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ACCU Announcements


Conference Session Recordings Now Available

The recordings of several key sessions from the 2021 ACCU Annual Meeting are now available for general viewing.

The four approximately hour-long sessions feature moving and informative presentations from Rev. Bryan Massingale of Fordham University; Rev. Friedrich Bechina, FSO, of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Higher Education; Marie Lynn Miranda of the University of Notre Dame; and Arthur Levine of the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy. Topics include racial justice, the future of American higher education, and Pope Francis’s hopes for Catholic colleges and universities.

View the recordings, the conference program, and find other information related to the 2021 Annual Meeting on the ACCU website.


Associations Offer Anti-racism Resources

The higher education association community is offering a number of new and updated online resources to help campuses tackle systemic racism and prejudice.

ACCU has revised its Racial Justice webpage, featuring various examples of how Catholic colleges and universities are both confronting their own histories and educating students and the community. See links to recorded discussions, news about new equity-focused academic institutes, and more.

In addition, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has produced a resource titled Eyes to See: An Anti-Racism Examen. Trustees, senior leadership teams, and faculty and staff departments can use the resource as they undertake important conversations about becoming more anti-racist institutions.  A video, “Composition of Place,” anchors the experience, which also includes a leader’s guide for the Examen and a number of follow-up resources for discussion.

“We hope that the Examen will help campuses move from personal reflection to institutional understanding and action,” explains Stephanie Russell, vice president for mission integration at AJCU. “Though it was created for a Jesuit higher education context, much of it would easily translate to the settings of other Catholic colleges and universities.”

Lastly, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) has launched a microsite that showcases a database of more than 120 resources focused on racial and ethnic diversity for the Christian higher education community. The resources are intended to assist institutional leaders at Christian colleges and universities in facilitating campus conversations, and the database will function as an evolving collection of materials, with new resources added quarterly.

“While this is just a small contribution, we hope that it can serve as an organizing space for Christian colleges and universities, churches, and other Christian organizations to have a good start at looking at valuable resources,” noted Shirley Hoogstra, president of the CCCU.


ACCU Supports Telehealth Bill

According to a recent report, one-third of college students have reported emotional distress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

As many students remain far from college and campus-based healthcare providers, they have often turned to telehealth for needed support and counseling. Unfortunately, differences among state licensure rules have been an impediment to providing behavioral care via video or phone across state lines. In response, ACCU joined with more than 50 national and state higher education associations in signing a letter that expresses support for a legislative fix.

The TREAT Act (H.R. 708/S. 168), which was recently reintroduced in the new Congress, creates temporary license reciprocity for all health care professionals to treat physical and mental health conditions in all states for in-person or telehealth visits during a national emergency.

As the letter explains, “The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the healthcare delivery system in unprecedented ways, including because inter-state licensing created significant barriers to remote care. The need for a short-term, uniform fix to address the licensing barriers to interstate care became clear early in the crisis. In response, some governors and most state legislatures issued executive orders and emergency declarations temporarily allowing to varying degrees limited license reciprocity with other states.”

Read the full text of the letter online.


Do You Have Expertise in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition?

ACCU would welcome the expertise of faculty and administrators as we prepare an upcoming edition of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education focused on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

This special issue of the Journal will explore the varied ways that the Catholic Intellectual Tradition — with its rigorous intellectual inquiry and rich roots in the past — inspires, influences, and enhances the search for truth across all academic disciplines, as well as in administrative, co-curricular, and other areas of Catholic higher education that shape the learning and institutional culture of the institution.

We are currently in need of representatives from ACCU member campuses who can serve as peer reviewers to examine the manuscripts that have been submitted. Peer reviewers are given detailed instruction and assistance in conducting their reviews, which are essential to maintain the high quality of Journal content.

For more information about becoming a peer reviewer, visit the Journal webpages.


Welcome, New Members!  

ACCU warmly welcomes its two newest members: