College Learning and Oregon's Future: Return on Investment for Students, the Economy and Our Communities

A Tri-Board Invitational Forum and Joint Boards of Education Meeting

January 7, 2010
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Union
Ballroom, Third Floor
Portland, OR 97201

About the Program

College Learning and Oregon’s Future: Return on Investment for Students, the Economy and Our Communities is a one-day, tri-board invitational forum hosted by the Oregon Joint Boards of Education (Board of Higher Education and Board of Education), the Oregon Business Council and AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise, with support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Paired with the Forum will be a Joint Boards of Education meeting in which policy action will be taken, additional panels presented, and steps outlined for future developments.

A summary of the day's events can be found here (pdf).


Participants include Oregon Business Council Directors, Oregon State Board of Higher Education Directors, Oregon Board of Education Directors, Oregon University System representatives, institutional Presidents and Provosts, State and District Superintendents, statewide Oregon University Faculty and other academic leaders, and Policy Advisors for Education. For more information, please contact Elisabeth Zinser (



9:30-10:00       Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:20     Forum Opening

Welcoming Remarks
Duncan Wyse, Chair, Oregon State Board of Education and President, Oregon Business Council
Paul J. Kelly, Chair, Oregon State Board of Higher Education and President, Garvey Schubert Barer
Steven Pratt, Chair, Oregon Business Council Board of Directors and CEO, ESCO Corporation

Setting the Stage
George Pernsteiner, Chancellor, Oregon University System

10:20-10:40     Keynote

The World is Changing: The Economic and Civic Value of Contemporary Liberal Education Outcomes (PowerPoint)
Carol Geary Schneider, President, AAC&U

10:40-11:10     Panel on Oregon and LEAP

Innovative Practices and Opportunities in Oregon College Learning
Moderator: Terry Rhodes, Vice President, Quality, Curriculum & Assessment, AAC&U

Shawn Smallman, Vice Provost, Portland State University; co-Chair, OUS Learning Outcomes Assessment Task Group; and Oregon Liaison, LEAP-Tri-State Compass Project
David Douglass, Dean College of Liberal Arts, Willamette University

11:10-11:50     Views of Employers

College Learning for 21st Century Challenges: Views from Employers (PowerPoint)
Debra Humphreys, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, AAC&U
Duncan Wyse

12:00-1:30     Working Luncheon

Business-Academic Collaboration in Engaging Public Champions for Essential College Learning Outcomes
Moderator: Debra Humphreys

Matt Donegan, Co-Founder and Co-President, Forest Capital Partners, LLC
Kent Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Western Oregon University
Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College


1:45-2:30     Convening of Meeting of the Joint Boards of Education

Reflecting on the Oregon Framework and Presentation of the UEE Proposal, Discussion; Formal Action on Statewide General Education Outcomes and International Baccalaureate
Duncan Wyse and Paul J. Kelly

2:30-3:15     Panel and Discussion

PK-16 Connections
Moderator:  Susan Albertine, Senior Director, LEAP States Initiative, AAC&U

Dave Conley, Professor and Director, Center for Educational Policy Research, University of Oregon
Kent Hunsaker, Executive Director, Confederation of School Administrators
Susie Leslie, Director, Academic Planning and Assessment, Oregon State University
Carol Schaafsma, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development, Linn-Benton Community College
Karen Sprague, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, University of Oregon

3:15-4:00     Panel and Discussion

Achieving Outcomes and Assessing Student Success in College
Moderator: Terry Rhodes

Christopher Carey, Assistant Professor, University Studies, Portland State University
Sonya Christian, Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs, Lane Community College
Dedra Demaree, Assistant Professor of Physics, Oregon State University
Sarah Witte, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Eastern Oregon University

4:00-5:00      Concluding Session

Moderators: Duncan Wyse and Carol Geary Schneider,

5:00-6:00pm  Reception

About the Hosts

The twelve-member Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) serves as the governing board for the Oregon University System and its institutions. The Oregon University System is composed of Oregon’s seven public universities located throughout Oregon, a branch campus in Bend, a center in Coos Bay, the system-level Chancellor’s Office, and various inter-institutional organizations.  The Oregon Health and Science University is an affiliated institution of the OSBHE.

The nine-member Oregon State Board of Education oversees the state’s public K-12 schools and community colleges.  The board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon's 198 public school districts, 17 community college districts and 20 educational service districts. The local agencies have separate governing bodies responsible for business within their respective jurisdictions.  

The Joint Boards of Education is comprised of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and the Oregon State Board of Education.  It works on issues of mutual concern and seeks positive resolution. The Joint Boards is committed to achieving shared understanding that can advance education for all students from pre-K through post-secondary education in Oregon.

The Oregon Business Council is an association of over 40 member business executives who serve as directors of the organization, including those representing a third of the state's 100 largest companies.  OBC focuses on policy issues that contribute to Oregon’s long-term social and economic well-being.  It is non-partisan and independent, and its policy interests go beyond individual industries to include broad issues of K-12 and higher education, salmon and watershed health, a drug-free workplace, transportation, fiscal reform, and economic development.

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.  AAC&U represents the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities—large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year. AAC&U comprises 1,200 accredited colleges and universities that collectively educate more than five million students every year. Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is an initiative of AAC&U that champions the value of a liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. The initiative focuses campus practice on helping all students achieve a set of essential learning outcomes for all students, whatever their chosen field of study.