2013 AASCU Annual Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting

Monday, October 21, 2013 to Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Loews Hollywood • Los Angeles, California

AASCU’s Annual Meeting provides presidents and chancellors meaningful opportunities to examine critical issues, to focus on leadership challenges and to explore ways in which they can advance their institutions in the fulfillment of their missions.

About the Conference

Invitation from the Chair of AASCU’s Board of Directors

Getting it Right—Leading the Public University of the Future

Mary Evans SiasWhat will the public university of the future look like? That depends on how effectively we meet the complex challenges confronting public higher education. 

AASCU’s 2013 Annual Meeting, “Getting it Right—Leading the Public University of the Future,” will focus on the issues presidents and chancellors must address in order to lead—and shape—their institutions into the 21st century. This is a period of dynamic transformation in public higher education—a period during which presidents must reconfirm that public higher education is a public good and convince policy makers that an investment in public higher education is crucial for America’s future.

What are the major challenges of “getting it right”?

  • Leading institutional transformation;
  • Championing innovation in teaching, research and learning; 
  • Addressing the tension between liberal arts and career education;
  • Continuing the commitment to student access and success;
  • Cost containment and affordability.

The 2013 Annual Meeting will focus on solutions to these challenges so that presidents and chancellors can be confident that they will “get it right” as they lead their institutions into the future.

I hope you will join us and lend your voice to this important dialogue.

Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University
Chair, AASCU 2013 Board of Directors

Schedule top

Agenda for Presidents and Chancellors
(updated October 18, 2013)

Download Printer-Friendly Final Program (pdf)

Sunday, October 20

10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Executive Steering Committee
Chair: Mildred García, President, California State University Fullerton

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration area then Motor/Valet Lobby Entrance
Optional Activity: Three Iconic Venues ($55 per person)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Executive Committee of the 2013 AASCU Board of Directors (Working Lunch - Noon lunch precedes 1 p.m. meeting)
Chair: Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

Noon – 4:30 p.m.
2013 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting
Chair: Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Spouse/Partner Planning Committee
Chair: John Wujack, Presidential Spouse, California State University, Northridge

Pre-Annual Meeting Seminar for Presidents and Chancellors

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Strategies for Creating a New Compact between States and Public Higher Education

The inextricable link between states’ economic prosperity and a highly skilled workforce dictates that access to an affordable, accountable and high quality public higher education system must be ensured for states to remain competitive. Yet longstanding state disinvestment in public higher education, rising tuition prices, increasing student debt, and less than acceptable institutional and student outcomes are among many dynamics threatening our states’ economic, educational and workforce talent-building capacities. (Read full description in PDF version)

Leaders: William A. Sederburg, Chair of the AASCU Task Force on Making Public Higher Education a State Priority, Retired Commissioner of Education in Utah, and AASCU Senior Scholar; Susan A. Cole, President of Montclair State University (N.J.)
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hosted Receptions
  • Huron Education
  • Pearson
  • Royall & Company
  • The Registry for College and University Presidents
6:45 p.m. Depart from lobby
2013 AASCU Board of Directors Dinner (By Invitation)
(Bus leaves Motor/Valet Lobby Entrance - Yamashiro Restaurant, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave.)

Dinner on an individual basis

Monday, October 21

7 a.m. - 6 p.m
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Council of State Representatives (Working Breakfast)

AASCU’s Council of State Representatives will review, discuss, and endorse—for the full membership’s consideration—the 2014 AASCU Public Policy Agenda, which identifies the association’s federal and state higher-education policy priorities for the year ahead. (Read full description in PDF version)
Chair: Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
African-American Presidents and Chancellors (Working Breakfast)
Convener: Glendell Jones, Jr., President, Henderson State University (Ar.)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Presidents (Working Breakfast)
Convener: Leroy M. Morishita, President, California State University, East Bay

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast Program for New Member Presidents, Chancellors and Spouses/Partners with Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development
(Presidents and chancellors who were appointed since July 1, 2012 and their spouses, partners or guests are encouraged to attend).
Presiding: Linda M. Bleicken, President, Armstrong Atlantic State University (Ga.)
Remarks: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
New Member Spouse/Partner Workshop
Spouses and partners of newly appointed presidents and chancellors, what’s on your mind? What questions do you have at this point? Join this session for a chat and some advice from experienced spouses/partners.

Advancing Solutions for Challenging Issues: Thought Leader Forums
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Aligning Strategies to Improve Your Bottom Line
A Partnership with Huron Education 

The financial squeeze on many colleges is making it difficult to maintain financial equilibrium while achieving strategic priorities. Huron Education is partnering with AASCU to create an opportunity for its members to improve institutional effectiveness and efficiency, identify opportunities for savings and reinvestment, and align strategic priorities and accountability. (Read full description in PDF version)
Discussion Leaders: Timothy J. Fouriner, Managing Director, Huron Education
Martin Van Der Werf, Manager, Huron Education

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Proven Strategies That Increase Enrollment Revenue and Foster Student Success 
Support Provided by Royall & Company

In today’s challenging higher education environment, proven enrollment strategies that increase enrollment-driven revenue are essential to the fiscal health and continued growth of public colleges and universities. In this session, you’ll discover effective recruitment techniques that provide strong ROI for every dollar invested, allow entering classes to be shaped with precision and improve access and outcomes for students. (Read full description in PDF version)
Discussion Leaders: Sharon Fuller, Vice President, Client Development, Royall & Company
John Nester, President & CEO, Royall & Company

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Updates from Washington to Wall Street from TIAA-CREF’s Chief Government Relations Officer and Chief Economist
Support Provided by TIAA-CREF

Please join Karen Elinski, Chief Government Relations Officer, and Tim Hopper, Chief Economist, both from TIAA-CREF, for a thought-provoking dialogue on the latest economic and political developments and their effects on higher education. (Read full description in PDF version)

Discussion Leaders: Karen Elinski, Chief Government Relations Officer, TIAA-CREF; Tim Hopper, Chief Economist, TIAA-CREF

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Five Years Later: The Aftermath of the Financial Crisis and Public Higher Education

While reports of job losses and foreclosures were widespread, the impact of the financial crisis on higher education has been less discussed. In this session, we will explore what college presidents need to know about how financial regulators are looking at the drivers of rising levels of student debt and the broader impacts on the economy.

Presiding: Judith A. Bense, President, University of West Florida
Presenter: Rohit Chopra, Assistant Director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its Student Loan Ombudsman
11 a.m. – Noon 
Spouse/Partner Nomination Committee
Chair: Elizabeth G. Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University

Noon – 2 p.m.
Opening Luncheon (Ticketed $55 per person)
Managing Change and “Getting it Right”
Program support provided by Huron Education

Presiding: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU
Welcoming Remarks: William A. Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles

Presentation of Distinguished Alumnus Award
Introduction: Ricardo R. Fernández, President, City University of New York Lehman College
Recipient: Ivan G. Seidenberg, Retired Chairman and CEO, Verizon; Graduate of City University of New York Lehman College

Managing Change and “Getting it Right”
Presenter: Erik R. Peterson, Managing Director, A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, and Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Peterson will map key long-range trends that will transform the opportunities and risks facing higher education, as well as our capacity to address them. He will trace the simultaneous and significant global shifts in the areas of demography, resources and the environment, the movement of data and the development of knowledge, the global economy, technological innovation and diffusion, and the rapidly shifting geopolitics of major powers. The by-product of these complex trends and accelerating change, Peterson asserts, is a compression of leadership. Leaders are embattled by shrinking timeframes, mounting complexities, and polarized positions. He argues that leaders should forge short-term cooperation with other sectors by adapting new structures, coordinating within all levels of management, and providing forward-looking leadership.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on Economic and Workforce Development
Chair: Rita H. Cheng, President, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on International Education
Chair: Gregory R. Weisenstein, President, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on Policies and Purposes
Chair: Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on Professional Development 
Chair: Linda M. Bleicken, President, Armstrong Atlantic State University

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on Teacher Education
Chair: Jack Thomas, President, Western Illinois University

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on the Undergraduate Experience
Chair: Elsa M. Núñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. 
New Presidents Academy Faculty
Convener: Patricia P. Cormier, Coordinator of New Presidents Academy and President Emerita, Longwood University (Va.)

2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Spouse/Partner Program
Communications and Effective Messaging

Whether at a formal gathering or in the cereal aisle of the grocery store, effective messaging about the university is a key leadership skill. An experienced communications specialist will share her expertise, practical tips, and techniques related to sharpening communication skills.

Presiding: Dacia Charlesworth, Presidential Spouse, Valdosta State University (Ga.)
Presenter: Colleen Bentley, Director of Special Projects and former Director of Public Affairs, California State University

3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Presidential Forum
Ratings, Quality and Educational Innovation: A Conversation with Martha Kanter

Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter will discuss the President’s new agenda for higher education and respond to questions and concerns about ratings, quality, and educational innovation. (A White House Policy Official is also invited.) This session provides an opportunity for AASCU presidents and chancellors to inform and influence the implementation of a policy initiative that will likely have a significant impact on higher education. Creating a rating system that achieves the goals of transparency and accountability without having unintended consequences that undermine other important goals such as access and quality will require creative energy and collaboration. You can be a part of helping to “get this right.”

Presiding: F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University System
Presenter: Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
AALI Leadership Lecture: Leading the Public University of the Future
Sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic Search, Inc.

Presiding: Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University
Presenter: Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, Institute for the Future

Explore the value proposition of higher education as a public good and focus on quality as the key to “getting it right.” What is the vision of the public university of the future and what is required of today’s leaders to achieve the vision? Marina Gorbis offers an inspiring portrayal of how new technologies are giving individuals so much power to connect and share resources in her latest book, The Nature of the Future. She posits that networks of individuals—not big organizations—will solve a host of problems by reinventing business, education, medicine, banking, government, and scientific research.

Recognition and Appreciation
Ann Die Hasselmo, President Emerita, American Academic Leadership Institute 

6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Support provided in part by Academic Search, Inc.

7:30 p.m.
Dinner for Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests (Ticketed $60 per person)

7:30 p.m.
Dinner for Hispanic and Latino Presidents and Chancellors

7:30 p.m.
Dinner for Single Presidents and Chancellors
Dinner on an individual basis

Tuesday, October 22

7 a.m - 5 p.m
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Council of Presidents/Business Session (Breakfast available at 7 a.m.)
Presiding: Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
  • Actions and Resolutions
  • Election of Officers
  • Reports:
    • Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
    • Deborah F. Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego
    • Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU
  • VSA Evaluation Findings and Student Achievement Measure Project
    • Christine M. Keller, Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability
    • Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo.)
  • AASCU Market Research Report
    • Susan Chilcott, Vice President of Communications, AASCU
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Spouse/Partner Breakfast Program
  • 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.
    Networking breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Program presents an opportunity to share anecdotes and lesson learned related to
    Monday’s session on communicating effectively.

    Presiding: Mort Maimon, Presidential Spouse, Governors State University (Ill.)

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
President/Chancellor Session
The Arizona Story – New Business Model

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona’s Community Colleges are working with partners to transform higher education in the state. Through joint admissions programs, restructuring, expanded distance-learning sites, economic and strategic partnerships with government and industry, competency-based degree programs, “flipped classrooms” and other innovations, the Arizona campuses are responding to the challenge of “getting education right” and leading into the future. Panelists will describe several key initiatives in the state and share both strategies that helped to advance their vision and efforts that did not work as well. The session will conclude with key insights from panelists about the risks and rewards associated with leading major change initiatives.

Presiding: Daniel S. Papp, President, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
Moderator: Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times columnist, author, and NPR broadcast journalist
Panelists: Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University; John D. Haeger, President, Northern Arizona University 

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
General Session
Building Partnerships That Support Student Success

Executives from IBM, Microsoft, and Apple explore the changing business and technology environment and the implications for public higher education. How can public universities build partnerships with major stakeholders to enhance academic initiatives, provide opportunities for student learning, and deliver graduates who are prepared for the global economy? Session leaders will offer insights into building strategic, long-term partnerships and will discuss the business community’s role in improving higher education.

Presiding: Leslie E. Wong, President, San Francisco State University (Calif.)
Panelists: Mark Protus, Director of eLearning, Microsoft; William Rankin, Director of Learning, Apple Inc.; James C. Spohrer, IBM Innovation Champion and Director, IBM University Programs
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Presidential Concurrent Sessions
Leadership Shaping the University of the Future
Up Close and Personal
Questions from the general session? Meet the panelists in a conversational setting and discuss ways to help strengthen strategic partnerships to help the academy thrive.
Convener: Bruce Shepard, President, Western Washington University
Resources: Mark Protus, Director of eLearning, Microsoft 
William Rankin, Director of Learning, Apple Inc.
James C. Spohrer, IBM Innovation Champion and Director of IBM University Programs

Demonstrating the Workforce and Economic Development Contributions of Comprehensive Universities 

The case for the essential role for AASCU institutions in regional workforce and economic development needs to be built. The panel discussion will involve an exchange of ideas, assist institutional leadership in funding advocacy at all levels and provide best practice examples.

Presiding: John M. Anderson, President, Millersville University (Pa.)
Panelists: Juliette B. Bell, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Virginia Schaefer Horvath, State University of New York at Fredonia

Hispanic and Latinos Ascending to the Presidency: A Conversation

Presenters will report on an AASCU-commissioned study of the Hispanic leadership pipeline. Currently, the number of Hispanic administrators, especially presidents, lags far behind the growing population of Hispanic students. Presenters will share research, examine current leadership development trends, and  explore strategies for increasing opportunities for Hispanics to become administrators in AASCU institutions.

Presiding: F. Javier Cevallos, President, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Panelists: Estela Mara Bensimon, Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Co-
Director of the Center for Urban Education at University of Southern California
Jessica S. Kozloff, President, Academic Search, Inc.
Joseph I. Castro, President, California State University Fresno
12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
President-to-Presidents Lecture Luncheon (Ticketed $60 per person)
Presentation of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education
Presentation: Jack Thomas, President, Western Illinois University, and Chair, Committee on Teacher
Recipient: William J. McKinney, President, Valdosta State University (Ga.)

President-to-Presidents Lecture
The Personal – The Professional: Los Presidentes
Introduction: George A. Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State College (N.J.)
Lecturer: Mildred García, President, California State University Fullerton

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Presidential Session and Dialogue: An Emerging Model for Research at AASCU Institutions
Support provided by TIAA-CREF

Budget realities demand that we assess the role of research through a fiscal and programmatic “return on
investment” filter. A proposed new model for research activities at AASCU institutions includes more attention to an institution’s unique circumstances: an emphasis on undergraduate research; the integration of research and learning/teaching; a focus on applied activity; and a reliance on public/private partnerships. Presentations explore: case studies of how AASCU institutions have aligned their research activity with concepts drawn from AASCU’s publication series, Stewards of Place; demands for accountability; and expectations for higher completion rates. Panelists will explore these new models and opportunities for the role of research at AASCU institutions.

Presiding: Kyle Carter, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Panelists: Ronald Berkman, President, Cleveland State University (Ohio)
Rita H. Cheng, Chancellor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Eduardo M. Ochoa, President, California State University Monterey Bay

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Spouse/Partner Program: Innovative Endeavors
Listen to, learn about, and ask questions regarding innovative endeavors spearheaded by spouses/partners
on campus or in communities.

Presiding: Kathleen A. Halstead, Presidential Spouse, The College at Brockport (SUNY)
Presenters: Elizabeth G. Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Depart from lobby
Optional Activity: Hollywood Landmarks Walking Tour ($55 per person)

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Federal and State Policy and Fiscal Update
    Come learn the very latest concerning legislative and budgetary deliberations occurring in Washington, D.C. and the resulting implications for public colleges and universities. Among items discussed will be sequestration, the federal borrowing debt ceiling, FY 2014 appropriations, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and other active federal legislative issues. The latest state funding trends and forecasts will be discussed, as well as other non-fiscal related policy issues stemming from states 2013 legislative sessions.

    Presenters: Daniel Hurley, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis; Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal Relations
  • International Association of University Presidents
    Convener: Donald Betz, President, University of Central Oklahoma

  • Women Presidents and Chancellors
    Convener: Linda M. Bleicken, President, Armstrong Atlantic State University (Ga.)  
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Business Meeting
Chair: Mildred García, President, California State University Fullerton

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Taste of California Reception

7:30 p.m.
Dinner on an individual basis

Wednesday, October 23

7 a.m - 11 a.m.
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
AASCU System Heads (Working Breakfast)

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Partners

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
LGBTQ Presidents
Convener: Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver

8:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
General Sessions
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Human Capital Development in the New Economy
Support provided in part by ARAMARK Higher Education

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s most experienced economic analysts, dissects the big economic challenges—creating jobs, managing the Baby Boomers’ pending retirements (and the implications for Social Security and Medicare), and coping with the federal deficit. With sweeping knowledge and brilliant wit, Reich explains what’s really at stake in getting the development of human capital right in the New Economy.

Presiding: Mary Evan Sias, President, Kentucky State University, and Chair, 2013 AASCU
Board of Directors
Presenter: Robert Reich, CNBC Contributor, Professor, Author, and former Secretary of Labor

9:45 a.m.
Transfer of the Gavel

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Supreme Court, Politics and Policy—A National Perspective

Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s legal affairs correspondent, will provide a perspective on politics, recent events, and anticipated changes in the national landscape. In addition, she will offer commentary on issues the Supreme Court has considered—or will consider—particularly rulings that affect public higher education.

Presiding: Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino and Chair, 2014 AASCU Board of Directors
Presenter: Nina Totenberg, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent
11:15 am. – 11:45 a.m.
2014 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting
Chair: Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino and Chair, AASCU 2014 Board of Directors


Fees top

Registrant Type   Registration Fee
(paid by Sept. 23)
Registration Fee
(paid after Sept. 23)
Presidents/Chancellors      $695 $775
Spouses/Partners $125 $175
Affiliate Members*  $125 $175
Spouses/Partners of
Affiliate Members
$125 $175

An individual who previously held an AASCU member institution presidency and whose dues are current.

Registration Information top

Registration for AASCU’s Annual Meeting is available to current member presidents/chancellors, their spouses/partners, affiliate members whose AASCU dues are current, their spouses/partners, and select invited guests. All who attend must register and pay fees by the Annual Meeting.

Registration fee covers participation in sessions, refreshment breaks, breakfasts and receptions. Monday and Tuesday lunches and optional activities are additional. Subject to availability, optional activities may also be purchased at the meeeting. Meeting registration is a necessary prerequisite to sign up for optional activities.

Register and pay by the deadline to receive the regular registration rate. Payments or purchase orders sent by mail will be eligible for the regular rate if postmarked by September 23, 2013. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Individuals who have not paid prior to the start of the Annual Meeting will need to pay the higher rate (check or credit card).


To register, please select: 

Register and pay online
(Available to AASCU members or anyone who has attended the Annual Meeting in the past). All Current Presidents/Chancellors and Affiliate Members should use this option. Reminder: Spouses and Partners attending the meeting must also register. Register one individual at a time. Payment is not required to register an individual online.

Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed in.
(Available to all registrants, but required for those who are not an AASCU member or who have never attended the Annual Meeting in the past). Sponsors, Executive Search Firm participants and Invited Guests should use this option.

Contact Kevin Finkelstein to register for this meeting

Accommodations top

Loews Hollywood is located at the intersection of Hollywood & Highland Center in the heart of Hollywood.

Hotel Reservations
Loews Hollywood
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 856-1200

Reserve accommodations early (no later than Monday, September 23, 2013).
AASCU is holding a bock of rooms at the conference rate but cannot guarantee accommodations will be available until the cut off so reserve early. Once AASCU’s rooms are taken, overflow alternatives will be listed on AASCU’s website.

Phone (855) 563-9749
A credit card guarantee or deposit equal to one night’s room and tax ($264.66) is required to confirm a reservation. Reference AASCU for the group rate of $229 single or double occupancy, plus 15.5% sales tax, a $0.20 per night California tourism fee and a $3.44 per night Los Angeles tourism fee.
Reserve online here 

Please note: meeting attendees arriving before Sunday, October 20th may have difficulty reserving rooms at the Loews Annapolis. The nearest hotel that can accommodate overflow arrangements is the Los Angeles Hollywood Roosevelt You may visit their website or call 800.950.7667 to check availability and get rates.

Disability Needs/Special Requests

Indicate any disability-related requirements or special preferences when making the reservation.
The Loews Hollywood reservations department will try to accommodate requests.

General Information

Air Travel
Most participants will arrive Sunday, October 20 and depart Wednesday, October 23.
Fly into Los Angeles International Airport (about 13 miles or 25 to 45 minutes from Loews Hollywood) or into Burbank Bob Hope Airport (8 miles from hotel).

Ground Transportation

Airport Transfers

Prime Time Shuttle offers rates of $15 each way, per person, for shared van service. Other options are available at less economical rates. To book, please visit: www.primetimeshuttle.com

Super Shuttle offers rates of $16 each way, per person, for shared van service. Other options are available for significantly higher rates. To book, please visit: www.supershuttle.com

Taxi fares from Los Angeles International Airport to Loews Hollywood are about $65 each way.

Car Rental
Hertz is offering discounted rates for rental cars for the Annual Meeting. Rates are guaranteed from October 18 through October 25, subject to car availability, from Los Angeles International Airport. Rentals may have airport fees, surcharges, and motor vehicle fees related to car rental, which are separate charges from tax. Call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 800.654.2240 and mention the code Hertz CV#011B0076. (All “0” are zeros). Hertz will provide the best rates available. Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply. Advanced reservations recommended.
Reserve online here 

Optional Activities top

Sunday, October 20

Optional Activity: Los Angeles: Three Iconic Venues Tour($55 per person)
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Start with fabulous food.
After boarding the mini-coach, participants visit one of Los Angeles most iconic landmarks – The Los Angeles Farmer’s Market and learn the rich history of the Gilmore family, oil barons, who originated the Farmer’s Market concept. Originally the site was home to Gilmore Field, a legendary baseball stadium and now the Farmer’s Market—a favorite hangout of celebrities and stars who live in LA. Participants will have time on their own to graze the fresh-from-the-farm goods, enjoy offerings from 70 food stalls, or lunch in a café.

Sample amazing culture.
Visit the largest, most comprehensive art museum in the Western United States—the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)—a museum that not only reflects the city’s diversity, but also plays a large role in the dynamic cultural canvas of Los Angeles. Although it is one of the newest art institutions in the country, its collections encompass over 100,000 masterpieces spanning all periods of art from every part of the world and represented in all media. In addition to its prestigious permanent collection, the LACMA is host to various celebrated traveling exhibits.

End with the heavens and stars above.
The world-famous Griffith Observatory is re-opening its doors to the public after four years of remodeling and renovating and seventy years after it first welcomed guests. Since the 1930s the Griffith Observatory has educated millions in science-related subjects. Its unique architecture and scenic location, combined with a general interest in astronomy and space, has made it one of the most famous and most visited landmarks in Southern California. The Observatory includes a live planetarium featuring science and space-related displays. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, with commanding views of Downtown, Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean, the Observatory offers stunning views.

Tuesday, October 22

Optional Activity: Hollywood Landmarks Walking Tour($55 per person)
3:15 pm. – 5:15 p.m.

Visit the famous (and often infamous) landmarks in a nearby section of Hollywood to learn of its history, architecture and lore. This guided walking tour visits nearby places of interest—Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame and a view of the Hollywood Sign—and offers insights into the origins of the landmarks, their history and cultural context. Stroll by El Capitan Theatre (Disney's premiere theatre), Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre (birthplace of the movie premiere), the Blossom Room in The Roosevelt Hotel (site of the first Academy Awards ceremony) and the only fully intact "speakeasy" in Los Angeles.

Experienced guides use audio devices to provide insights into the history of the sites and the architecture of the buildings. Ever wondered why movies came to Hollywood, where the name “Hollywood” came from, what the story of Babylon Court is or why the naming of Mulholland Drive was a tribute to an amazing engineering feat? This walking tour provides better understanding of these questions and a glimpse into Hollywood’s sense of place. (Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not provided for individuals with mobility issues.)

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

To receive a full refund of the registration fee, written cancellation must be received at AASCU by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, September 27. Cancellations received after September 27 will incur cancellation fees: Member President/Chancellor incur a $150 cancellation fee. Spouse/Partner and Affiliate Member incur a $50 cancellation fee.

Due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, including no-shows,* are not eligible for refunds (including optional activities.) Failure to reconcile Annual Meeting final invoices precludes members from registering for future meetings. All refunds will be issued via check from the AASCU office within 45 days of the close of the meetng, unless the registration was paid by credit card online. When writing to cancel, please indicate to whom and where the refund check should be issued.

*No-show is a registrant who does not attend the meeting and has not canceled in writing. No-shows are responsible for all registered meeting charges.