2014 AASCU Annual Meeting

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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

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Saturday, October 18

12 Noon - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
2014 AASCU Board of Directors Dinner (By invitation)
Coaches depart M Street Entrance – Somerset House, 5610 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

Sunday, October 19

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
Executive Committee of the 2014 AASCU Board of Directors (working breakfast)
Chair: Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
2014 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting
Chair: Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
National Association of System Heads Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Meeting

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. 
Networking Lunch for New Member Presidents and Chancellors and Spouses/Partners with Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development
Presidents and chancellors who were appointed since July 1, 2013, and their spouse, partners, or guests are encouraged to attend.

Remarks: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU
Presiding: Paul B. Beran, Chancellor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Chair, Committee on Professional Development

12 Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Sign up for TIAA-CREF private consultations on Monday and Tuesday

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. 
Task Force on Emerging Innovations (working lunch)
Chair: Merodie A. Hancock, President, State University of New York-Empire State College

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.  
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Executive Steering Committee (working lunch)
Chair:  Mildred García, President, California State University Fullerton

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Business Meeting
Chair:  Mildred García, President, California State University Fullerton

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
Presiding: Debra Saunders-White, Chancellor, North Carolina Central University

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening General Session: Private Benefits and the Public Good
Support provided by ARAMARK Higher Education

By comparison with high-school graduates, college graduates enjoy many personal benefits, including higher salaries and lower unemployment rates, greater health and longevity, and more engaged and fulfilling lives. These private benefits translate directly and indirectly into the public good in the form of higher taxes, lower social welfare costs, greater contributions to the nation’s economic growth, and higher voting and volunteerism rates. The children of college graduates are more likely to attend college themselves and far more likely to lift themselves out of poverty. Many of these societal economic benefits have now been quantified—with figures amounting to more than a trillion dollars a year. America’s public colleges and universities enroll three-quarters of all undergraduates. In an increasingly stratified society, public higher education is a potent force for public betterment.

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

AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards

  • Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award
  • International Education Award
  • Leadership Development and Diversity Award 
  • Regional and Economic Development Award 
  • Student Success and College Completion Award 

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Sponsored Receptions featuring hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages


  • Royall & Company
  • The Registry for College and University Presidents

Dinner on an Individual Basis and Group Dinners

Monday, October 20

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Affinity Group Breakfast 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. – 10:30 a.m. 
Council of State Representatives 
(7:30 a.m. breakfast precedes 8:00 a.m. Council meeting)

AASCU’s Council of State Representatives will review, discuss, and endorse—for the full membership’s consideration—the 2015 AASCU Public Policy Agenda, which identifies the association’s federal and state higher-education policy priorities for the year ahead.  This discussion will center on AASCU’s core policy priorities for the upcoming Higher Education Reauthorization Act.  The meeting will include an update by AASCU staff on the federal budget situation, federal and state legislative activity, and other fiscal and economic dynamics affecting public postsecondary financing. (Presidents/chancellors not serving on the Council of State Representatives are welcome to observe the work of the Council.) 

Chair:  J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston and Chair, 2015 AASCU Board of Directors 

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.

Faciliator: 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 Education

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 Education                       
Marty Van Der Werf, Manager, Huron Education

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, Rajeev Arora, Senior Vice President of Products for 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: Rajeev Arora, Senior Vice President of Products, Parchment
Pete Janzow, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson Acclaim
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

Strategic Faculty Workforce Development: Creating a Winning Model
Presented by TIAA-CREF

A college or university’s primary asset is its faculty. Yet, there is often a lack of coordinated institutional strategy agreed upon by presidents or chancellors, their relevant Cabinet members, and board members that focuses on faculty recruitment, retention, development and engagement. Each institution’s strategy must be predicated on its desire to intentionally create and implement a faculty workforce model that supports the institution’s mission, the quality of the student experience inside and outside the classroom, and the needs/interests of the faculty. Given that more than 70% of today’s faculty are part-time or full-time non-tenure track today, this session will consider the implications of changing faculty workforce models on higher education broadly, and examine whether the best model is in place or being developed for an institution’s future vitality and success. 

The session will share information about what’s driving changes in the faculty workforce, whether and how leaders are thinking about short- and longer-term implications of different types of faculty engagements, and discuss questions and considerations that should be addressed in developing a strategic approach to faculty hiring and support to meet institutional mission and goals. 

Presenters: Stephanie Bell-Rose, Senior Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute, TIAA-CREF
Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo.)
Edna Chun, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, University of North Carolina Greensboro 

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

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
TIAA-CREF Private Consultations (Last appointment begins at 4:00 p.m.)

12 Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Networking Break

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.

Education for Individual Success and the Public Good
Presenter: C. Kent McGuire, President and CEO, Southern Education Foundation 

Presiding: Mickey L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University (Md.)

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Committee Meetings:

Economic and Workforce Developmen
Chair: Michael A. Driscoll, President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

International Education
Chair: Gregory R.  Weisenstein, President, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Policies and Purposes
Chair: Judith A. Bense, President, University of West Florida

Professional Development
Chair: Paul B. Beran, Chancellor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Chair: John M. Anderson, President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Teacher Education
Chair: Mary A. Papazian, President, Southern Connecticut State University

Undergraduate Experience
Chair: Kyle R. Carter, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
General Session
Issues and Trends for Global Higher Education Leadership

In an increasingly globalized world, higher education is on the brink of significant transformations requiring institutions and systems to adapt more quickly, and effectively, to unexpected changes.  A significant demographic, technological, and economic shift happening domestically and abroad will pose challenges and opportunities for higher education.  How should institutional policies and programs consider significant worldwide trends and what critical aspects might higher education leaders factor into their decision-making?  

Presenter:  Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education Coordinator, The World Bank

Presiding:  Rita Rice Morris, President, Shawnee State University (Ohio)

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Sponsored Receptions featuring hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages

  • Hobsons
  • Huron Education
  • Noel-Levitz
6:30 p.m.
Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests Dinner
Gather in lobby to walk to the Caucus Room in the Westin Georgetown, 2350 M St NW 

6:30 p.m.
Dutch Treat Dinner for Presidents and Chancellors Traveling Solo
Gather in lobby for the Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 24th St NW

Dinner on an Individual Basis 

Tuesday, October 21

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Women Presidents and Chancellors Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
AASCU System Heads Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
International Association of University Presidents Breakfast
Convener: Donald Betz, President, University of Central Oklahoma and Chair, North American Council, IAUP

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Ellucian Focus Group on Academic Online Programs (invitation only)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TIAA-CREF Private Consultations (Last appointment begins at 4:00 p.m.)

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
Council of Presidents/Business Session (7:30 a.m. breakfast precedes 8:15 a.m. meeting)

Presiding:  Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
Deborah F. Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego
Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU

Election of Officers
R. Barbara Gitenstein, President, The College of New Jersey and Chair, AASCU Nominating Committee

Actions and Resolutions

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 
General Session: Citizenship, Democracy and Education

The goal of this session is to amplify the important role of public colleges and universities in teaching the skills and values of democracy and to share ways in which campuses contribute to the public good through teaching, research and service.  Jonathan Alger, president, James Madison University, will share insights about the importance and relevance of civic engagement and how it can make an impact on society; Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Rutgers University – Newark, will talk about building the infrastructure of collaboration to support community engagement; and John Saltmarsh will explore the alignment of institutional rewards with faculty work in community-engaged scholarship. 

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 
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.

Presenter: Anthony P. Carnevale, Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Presiding: Rita Cheng, President, Northern Arizona University

Presidential Leadership for Student Success

Based on research and his considerable experience working with campuses to improve student success, professor Kuh will share his ideas about conditions that contribute to high performing institutions; the impact of investing in high impact learning practices - especially for low-income and first generation students; and the ways in which presidential leadership matters most to student success.

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

Presiding: Kyle R. Carter, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Why Leadership Matters in Maximizing Resources for Student Success
Presented by HCM Strategists

As campus presidents, AASCU leaders are uniquely aware of both the heightened expectations and challenges facing public four-year colleges and universities.  With growing pressure to extend four-year degrees to a broader population, how can resource-constrained institutions reach new markets and provide larger numbers of low-income students with affordable routes to success? This panel of former higher education leaders will highlight the four strategies evaluated and the critical role of leadership in their discussion of Maximizing Resources for Student Success, a project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The project strategies include the following:

  • Reducing time and credits to degree, 
  • Enhancing transfer pathways, 
  • Using tuition and financial aid incentives, and 
  • Implementing competency-based education. 
These investigations focused heavily on implementation, considering both the evidence base and the real world challenges involved in each potential strategy.  The project findings have broad application for campus leaders at all institutions seeking to improve student success.   

Panelists:  Marie McDemmond, President Emerita, Norfolk State University (Va.)
Kevin P. Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor, University of Wisconsin System and Presidential Advisor for Leadership, American Council on Education
James C. Votruba, President Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership, Northern Kentucky University and Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development

Moderator and Panelist: Gordon Davies, Former Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Former President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
President-to-Presidents Lecture Luncheon Program

Distinguished Alumnus Award
Introduction:  Virginia Schaefer Horvath, President, State University of New York at Fredonia

Recipient: Michael Marletta, Former President and CEO, The Scripps Research Institute and currently the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Chemistry; 1973 graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia

The Public University and the Common Good
Introduction: Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino 

Lecturer:  F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
News You Can Use
The goal is to showcase insider information, provided by authorities within the education community and from news organizations that cover national politics and higher education. Individuals offer succinct updates on the latest developments and information immediately important to presidents and chancellors. The tempo is quick and the information stripped down to the essentials.

Presenters: Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
Libby Nelson, Education Reporter, Vox
Ben Pershing, Washington Editor, National Journal

Moderator:   William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Presidential Session: Cluster Conversations
This session provides an opportunity for presidents to join colleagues in an informal conversation around critical issues facing public universities and share ideas, challenges and opportunities for advancing AASCU institutions.  Topic leaders will be assigned to tables and prepared to offer a conversation starting question and guide the discussion, but the direction of the conversation will be driven by participants themselves.  For those who want to have a conversation about a topic not identified, there will be open tables to start your own conversation.  Many of the speakers from sessions earlier in the conference will be available to serve as resources and continue the dialogue with presidents and chancellors.

Presiding: Troy D. Paino, President, Truman State University (Mo.)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Associates Business Meeting
Presiding:  Patricia Cormier, Executive Director, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development 

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.

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

Presiding: Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino

6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.                                                          
Dinner with Thomas Friedman                                                       

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

Transfer of the Gavel
J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston and 2015 Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

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

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Board Meeting
Chair: Jerry B. Farley, President, Washburn University (Kan.)

10:15 a.m. – 12 Noon 
Leadership Development Coordinating Council (Directors and Coordinators of all AASCU Leadership Development Programs)
Convener:  Dorcas L. Colvin, Vice President, Leadership Development and Membership Services, AASCU


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Registrant Type   Registration Fee
(paid by Sept. 22)
Registration Fee
(paid after Sept. 22)
Presidents/Chancellors      $795 $900
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.

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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 start of the Annual Meeting.

There is no additional charge for the Monday and Tuesday lunch programs. Optional dinners are additional and, subject to availability, may also be purchased at the meeting. Meeting registration is a necessary prerequisite to sign up for optional activities.

The cost for the Monday and Tuesday lunches is included in the registration fee. Please sign up by September 26, 2014.

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 22, 2014. 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 and Invited Guests should use this option.

Contact Kevin Finkelstein to register for this meeting

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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.

Please note: AASCU’s room block at the Fairmont is currently sold out for Saturday, October 18th. The Fairmont does have rooms available at a rate of $319. If your travel plans require you to arrive on Saturday, please call Fairmont reservations at (866) 540-4505 and reference the AASCU Annual Meeting. You will be given the rate of $319 for Saturday night, and the conference rate of $249 for the remainder of your stay. You may also be required to change rooms on Sunday.

If you attempt to book online for a reservation starting on Saturday, you will be given the rate of $319 for the entire stay.

If you plan to arrive on Sunday (or later), you can use the online system to make your reservation. 

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.

Phone: (866) 540-4505

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

Alternate Overflow: AASCU has also reserved a block of rooms for Saturday night (October 18) at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. Rates for these rooms are $199 plus tax. AASCU can only guarantee availability for this rate on Saturday night. The Washington Marriott Georgetown is a three block (or five minute) walk from the Fairmont. Reservations can be made up until September 26.

Click here to reserve online.

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.

Parking at the Fairmont is $31/day, or $48 for an overnight stay. Attendees are encouraged to park at the Hyatt, located directly across 24th Street from the Fairmont, where parking is $12 (in by 10:00 a.m., out by 7:00 p.m.).

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

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 26. Cancellations received after September 26 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. 3, 2014, including no-shows,* are not eligible for refunds  (including optional meals.) 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.




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