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Wednesday, February 22
Reception and Keynote: Washington Update
Party alignment of Congress and the White House may break legislative gridlock and move several highly anticipated pieces of higher education legislation forward. A key player in the development of federal policy will provide a political update on the likely course of education legislation in the next Congress. How will the Congressional leadership work with the Trump Administration as they reform higher education policy? Which policy ideas will drive the national dialogue for the next two years? Finally, what are the odds of a bipartisan reauthorization of the Higher Education Act?
Presenter: Amy Jones, Director of Education and Human Services Policy, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives
Thursday, February 23
Keynote – Shifting Finances of Public Higher Ed
State funding for public higher education has not kept up with increasing enrollments, straining the capacity of public colleges and universities to carry out their missions. The public higher education sector has undergone a 30-year cycle of gradual privatization by the states. This session will provide a broad overview of public sector finances and the changes brought about by reduced state support for students.
Presenter: Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
The reduction of state subsidies has resulted in significant increases in borrowing by students at public institutions. The growing debt bubble, in turn, has resulted in calls for “skin-in-the-game” provisions for federal student financing which are intended to vest institutions in innovative repayment outcomes for their graduates. Hear more about these ideas and their likely traction with policymakers.
Beth Akers, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Ben Miller, Senior Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress
Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU
Analytics and Retention
Dwindling state subsidies and performance-based funding formulas are inducing significant internal changes in institutional practices. As a result, public colleges are increasingly turning to data analytics to target resources in an optimal manner. This session will provide an overview of a successful implementation of the use of data analytics.
Presenter: Marie A. Cini, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College
Non-Academic Barriers to Student Success
Post high school, there are significant obstacles students are likely to experience on their college to career journey. Providing students with assistance in overcoming these barriers can have a significant impact on retention and graduation rates.
Presenter: George Covino, Vice President, Default
Prevention, Student Connections
Innovative Alternatives Connecting College to Career
Making the connection for students between college and career does not always emerge from campus career services offices. How can innovative approaches to career exploration ensure that students graduate with relevant skills, experiences and aligned priorities for their future?
Scott Blevins, Director of University Relations, Education at Work
Tom Bowling, Vice President of Student Affairs, Frostburg State University
Annie Mais, Senior Product Manager, Roadtrip Nation
Kim Scranage, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Northern Kentucky University
Moderator: Scott Fleming, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, USA Funds
Keynote – Enrollment Management and Public Institutions
Enrollment management has historically been associated with recruitment and revenue strategies at private institutions, but is increasingly adopted by public colleges within the confines of their public missions. This session will provide an overview of how and why public institutions may deploy enrollment management.
Presenter: David Bousquet, Vice President, Enrollment
Management, East Stroudsburg University (Pa.)
Friday, February 24
Keynote on Post-Enrollment Outcomes
The Gallup-USA Funds Education Consumer Pulse is the first-ever daily poll on the consumer voice in higher education. Hear more about this landmark data set and how what consumers say about their experiences, perceptions and engagement in higher education drives success and engagement beyond graduation.
Presenter: Carol D’Amico, Executive Vice President, Mission
Advancement & Philanthropy, USA Funds
Challenges and Pitfalls of International Recruitment
has emerged as the proverbial win-win proposition for U.S.
institutions. In its ideal form, it promotes cultural diversity,
improves academics, and generates revenues all at once. But realizing
all the benefits of international recruitment requires international
expertise and significant due diligence to avoid predictable pitfalls
that can tarnish institutional reputation at home and abroad.
Presenter: Dale Gough, Director, Foreign Credentials Service of America
Diminishing state support for public
higher education has predictably led to efforts to increase efficiency.
As public colleges are expected to do more with less, policymakers are
radically changing the traditional methods for funding state colleges
and universities. The emergence of performance-based funding has
significantly altered incentives and academic and enrollment practices
in the public sector. This session will provide an overview of
performance-based funding policies and provide a summary of the existing
research on their effects.
Russ Deaton, Deputy Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Nicholas W. Hillman, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Closing discussion and box lunch