Event Type

AHA Regional Conference, Conference

AHA Topics

Academic Departmental Affairs, AHA Initiatives & Projects, K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, The History Major, Undergraduate Education


  • San Antonio, TX

Event Description

On Friday and Saturday, August 5-6, 2016, the American Historical Association held a two-day conference for history educators from high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities across the state of Texas. The conference was hosted by San Antonio College, one of the Alamo Colleges. Featured guest speakers included Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, Ricardo Romo, president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association.

Over 60 attendees and speakers gathered to discuss both disciplinary pedagogy and public-policy issues that inform the teaching of lower-division college history courses in a large and diverse state. Currently, all students who pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public college or university in Texas are required to take six credit-hours of history. What kind of learning should that entail in the 21st century? How can it support student learning and success across the curriculum?

We have collected here a number of open resources from the conference, including audio of several plenary sessions and slides from presentations, as well as the detailed final conference program.


2016 Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Reports

AHA Holds Second Conference on Introductory History Course in Texas
By Jonathan Lee (San Antonio Coll.)

Conference Report 
By Nancy E. Baker (Sam Houston State University)

Presentation Slides

  • Academic Course Guide Manual PDF
    By Rebecca Leslie (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)

    • Learning outcomes for history courses and their role in core objectives for general education in Texas colleges and universities; data on dual enrollment programs in Texas
  • Resources and Programs of LEAP Texas PDF
    By Jeffery Roberts (LEAP Texas, Sam Houston State Univ.)
  • The Work of Tuning and the Degree Qualifications Profile PDF
    By Daniel McInerney (Utah State Univ.)

    • Approaches and resources from National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
  • What Makes a Good Assignment? PDF
    By Daniel McInerney (Utah State Univ.)

    • Lessons from NILOA’s nationwide, faculty-driven work on undergraduate student assignments as tools to advance, as well as assess, learning
  • Collaborating to Assess Texas Core Outcomes PDF
    By Randi Cox (Stephen F. Austin State Univ.)


What are the purposes of introductory history courses in college?

Chair: Julia Brookins, AHA

Panelists: Jonathan Lee (San Antonio Coll.), Linda Salvucci (Trinity Univ.), Penne Restad (Univ. of Texas, Austin)

How have faculty members rethought the survey course over time? What can students get from it? How do we know if they have? How can history instructors better collaborate to support students in these courses?

Remarks by Ricardo Romo

Richard Romo, historian, President, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio
Introduced by James Grossman, AHA

Why should today’s college students study history? What are the benefits in terms of marketable skills and democratic citizenship?

History in Higher Education Policy

Featuring Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, introduced and facilitated by Trinidad Gonzales

What are the policy issues for college history in the state?

Reflections on Dual Enrollment, and on Introductory Courses vs. “The Survey”
James Grossman, AHA Executive Director