• Symposium Explores Role of AASCU Institutions in Fostering Economic Growth

    AASCU, TIAA and the TIAA Institute hosted the 2019 Fall Presidential Symposium, “Harnessing the Power of Higher Education: AASCU Institutions as Engines for Economic Growth.” From Sept. 12-13, 24 AASCU presidents and nine Millennium Leadership Initiative program alumni gathered in Washington, D.C., to explore the important role AASCU institutions play in developing partnerships with their surrounding regions, local businesses, government and communities.

    TIAA Symposium 1

    TIAA Fellow David Richardson launched the symposium with a detailed overview of how higher education impacts the overall U.S. economy. While government spending on higher education has declined, a four-year degree pays a significant dividend to the individual and to society as a whole. F. Javier Cevallos, president of Framingham State University in Massachusetts and chairman of AASCU’s board, reflected on the need to tell the story of higher education’s value more effectively.

    Two AASCU presidents, Sue Henderson of New Jersey City University and Ashish Vaidya of Northern Kentucky University, shared compelling stories about collaborations and partnerships that have resulted in new programs and services on their campuses, benefiting students and adding value to their institutions.

    TIAA Symposium 2

    The symposium preceded the annual meeting of the Congregational Black Caucus. The Caucus Chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), arranged for a brief and impactful visit to one of the newest members of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood from Illinois’ 14thdistrict. A product of public higher education, Rep. Underwood serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor.

    AASCU is grateful to TIAA and the TIAA Institute for supporting the 2019 Fall Presidential Symposium.