Presidents’ Trust Symposium 2021

A Voice & A Force: Conversations for a Time of Change

Friday, January 22 

The Presidents’ Trust Symposium offers a unique opportunity for higher education leaders of all institutional types to come together for candid conversations about the challenges facing the sector as a whole. Featuring presentations by leading campus and national experts, the 2021 symposium will focus on the need to address systemic racism in higher education; the ethical and legal quandaries of campus health mandates; the equity imperative surrounding student well-being; and how student skill development and the higher education business model will need to adapt for a post-COVID economy.

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Advance registration is required. You can confirm your attendance for the Presidents' Trust Symposium as part of your registration for the Annual Meeting. 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 22, 2021

All Times are Eastern

 

10:15am - 10:25 a.m.

 

WELCOME & OVERVIEW OF SYMPOSIUM

 

LYNN PASQUERELLA, President, AAC&U; MARY DANA HINTON, President, Hollins University, and Chair, AAC&U Presidents’ Trust

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

 

TAKING THE LONG VIEW: STRATEGIC THINKING AND PLANNING IN THE MIDST OF ONGOING CRISIS 

 

WILLIAM CRAFT (moderator), President, Concordia College Moorhead, and Chair, AAC&U Board of Directors; SARAH BOLTON, President, College of Wooster; DAVID GREENE, President, Colby College; LENORE RODICIO, Executive Vice President and Provost, Miami Dade College; DAVID STRAUSS, Principal, Art & Science Group

 

COVID-19 has college and university leaders focused on immediate operational and educational challenges. Yet ensuring institutional viability and competitiveness in a post-pandemic environment requires that leaders not lose sight of the long view.

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.

 

LIFE AFTER HIGHER EDUCATION'S PERFECT STORM:OPPORTUNITES FOR SHAPING THE POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY

 

ELSA NÚÑEZ (moderator), President, Eastern Connecticut State University;  MATTHEW BISHOP, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institute; MARY DAVIS, President, Davis Consulting Group, LLC; JEANNE DIFRANCESCO, Executive Director and Board Member, American Milllennium Society

 

Through deepened and sustained collaboration with business, government, and local communities, higher education can play a leading role in developing a more integrated and equitable human capital strategy, to bolster US competitiveness in a post-pandemic global economy.

12:30–1:00 p.m.

BREAK FOR LUNCH

1:15–1:45 p.m.

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION TO LOWER COSTS

 

John Katzman, CEO, Noodle; Wayne Frederick, President, Howard University

 

Achieving equity in higher education access and completion is significantly constrained by tuition costs. This session examines the role of technology and collaboration between departments and other campuses to lower tuition costs without affecting the quality of instruction

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

NATIONAL COVID-19 HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT IMPACT STUDY

 

GILDA BARABINO (moderator), President, Olin College; LARRY AMSEL, Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia UniversityLARKIN McREYNOLDS, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Columbia University; CHRISTINA HOVEN, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University

 

Preliminary findings from a newly launched cohort study conducted in partnership between AAC&U and Columbia University and designed to examine the ongoing and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic focus on student well-being and decision-making.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

WHY A VACCINE WON'T SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS: SOCIAL AND LEGAL CONSIDERATION FOR THE ROAD AHEAD

 

MARY DANA HINTON (Moderator), President, Hollins University and Chair, AAC&U Presidents' Trust; PAUL LANNON, Partner, Holland and Knight LLP; CYNTHIA MILLER-IDRISS, Professor of Education and Sociology, Director of Research, Center on University Excellence, American University; ELENA SAVOIA, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Notwithstanding the lessons learned since the onset of the pandemic, many questions remain about the future of higher education. Among the most sensitive topics confronting college and university presidents during these tumultuous times are vaccine compliance, white supremacy, and the legal and ethical boundaries of free speech and academic freedom.

 

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. 

THE INCLUSIVE CAMPUS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHO DECIDES? AND HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

 

LYNN PASQUERELLA (moderator), President, AAC&U; PAM EDDINGER, President, Bunker Hill Community College; DAVID THEO GOLDBERG, Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute; MARY ANN VILLAREAL, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of Utah

 

A new national and global racial reckoning has ignited student activism, reframed curricular reform and policy decisions, and inspired transformative campus dialogue. In the urgency of the moment, what short- and long-term strategies can support the creation of a truly inclusive campus that promotes systemic equity, belonging, and democratic engagement?

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

 

CLOSING REMARKS AND AAC&U-CENGAGE INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

LYNN PASQUERELLA, President, AAC&U; MARY DANA HINTON, President, Hollins University, and Chair, AAC&U Presidents’ Trust; FERNANDO BLEICHMARExecutive Vice President, General Manager US Higher Education and Skills, Cengage