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2012 National Conference

Access and Success:

Undergraduate Education in the 21st Century Research University

Sheraton Hotel, Crystal City Virginia
November 9-10, 2012
Pre-Conference UVP Meeting November 8

 Co-Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Registration is Open

The 2012 Reinvention Center conference will feature plenaries with:  

  • Shirley Tilghman, President, Princeton University, The Uses and Abuses of Accreditation


  • Judith Smith, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, UCLA:  Academic Intrigue: 17 Years as UCLA's Dean of Undergraduate Education


  • Martin Storksdieck, Director, Board on Science Education, speaking on The Changing Demands on STEM Education and Outreach at American Research Universities


  • National Accreditation Roundtable with presidents / commissioners from all six US accrediting regions, moderated by Doug Lederman, editor of  Inside Higher Education





2010 Conference
Tradition, Innovation and Creativity: Undergraduate Learning for the 21st Century

Faculty from U.S. research universities came together at the fifth national conference of the Reinvention Center in November 2010 in Crystal City, VA to discuss the critical role of science and technology in the undergraduate curriculum, the continuing need for fine arts and humanities education, and methods of assessing teaching and learning inside and outside our classrooms.

2010 Conference Proceedings.pdf

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.

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From the Executive Director

NSF to Co-Sponsor the National Conference

I recently received word that the Reinvention Center's grant proposal has been approved, and the National Science Foundation will once again support expenses for our speakers and proceedings.

This calls to mind our strong STEM programming - please invite colleagues in the STEM disciplines to learn about national programs and developments that may benefit their work.

 - Pat

Patricia A. Turner was named Executive Director in 2010.  She is also Vice Provost - Undergraduate Education at UC Davis.

Curriculum Vitae
WTL-STEM Educator Initiative

2010 Conference Leads to Collaboration, Community, Publication

2010 Reinvention Center conferees Julie A. Reynolds, Christopher Thaiss, Wendy Katkin and Robert J. Thompson, Jr., published "Writing-to-Learn in Undergraduate Science Education: A Community-Based, Conceptually Driven Approach," in CBE Life Sci Educ. 2012 Spring; 11(1): 17–25.

UVP Network

The Reinvention Center UVP network is a national network of Vice Presidents for Undergraduate Education and other senior officials who have campus- or college-wide responsibility for undergraduate education.

SPOTLIGHT: "Accountability for Improving Student Learning"

Every few months the Reinvention Center spotlights a topic of significance to research university faculty and administrators.