News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665


AASCU Meeting to Explore Higher Education's Role in Serving the Public Good

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Members attending the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) 2014 Annual Meeting will address higher education’s role in serving the public good.  Nearly 200 presidents and chancellors from across the country will attend the meeting in Washington, D.C., which runs from Sunday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Tomás Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino and 2014 chair of the AASCU Board of Directors, notes, “Serving the public good is central to the purpose of AASCU colleges and universities. AASCU institutions exemplify public higher education for the public good through their contributions to knowledge creation; social equity, upward mobility and civil society; educational attainment; and global literacy. These contributions are quintessential to serving the public good and dictate a commitment to strengthening academic quality, ensuring access and inclusion, facilitating educational innovation, and fostering regional stewardship and economic progress.”

The meeting will begin on Sunday with “Private Benefits and the Public Good.” This opening general session will explore the private benefits of higher education that directly and indirectly translate into the public good in the form of higher taxes, lower social welfare costs, greater contributions to the nation’s economic growth, and higher voting and volunteerism rates.

Later that afternoon, AASCU will present its inaugural Excellence and Innovation Awards in international education, leadership development and diversity, regional and economic development, and student success and college completion.  In addition, AASCU’s Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education will also be presented.

Monday’s programming features a host of sessions, including Finding Balance: Workforce Alignment and the Evolving Mission of Higher Education; Advancing Solutions for Challenging Issues: Thought Leader Forums Driving Toward Results; Rethinking the Transcript; Two Keys to Increasing Revenue and ROI from Your Marketing Dollars; and a general session on education policy initiatives—an update on the federal higher education agenda from the front line of higher education policy development.

Also on Monday will be the American Academic Leadership Institute Luncheon featuring C. Kent McGuire, president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation.  McGuire will address education for individual success and the public good.  Monday’s programming will close with a general session in the late afternoon that explores issues and trends for global higher education leadership.

Tuesday’s programming will begin with a general session on citizenship, democracy and education, which will amplify the important role of public colleges and universities in teaching the skills and values of democracy. Later that day, several concurrent sessions will address timely topics such as workforce development and regional needs, presented by Georgetown University’s Anthony Carnevale; presidential leadership and student success; and why leadership matters in maximizing resources for student success. 

The meeting’s closing session will feature a conversation with Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times.  His book, That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, will provide the backdrop for Friedman’s insights and conversation that will extend from the session throughout the evening.

Other meeting highlights include the President-to-President’s Lecture Luncheon, with guest lecturer F. King Alexander, president and chancellor, Louisiana State University, and the presentation of AASCU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award to renowned biochemist and former president and CEO of the Scripps Research Institute, Michael Marletta.

Members of the media should contact Jennifer Walpole at (202) 478-4665 for information about attending the meeting.


AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.