New multi-state network created for faculty collaboration

The AAC&U’s new Faculty Collaboratives project will create an open education resource network for faculty across multiple states


The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has announced a new project centered on the creation of a multi-state network of resources and information for faculty members that is aimed advancing student success.

Thanks to a $1,200,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation, this new Faculty Collaboratives project will build on the AAC&U’s previous LEAP initiative and focus on giving faculty the tools to best “apply Degree Qualifications Profile  and Tuning principles to the redesign of general education programs and to the assessment and transferability of student learning outcomes or proficiencies.”

The program, which just began in October 2014, and will continue being developed through September 2017, will develop resources that will be available to all faculty “regardless of field, discipline, or contract type.”

This new project represents an increased effort from the AAC&U to reach out directly to faculty.

“AAC&U is eager to scale up our work with faculty to advance our collaboration for student success and inclusive excellence,” said Susan Albertine, AAC&U Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. “We want to develop, lift up, and share new models to engage all faculty in new approaches to general education and learning-centered assessment through use of DQP and Tuning practices.”

Resource hubs created by the new Faculty Collaboratives project will include open education resources as well as the ability to reach out to the entire national learning community of fellows, and will be aimed at helping students from mobile and diverse backgrounds who have transferred between multiple institutions.

In addition to shared access to tools and methods aimed at helping faculty best use the DQP and Tuning, the project will also build leadership networks among the hubs and integrate the learning models from other existing AAC&U student success initiatives.

The electronic resource hubs will begin development this year in California, Indiana, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, before moving to Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oregon, and Virginia in the second and third year of the project.

“As the DQP consistently affirms, faculty play a crucial role in mapping the learning pathways and providing the intended learning,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider via press release. “We are delighted that Lumina’s grant moves faculty leadership to the center of AAC&U’s continuing work on quality and inclusive excellence.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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