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
Presiding: 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."
specialty areas include the following:
AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards Presentation and Video
- Analyzing politics, media and the law
- Inside the secret world of the Supreme Court
- The Supreme Court in the post-Obama age
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dutch Treat Dinner for Presidents and Chancellors Traveling Solo (Note: Dinner is for presidents only, advance sign up required)
Dinner on an Individual Basis
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.
Opportunity and Higher Education: Lessons from Big Data
Presiding: 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.
Presiding: Sandra Jordan, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Aiken
Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses
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
will focus on the following topics:
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
- 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.
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.
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:
- Setting clear expectations
- Monitoring data trends
- Making connections to resources
- Building retention-based scholarships
- Designing financial aid plans during the admissions process
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 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
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.
- Economic and Workforce Development
- International Education
- Policies and Purposes
- Professional Development
- Teacher Education
- Student Success
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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.
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.
Dinner on an individual basis
Tuesday, October 24
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Activist and World-renowned Muralist, Artistic Director, the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab, UCLA