Cutting Edge Curriculum Award

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, Director of the American University Experience (AUx) Program, was awarded the Cutting Edge Curriculum Award for her work in designing and implementing the AUx curriculum.

As was noted in the award letter, “The American University Experience Program exemplifies how faculty can craft a program that not only shapes the intellectual life of their students but can also create a foundation for continued success throughout their college career.”

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AUx2: Two Facilitators Discuss the Race and Social Identity Course

When the new academic year begins, American University Experience courses will become mandatory for all first year students. Get a window into the AUx2 pilot courses with facilitators Andrea Malamisura and Brazil McCray.

We're coming to college so that we can be professionals in a certain major. But when you step out of college, I think it's important to be able to have conversations with people who don't necessarily look like you. At least from my perspective, that's why this course is so great.
-Brazil McCray
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Faculty SWAGy Award

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, Director & Curriculum Designer of American University Experience (AUx), was awarded the Faculty SWAGy from the Sexual Assault Working Group for her work incorporating information about Title IX into the AUx1 curriculum.

RiSE: Where We Are and Where We're Going

During the recent RiSE town hall discussions, Jessica Waters, Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services, talked about how AUx is impacting students' experiences in and out of the classroom. Dean Waters shared that "the initial results from our AUx pilots have been pretty astounding."

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AUx Named a Green Office by the Office of Sustainability

Bronze Level Green Office Certificate

The AUx Program was named a Green Office by the Office of Sustainability after completing the Bronze Checklist. The AUx Program is committed to contributing directly to achieving the university's sustainability goals by promoting the adoption of sustainable practices.

What is AUx? An Interview with Director Andrea Brenner

Alexis Arnold, News Editor at The Blackprint, interviewed Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, Director of the American University Experience (AUx) Program to learn more about AUx1 and AUx2.

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Mandatory Diversity Course Coming To American University...

Sasha-Ann Simons of WAMU 88.5 reported on the announcement of AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Feature includes audio of an AUx2 class in progress.

American University Announces Anti-Racism Plan, Required Diversity Course

NBC4 Washington reports on the new Inclusive Excellence Plan. Coverage includes an exclusive interview with President Sylvia M. Burwell, footage of an AUx2 class in session, as well as a short interview with current AUx2 student, Amir Azadniv.

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'Step in the Journey': Burwell Presents Comprehensive Plan for Diversity...

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, Director of the American University Experience (AUx) Program, was featured in an article written by Lydia Calitri and Maria Carrasco of The Eagle. The article discusses AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence, which was announced by President Sylvia M. Burwell.

AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence

President Sylvia M. Burwell announced American University's Plan for Inclusive Excellence and discussed the opportunities and challenges the university faces with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The 25-page document details how the university will tackle issues surrounding diversity and inclusion, including implementation of the AU Experience (AUx) courses for all incoming first-year students.

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STEM Students Want Universities to Address Racial Issues

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, Director of the American University Experience (AUx) Program, was featured in an article written by Stuart Miller and produced by The Hechinger Report. The article, which was published by U.S. News, focused particular attention on how students of color studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are underrepresented at universities around the country and how these schools need to be doing more to address racial issues.

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Announcement of AU Core and First Year Advising

Provost Scott A. Bass and Jessica L. Waters, Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services, 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.

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Professors Support Student-Athletes at Women’s Soccer Game

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.

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Game Change: AU Senior’s ‘Code Switch’ Will Explore Identity

"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."

First-Year Students Dive Deeper in New Class on Race

"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."

Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award

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.