Chief Academic Officer News
1. CAO Conference Resources Online
At ACCU’s fourth annual conference for chief academic officers, participants explored "Challenges and Opportunities for Chief Academic Officers: Leading Change through Mission." Speakers addressed the current environment in Catholic higher education as it affects the academic enterprise; session topics included inclusion and social justice, undergraduate student spirituality, and the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
If you were unable to attend and want to review the conference program, please visit the Chief Academic Officers page on the ACCU website. Selected presentations are available through the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting page, as well.
2. 2018 Small Research Grants Seeks Proposals
Are your faculty working to advance understanding of Catholic higher education? ACCU is now accepting proposals for small research grants to facilitate projects that provide new information about our sector.
Research that aims to develop data-gathering tools or methodologies regarding the assessment of Catholic mission and identity are especially welcome. Grants for individual projects may range up to $2,500. The money can be used toward any legitimate research expense and may be combined with grants from the researcher’s home campus. Applicants must be employed as faculty or staff at an ACCU member institution. Read descriptions of projects awarded 2017 Small Research Grants.
Priority will be given to researchers who have not received an ACCU small research grant in the past. Please visit the ACCU website for more information on proposal criteria, the application components, the evaluation rubric, and allowable expenses. Proposals are due May 1, 2018.
ACCU is also seeking volunteers to review the proposals. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Sawyer.
3. Catholic Identity and Mission Assessment (CIMA) Survey Now Available
Our institutions have changed over the years in response to student needs, social trends, and changes in college and university staffing. With these adjustments comes the question of whether and how Catholic identity, as well as the charism of the college’s founding or sponsoring group, are expressed on campus and assimilated by students.
The ACCU CIMA project provides direction for any Catholic college or university engaged in assessing the effective articulation of Catholic identity. No single approach to the Catholic mission is assumed by this project. Catholic institutions of higher education do share many challenges in assessing mission, however, and the development of a set of solid principles and tools provided by CIMA can be of great value to many ACCU members.
The first phase of the project, the administration of the Mission Identity Graduating Student Survey, launched this spring. It is not too late to participate. You can read more information and register on our website.
4. CIT Core Principles
A new ACCU publication provides an accessible roadmap to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: What is it? How can it make the work of faculty and staff more meaningful? How can today’s scholars carry on and enrich this centuries-old tradition?
Help your faculty learn about the 9 core principles of the tradition – including faith and reason, the power of beauty, and the dignity of the human person – and how the richness and diversity of Catholic higher education bring them to life. Whether their work is in the social sciences, natural sciences, or other discipline, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles offers faculty a framework for deeper fulfillment and meaning. Discounts available for orders of 20 or more copies.
Watch a short video about this publication!
5. New Book on Teaching Abroad Available
Gary Wasserman’s decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. “In the beginning,” he writes, “this sounds like a politically incorrect joke. A Jewish guy walks into a fundamentalist Arab country to teach American politics at a Catholic college.” After eight years of teaching in Qatar, he realizes he has become part of a significant, little understood movement to introduce liberal, Western values into traditional societies. Check out this interesting account at