Third Annual Forum

The LEAP Challenge: Signature Work and
VALUE-able Assessment

February 22-23, 2016
The University of Texas at San Antonio – Downtown Campus (Campus Map)
501 West César E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207




KEYNOTE – DR. CAROL GEARY SCHNEIDER | President, the Association of American Colleges and Universities

The LEAP Challenge: Mapping Guided Learning Pathways to Deep Learning and Long-Term Student Success


Biography: Carol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). With nearly 1,350 member institutions, half public and half private, drawn from the entire higher education community, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.

AAC&U is widely recognized as both a voice and force for strengthening the quality of student learning in college for all students and especially those historically underserved in U.S. higher education. Under Dr. Schneider’s leadership, AAC&U works to advance liberal education at both the national and the local level and to help individual colleges and universities keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. With a one-hundred year history and national stature, AAC&U is an influential catalyst for educational improvement and reform.

During the course of her tenure at AAC&U, first as executive vice president, and then as president, Dr. Schneider has developed and led a series of national initiatives, including Liberal Education and America’s Promise, or LEAP, a public advocacy and campus action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the twenty-first century.  The LEAP initiative builds on AAC&U’s major effort, Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College, a multi-year initiative designed to articulate the aims of a twenty-first century liberal education and to identify comprehensive, innovative models that improve learning for all undergraduate students.  Dr. Schneider also led, in the 1990s, AAC&U’s national initiative on higher education and pluralism, American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning.

Dr. Schneider is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in history (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She studied at the University of London’s Institute for Historical Research and earned the Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.  She holds thirteen honorary degrees and has taught at Boston University, Chicago State University, The University of Chicago and DePaul University.


Monday, February 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
8:00 a.m. – noon


The registration fee for this event is $75.00 per person. To register today, click the “pay now” link below.



When making reservations ask for the LEAP Texas room block. To receive the group rate, you must make your reservations before February 5, 2016.

Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown
502 West César E. Chavez
San Antonio, TX 78207
Room rate$120 plus taxComplimentary shuttle service is available in the downtown area. A shuttle van can hold up to 10 guests and runs daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


 Parking is available at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown Hotel.



VALUE-ing Student Learning in an Age of Accountability
Dr. Kate McConnell | Senior Director of Research and Assessment at AAC&U

Dr. Kate McCoMcConnell photonnell is the Senior Director for Research and Assessment at AAC&U.  She began this position after serving in several capacities at Virginia Tech, including most recently as its inaugural Director of Assessment in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Dr. McConnell’s work focuses on using course-embedded assessment to improve teaching and learning while also addressing accountability and accreditation requirements. Dr. McConnell has extensive experience in assessment and evaluation, including working with college faculty to use assessment findings to improve learning and increase the effectiveness of academic and advising programs, HIPs like first-year experiences and undergraduate research, and general education courses and programs.

She has additional experience working on Virginia Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan and has experience with the evaluation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education projects funded by the National Science Foundation, including serving as co-PI on NSF STEP and EAGER grants.  She has served two terms as president of the statewide Virginia Assessment Group and has been a leader in Virginia’s LEAP State activities. Dr. McConnell was also affiliate faculty in Virginia Tech’s graduate program in educational psychology, and taught courses on cognition, information processing, and college teaching.

Dr. McConnell earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from Providence College, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech.


Dr. Nancy Martin | The University of Texas at San Antonio, Host
Dr. Loraine Phillips | The University of Texas at Arlington, Chair
Dr. Larry King Stephen F. Austin State University, Immediate Past Host
Dr. Rebecca Lewis | The University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Divya Bheda | The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. David Billeaux | Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Ms. Tiffany Hearne | The University of Texas at Arlington

Registration Cancellations
Cancellation requests must be received by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, February 12, 2016 in order to receive a 100% refund of the registration fee. To request a cancellation, send an email to Tiffany Hearne at and include your Order Number. Any requests received after the date noted above will not be eligible for a refund.