Agenda for Presidents and Chancellors
(updated September 12, 2014)
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Saturday, October 18
Depart for 2014 AASCU Board of Directors Dinner (By invitation)
Sunday, October 19
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Executive Committee of the 2014 AASCU Board of Directors (working breakfast)
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
2014 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
National Association of System Heads Board of Directors and Annual Meeting
12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
New Member Lunch with Board of Directors
12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Task Force on Emerging Innovations
12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Executive Steering Committee
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Business 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 with support provided by Ellucian.
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.
Presenter: Diana Oblinger, President, EDUCAUSE
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.
Dinner on an Individual Basis and Group Dinners
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 20
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Council of State Representatives (working breakfast)
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Affinity Group Meetings
- African-American Presidents and Chancellors
- Asian-American/Pacific Islander Presidents and Chancellors
- Hispanic and Latino Presidents and Chancellors
- LGBTQ Presidents and Chancellors
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Advancing Solutions for Challenging Issues: Thought Leader Breakfasts
Finding Balance: Workforce Alignment and the Evolving Mission of Higher Education
Presented by EMSI
Balancing the needs of the different stakeholders served in higher education has been the challenge of presidents and the leaders of our public institutions for as long as they have existed. In today's context, there is tension between education as a higher good, the need for positive employment outcomes, and the role of the university in each.
This session will be a discussion of how to balance the needs of students and parents, the needs of the business community, and the needs of government - all the while keeping in focus the mission of higher education. It is EMSI's experience that in order to do this well, leaders need to use labor market data and intelligence to inform their decision-making and communication. The session will include examples from several institutions and their experience balancing these issues and the role that data has played in improving their decision making.
Facilitator: Luke Jankovic, Vice President, Higher Education, EMSI
The Rise of the Informed Consumer and Student Return on Investment
Presented by Hobsons
More than ever, postsecondary consumers are informed and empowered shoppers who will scrutinize the value of higher education. What components contribute to a student return on investment (SROI) for higher education institutions? How can your institution leverage such measures to help you stand apart from the competition and resonate with the students you intend to attract and enroll?
Join us for an engaging discussion on the macro pressures of the informed consumer and federal policy as well as institutional response to these forces. At this session you will learn from your fellow attendees as well as from the results of a recent survey of several AASCU members on their views and practices associated with SROI. Session facilitators will share some economic research about consumers’ reactions to having more choice and how information can impact their decisions and increase satisfaction with their final choices.
Facilitators: Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer, Hobsons
Jennifer Beyer, Solutions Consultant, Hobsons
Strategic Use of Financial Aid as a Tool for Enrollment Management and Degree Completion
Presented by Noel-Levitz
What are public colleges and universities doing to succeed in a challenging higher education environment? Over the last several years, the economy has put public colleges and universities under intense pressure. Funding and other changes have forced campuses to dramatically increase their prices at the same time students and families have greater financial need. Despite these challenges, some public institutions are not only succeeding but thriving. This session will cover critical concepts such as:
• Altering pricing and revenue strategies to meet the new economic realities of public higher education;
• Increasing incoming student enrollment in flat or declining markets;
• Understanding the impact of financial aid on student retention and completion;
• Ensuring that financial aid resources are invested as efficiently as possible;
• Positioning your cost of attendance and value within your competitive environment; and
• How financial aid leveraging, a systematic process for awarding merit and need-based aid more strategically, can ensure public institutions effectively adapt to the changing environment by providing prospective and continuing students with the packages they need to enroll and retain.
Facilitator: Kevin Crockett, President, Enrollment Management Division, Noel-Levitz
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Advancing Solutions for Challenging Issues: Thought Leader Forums
Driving Toward Results - Using Data as a Starting Point to an Informed Decision
Presented by Huron Consulting Group
Many colleges and universities are focused on making improvements in operations. But how do we define "good performance?" How do we set realistic goals? How will we find new opportunities that we haven't previously identified? Huron Education is partnering with AASCU to build a tool to gather, analyze and apply meaningful data to help institutional leadership make better-informed decisions. This session will feature examples of how universities have used this kind of benchmarking and analytics to understand and improve operations, and Huron's attention to the data needs of AASCU institutions.
Facilitators: Timothy Fournier, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group
Marty Van Der Werf, Manager, Huron Consulting Group
Rethinking the Transcript
Presented by Pearson
Fueled by the competency-based education movement and combined with increasing recognition that competencies and skills are acquired through a combination of academic and life experiences; schools are aspiring to capture students’ academic and co-curricular achievements and competencies in a more comprehensive manner. By using alternative transcripts and badges that capture the full spectrum of a student's accomplishments and experience, institutions may better serve individual students and potential employers.
In this session, you will hear from a panel of experts including Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of Colorado State University Global, Matt Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, and Peter Janzow, Vice President, Business Development from Pearson’s Acclaim describe how alternative transcripts can better reflect a student's experiences and meet employer needs.
Moderator: Debra Volzer, Vice President, Business Development, Consultant, Pearson North America
Panelists: Pete Janzow: Vice President, Business Development, Pearson Acclaim
Matthew Pittinsky, Chief Executive Officer, Parchment
Becky Takeda-Tinker, President, Colorado State University Global
Two Keys to Increasing Revenue and ROI from Your Marketing Dollars
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.
We’ll begin with case studies that demonstrate how institutions have used these insights to improve their enrollment and advancement results dramatically while increasing net revenue. We’ll then focus on two key strategic elements – targeting and timing – and discuss how informed planning and analysis of each can help achieve the outcomes you desire while providing a better experience for your constituents. We’ll look at several multichannel communications (paper and electronic) and illustrate how optimum targeting and timing contribute to winning results.
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.
Facilitators: Sharon Fuller, Vice President, Client Development, Royall & Company
Richard Whiteside, Dean, Strategic Enrollment Management, Royall & Company
11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
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.
Presenter: Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Presiding: Robert L. Caret, President, University of Massachusetts System
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
American Academic Leadership Institute Luncheon
Support provided by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic Search, Inc.
Presenter: C. Kent McGuire, President and CEO, Southern Education Foundation
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Economic and Workforce Development
Policies and Purposes
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests Dinner
Dinner on an Individual Basis and Group Dinners
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Women Presidents and Chancellors
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
International Association of University Presidents
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Business Session and Council of Presidents (working breakfast available at 7:30 a.m.)
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Business Meeting
9:30 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.
Panel: Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University (Va.)
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.)
John Saltmarsh, Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston
Presiding: Rodney Bennett, President, University of Southern Mississippi
11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
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
Maximizing Resources for Student Success
With a focus on regional public four-year institutions, Maximizing Resources for Student Success looks at the impact of four individual strategies on student affordability, highlighting implementation at AASCU and other types of institutions and the potential for scaling. Gordon Davies, co-author of the Maximizing Resources framing paper, will lead a panel discussion on the potential impact on regional institutions, highlighting the challenges and opportunities surrounding each topic. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the research topics examined include: Use pricing and financial aid incentives; decrease credits and time to degree; expand competency-based education; and improve articulation and transfer.
Moderator: Gordon Davies, co-author of the Maximizing Resources framing paper and former State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) in Virginia and Kentucky
Panelists: Marie McDemmond, President Emerita, Norfolk State University
Kevin Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor, University of Wisconsin System
Jim Votruba, President Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership, Northern Kentucky University
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
President-to-Presidents Lecture 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
The Public University and the Common Good
President-to-Presidents Lecture: F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
News You Can Use
This session features insight and commentary on issues of immediate importance to AASCU members. Meeting participants will hear from Libby Nelson, education reporter for Vox; Ben Pershing, the National Journal’s Washington editor and Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Presidential Session: Cluster Conversations
Facilitator: Troy D. Paino, President, Truman State University (Mo.)
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
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
2015 AASCU Board of Directors Organizational Meeting
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Board of Directors
10:15 a.m. – 12 Noon
Leadership Development Coordinating Council (Directors and Coordinators of all AASCU Leadership Development Programs)