Emerging Paradigms for Public Higher Education

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017
Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

The symposium provides an opportunity for university presidents and other senior campus leaders, including chief financial officers and vice presidents for enrollment, to explore emerging business models that various public colleges are experimenting with in response to the changing landscape in state support.

About the Conference

Innovative campus practices that maximize output and measurably improve important performance indicators such as in-state/out-of-state enrollment balance, state funding and tuition revenues, access for under-served populations, retention and graduation rates, loan defaults and repayment rates, and post-enrollment outcomes will be featured.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in small, in-depth discussions, to examine best practices, and to share information about trends.

The symposium will take place at the conference hotel, the Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle.

Schedule top

Wednesday, February 22

5:00 p.m.

Reception and Keynote: Washington Update
Party alignment of Congress and the White House may break legislative gridlock and move several highly anticipated pieces of higher education legislation forward. A key player in the development of federal policy will provide a political update on the likely course of education legislation in the next Congress. How will the Congressional leadership work with the Trump Administration as they reform higher education policy? Which policy ideas will drive the national dialogue for the next two years? Finally, what are the odds of a bipartisan reauthorization of the Higher Education Act?

Presenter: Amy Jones, Director of Education and Human Services Policy, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives

Thursday, February 23

7:45 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Keynote – Shifting Finances of Public Higher Ed
State funding for public higher education has not kept up with increasing enrollments, straining the capacity of public colleges and universities to carry out their missions. The public higher education sector has undergone a 30-year cycle of gradual privatization by the states. This session will provide a broad overview of public sector finances and the changes brought about by reduced state support for students.

Presenter: Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
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9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
Risk-sharing Panel 
The reduction of state subsidies has resulted in significant increases in borrowing by students at public institutions. The growing debt bubble, in turn, has resulted in calls for “skin-in-the-game” provisions for federal student financing which are intended to vest institutions in innovative repayment outcomes for their graduates.  Hear more about these ideas and their likely traction with policymakers.

Beth Akers, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research 
Ben Miller, Senior Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress 
Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU 

11:15 a.m.
Analytics and Retention
Dwindling state subsidies and performance-based funding formulas are inducing significant internal changes in institutional practices. As a result, public colleges are increasingly turning to data analytics to target resources in an optimal manner. This session will provide an overview of a successful implementation of the use of data analytics.

Presenter: Marie A. Cini, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College 

12:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.       
Non-Academic Barriers to Student Success
Post high school, there are significant obstacles students are likely to experience on their college to career journey.  Providing students with assistance in overcoming these barriers can have a significant impact on retention and graduation rates.

Presenter: George Covino, Vice President, Default Prevention, Student Connections

2:15 p.m.
Innovative Alternatives Connecting College to Career
Making the connection for students between college and career does not always emerge from campus career services offices. How can innovative approaches to career exploration ensure that students graduate with relevant skills, experiences and aligned priorities for their future?  

Scott Blevins, Director of University Relations, Education at Work
Tom Bowling, Vice President of Student Affairs, Frostburg State University
Annie Mais, Senior Product Manager, Roadtrip Nation
Kim Scranage, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Northern Kentucky University

Moderator: Scott Fleming, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, USA Funds
3:30 p.m.
Keynote – Enrollment Management and Public Institutions
Enrollment management has historically been associated with recruitment and revenue strategies at private institutions, but is increasingly adopted by public colleges within the confines of their public missions. This session will provide an overview of how and why public institutions may deploy enrollment management.

Presenter: David Bousquet, Vice President, Enrollment Management, East Stroudsburg University (Pa.)
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6:30 p.m.       

Friday, February 24

7:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
Keynote on Post-Enrollment Outcomes
The Gallup-USA Funds Education Consumer Pulse is the first-ever daily poll on the consumer voice in higher education. Hear more about this landmark data set and how what consumers say about their experiences, perceptions and engagement in higher education drives success and engagement beyond graduation.

Presenter: Carol D’Amico, Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement & Philanthropy, USA Funds

9:30 a.m.  
Challenges and Pitfalls of International Recruitment
Internationalization has emerged as the proverbial win-win proposition for U.S. institutions. In its ideal form, it promotes cultural diversity, improves academics, and generates revenues all at once. But realizing all the benefits of international recruitment requires international expertise and significant due diligence to avoid predictable pitfalls that can tarnish institutional reputation at home and abroad.

Presenter: Dale Gough, Director, Foreign Credentials Service of America
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10:30 a.m.  
Performance-Based Funding
Diminishing state support for public higher education has predictably led to efforts to increase efficiency. As public colleges are expected to do more with less, policymakers are radically changing the traditional methods for funding state colleges and universities. The emergence of performance-based funding has significantly altered incentives and academic and enrollment practices in the public sector. This session will provide an overview of performance-based funding policies and provide a summary of the existing research on their effects.

Russ Deaton, Deputy Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
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Nicholas W. Hillman, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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11:30 a.m.       
Closing discussion and box lunch

Fees top

Registration for Representatives from AASCU Member Institutions: $250

Fee includes all program sessions and materials; opening reception, breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and the networking dinner on Thursday night.

To register, please contact Tonja King at (202) 478-4657 or KingT@aascu.org.

Accommodations top

The Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle 
1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW 
Washington DC, 20003

Room Rates

A special room block has been made at the Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle. The rate for a single/double room is $219 a night, plus 14.5% hotel tax per night.  To make your room reservations, please contact Tonja King at (202) 478-4657 or KingT@aascu.org.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Meeting Registration Change/Cancellation/Refund Policy: 
To receive a full refund of the registration fee, written cancellation must be received at AASCU by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, February 10. Cancellations received after February 10 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. 

Due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 17, 2017, including no-shows,* are not eligible for refunds.  All refunds will be issued via check from the AASCU office within 45 days of the close of the meeting, unless the registration was paid by credit card online. When writing to cancel, please indicate to whom and where the refund check should be issued. 

*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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