Highlighted Sessions


Opening Plenary
Making Excellence Inclusive:  What It Means—and How We Can
Freeman A. Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County
A podcast of President Hrabowski's presentation (audio only) is available here.

Thursday Afternoon Plenary
The Equity Imperative in Practice: Presidential Perspectives

Ronald A. Crutcher, President, University of Richmond; Mildred García, President, California State University-Fullerton; William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, The University System of Maryland Office;  Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College—City University of New York

ACAD Keynote Luncheon
Equity and Quality in College Experiences and Graduate Outcomes

Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup Education

Final Plenary
In a Changing Landscape, What is “College” Anyway?

Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond 
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Is it Really My Fault?  Confronting the Myths Surrounding Women’s Advancement
Lynn M. Gangone, Vice President for Leadership Programs, American Council on Education
A podcast of Dr. Gangone's presentation (audio only) is available here.



What Is Your Power and To What End?
Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, Executive Director Emeritus, NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education



Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology



Rethinking Merit, Expanding Opportunity
Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; and Robert J. Sternberg, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Innovation and Equity: A Candid Discussion of Policies in the Making
Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, US Department of Education; Peter Ewell, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; Terrell Strayhorn, Director, Center for Higher Education Enterprise, The Ohio State University; moderated by Debra Humphreys, Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement, AAC&U

The New Climate of Higher Education Requires New Approaches to Student Success
Daniel Greenstein, Director, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Elaine P. Maimon, President, Governors State University

The Digital Opportunity for Liberal Education
Randall Bass, Vice Provost for Education, Georgetown University; and Bret Eynon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, LaGuardia Community CollegeCity University of New York

College Access and Affordability: Policies and Practices
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Samuel D. Museus, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and Director of Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project, Indiana University Bloomington
Moderator:  Martha J. Kanter, Distinguished Visiting Professor, New York University, and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education

Integrating Global Learning and Civic Engagement across the Curriculum
Hilary Landorf, Director of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University; Richard Kiely, Director, Engaged Learning and Research, Cornell University; and Dawn Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, AAC&U

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Assessing Quality, Equity and the Possible Futures of Competency-Based Education
Laurie Dodge, Vice Provost and Vice Chancellor of Institutional Planning & Assessment, Brandman University; Sheryl McGrew, Director of Substantive Change and Committee Relations, WASC Senior College and University Commission; Jeffrey Evans, Academic Dean, Purdue University; Joellen Shendy, Registrar, University of Maryland University College; moderated by Alison Kadlec, Senior Vice President and Director of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Public Agenda

Advancing Underserved Student Success through Problem-Based Learning and Transparency Teaching Practices
Tia Brown McNair, Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success, AAC&U; Ashley Finley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Dominican Experience, Dominican University of California; Dawn Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change; Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research Affiliate Scholar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Andrea S. Salis, Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, City University of New York Queensborough Community College; and Michael Saclolo, Associate Professor of Mathematics, St. Edward’s University

Inclusive Excellence: It’s All About Outcomes
Paul Gaston, Trustees Professor, Kent State University Kent Campus; Peter Ewell, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; Holiday Hart McKiernan, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Lumina Foundation; and Debra Humphreys, Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement, AAC&U

Partners in Learning: Improving Preparation of Community College Transfer Students to Thrive in Upper Division Coursework
Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University; Irma Medina, Senior Program Coordinator for the Pathways Program; Holyoke Community College; James Roche, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Josh Wyner, Executive Director, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute; moderated by Alison Kadlec, Senior Vice President and Director of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Public Agenda

Using the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) to Enhance and Insure Educational Quality
George Kuh, Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA); Natasha Jankowski, Associate Director, NILOA; Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University Bloomington, and Senior Scholar, NILOA; and Daniel McInerney, Professor of History, Utah State University

Learning Assessment Techniques: A New and Integrative Approach to Promote Deep, Engaged Liberal Education
Elizabeth Barkley, Professor of Music History, Foothill College, author of Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, January 2016)