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Hyatt Regency O'Hare 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue Rosemont, IL 60018

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Advancing Student Thinking for 21st Century Success

August 7 & 8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’ Hare, Chicago

As institutions known for design and innovation, AITU universities are particularly equipped to transform the approaches used to prepare students to critically think to solve complex problems, innovate and lead. This invitation- only summit is a call to use our collective capabilities to move the needle within individual institutions and for the AITU, in general. Participants will launch a ‘scope, design, develop,’ process to innovate our methodologies for imbuing 21st century critical thinking skills by benchmarking related outcomes and assessment practices, creating action plans to enhance our impact, and framing a strategy to communicate the value of our contributions to the teaching and learning of critical thinking in the future.

Summit Goals:

  • Scope the 21st century critical thinking skillset for graduates of AITU schools

  • Create individual institutional action plans to expand or enhance structures to develop student critical thinking for problem-solving, innovation and leadership.

  • Determine next steps for sustaining and expanding this community of practice

  • Frame a strategy to broadly communicate the value of these AITU university efforts

Attendees: Targeting at least one to two implementation leaders from each AITU institution, representing faculty, academic affairs or assessment offices.

Summit participants will represent their universities in the:

  • Sharing of best practices for the teaching, learning and assessment for related student learning outcomes in problem-solving, innovation and leadership

  • Designing of action plans for individual institutional improvement

  • Writing of a communication to inform the broader AITU community

  • Drafting of an AITU strategy to create value for consideration by each institution

Information & Registration:

Summit registration deadline is July 10, 2019. Current information and registration can be found here. Participants are to make their own reservations with the Hyatt Regency O’ Hare Chicago at or by calling 847.696.1234 by mentioning AITU Summit. Limited rooms at the discount rate are reserved at first come, first served basis. Group rates are as follows:

  • Single Occupancy: $ 159.00*

  • Double Occupancy: $ 174.00*

    *Guest Room Rates do not include applicable taxes (which are currently 14%), applicable service fees, and/or Hotel-specific fees incurred by the guest(s).

Questions? Contact Angela M. Brodie, Sr. Staff Specialist, Rochester Institute of Technology at or 585.475.7965 or Dr. Jennifer Schneider, Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA at or 585.475.2092.


Day 1 - Evening Welcome Reception and Dinner (all) (2 hours)

Facilitated discussion to frame the problem of ‘Building student thinking for 21st century success’
Lightening presentations on each institution’s related approach (10 mins each) and discussion.

Day 2 - Continental Breakfast (all)

Concurrent Morning sessions (2.5 hours, pick one):

  • Assessment strategies for critical thinking applied to problem-solving, innovation and leadership

  • Best practices for the teaching and learning for the 21st century skill of critical thinking

Light Lunch (all)

Whole group discussions with facilitation (each 45 mins):

  • Strategy for continued collaboration as a consortium

  • Creating and communicating value of our efforts and accomplishments

Adjourn - 3 pm