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New! NAC&U Seeks New Ways to Collaborate at Summer Institute 2014
Plenary Speakers, Teagle Presentations Advocate for New Ways of Addressing Teaching and Learning

photo of ambassadors meetingIn addition to welcoming a new member, the University of La Verne, to the consortium, NAC&U applauded its first group of campus ambassadors at the 2014 Summer Institute held June 25 – 27 at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA.

The theme was “Creating Community through Collaboration” as NAC&U unrolled its new initiative aimed at promoting optimal collaboration within the consortium. NAC&U’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. By introducing campus ambassadors – one or two key faculty from each member campus – to the consortium, NAC&U hopes to facilitate increased collaboration between its members, for the benefit of institutions, their faculty and their students. Read more

New! University of La Verne Becomes Newest NAC&U Member

Photo of campusThe New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) welcomed the University of La Verne, La Verne, California as its newest member on July 1, 2014.

Similar to its peers in NAC&U, the University of La Verne seeks to integrate liberal education, professional studies and civic engagement. Since 1891, the University of La Verne has been dedicated to the belief that a quality, values-based education enriches the human condition by engendering service, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. The University takes pride in knowing its nearly 60,000 alumni worldwide have made a difference in their professions and communities. Read more

New! NAC&U Ernest L. Boyer Award: Call for Nominations

The New American Colleges & Universities has established a national award to honor the legacy of Ernest L. Boyer by recognizing an individual whose achievements in higher education exemplify Boyer’s quest for connecting theory to practice and thought to action, in and out of the classroom.

"To accomplish this essential mission, connections must be made. All parts of campus life—recruitment, orientation, curriculum, teaching, residence hall living, and the rest—must relate to one another and contribute to a sense of wholeness. We emphasize this commitment to community not out of a sentimental attachment to tradition, but because our democratic way of life and perhaps our survival as a people rest on whether we can move beyond self-interest and begin to understand better the realities of our dependence on each other." 
-Ernest Boyer, College,
The Undergraduate Experience in America
, 1987


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Photo of Ernest Boyer courtesy of the Boyer Center at Messiah College.

Please submit a brief biography of the nominee and an abstract, not exceeding 1000 words, outlining an outstanding contribution the nominee has made in one or more of the following:

  • Linking liberal education and professional studies with civic engagement
  • Effectively preparing and sustaining faculty to design and teach courses that promote the integration of liberal and professional education with civic engagement
  • Preparing administrators to lead institutions with a mission of integrating liberal and professional education with civic engagement
  • Efforts that demonstrate the effectiveness of the “New American College” (integrative) model

The winner will receive a monetary award and will be asked to present at the NAC&U Summer Institute at Hamline University in June 2015. Announcement of the winner will be at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in January 2015.

Deadline for nominations is September 16, 2014.
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New! Memorable Quotes from Commencements at NAC&U Campuses

Westminster College
“Somehow by the grace of God I finally realized what I wanted and need most out of my college years. It can be summarized in one word – community.”
-- Clara Jane Hallar, Westminster College Class of 2014

Hamline University
“My time here at Hamline has taught me how beautiful this act of sharing can be. Of interacting with communities and worldviews that I may have never known existed, of finding belonging where I least expected it.”
-- Kevin Yang, political science major and urban studies minor, Hamline University Class of 2014 (View Kevin’s address)

North Central College
 “Never forget about the people who have helped you along the way. And don’t be surprised when you find the image of your family and those who you have worked with when you look in the mirror. This isn’t just your day – it belongs to everyone who helped you get here.  Your mom and dad, your friends and family. Don’t ever forget that.”
 -- U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois

Drury University
“Dare to delight in the detours of your own life, as they just might lead you to destinations beyond your wildest dreams.”
-- Marcia Mitchell, 1967 Drury graduate and co-founder of The Little Lighthouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma Read more

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