AAC&U Presidents’ Trust Symposium 2020

Leading Change and Bridging Divides (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, January 23 – Friday, January 24
Washington, DC

The annual AAC&U Presidents’ Trust Symposium provides opportunities for chief executive officers to network among themselves and to engage with leading experts on the most pressing issues facing higher education. The 2020 symposium will focus on challenges related to freedom of speech on campus, how to foster and sustain dialogue across divergent points of view, leading for innovation, and the potential of community partnerships to promote fiscal stability and student success. Participation in the Symposium is open only to presidents, chief executive officers, and invited guests.

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Registration

You confirm your attendance for the Symposium as part of your registration for the Annual Meeting. Advance registration is required. Registration is complimentary for members of the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust. A $250 registration fee applies to non-members. The registration fee may be applied toward your Presidents’ Trust membership.

AGENDA

JANUARY 23, 2020

 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

 

WELCOME & OPENING DISCUSSION OF A VISION FOR LIBERAL EDUCATION

 

Lynn Pasquerella, President, AAC&U
Grant Cornwell, President, Rollins College (Chair of the Presidents’ Trust)
Mary Dana Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict (Incoming chair of the Presidents’ Trust)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

LEVERAGING INSTITUTIONAL COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AS A MODEL FOR FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

 

Richard Guarasci, President Emeritus, Wagner College (Moderator)
Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University
Lenore Rodicio, Executive Vice President and Provost, Miami Dade College
Nyeema Watson, Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement, Rutgers-Camden

 

In an era of acute fiscal stress for a majority of universities and colleges, how might civic engagement provide a pathway towards fiscal stability? The panel will explore the benefits and barriers in implementing this approach, including fiscal considerations related to mission, student enrollment and retention, fund-raising and grants, and institutional reputation. The panel will also discuss benefits for curricular coherence, faculty commitment and opportunities for research. Additionally, the session will address challenges of undertaking this approach, including reliance on soft funds, sustainability, threats of leadership change, and sensitivity to community voice and impact.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

 

LESSONS LEARNED: APPLYING RESEARCH FINDINGS FROM NSLVE AND STUDIES OF POLITICAL CAMPUS CLIMATES

 

Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Tufts University

 

For the past four federal elections, researchers at Tufts University's Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) have been measuring college and university student voting rates via the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (“n-solve”). IDHE also studies the attributes of campus environments conducive to student political learning, discussion, equity, and participation, finding that can help educators manage in an era of extreme polarization, challenges to speech and inclusion, misinformation, and partisan threats to academic freedom. In this session, presidents will consider past student voting data as well as ways to increase voting while simultaneously navigating what promises to be a lively yet turbulent election season.

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.

 

CLOSING REMARKS

 

Lynn Pasquerella, President, AAC&U

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

 

Please join us for the Presidents’ Reception on the Mezzanine Level

 

JANUARY 24, 2020

 

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

PRESIDENTS’ BREAKFAST: CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY AND HATE SPEECH ON CAMPUS

 

Mary Dana Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict (Moderator)
Jonathan Friedman, Project Director, Campus Free Speech, PEN America
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology, Director of Research, Center on University Excellence (CUE), American University

 

The rise of white supremacy and various forms of hate speech, globally and domestically, have dramatically impacted those working, living, and learning on college campuses. This panel brings together national experts in white supremacist extremism, free speech, and campus governance to address one of the most challenging topics facing higher education leaders today.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

LEADING THROUGH INNOVATION

 

Nicole Gordon, Program Officer, Charles Koch Foundation (Moderator)
Derrick Anderson, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Richard Baraniuk, Professor, Rice University; Founder/Director, OpenStax Gates Bryant, Partner, Tyton Partners
Rich DeMillo, Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Tech
Shelly Sexton, Senior Director of US Education, Microsoft

 

Higher education today faces a series of challenges – from cost concerns and completion to decreasing public trust and access. These challenges call for academic leaders to think outside the box, find creative solutions and embrace the role of universities as places where ideas and innovation can flourish. This panel features individuals with unique approaches to driving results and showcasing effective models for increasing access and quality through non-traditional methods.

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.

CHANGING THE VALUE EQUATION: WHAT EDUCATION CONSUMERS WANT FROM COLLEGE

 

Dave Clayton, Senior Vice President, Strada Education Network

 

As America's discussion about the value of higher education swirls around costs of attendance, student loans, lifetime earnings and net present values, we've neglected to speak directly with individuals about the value of education in their lives. In partnership with Gallup, Strada Education Network has surveyed over 350,000 adults about their experiences with education and work after high school. Over 55 million adults without degrees feel the need for additional education to advance in their careers and even more expect to enroll in courses or training within the next five years. What are they seeking? What changes the education value equation for individuals? Consumers are clear about the value of relevant education that connects to their work and lives—above and beyond their incomes—and key ingredients in their college experiences that change the value equation for the better.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

PRESIDENTS’ LUNCHEON: FREE SPEECH AND THE POLITICS OF CAMPUS TODAY

 

Marjorie Hass, President, Rhodes College (Moderator)
Ulrich Baer, Professor in Comparative/German Literature and Photography and Imaging, New York University
Frederick Lawrence, Secretary and CEO, Phi Beta Kappa Society

 

What, if any, are the limits on free speech and expression on college campuses? Is all speech protected? How should institutional leaders balance commitments to open inquiry and the free exchange of ideas with equally important commitments to diversity and inclusion? Panelists will explore the nuances of these questions from legal, ethical, and practical perspectives.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Following lunch, we invite you to join us for a special session developed in partnership with the American Council of Academic Deans (ACAD) in Marquis Salon 9/10 (Level M2). See session description below.

 

NEXT-GEN LEADERSHIP: BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE PIPELINE OF CHANGEMAKERS

 

In May 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education posed the question, “Is College President ‘the toughest Job in the Nation’?” Whether rhetorical or not – the question deserves consideration. Amid scandals, scarce resources, waning public support, and persistent disinvestment by state and federal governments, what will encourage the next generation of college leaders to take the helm? And, equally important, what will ensure that the pipeline of talent is populated with future leaders who reflect the increasingly diverse population of college students? This session, co-developed by AAC&U and ACAD, welcomes leaders at all levels to discuss and reflect upon the issues that create barriers to leadership, particularly for rising leaders of color. Participants will explore strategies for supporting professional development and mentorship at the campus and national levels that will promote inclusive excellence and sustained change leadership for years to come.

 

Session facilitators: Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Dean Burnett Honors College, University of Central Florida; Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President Trinity College; Deneese Jones, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity University; Brian Murphy, President Emeritus, De Anza College; Mary Ann Villareal, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Utah; Vincent Wiggins, Dean of Instruction, Harold Washington College