Provost Scott A. Bass and Jessica L. Waters, Vice Provost for Academic Student Services & Dean of Undergraduate Education, released a memo on October 4, 2017 that provided updates about the rollout of the American University Experience (AUx) and Complex Problems programs, changes in first-year academic advising, and the creation of the Center for the Undergraduate Experience.
AUx Faculty Deborah DeMillle-Wagman, Amber Owens, and Randa Serhan were nominated as "Professors who have positively impacted their lives at AU" by the women soccer players in their AUx1 sections.
"Vignola’s game is called Code Switch, relating to the practice of adapting speaking styles to specific racial, cultural, or ethnic groups. As part of the game, you might control a character who is purple, or you may be able to change a character’s color from purple to blue. The surrounding environment will react differently to a game character depending on his or her color at a particular moment."
"For an introductory class for first-year students, it looks quite ambitious. It touches on everything from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement to immigration to Native American rights. Yet it’s not meant to stand as the be-all, end-all class on the matter. If anything, this course will be a gateway for further study."
American University's Center for Teaching Research and Learning (CTRL) presented Professors Andrea Malkin Brenner and Angie Chuang the Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award at the Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning held on January 13, 2017 for their work on the American University Experience I and II (AUx1 and AUx2).
The Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award recognizes the collaborative work of two or more faculty who creatively enable students to integrate their learning over the course of their undergraduate experience. Such innovative facilitation could be manifested in a variety of ways, such as deeper development of the learning outcomes of general education through the intentional design of an undergraduate major, problem-based course sequences calling for the application of inquiry methods from several disciplines, meaningful blending of experiential learning with classroom activity to promote intellectual and personal development, or designing capstone experiences through which students demonstrate synthesis of their undergraduate learning.