NCA Out & About
NCA members and staff have been on the road recently, attending a number of Communication-related events.
COSSA: NCA members and staff joined more than 100 others for the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, in March in Washington, DC. National Science Foundation Director France Córdova and Acting Director for the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research William (Bill) Riley both spoke on the research and activities that their agencies are funding. Attendees also visited Capitol Hill to stress the value of social and behavioral science research to their congressional delegations.
NHA: NCA members and staff participated in the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day the week of March 16th. The conference featured NHA’s work in promoting college and university partnerships with local humanities organizations—including state humanities councils, museums, libraries, and others—to help demonstrate the value of the humanities. Inside Higher Ed Founding Editor Scott Jaschik delivered a keynote address that highlighted the challenges confronting humanities disciplines as they seek to preserve funding for research and to enhance their legitimacy on college campuses and in society at large. Dr. Bro Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), also served as a featured speaker at the NHA meeting, discussing the NEH Common Good initiative, a new program aimed at demonstrating the critical role humanities scholarship can play in public life. NHA attendees also took their message to their congressional delegations on Capitol Hill, urging members to support legislation that promotes social science research and the nurturing of the Common Good.
AAC&U: NCA members and staff attended the American Association of Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Organized around the theme “Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative," sessions focused on the connections among high-quality liberal learning, Americans’ global future, and the need for equitable access to high-quality learning. In addition to this January meeting, NCA members and staff attended AAC& U’s February 2015 Network for Academic Renewal General Education and Assessment Conference in Kansas City. Within the theme “From Mission to Action to Evidence: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Programs,” participants examined education and its assessment in the context of mission-driven institutions, as well as strategies for communicating the value and outcomes of general education.
Regional Conferences: NCA leadership and staff attended the four regional Communication association conferences and discussed, among other topics, NCA’s Learning Outcomes in Communication project, proposed changes to NCA’s governance documents, the 101st Annual Convention, and other NCA initiatives.