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WKU hosting Society for Values in Higher Education meeting July 22-26

WKU will serve as host of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) July 22-26. The theme for this year’s meeting is Working Together? Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education.

SVHE “is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society.” About 125 scholars and public intellectuals from across the country will gather to participate in morning seminars, present papers in afternoon working groups, attend plenary presentations, and engage in sustained dialogue about how collaborative endeavors can improve the future of higher education.

Dr. Timothy Eatman, associate professor of higher education at Syracuse University and faculty co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, will be the featured speaker for the opening session at 7:15 p.m. July 22 at Downing University Center, room 3024. The presentation is open to the public.

A panel discussion on Collaboration in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities will begin at 7:15 p.m. July 23 at Downing Student Union, room 3024. The session is open to the public.

Seminars and presentations will be held at Downing Student Union and Gary Ransdell Hall. (More: Summary of the program schedule)

About the 2015 meeting: Higher education in the United States is facing unprecedented challenges—the privatization of state schools by virtue of the steady de-funding by legislatures, the dramatic rise of for-profit institutions, rapidly increasing expectations about what services colleges and universities should provide, and a complex and global society that demands college graduates with even more skills and capacities. It is little wonder that so many people think higher education is in a state of crisis. But the current context also provides new opportunities, if only the various constituencies can collaborate together for the good of our students and our institutions. At its 2015 annual meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education will investigate the role of collaboration, in the midst of apparently competing values, as a mechanism by which colleges and universities can effect change and develop their role in local, national, and global communities.

About the SVHE: The Society was founded in 1922 and has a rich and illustrious history. In addition to its annual meeting, SVHE has engaged in an array of projects over the years—most recently its summer workshops for college teachers in China. That program has reached well over 500 Chinese university teachers, promoting liberal education and sharing recent pedagogical developments. In addition, the Society publishes the internationally-recognized journal Soundings through a partnership with Penn State University Press. Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, head of WKU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, serves as executive director. For more about the Society, visit www.svhe.org.

Contact: Eric Bain-Selbo, (270) 745-5744

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