia! in Education, five Hispanic-serving institutions will be among the 41 participating at IGEA. The institutions will focus on how to embed, scale and assess high-impact educational practices specifically designed to advance Latino student success in general education.

May 28, 2013 by Julie Michener with additional material from AAC&U

See also: Education, Faculty, Leadership, Liberal Arts