Forum for Presidents and Foundation Leaders

Tackling the "Value" Question: The Meanings and Best Measures of Long-Term Student Success

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC
Thursday, January 23 – Friday, January 24, 2014

Forum Chair:  Mildred García, President, California State University, Fullerton and Chair, AAC&U Board of Directors

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Preliminary Program (PDF) available here.



2:45–2:50           Welcome and Introduction

Mildred García, President, California State University, Fullerton

2:50–3:50        Panel Discussion

A New Federal “Rating System” for Higher Education:
What It Means and How Higher Education Should Respond


David Bergeron, Vice President, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress; Jamienne Studley, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Edward Ray, President, Oregon State University; Kenneth Ruscio, President, Washington and Lee University

Remarks from Edward Ray (PDF)

4:00–4:30           Presentation

If New Metrics Are Coming, How Can the President’s Proposal Be Improved?

Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University

4:30–5:30          Roundtable Discussions

The Proposed “Rating System” versus the Larger Meanings of Value

Presidents Craft Responses and Recommendations

Special Invited Guests for Thursday afternoon:
Terry Hartle, American Council on Education; Muriel Howard, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Peter McPherson, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities;David Warren, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

5:30–6:45           Annual Meeting Special Plenary

Liberal Education and the Future of Innovation

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

6:45– 8:00            Invitational Reception for Presidents, 
                                Foundation Leaders, and Special Guests


FRIDAY, January 24, 2014

7:00–8:30           Presidents’ Breakfast

Liberal Arts and Pre-Professional Graduates:  Should Post-College Salaries be a Measure of Quality?

Moderator: Sanford Ungar, President, Goucher College

Speaker: Dennis Jones, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems                                                     

Respondents:    Catharine Hill, President, Vassar College;Michael McPherson, President, Spencer Foundation

8:45–10:00        Panel and Discussion

A Different Take on Value:  Quality, E-Quality, and Student Success

Panelists: Dewayne Matthews, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Lumina FoundationTia Brown McNair, Senior Director for Student Success, AAC&UCandace Thille, Assistant Professor of Education, and Senior Research Fellow, Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, Stanford University; and Founding Director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University

10:15–11:45      Panel and Discussion

The AAC&U Proposals on Defining and Reporting “Value”:  A Quality and Equity Assurance Framework Worthy of Our Mission

Panelists: Carol Geary Schneider, President, AAC&U; Richard Freeland, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; David Anderson, President, St. Olaf College; Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success Strategy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


FRIDAY, January 24, 12:00-2:00 pm

Presidents’ Forum Luncheon

President Earl Lewis of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will serve as the luncheon speaker for the Presidents’ Forum, addressing the topic of liberal education and the public good.

While the luncheon itself is reserved for presidents and their guests, a limited number of seats will be available (on a first-come, first-served basis) for those who wish to hear Dr. Lewis’ presentation, which will begin at 1:00 pm.