• 2012 HBCU Leadership Summit Meeting Presentations

    Change, Leadership and Governance: Strategic Positioning for the 21st Century

    Public HBCU Leadership Summit
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

    Saturday, June 9, 2012
    Sofitel Hotel, Washington, D.C.

    Legislative Update

    Mr. Robert Moran, Director, Federal Relations and Policy Analysis at AASCU provided an update on current issues in the federal legislative arena. Mr. Moran also shared information about pending changes in federal policy related to loan default rates that may negatively impact HBCUs. He also provided information about resources to assist campuses in monitoring and educating students about options available to them to prevent loan default.
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    Positioning HBCUs in the Current Environment

    Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), reported on the emerging themes from IHEP’s work on the Minority Serving Institutions “Models of Success Project”. The program began in November 2010 and will conclude in October 2013. Seeking to dramatically increase college completion, especially among first-generation students, low-income students and students of color, the Lumina MSI-Models of Success program is partnering with over 25 MSIs and other organizations to improve and document increased postsecondary attainment. Participating institutions and organizations embrace a collective MSI success agenda.
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    Student Success and the Completion Agenda

    Dr. John Michael Lee, Jr., Policy Director, The College Board, presented a summary of the landscape related to the National Completion Agenda and shared demographic and trend data to describe the current environment for HBCUs and to suggest possible opportunities and threats for HBCUs in the short and long term.
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    Board Governance and Change

    Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, Managing Partner, The McPhail Group and Professor Emerita, Morgan State University provided guidance on Board education and how Boards and campus leadership can work together to lead change.
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    Summary of Action Agenda and Next Steps

    The group identified the following items as the top three (3) priorities for action:
    1. Help make the case for the distinctive capacity of HBCUs to contribute to the Completion Agenda; Advocate for resources to support the important role of HBCUs in American Higher Education; Help make the case that investing in HBCUs provides a good return on investment (Value Proposition). Advocate for continued funding of Title III program for HBCUs.

    2. Work with other national associations representing HBCUs (NAFEO, Thurgood Marshall, and UNCF) to convene a National Meeting to discuss a draft “HBCU Case Statement” and develop a comprehensive, unified agenda for which the associations and presidents/chancellors can all advocate.

    3. Develop a set of principles around measurement and accountability that include the importance of considering variables that impact an institution’s ability to achieve a given standard (low income, first-generation, part-time students, historical funding disparity) and takes into consideration the institution’s mission.