2014 Higher Education Government Relations Conference

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014
JW Marriot • New Orleans, LA

Stewardship of the Public Trust
Institutional and Public Policy Leadership in American Higher Education

Americans have long placed confidence in our nation’s public colleges and universities to serve the public good. As engines of economic growth, innovation and democratic renewal, maintaining the missions of these institutions is as critical as ever. College and university leaders, trustees and government officials all hold responsibility for ensuring that these institutions remain the bedrock of a strong economy and vibrant democracy. This year’s conference will explore the current state of stewardship of America’s public colleges and universities, and share policies and advocacy strategies for ensuring that these institutions remain accessible, accountable and true to their historic missions.

About the Conference

This year’s conference will explore the current state of stewardship of America’s public colleges and universities, and share policies and advocacy strategies for ensuring that these institutions remain accessible, accountable and true to their historic missions. The conference reflects a unique partnership among four national higher education associations: the American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The conference is coordinated by government relations staff from these associations and the Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations, comprised of state government affairs professionals representing the entire spectrum of American public postsecondary education.


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Preliminary Schedule
(updated June 27, 2014) - Check back for program updates

Wednesday, December 3

3:15 p.m.— 4:15 p.m. 
Conference Opening General Session

Higher Education and the Public Trust: Institutional and State Leadership

The American public places great trust in the stewardship of the nation’s public colleges and universities. Whether it involves the prudent use of billions of taxpayer-provided dollars or the steadfast dedication to providing millions of students with the knowledge and skills requisite to their career and civic aspirations, the responsibilities and expectations of public higher education leaders and state policymakers today is tremendous. In this opening session, F. King Alexander and Sandra K. Woodley will explore the current state of stewardship at public colleges and universities and offer strategies for how both college leaders and elected officials can work together to maintain and advance the missions of these institutions to effectively serve students, employers and states in the years ahead.

F. King Alexander,
President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University
Sandra K. Woodley, President, University of Louisiana System

Session Moderator:
Rachel Kincaid, Interim Special Assistant to the President, University of Louisiana System

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Advocacy Showcase and Opening Reception 
Join your government relations and public affairs colleagues in this exceptional networking and information-sharing venue. Learn about advocacy-oriented programs and practices that can be used to advance higher education as a state priority through one-on-one discussion with college and university state relations officers.

Sponsored by the The College Board 

Thursday, December 4

7:45 a.m.— 4:00 p.m. 
Conference Programming

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
State Relations Awards Luncheon

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Featured General Session

Degrees of Inequality: Why Opportunity Has Diminished in U.S. Higher Education, and How to Promote Leadership to Restore the American Dream
Suzanne Mettler When it comes to policy conversations involving issues of college affordability, academic quality, student outcomes and student debt, attention is often directed squarely at college and university leaders. Public colleges and universities certainly must account for institutional costs and outcomes. However, federal and state policymakers also play an enormous role in providing individuals with the ability to achieve the American Dream, the passport to which is often made possible by a college degree or credential. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that in recent decades policymakers have abdicated their responsibility for ensuring an affordable, accountable and high quality postsecondary system of higher education in the U.S., slowly dismantling a legacy in which earlier generations of lawmakers made higher education a pillar of the nation’s economic, social and civic foundation. How and why has this failure of public duty taken place? And what specific actions can higher education leaders take to encourage a renewal of political leadership in stewarding American higher education?

Suzanne Mettler
, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University 
Author of Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream

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

Session Sponsored by Louisiana State University

Degrees of InequalityAll Conference Participants Will Receive a FREE Copy of Dr. Mettler’s Book: 
Degrees of Inequality: How Politics Sabotaged the American Dream - by Basic Books Publishing, New York.

New York Times Book Review
Washington Post Book Review

Friday, December 5

8:00 a.m.— 11:15 a.m.
Conference Programming and Closing

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Affinity Sessions
Sector Update & Forum--Community colleges, Public Comprehensives, Public Research, Systems & Boards

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Boosting Institutional & System Government Relations Capacity

State Focus: Building an Effective Collegiate State Relations Program

Federal Focus: Strategies for Advancing Federal Priorities

This session will focus on strategies and tactics for working with Congress and the Administration and is geared toward those institutions that do not have a full time presence in Washington, D.C.  Government relations professionals from community colleges, comprehensive institutions and campuses that comprise university systems, as well as those who are new to federal relations will gain insights on how to establish effective working relationships in the federal policy arena and to facilitate federal policy and funding priorities.

Michael Frame
, Director of Federal Relations, State University of New York 

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Early Registration - $475 (By November 7, 2014) 
Late Registration  - $550 (By December 3, 2014)

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JW Marriot
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-6500
There is a discounted hotel rate of $172 for a single or double room plus 13% state/local taxes and $2.00 city occupancy fee.
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and referencing the Higher Education Government Relations Conference.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

  • Cancel in writing by Nov. 21st to receive full refund.
  • Cancellations received after Nov. 21st will be charged a $150 administration fee that will be used to pay for meals and services already guaranteed at the hotel.
  • Cancellations received after Dec. 1st will not be refunded.



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