Making Equity and Quality Work

72nd Annual Meeting

ACAD’s Annual Meeting program will feature sessions that academic administrators will find useful, challenging, and enriching. ACAD sessions are known for their emphasis on practice and the use of interactive methods of presentation and are open to all meeting attendees. 


ACAD 5th ANNUAL DEANS' INSTITUTE  (additional fee)
Wednesday, January 20, 8:45 am–4:30 pm

This event is sponsored by Pearson

The Deans’ Institute provides an opportunity for academic administrators to develop their leadership abilities in a supportive environment.  It is designed especially for deans, provosts, associate deans and associate provosts, and other academic leaders above the rank of department head.

The opening plenary session, The Deanly Virtues, will be led by Marjorie Hass, President of Austin College, who will share her experiences with cultivating the virtues particular to the occupation of “deaning” and how to make the work of the dean more effective and satisfying.  The day will close with Mentoring Department Chairs into Faculty Leaders, led by Emily Chamlee-Wright, Provost and Dean of the College, Washington College. The Institute will also include a series of small roundtable discussions on more than  sixteen different topics/themes from current issues in higher education as well as a networking lunch.  

The goals of the day-long institute are:

  • Advancing the leadership abilities of deans and academic administrators
  • Sharing valuable information about the current state of the deanship
  • Providing updates on important developments in the world of higher education
  • Creating networking opportunities


ACAD WORKSHOPS  (additional fee; see descriptions below)
Wednesday, January 20, 2:00–5:00 pm

  • Converting Constraints to Capital: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty
  • Q.E.D.:  Incorporating Quality, Equity, and Diversity in Student Success Initiatives


Friday, January 22, 7:00-8:30 am

This event is sponsored by Pearson

ACAD KEYNOTE LUNCHEON  (additional fee)
Friday, January 22, 11:45 am–1:15 pm

This event is sponsored by Pearson

Equity and Quality in College Experiences and Graduate Outcomes

Findings from the Gallup-Purdue Index—the largest representative study of college graduates with more than 60,000 respondents—provide fascinating and surprising insights on equity in college student experiences and graduate outcomes, and disappointing and challenging insights about the quality of higher education. How do graduates of different races and first-generation status fare on the likelihood of achieving key student experiences in college?  How do graduates of different races and first-generation status fare on long-term outcomes such as being engaged in their work and thriving in their overall well-being?  And how do these insights guide us in improving policy and practice in higher education?     

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


ACAD SESSIONS   (included in general registration fee)

ACAD sponsored sessions are open to all attendees and include the following:

  • Strengthening the Core—Developing Mid-Level Leaders Who Can Implement Change
  • From Access to Inclusion:  Approaches to Building Institutional Capacities for Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Keeping Academic Risks in Balance:  The Dean's Role
  • Assistant/Associate Deans—Translating Ideals Into Practices That Work
  • High-Impact Practices:  Helping Students and Faculty Members Manage Time and Navigate Opportunities
  • Equity and Inclusive Excellence:  Academic Leaders Advancing Work-Life-family Culture
  • Doing Things Differently:  Expanding a Liberal Education to All Students
  • Preparing Students for the World of Work: Program Planning and the Liberal Arts
  • ACAD Panel Discussion—Deans Making Diversity and Equity Work


Friday, January 22,  5:30–7:00 pm
Hosted jointly by ACAD and the Phi Beta Kappa Society—open to all.


Wednesday, January 20, 2:00-5:00 pm:

Converting Constraints to Capital: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty
This workshop offers strategies to move the needle on faculty diversity. Many institutions have made access and inclusion a guiding principle in their recruitment and retention of faculty. Some institutions have found success in diversifying their faculty by increasing resources. The rest of our institutions have the same aspirations, but face seemingly insurmountable constraints such as location, resources, reputation, and institutional history.

This workshop’s leaders come from a variety of types of institutions in different locales -- small liberal arts colleges, a community college system and a public land-grant university. Each will share creative strategies they have used to enhance the diversity of their professoriates. Participants in this workshop will also be invited to complete a brief SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Realities) questionnaire. The SOAR analysis will focus participants on the capacities and hidden assets of their home institutions. Participants will use the SOAR results to turn their constraints into capital and take the first steps toward an institutional-specific strategy for diversifying the professoriate.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in building institutional diversity, Chief Academic Officers, Associate Deans, Chief Diversity Officers, and those who work with human resources or belong to institutions in a strategic planning process.

Paula O’Loughlin, Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Humanities, Gustavus Adolphus College; Pareena Lawrence, Provost Augustana College; Bruce King, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity, Saint Olaf College; Rickey Hall, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Tennessee; Christopher Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resource Services, Virginia Community College System


Q.E.D.: Incorporating Quality, Equity, and Diversity in Student Success Initiatives
The literature on high impact practices clearly indicates that they contribute meaningfully to student success, yet we are often challenged to scale initiatives across colleges while at the same time customizing them to meet the unique needs of underrepresented, first-generation students. This session will focus on helping academic leaders build a toolkit for designing HIPs for the new majority students.

The facilitators have each seen enrollment growth and changing demographics on their campuses over the last decade. Despite the differences among the institutions and their contexts--rural and urban, unionized and not, HSI and MSI--we have all instituted various support systems and high impact practices to serve the new majority students.

In this workshop, we will share our own successes and challenges as examples as we lead participants through a planning process for how deans and provosts can lead student success initiatives.  Exercises will include creating an inventory of current practices and resources and discussion of best practices; engaging internal and external communities; creating student support structures and providing faculty and staff development; setting goals and assessing the effectiveness of HIPs, with particular attention to diverse student communities.

Bonnie D. Irwin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kris Roney, Assistant Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, both of California State University-Monterey Bay; Robert “Bud” Fischer, Dean, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Middle Tennessee State University; Patricia Poulter, Dean, College of the Arts, Kennesaw State University


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