The New American Colleges and Universities’ Summer Institute, held for faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities, provides a unique opportunity for professional development, discussion of issues common to our member institutions, and networking.
Summer Institute 2014
University of Redlands
June 25-27, 2014
Theme: Creating Community through Collaboration
This year’s 2014 Summer Institute will focus on NAC&U’s new initiative, the New American Academic Community (NAAC), to provide new opportunities for students and faculty through collaboration among NAC&U members. The New American Academic Community is a creative and innovative way to realize the promise of consortial collaboration – which is often aspired to in the abstract but seldom realized in practice. NAAC’s operational assumption that “my student is your student” is the key to its success, for it enables members to leverage their collective assets to the benefit of all students – and thus all institutions. The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through collaboration among NAC&U members, with campuses, and between campuses and their communities. Presentations may describe existing projects or may engage conference participants in working sessions to develop new ideas for collaboration.
We are seeking proposals for the Institute in the following thematic areas:
- Collaboration using high impact practices such as interdisciplinary courses, undergraduate research, and global experiences embedded in classes.
- Course collaborations through hybrid or virtual classes.
- International and domestic student exchange programs.
- Collaborative co-curricular and civic engagement activities.
- Evidence-based assessment models.
- New ideas for collaboration.
Faculty and Staff Professional Development:
- Creating faculty cross-institutional, interdisciplinary research on big questions.
- Faculty and staff exchanges between NAC&U campuses.
- New ideas for collaboration to enhance faculty work lives.
New Program Development:
- Collaborative academic programs.
- Collaborative admissions efforts.
- Collaborative student activities.
- Collaborative community partner initiatives.
- Collaborative university-community inter-institutional partnerships.
We welcome proposals for concurrent sessions related to the Institute’s themes. Each NAC&U campus may submit three or four proposals on behalf of an institution. Proposals must be submitted by January 3rd. The proposal submission form is available for download. The program committee will use these proposals to assemble an Institute program.
Future Summer Institutes
June 17-19, 2015 — Summer Institute 2015, Hamline University
June 21-23, 2017 — Summer Institute 2017, Valparaiso University
June 20-22, 2018 — Summer Institute 2018, Pacific Lutheran University
June 26-28, 2019 —Summer Institute 2019, John Carroll University