• 2015 Annual Meeting Handouts and Presentations

    Sunday, October 25

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  
    Civitas Learning Pre-Meeting Seminar: Using Design Thinking and Data Science to Help Students Learn Well and Finish Strong
    The education field is galvanizing around the challenge of helping more students learn well and finish strong. From strategic outreach and support for struggling students to providing richer learning opportunities for high performing learners, the innovations abound and the call to action is getting louder.  This session will bring together representatives from AASCU institutions and Civitas Learning to share lessons from their work. It will provide examples of how data analytics are being used in higher education and provide examples of how AASCU institutions are innovating with everything from predictive modeling to early-warning systems to engaging apps for students, faculty and advisers that help more students learn well and successfully navigate their educational journeys. 

    Donald Betz, President, University of Central Oklahoma
    Mark Milliron, Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning 
    Yakut Gazi, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Engineering Remote Education, Texas A&M University 
    Peter Meiksins, Vice-Provost for Academic Programs, Cleveland State University (Ohio)

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    Monday, October 26

    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions

    Best Practices in Using Workforce Development Data
    Effective use of data is critical throughout the program development lifecycle: planning new workforce development programs, assessing the success of existing workforce development programs, and demonstrating the impact of workforce development programs. However, knowing what data to use and how to use it can present significant challenges. This session will highlight a few case studies illustrating how selected AASCU member institutions used data driven approaches to develop, deliver and assess academic programs, proving responsive to needs identified by business and industry. 

    Daniel J. Bradley, President, Indiana State University
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    Sue Mukherjee, Executive Director for Program Alignment and Policy Development, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education 
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    Brian Points, Director of Consulting Services, Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.
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    Leveraging Campus Information Technology Efficiencies to Drive Student Success 
    Today’s students demand IT be nimble, modern, and well, easy.  So how does your IT investment measure up?  During this session, representatives from Delta State and Ellucian will reveal how you can benefit from instituting campus IT efficiencies that will support your student success initiatives.  Examples will include how applying for and receiving a ‘First in the World’ grant, aligning campus operations with strategic initiatives and embracing access to highly skilled resources allowed DSU to support student completion, improve graduation outcomes and lower operational costs. 

    Edwin Craft, Chief Information Officer, Delta State university (Miss.)
    Rhonda Loper, Research & Information Specialist, Delta State University (Miss.)
    Carie Ann Potenza, Director, Academic and Grant Services, Ellucian
    Christi Segal, Director, Technology Management Consulting, Ellucian

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    A University’s Journey to Embrace Its Unique Position
    A college can create a new marketing campaign, agree on its defining niche in the marketplace, invest in analytics and counseling staff, and hone its financial aid strategy to reach out to the best students. But all those right steps will not make a difference if the culture of the institution doesn’t change.  For colleges and universities to be successful, they will have to inject the mission of the institution into every process and decision, and recruit students who most closely fit that mission, and therefore, have the best chance to succeed. This session focuses on the steps necessary to orient all activities and departments on campus toward student retention, problem-solving and, ultimately, student success. How can a college change its operations and attitude to match this new priority? 

    Timothy Fournier, Managing Director, Huron Education 
    Sally Badoud, Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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    Strategic Use of Financial Aid as a Tool for Enrollment Management and Degree Completion
    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 increased financial need.  Yet despite these challenges, some public institutions are not only succeeding but thriving.

    Panelist: Kevin Crockett, President Enrollment Management, Ruffalo Noel Levitz 
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    Tuesday, October 27

    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  
    Closing the Leadership Gap:  Building a 21st Century Leadership Development and Succession Planning Model for Higher Education
    The competencies needed to be an effective leader in today’s higher education ecosystem have never been more dynamic.  The role of the university leader is becoming more challenging, while a large cohort of experienced leaders is projected to leave the academy in the next few years. AASCU recognizes the need to grow and train the pipeline of future leaders.
    AASCU, working in partnership with the TIAA-CREF Institute and other funders has begun the work to:   a) identify the competencies necessary to be an effective university leader; b) develop  a methodology to assess those competencies; and c) identify gaps in leadership competencies  that can be used to enhance leadership development programming and improve succession planning in higher education. 

    This session shares results to date on this research project and explores the use of assessment center pedagogy as a strategy to help close the leadership gap, enhance diversity and improve institutional outcomes.

    Stephanie Bell-Rose, TIAA-CREF Senior Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute 
    Alex Howland, University of California San Diego and VirBella 
    Jolene Koester, Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development

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    Competency Based Education: Top Tactics and Most Overlooked Strategies
    Over the past several years, Competency-Based Education (CBE) has gained an increasing amount of interest from institutions, especially those serving adult learners. This interest is with good reason, as a well-implemented and scaled program can allow students to complete credentials in less time, at lower cost, and with a focus on measurable learning that leads to greater employability. However, as many begin to explore CBE learning models, they quickly find that scaled implementation can be quite complex, challenging many traditional approaches and practices across the institution. Successful CBE programs require a high degree of cross-functional collaboration and a willingness to embrace significant change and innovation. In this session, presenters will use a playbook approach to help institutions identify the most effective strategies and pathways for launching a CBE program, as well as discover lessons learned from Northern Arizona University's Personalized Learning Program.   

    Fred Hurst, Senior Vice President, The Extended Campus of Northern Arizona University 
    Daniel Goldsmith, Consulting Services Manager, Pearson

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    Recruiting to Retain: Key Components of Your Long-term Student Success Strategy
    As budgets shrink and demographics shift, it’s imperative that your investments in recruitment and retention produce the strong outcomes you desire. In fact, your institution’s health and continued growth are more and more reliant on the integration of multiple strategies that help build relationships with students from the moment they become college-bound until long after they graduate. Join us to learn from Dr. Mary Papazian, President of Southern Connecticut State University, who will share the story of her institution and how critical approaches to engagement can optimize not only enrollment but also ROI, retention and much more.  Dr. Papazian and representatives from Royall & Company will provide proven examples of how student and parent centric communications, combined with analysis of student behavioral data, can lead to improvements in recruitment, retention and alumni giving.

    Mary Papazian, President, Southern Connecticut State University 
    Sharon Fuller, Vice President, Client Development, Royall & Company    

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    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
    General Session

    Transforming Higher Education: Transferable Lessons from the Health Care Industry

    Higher education has faced its share of dramatic change over the last decade: significant budget reductions, yet a burning platform to serve more students (many of whom are not well-prepared for college life); the need to engage alumni in a meaningful way to raise philanthropic funds; the investment and restructuring necessary for distance learning; and more. It can sometimes feel like no other industry is faced with the pressures that we encounter on a daily basis. Well, welcome to the world of health care. Even before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the health care industry faced enormous pressure to improve quality, reduce costs and serve more patients. When the ACA passed in March, 2013, health systems in the country were basically mandated to transform—or face acquisition or closure.  Wright Lassiter, III, president of Henry Ford Health System, shares many of the lessons learned—all transferable to academia—to step up to the challenges and literally transform the way they do business in order to achieve success. 

    Presenter: Wright L. Lassiter, III, President, Henry Ford Health System 
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    • Danita Young
      Interim Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships