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Higher Education as Collaboration: Partnering for Work, Leadership, and Life

An Employer-Educator Forum

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Doubletree SeaTac

18740 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA

Co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and LEAP; and the Washington Consortium for Liberal Arts


The Employer-Educator Forum is a way for leaders from higher education institutions to engage in purposeful dialogue with local and regional employer representatives and policy leaders about creating more intentional partnerships that give college students hands-on learning experiences that will be useful for their careers.

Link to Final Program

Link to Hotel for Room Reservations (special rate automatically applied)

Collaborating co-sponsors:

Humanities Washington
Washington Campus Compact
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Washington STEM
Washington Student Achievement Council

About the Employer-Educator Forum series:

AAC&U is a leading national higher education association, with more than 1,300 four-year and two-year (public and private) institutional members, whose mission is focused on improving the quality and public standing of undergraduate education in the US. In 2013, a group of AAC&U member presidents, along with employer partners, released an Employer-Educator Compact, committing to:

  • Helping Americans understand the rising demands of a global workplace and the need for every student to acquire liberal education outcomes;
  • Ensuring that all college students have access to experiences that help them develop the broad knowledge and intellectual skills needed for success;
  • Expanding and supporting new designs for hands-on learning, including such things as senior projects, undergraduate research, and internships;
  • Advancing the dual mission for American higher education to prepare students both for successful careers and for civic responsibility;
  • Documenting progress in helping all students achieve key learning outcomes, including their ability to apply learning to complex problems.

The program in Seattle on May 20 will address these kinds of goals with a particular focus on the needs and concerns of Washington state.

To register for this forum, please click here.

Presidential Host Committee

Rodolfo Arévalo, President, Eastern Washington University
John Bassett, Heritage University
Elson S. Floyd, President, Washington State University
James L. Gaudino, President, Central Washington University
Roy F. Heynderickx, President, Saint Martin’s University
Thayne M. McCulloh, President, Gonzaga University
Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver
Thomas L. (Les) Purce, President, The Evergreen State College
Bruce Shepard, President, Western Washington University
Timothy Stokes, President, South Puget Sound Community College
Beck A. Taylor, President, Whitworth University
Ronald R. Thomas, President, University of Puget Sound
Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Chancellor, University of Washington Bothell
Michael K. Young, President, University of Washington

For more information, please contact Bethany Zecher Sutton at (202) 387-3760, extension 401, or email