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Wednesday, December 11
3:15 p.m.— 4:15 p.m.
Leading in the New Higher Education Era
At a time when the mission-sustaining work of public colleges and universities is as vital as ever to individual, state and national prosperity, the foundation of American higher education is being fundamentally altered by advancements in innovation, changing financial models, shifting student-consumer demographics and a growing chorus of calls for the academy to deliver even greater value to its stakeholders. The actions taken by today’s college and university leaders to address these challenges and opportunities will determine the capacity of these institutions to continue to serve as pillars of the American economy and democracy. In this session, gain insight into the individual, organizational and system leadership actions integral to fulfilling the promise of American public higher education in a new era.
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California
Moderator: Lisbet Sunshine, Director of Government Relations, San Francisco State University
Session sponsored by San Francisco State University
4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.
Driving a Results-Oriented Higher Education State Policy Agenda
A strategic state policy agenda is essential to meeting state and national educational attainment goals. Core to this agenda is the assurance of high quality student outcomes, the alignment of investments with state priorities and student needs, and the creation and implementation of smarter pathways for students. This session will feature the unveiling of the new state policy agenda by the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education, and will include a discussion of system and institutional strategies critical to implementing the agenda.
Elizabeth R. Gutierrez, Director of State Policy, Lumina Foundation
Chris Bustamante, President, Rio Salado College (Ariz.)
Jack Hershey, Associate Vice President for State Relations, The Ohio State University
Moderator: Kathleen Daly, Asst. Director of Government Relations, Florida State University
Session sponsored by Strategy Labs
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Opening Reception Honoring Past and Present State
Relations Task Force Members and State Relations Award Honorees
Join your colleagues from around the U.S. in this terrific networking and hospitality gathering. The reception will honor individuals who have served on the State Relations Task Force and who have guided the conference since its inception 20 years ago, as well as all past recipients of the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Achievement Award and the Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation
Session sponsored by CQ Roll Call
Thursday, December 12
7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Programming
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Forging a New Compact Between States and
Public Higher Education
ability of public colleges and universities to craft and execute a shared state
agenda must be done as part of a broader partnership between these institutions
and state government. This session will explore how to build political support
for higher education funding and state policy. Two state legislators
turned higher education leaders will discuss the findings of the AASCU report, Creating a New Compact Between States and Public Higher Education,
part of the association’s Political Perceptions and Policy Priorities Project. A series of commitments higher
education leaders can make toward a new compact and strategies for elevating
public higher education as a state investment and policy priority will also be
Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Daniel J. Hurley, Director of State Relations, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Moderator: Janet Owen, Vice President of Government Affairs, University of North Florida
Session sponsored by The College Board
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
Higher Education Policy Priorities for Driving the Success of a Changing College Student Body
Sweeping demographic changes are underway in the U.S., with profound—and contrasting—implications for various regions throughout the country. These changes foretell a period of increased competition for and scrutiny of taxpayer-provided dollars, as well as much-needed reform of federal and state policies and programs across the issues spectrum. Given that today’s youth and young adults will power tomorrow’s economy, it is essential for the federal government, states and institutions to enact reforms to foster the postsecondary success of underrepresented—and fast growing—populations. In this session, hear the latest national and state forecasts of high school graduates and join in a discussion of the policy priorities that are integral to broadening access and ensuring success for America’s next generation of college students.
Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Brian T. Prescott, Director of Policy Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Moderator: Justin Lonon, Vice Chancellor, Public and Governmental Affairs, Dallas Community College District
Session sponsored by the University of Texas System
Break 10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Leadership in the Higher
Education State Government Relations Profession: Past, Present and Future
have the roles and responsibilities of higher education government relations
professionals evolved over the past several years? What leadership qualities
are most important for government relations officers today and in the future?
What types of career paths does the occupation lead to? Join in a discussion
lead by a panel of seasoned leaders to gain perspective on these and other
President, Rio Salado College (Ariz.)
Daniel C. Holsenbeck,
Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Florida
Rochelle Black, Vice President for Government Relations, Oakland University (MI)
Moderator: Brian K. Jammer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Government
Relations, University of Texas System
Session Sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
State Relations Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Capitol Impact, LLC
1:40 p.m.- 2:50 p.m.
What You Need to Know about Implementation of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
In response to state and federal "state authorization" regulations mandating that institutions must be granted appropriate legal authority by all states in which they operate, a multitude of stakeholders have coalesced around a new State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), to be carried out by the four regional higher education compacts (WICHE, MHEC, SREB, and NEBHE). This session will provide an overview of "state authorization" regulations as well as pertinent information you need to know to ensure that your institutions is in compliance with state and related federal regulations affecting postsecondary distance education.
Marshall A. Hill, Executive
Director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
Jennifer L. Parks, Director, Midwestern Regional State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA), Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Moderator: Rachel Kincaid, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, University of New Orleans
Session sponsored by Thomas Edison State College
1:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
How Higher Education Government Relations Officers Can Facilitate the Successful Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (and Avoid the Pitfalls in the Process)
In 2014, 46 states are set to implement new curriculum standards and assessment mechanisms associated with the K-12 Common Core Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts. Borne out of the efforts of the nation’s governors and chief state school officers, the standards are intended to enhance academic rigor, curricular consistency across states, and increase college readiness. Higher education must be a strong partner in ensuring high-quality and effective implementation of the standards. This session will provide insight on the role of higher education stakeholders in implementing the standards, and specifically how college and university public affairs and government relations officers can facilitate this important process while avoiding the political pitfalls that have buffeted the standards’ implementation in some states.
Ron Jetty, Director of PK-16 Initiatives, University of Wisconsin-System
Dawn Wallace, Director of Government Relations, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)
Matt Gandal, President, Education Strategy Group
Moderator: Don Nelson, Director of State Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Session sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Harnessing Student Activism and Engagement to Advance Higher Education State Policy and Funding Objectives
Students are the most important stakeholder in American higher education, but remain underutilized in promoting policy and funding objectives that will affect their future and the economic prosperity of our states. When interfacing with state policymakers in collaboration with their colleges, students can serve as a genuine and powerful means for communicating the ramifications and realities of state policy and funding decisions. This session will feature examples of how students—through activism and civic engagement—can serve as influential partners in advancing state policy priorities.
Speakers: Brian Murphy
, President, De Anza College (Calif.)Lavita McMath Turner
, Director of Government Relations, Kingsborough Community College (N.Y.)
Moderator: Regina Biddings-Muro, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Purdue University Calumet (Ind.)
3:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Using Social Media to Achieve Public Affairs and Governmental Relations Objectives
Social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook can serve as powerful channels for institutions, systems and coalitions to communicate directly with key constituencies. Social media can facilitate public affairs and governmental relations objectives—but can also hinder them if used improperly. In this session, learn the benefits of utilizing social media, as well as specific tools and strategies being used by public colleges and universities to successfully advance their communications objectives.
Carey Whitworth, Assistant Director of Advocacy, The University of Tennessee System
Moderator: Mica Stark, Special Asst. to the President for Governmental Relations, University of New Hampshire
Friday, December 13
7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m.
Affinity Group Sessions
Participate in this networking and information-sharing gathering among colleagues and association representatives from your sector. Learn about key initiatives, resources and opportunities for stakeholders, and discuss legisaltive and policy issues that can be collaboratively acted upon.
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Rebuilding and Reinventing Public Higher Education
Like many other states, California’s public higher education system has been greatly impacted by the Great Recession, with a drop of state support of $2.8 billion, or nearly 25 percent, from 2008 to 2013. The world-envied California higher education system, with the Master Plan as its cornerstone, has in recent years been buffeted by powerful dynamics involving state funding, student enrollment, fast-evolving new educational delivery models and increasing calls for accountability. The passage of the Proposition 30 ballot referendum in 2012 has ushered in a period of state reinvestment, and with it, an era of rebuilding and reinvention at the state’s public colleges and universities. In this exceptional gathering featuring the chiefs of the state’s three public higher education systems, join in a discussion about replicable strategies for renewal, growth and innovation that are underway in the Golden State.
Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
Timothy P. White, Chancellor, California State University
Brice W. Harris, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
Moderator: Leslie E. Wong, President, San Francisco State University
Session sponsored by Economic Modeling Specialists, Int'l. (EMSI)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Washington Update: Briefing on Federal Legislation and Policy Issues
Federal government relations staff members from the conference’s four sponsoring associations will provide the very latest involving federal higher education policy and funding priorities and political dynamics on Capitol Hill and in the Obama Administration. Higher Education Act reauthorization, federal student aid reform, distance education, veterans education and federal efforts to promote institutional accountability will be among the many topics that will be addressed.
Jennifer Poulakidas, Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs,
Jim Hermes, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, AACC
Brian Flahaven, Director of Government Relations and
Institutionally-Related Foundations, CASE
Moderator: Claire Rosacco, Government Relations and Community Outreach, Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio)
Session sponsored by the University of North Texas Health Science Center
10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
State Outlook: State Legislative and Funding Update and Forecast
Participate in a discussion of the highlights involving higher education policy
stemming from states’ 2013 legislative sessions and state higher education funding
outcomes fiscal year 2014. Take away a national perspective on what issues are
likely to drive state policymakers’ higher education agendas in 2014.
Daniel J. Hurley, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU
Thomas L. Harnisch, Assistant Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis,
Moderator: Imelda Cuyugan, Asst. Vice Chancellor for State Governmental Relations, Pima Community College (Ariz.)
Session sponsored by Pima Community College
11:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.
Applying What We’ve Learned in Forging A Higher Education State
Remarks on integrating key principles and lessons from the conference’s program
into your occupational agenda and toward a more comprehensive and unified state
agenda for higher education. Learn about the dates and location for the 2014
Higher Education Government Relations Conference.
Lisbet Sunshine, Director of Government and Community Relations,
San Francisco State University, and Chair of the Task Force on Higher Education