2017 AASCU Annual Meeting

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017
San Diego, California

Institutional Leaders, Mission Champions: Advocating for Our Vision and Values

We live in disruptive times. Essential to individual success in today's society requires our students to possess foundational skills, creative competencies, adaptability, and civic awareness. America’s state colleges and universities play a crucial role in educating those who will serve their communities and our country and influence America’s place in a global society. 

As university programs evolve to fulfill the needs of an increasingly diverse America, it is imperative that we communicate and demonstrate what a critical role we play in the economic, social, and cultural fabric of society. Questions arise every day as to the value of the institutions we serve—in essence: Is college worth the investment? 

The answer is yes, of course. But it is our responsibility, as leaders and champions of state colleges and universities, to persuade our stakeholders about the enduring value of our mission. It is also vital that we create a compelling argument in support of a sustainable future for our institutions.

About the Conference

Annual Meeting will address questions that include: In what areas can we increase our reach? How do we deepen our positive impact? What strategies and structures will assist us in making the case?

Professional Consultations

Sign up at the AASCU Registration Desk to meet with a representative from The Registry, Academic Search, Inc. or with associates from the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Sunday, October 22 – Tuesday, October 24 in the Capri Room (Ballroom Level)

Appointments are available: 

  • Sun, Oct 22:  2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Mon, Oct 23:  8 a.m. – 10 a.m., and 1- 4p.m. (Last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Tues, Oct. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)

TIAA Private Consultations

TIAA wealth management consultants will be available for private consultations Sunday, October 22 – Tuesday, October 24 in the Delphi A (Second Floor).  If you are interested in meeting with an advisor, please sign up Sunday, October 22 between the hours of Noon – 5 pm at the TIAA Private Consultations table near the AASCU registration desk.

Appointments are available: 

  • Sun, Oct 22: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Mon, Oct 23: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last appointment begins at 4 p.m.)
  • Tues, Oct. 24: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)

Remnant Trust Foundation

A representative from the Remnant Trust Foundation will be available to talk about its collection of rare original documents and how you can bring these documents to your campus for a unique hands on opportunity for your students and faculty.  Look for their table in the Sponsor Gallery located in the Barcino Foyer.

Annual Meeting Networking Lounge

Open in the Grand Foyer during times not competing with general session programming in the Aventine Ballroom.  Share conversation and refreshments with colleagues, recharge devices, or review professional articles and publications.  A place to connect! 

Health and Wellness

A health and wellness class for Yogis and beginners will again be provided starting Sunday – Tuesday morning from 7 am – 8am.  Details to come. 
Each morning practice will be a unique yoga experience in which you’ll learn poses and breath techniques, while hearing fun music from a variety of genres.  No matter age or level of ability, all are welcome to come start the day with self-love and good vibes.

Sponsor Gallery

AASCU is proud to showcase the work of several Annual Meeting Corporate Sponsors.  This is a great opportunity for members to become better acquainted with a wide array of educational suppliers who offer solutions to AASCU leaders and institutions.  Sponsors are available to answer questions, demonstrate products and services and consult with presidents.  Sponsors will be on hand informally throughout the day, either in the display area or as a part of the larger meeting, but especially during all program breaks, which will be served in Barcino located on the ballroom level of the hotel. 

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Last updated October 19, 2017
Blue - Indicates the Spouse/Partner Programs

Saturday, October 21

6:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. 
2017 Board of Directors Dinner

Sunday, October 22

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Executive Committee of the 2017 AASCU Board of Directors (working breakfast)     

8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
2017 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting (7:30 a.m. breakfast precedes 8:15 a.m. meeting)  
Chair: Deborah F. Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego, and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Workshop

Building a More Powerful Leadership Team Through Coaching
Facilitator:  Mickey Burnim, AASCU Penson Associate 

We’ve all heard that a team is no stronger than its weakest link. That weakness may derive from inexperience, as in a new promotion or position; reluctance to think or operate “outside the box;” or a personal blind spot that unnecessarily limits options. Executive coaching is a powerful personal development tool for leaders and emerging leaders that can yield great benefits for businesses and corporations. This session will focus on executive coaching’s benefits for higher education. 

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Workshop

Team Development for a Successful Presidency
Facilitator: Charles Bantz, AASCU Penson Associate

While there are numerous stakeholders that determine the success of a university president or chancellor, a leader’s executive team is critical for this success. This session will outline strategies for increasing the cohesiveness and collaboration of leadership teams. 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
New Presidents Academy Class of 2017 Reunion
Host: John M. Anderson, President, Millersville University (PA) and NPA Faculty Member

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
Spouse/Partner Meet and Greet

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 after July 1, 2016, and their spouses, partners or guests are encouraged to attend. 

Presiding: Mary Cullinan, President, Eastern Washington University and Vice Chair, Committee on Professional Development
Remarks: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU; Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach Coordinator

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.  
Committee on Sustainability (working lunch)
Chair: Tom Jackson Jr., President, Black Hills State University  

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Executive Steering Committee (working lunch)
Chair: Cheryl Dozier, President, Savannah State University (Ga.)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Business Meeting
Presiding: Mary Sias, Director, MLI and Assistant to the President

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spouse/Partner New Member Pre-Meeting Workshop:  
Finding Your Way as the Spouse/Partner of a University President

AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program understands the tightrope new spouses and partners walk. In this session participants, will hear results from recent research on university presidential spouses and participate in roundtable discussions around issues of role, identity, relationships and privacy. Discussions will address questions such as:
  • How do you view your role on campus or in the community? How do others view your role?
  • How do you respond to criticism of you, of the president/chancellor, or your institution?
  • How do you handle conversations that are inappropriate or offensive?
  • How do you protect some level of privacy for yourself and your family?

Presiding: Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach Coordinator

Elliott Herzlich, Presidential Spouse, Austin Peay State University   
Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, Presidential Spouse, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania  
Uzma Ahmad, Presidential Spouse, Western Washington University 
Susan Newman, Presidential Spouse, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
TIAA Private Consultations (last appointment begins at 3pm)  

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Council of State Representatives

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Pre-Annual Meeting Seminar 
Where Americans Get Career Advice: Results from the Education Consumer Pulse 

Carlo Salerno, Vice President of Analytics, Strada Education Network
Nancy Kleniewski, President, State University of New York College at Oneonta
Dennis Shields, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin- Platteville

Education Consumer Pulse is a groundbreaking research platform from Gallup and Strada Education Network that will create the most extensive set of education consumer insights to date. The most recent insights from this daily survey explore where Americans get their career advice and how they value those resources. This session will provide an overview of the latest Education Consumer Pulse report on this topic. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening General Session: An Afternoon with Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey ToobinPresiding: Deborah Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
Welcome: Muriel A. Howard, AASCU President; Timothy P. White, Chancellor, The California State University                                                                                                                             
Speaker: Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Analyst and staff writer for the New Yorker

After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country's highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002, where he now serves as the Senior Legal Analyst. Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on such subjects as the Bernie Madoff scandal; the case of Roman Polanski; and profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens, and Chief Justice John Roberts. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his book, "Opening Arguments: A Lawyer's First Case: United States v. Oliver North."

 Toobin's specialty areas include the following:

  • Analyzing politics, media and the law 
  • Inside the secret world of the Supreme Court 
  • The Supreme Court in the post-Obama age
AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards Presentation and Video 

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored Receptions    

7:30 p.m.  
Dutch Treat Dinner for Presidents and Chancellors Traveling Solo (Note: Dinner is for presidents only, advance sign up required) 

7:30 p.m.  
Dinner on an Individual Basis 

7:30 p.m. 
Former Presidents, Chancellor, Spouses and Guests Dinner (advance sign up required)

Monday, October 23

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Board Meeting 
Convener: Howard Cohen, Executive Director and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development and Chancellor Emeritus, Purdue University, Calumet 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellor and Spouses/Partners 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Affinity Group Breakfast Meetings
  • African-American Presidents and Chancellors
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Presidents
  • Hispanic and Latino Presidents and Chancellors
  • LGBTQ Presidents, Chancellors and Spouse/Partners

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
TIAA Private Consultations

(Last appointment begins at 4:00 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
General Session
Opportunity and Higher Education: Lessons from Big Data

John FriedmanPresiding: Makola Abdullah, President, Virginia State University
Speaker:  John N. Friedman, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Public Policy  at Brown University and one of the Principal Investigators of the Equality of Opportunity Project

Over the past seven years, Professor Friedman and his collaborators at the Equality of Opportunity Project have released a series of path-breaking studies that illuminate the landscape of opportunity for children in America.  In his keynote, Professor Friedman will take the audience on a tour of that landscape.  He will begin by describing broad patterns that place the U.S. as a whole and also various cities in context, and then he will dive more deeply into the role that higher education plays in upward mobility. Attendees will learn that AASCU institutions play a prominent role. 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
General Session 
Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

Fred LawrencePresiding: Sandra Jordan, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Aiken
Speaker: Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

In our current polarized political environment, free speech issues are presenting themselves with urgency on campuses, capturing national attention at a range of schools, both public and private, small and large. This makes it important to clarify free speech’s role in democracy and how this relates to college campuses.

The session will focus on the following topics:
  • Free expression and free inquiry are central to the mission shared by most if not all of our colleges and universities.
  • Free expression does have limits.
  • Not all hateful speech is threatening and proscribable.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Spouse/Partner Planning Committee (all spouses/partners welcome to sit-in)
Chair: Elizabeth Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University 
Coordinator: Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach, AASCU  

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Enrollment Success in a Time of Turbulence
Robert O. Davies, President, Murray State University (KY); 
Tom Taylor, Senior Consultant and Principal, EAB | Royall & Company 

A historic convergence of market forces is increasingly undermining the lifeblood of higher education institutions: tuition revenue. Some of these forces are well known, such as the number of high school graduates stalling or decreasing in many regions of the United States for the past several years, while others are more recent, including digital communications both providing new ways to reach students and opportunities for costly missteps.

This session will focus on four key capabilities universities should have to boost tuition revenue:

  • Knowing how to reach students
  • Assessing and responding to student intention
  • Offering students types of assistance they most value
  • Working across the student lifecycle

The session will also offer additional detail on how these four priorities play out in real-world examples, including the transformative effect they have had at several case study institutions. At the end of the session, attendees will have an understanding of the relative effect of major market forces shaping higher education fortunes across the foreseeable future, cutting-edge practices for the use of data and analytics in recruitment marketing, and specific ways in which the ongoing digital medial revolution is affecting student communications preferences.

Opportunities for Change: Insights from the 2017 American College President Study 
Jonathan Gagliardi, Associate Director, Center for Policy Research and Strategy, American Council on Education
Glenda Baskin Glover,President, Tennessee State University  
Anne Ollen, Senior Director, TIAA Institute
Maria Thompson, President, Coppin State University (MD)

More than half of college presidents say they plan to step down in five years. This is an opportunity for change in academic leadership, particularly in adding more diversity to the highest ranks of colleges and universities. Presidents are invited to join peers and scholars for a dialogue based on data from the “2017 American College President Study,” produced by the American Council on Education with support from the TIAA Institute. 

This session will examine the following:

  • Age, ethnic and gender demographic trends in the presidency
  • Presidents’ biggest frustrations
  • Special challenges for women and minority leaders
  • Perceptions of state political climates

Presenters will also demonstrate a new, publicly available online data tool to highlight specific opportunities for action and positive change. The tool lets users chart the progress of the presidency over the past two decades; project future scenarios, such as when the percentages of women and minority presidents will mirror their representation among the student body; and download a wide array of charts, table and data points to print or share on social media. 

Technology, the Science of Learning, and Transformation in Higher Education 
Presenter: Candace Thille, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education 

Learning is complex. Decades of scientific research into human learning could transform education; however, research findings have not had a profound effect on teaching practice, educational technology design, or student learning. Likewise, instructors’ knowledge and authentic learning experiences rarely impact research. This session will describe a model for using educational technology to shift the relationship between learning research and teaching practice. This could simultaneously improve student learning and contribute to our fundamental understanding of human learning.

Five Questions You Should Ask Your Financial Aid Administrator
Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint;
Mandy Sponholtz, Standards of Excellence Review Program Administrator, NASFAA;
Lori Vedder, Director of Financial Aid, University of Michigan – Flint

College and university presidents want to better incorporate the financial aid office into strategic planning and achieving their school’s mission, and also want to better understand the office in general, shows findings from a recent study by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

In this session we will share how college presidents, senior leadership and financial aid directors can accomplish the following with their financial aid office:

  • Foster communication
  • Build mutual understanding and accountability
  • Work together to achieve the mission of the institution through the use of tools and services available to NASFAA member institutions

Enrolling to Retain: Five Strategies to Improve Online Student Growth and Persistence
Tim Edwards, Provost, University of West Alabama; 
Jay Hatcher, Senior Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, The Learning House, Inc. 

Recruiting online learners who will persist to graduation requires a strategic enrollment process. In this session, attendees will learn five strategies for developing and implementing a successful enrollment process that is geared toward graduating students:

  1. Setting clear expectations
  2. Monitoring data trends
  3. Making connections to resources
  4. Building retention-based scholarships
  5. Designing financial aid plans during the admissions process

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
American Academic Leadership Institute Luncheon
Supported by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) and Academic Search, Inc.
Presiding: Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University
Speaker:  Robert Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Spouse/Partner Program: The Role of the Presidential Spouse/Partner on Campus and in the Community
Presiding: Jane Dorman, Presidential Spouse, Georgia College & State University 
Speaker: Tyrone P. Thomas, Member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

This session will discuss the hidden star for many successful presidencies – the active participation of the presidential spouse.  In this session, you will hear the different ways that universities are increasingly seeking to formally and informally engage the participation of presidential spouses with key initiatives.  As presidential transitions occur and more working professionals obtain First Gentleman/Lady status, we will examine whether the “2 for 1” expectation is still prevalent for President/spouse services and in what ways.  We will also discuss the interaction of the presidential spouse with varying constituencies of interest for universities, such as board members, donors, faculty and staff, and how to recognize and avoid hidden pitfalls.  Last, as diversity progresses to the President’s office, we will address issues common with being the “First” with respect to being the spouse of women, minority and LGBT presidents.

  • Avoiding conflicts of interests and the appearance of impropriety in reporting relationship
  • Insights from Boards on avoiding institutional potholes as an active spouse

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

  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • International Education
  • Policies and Purposes
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher Education
  • Student Success

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

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
General Session
Movie Screening: Fail State followed by panel discussion

Moderator: Lee Gardner, Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Alex Shebanow, Director, Fail State; 
F. King Alexander, President, Louisiana State University; 
Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College (NY); 
David Wilson, President, Morgan State University (MD)

With a series of wide-ranging interviews from higher education and national political leaders, Fail State chronicles decades of policy decisions in Washington DC and throughout the United States that have slowly privatized public higher education and swiftly given rise to a powerful for-profit college industry. As it exposes the privatization trend in American higher education, Fail State is a powerful reminder of the need for public college advocates to get active in the state and national policymaking arenas and reclaim the public good of state colleges and universities. A short excerpt of the film will be followed by a panel discussion on the role that college presidents need to play in making the case for public higher education.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 
Sponsored Receptions

6:45 p.m. 
Gather in lobby for bus departure to Gaslamp District (Complimentary shuttle service will be provided both to and from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla to the Gaslamp District)

As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, Gaslamp guests can immerse themselves in a rich Victorian architecture and history and dine with world-renowned chefs.  More information can be found by clicking here.

7:30 p.m.
Dinner on an individual basis

Tuesday, October 24

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.    
Registry Breakfast Meeting (by invitation only - please contact Registry for more info)

Defining Outcomes in Advance:  How to Empower Your Registry Interim Executive  

Join colleagues and peers for breakfast and informal roundtable discussions about using the services of the Registry to maximize your results.   
Terry Allison, Chancellor, Indiana University South Bend 
F. Javier Cevallos, President, Framingham State University (Mass.) 
Michael Driscoll, President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
James Guadino, President, Central Washington University 
Tom Jackson, Jr,  President, Black Hills State University (S.D.) 
Nancy Kleniewski, President, State University of New York College at Oneonta 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Breakfast Meetings

  • Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellor and Spouses/Partners 
  • Women Presidents and Chancellors Breakfast 
  • AASCU System Heads Breakfast 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.   
Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellor and Spouses/Partners 

8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
TIAA Private Consultations (Last appointment begins at 3 p.m.) 

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  
Male Spouse/Partner Breakfast Program 
Welcome: Albert (Mickey) Howard, Liaison to the Spouse/Partner Program 
Mort Maimon, Presidential Spouse, Governors State University, (IL)
Jim Mickelson, Presidential Spouse, California State University San Marcos – Invited 
In this roundtable experienced male spouses/partners will share lessons learned and offer suggestions for navigating the role and dealing with the special dynamics of being a male presidential spouse or partner. 

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  
Council of Presidents/Membership Business Session/Election of Officers 
(7:30 a.m. breakfast precedes 8:00 a.m. meeting)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  
Remarks by Secretary Betsy DeVos   

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
General Session

Higher Education 2032: Changing Demographics and How Presidents of State Colleges and Universities Can Respond 

Moderator: Soraya Coley, President, Cal Poly Pomona
Demaree K. Michelau, Vice President of Policy Analysis and Research, WICHE, and Author of Knocking on the College Door;
Glenn Cummings, President, University of Southern Maine; 
Pablo Arenaz, President, Texas A&M International University

Demographic change has captured national headlines this year. Campuses in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest are competing for an ever-shrinking pool of recent high school graduates, while some campuses in the South and West struggle to keep pace with rapidly growing demand for higher education. These ongoing demographic shifts have the potential to reshape the campus community, while renewing the university’s commitment to social mobility, diversity and student success.

This session will accomplish the following:

  • Present the latest demographic analysis from the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education’s “Knocking on the College Door” report
  • Facilitate a discussion with two college presidents effectively managing opposite ends of demographic shifts 

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Spouse/Partner Session: Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, Social Justice (or Equity) and Inclusion
Moderator: Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach Coordinator, AASCU
Presenter: Pamela Pruitt, Presidential Spouse, Thomas Edison State University
“Am I biased?”  Everyone is biased, but the questions are “How?” and “Why?” No matter what you try to do, these biases will follow you for the rest of your life. How do you recognize these internal biases and manage them within the larger picture of a culturally diverse world? Explore the possibilities with Dr. Pamela Pruitt as she introduces you to Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, Social Justice (or Equity) and Inclusion.

Interventions That Work: Leveraging Technology to Make a Difference for Students
Tiffany Beth Mfume
, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention, Morgan State University (Md.);
Howard Bell, Senior Vice President, Higher Education Student Success & General Manager, Starfish

By every traditional measure, many Morgan State University students are "high risk" students. Yet, by implementing thoughtful and strategic initiatives to promote student success and degree completion, Morgan State has maintained increases in its retention rates for five consecutive years. During this session, participants will hear about the following:
  • Successful strategies for serving underrepresented populations
  • Opportunities for success in student service and intervention
  • How the thoughtful use of technology can make a difference in student outcomes

What Will It Take for the “Student Success” Agenda to Succeed?
Amy Chasteen Miller
, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Southern Mississippi;
K. Laurie Dickson, Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning Design and Assessment, Northern Arizona University;
Jonathan Gyurko, CEO and Founder, ACUE
Higher education institutions perform numerous activities to bolster student success, including sending automated alerts to students, redesigning programs, focusing on first-year experience and civic engagement, and expanding advising and supplemental instruction. Yet graduation rates are not improving quickly enough to meet our goals. What will it take for the “student success” agenda to succeed?
In this facilitated session, participants will have the opportunity to join a candid, “closed door” conversation about their efforts to improve student outcomes. Discussion facilitators will particularly focus on the quality of instruction and the evidence-based practices shown to increase student engagement, motivation and learning. To what degree are faculty prepared to teach with these approaches? What can we do to ensure students receive the quality of instruction they need to succeed?  

Attendees will accomplish these tasks:

  • Analyze the comprehensiveness of student success efforts
  • Discuss the role of quality instruction in these effort
  • Identify ways to expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices campus wide

Strategic Use of Financial Aid as a Tool for Enrollment Management and Degree Completion 
Kevin Crockett, Senior Executive, Ruffalo Noel Levitz;
Stuart C. Jones, Vice President for Advancement & Enrollment Management, Southern Utah University 

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, while at the same time students and families have experienced increased financial need. Yet despite these challenges, some public institutions are not only succeeding but thriving.

This session covers the following critical concepts:

  • Understanding the macroeconomic and demographic trends affecting higher education
  • Managing enrollment in flat or declining markets
  • Altering pricing and revenue strategies to meet the new economic realities of public higher education
  • Understanding the effect of financial aid on student retention
  • Better positioning your cost of attendance and value
  • 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
How Can Public University Presidents Build the “Partnership University?”
Moderator:  Richard Rush, President Emeritus, California State University-Channel Islands and Chair, AASCU Task Force on University Partnership
Leroy Morishita, President, California State University, East Bay;
Sabah Randawa, President, Western Washington University
Partnerships remain essential to meeting the “public purpose” mission of state colleges and universities. With the growing need for university expertise from external groups and declining revenue from the states, the intensity of universities partnerships with the private and non-profit sector, as well as other colleges and universities, has grown in recent years. Nevertheless, building these partnerships presents an array of new challenges and risks alongside unprecedented opportunities to create new resources, recognition, and relationships. How do campus leaders create the “Partnership University”? Hear about AASCU’s new initiative on building on guidebook for university officials on partnerships and engage with two leading practitioners of how their campuses have led on this issue.  

The Guardians Initiative: Reclaiming Trust in Higher Education
Presenter: Kevin Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor, University of Wisconsin  
America’s higher education system is recognized around the world for its creativity, educational diversity, quality, research excellence and foundational role as a vehicle of opportunity for students to improve themselves and society. Yet, in recent years, we have witnessed a marked decline in higher education’s standing in the eyes of the American public. The Guardians Initiative seeks to mobilize the individual and collective voices of our nation’s college and university trustees to share views about the value proposition of our diverse higher education system and, through that effort, begin to reclaim the public’s trust. This session will present information on the initiative and how it is advocating for the enduring societal value of higher education.

Relevant links:

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
President-to-Presidents Lecture Luncheon Program and Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation 

Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation
Introduction: Dianne F. Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge
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Distinguished Alumna: Judy Baca

Activist and World-renowned Muralist, Artistic Director, the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab, UCLA    

President-to-Presidents Lecture 

Introduction: George A. Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State University
Lecturer: Susan A. Cole, President, Montclair State University, (NJ)

2:15 p.m. -  3:00 p.m. 
Legislative Update
Speaker: Michael Zola, Vice President for Government Relations, AASCU 

3:00 p.m.-  4:30 p.m.
Closing General Session
Presiding: Alisa White, President, Austin Peay State University 
Speaker: Calvin O. Butts, III, President, State University of New York at Old Westbury
Transfer of the Gavel
Presiding: Deborah F. Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors 
Remarks: Mildred A. Garcia, President, California State University Fullerton and Chair-Elect, AASCU Board of Directors

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    
Farewell Reception and Dinner
Recognition of President Muriel A. Howard and Mr. Albert “Mickey” Howard
(Business attire for men; business or cocktail chic for women)

Wednesday, October 25

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
2018 AASCU Board of Directors Organizational Meeting

Fees top




AASCU Member $900 $975
Non-Member $1,150 $1,300
Former Presidents $275  
Guests $275  
Spouse/Partner $275  


Registration Information top

Register and pay online

Reminder: Spouses and Partners attending the meeting must also register. Register one individual at a time. 
Contact Felicia Durham at durhamf@aascu.org or call her at (202) 478-4673 if you have any questions.

Accommodations top

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122


$229/night (plus tax) -- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
$199/night (plus tax) -- FOR THE REMAINING NIGHTS

If you have any questions about hotel accommodations, please email Danita Young  youngd@aascu.org or call at 202.478.4677 

Click here to reserve the room online
Click here for hotel's map and directions.

Ground Transportation – HERTZ

Advance reservations are recommended, as cars are subject to availability. Rates are based on roundtrip rentals except cars rented from corporate Southern California locations can be returned to most Southern California corporate locations. Download pdf for rates and general information


San Diego International Airport, formerly known as Lindbergh Field, is an international airport 3 mi northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States. It is owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Click here for more info on shuttle and ground transportation options.  

Parking at hotel

Hyatt Regency La Jolla offers both self and valet indoor parking with 6’10 clearance. 

Valet parking - $40 per day* (includes in/out privileges)
Self-parking – Discounted parking rate at $10/night 
Self-parking - $30.  per day*

* Prices are subject to change 

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a cancellation fee if received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, September 25, 2017.

Cancellations received prior to this will receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion. Payments made online will be refunded back to the credit card; all other refunds will be issued via check.

Cancellation Fee – Member President/Chancellor: $150
Cancellation Fee – Member Spouse/Partner: $50

Please note, due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. EST on September 25, 2017, including no-shows, * are not eligible for refunds (including optional events.)

Failure to reconcile Annual Meeting final invoices precludes members from registering for future meetings.

*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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