2014 AASCU Annual Meeting

Sunday, October 19, 2014 to Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Fairmont • Washington, D.C.

AASCU’s Annual Meeting provides the opportunity for presidents and chancellors to examine critical national issues and the leadership required to help our students succeed and our institutions thrive.  Exploring timely topics, AASCU’s Annual Meeting is your definitive resource to address the issues facing your campus, provide leadership to meet those challenges, and learn what is working on campuses across the nation.

About the Conference

Invitation from the Chair of AASCU’s Board of Directors

Advancing Knowledge, Changing Lives: Serving the Public Good

Tomas Morales - Annual 2014AASCU’s Annual Meeting is designed to help chief executives of public colleges and universities lead their institutions in a period of dynamic and transformative change.   

Serving the public good is central to the purpose of AASCU colleges and universities, as they improve the social fabric of their communities and its members.  AASCU institutions exemplify public higher education for the public good through their contributions to knowledge creation; social equity, upward mobility and civil society; educational attainment; and global literacy. These contributions are quintessential to serving the public good and dictate a commitment to strengthening academic quality, ensuring access and inclusion, facilitating educational innovation, and fostering regional stewardship and economic progress.

Annual Meeting participants will profit from first-hand knowledge of political and policy developments in Washington and across the nation.  They also will benefit from networking with peers through a program designed exclusively for presidents and chancellors. Join us in October for this national forum, connect with world-renowned speakers and exceptional thought leaders, and lend your voice to the important conversations that occur at our Annual Meeting.

Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino
Chair, AASCU 2014 Board of Directors

Schedule top

Agenda for Presidents and Chancellors
(updated June 6, 2014)

Please note that registration will be open in July.

Sunday, October 19

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – Noon
National Association of System Heads Board of Directors and Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Executive Steering Committee

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Business Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
New Member Brunch with Board of Directors and Workshop 

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Executive Committee of the 2014 AASCU Board of Directors (working lunch)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2014 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Annual Meeting Seminar for Presidents and Chancellors
Finding the Strategic Value of IT without Getting Technical

Program presented in collaboration with EDUCAUSE 
Information technology can enhance an institution’s brand, reduce costs, increase risk, or just be “plumbing.” This session will help presidents and chancellors develop a better understanding of the strategic uses of information technology, looking at the “state of the art” as well as emerging areas.  Participants will leave with an understanding of the high impact issues institutions should be alert to, including competitiveness, productivity, and the quality of the learning environment. 

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening General Session: Public Higher Education Serving the Public Good

Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino
Alice Chandler, President Emerita, State University of New York at New Paltz

AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards  

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored Receptions

6:30 p.m.
Depart for 2014 AASCU Board of Directors Dinner (By Invitation)

Dinner on an Individual Basis and Group Dinners

Monday, October 20

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Council of State Representatives (working breakfast)

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 
Advancing Solutions for Challenging Issues: Thought Leader Breakfasts

Drive Action and Increase Revenue: How to Engage Key Audiences Effectively
Presented by Royall & Company
Your ability to shape the future of your institution depends on being able to meaningfully influence the actions of key audiences – including future students, parents and alumni. Whether you want prospective students to apply and enroll, parents to become advocates for your institution or alumni to become donors, understanding strategies that drive action is essential to reaching your goals and increasing revenue. 

Join us to learn how you can use proven strategies to achieve the outcomes you desire while providing a better experience for your key constituencies. You’ll discover how you can use multichannel (paper and electronic) communications to reach your audience wherever they are, whenever they’re ready to engage. You’ll also learn why an approach based on personal, one-to-one messages is most effective and how you can create compelling calls to action that increase the impact of your communication campaigns.
The strategies we will share are based on extensive market testing and research, and they’ve proved highly effective for hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. We’ll feature several case studies that demonstrate how institutions have used these insights to improve their enrollment and advancement results dramatically while increasing net revenue. 

 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Advancing Solutions for Challenging Issues: Thought Leader Forums

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
General Session Educational Policy Initiatives
Receive a timely update on the federal higher education agenda from the front line of higher education policy development. Administration officials will provide an update on key federal policy initiatives, including the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Postsecondary Institution Rating System, changes in eligibility for institutional participation in federal financial aid programs (gainful employment), and reform efforts aimed at decreasing student debt. Also hear the Obama administration’s priorities involving major policy and funding-related legislation, including reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, immigration reform, and budget bills affecting higher education, workforce development, and the advancement of STEM and innovation. 

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
American Academic Leadership Institute Leadership Lecture Luncheon 

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings
Economic and Workforce Development
International Education
Policies and Purposes 
Professional Development  
Teacher Education
Undergraduate Experience
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Affinity Groups
African-American Presidents and Chancellors
Asian-American/Pacific Islander Presidents and Chancellors
Hispanic and Latino Presidents and Chancellors
LGBTQ Presidents and Chancellors
System Heads
International Association of University Presidents
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Presidential Networking Session on Contemporary Issues

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Sponsored Receptions 

6:30 p.m.
Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests Dinner

6:30 p.m.
Single/Traveling Solo Presidents and Chancellors Dinner

Dinner on an Individual Basis and Group Dinners

Tuesday, October 21

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Women Presidents and Chancellors (working breakfast)

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Business Session and Council of Presidents (working breakfast)

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
General Session: Citizenship, Democracy and Education

A panel of experts will spark discussion by exploring how colleges and universities are essential partners in developing global citizens. Members will leave the session with useful information to apply to their institution.

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.)
John Saltmarsh, Director, New England Resource Center for Higher   Education, University of Massachusetts Boston
Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University (Va.)

11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon 
Concurrent Sessions

Workforce Development: Responding to Regional Needs
The complex alignment of workforce development efforts, undergraduate curriculum and regional priorities is challenging. This session will shed light on national trend lines, offer strategies and help presidents frame arguments and persuade stakeholders to meet future needs.

Anthony P. Carnevale, Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Fostering Student Success: Programs and Practices
Learn about practices that create conditions to foster student engagement and support student success.

George D. Kuh, Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University and Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University

11:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Luncheon Program

Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient: Michael Marletta, President and CEO, The Scripps Research Institute and 1973 graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia

President-to-Presidents Lecture: F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Session 

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
General Session: Washington Update
Insiders from within the public higher education community and from related agencies, think-tanks and organizations, will inform presidents and chancellors of the latest developments on topics of immediate importance to AASCU institutions.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
General Session: Conversation with Thomas Friedman
That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back will provide the backdrop for Mr. Friedman’s insights and conversation that will extend from the session throughout the evening.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner Program

Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, New York Times

Wednesday, October 22 (travel day)

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
2015 AASCU Board of Directors Organizational Meeting

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Leadership Development Coordinating Council


Accommodations top

The Fairmont is located at 24th and M Streets, Northwest, on the edge of Georgetown.

The Fairmont Washington, DC 
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Reserve accommodations early, no later than Friday, September 19.
AASCU is holding a bock of rooms at the conference rate, however, we cannot guarantee accommodations will be available through the September 19 cutoff.
Once AASCU’s rooms are taken, overflow alternatives will be listed on AASCU’s website.

A first night deposit is required to confirm a reservation.
Reference AASCU for the group rate of $249 single or double occupancy, plus 10% sales tax.

Online: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/aascu14

Fairmont President's Club
Fairmont President’s Club (FPC) is Fairmont's guest loyalty program intended to recognize their frequent guests. There is no enrollment or annual fees. Benefits include express check-in/check-out, free local, 800 calls and in room-WiFi, complimentary access to health club, and more. Click here and choose "Enroll" to take advantage of these offers. We recommend all attendees do this before arriving.

Disability Needs/Special Requests
Indicate any disability-related requirements or special preferences when making the reservation.
The Fairmont reservations department will try to accommodate requests.

General Information

Air Travel
Most participants will arrive Sunday morning, October 19, and depart Wednesday, October 22.

Fly into Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), about 4.5 miles or 20 minutes from the Fairmont Washington, DC.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) also serve the area, but carefully consider higher ground transportation costs and additional travel time when making plans.

Ground Transportation

Airport Transfers
Super Shuttle offers one-way and roundtrip options for getting to and from National Airport. Rates are approximately $12 each way for a shared van, based upon arrival and departure times. Super Shuttle also serves Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Visit  https://www.supershuttle.com/ to make reservations.

Taxi fares from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) are in the $18-$30 range, depending upon traffic and time of day, accommodating one or two passengers. DC taxis are now metered and many accept credit cards.

Car Rental
Hertz is offering discounted rates for rental cars from DCA for the Annual Meeting. Rates are guaranteed from October 16 through October 24, subject to car availability. 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#011B0077. (All “0” are zeros). Hertz will provide the best rates available. Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply. Advanced reservations recommended.

Reserve online: https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation/?id=35806




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