For Immediate Release

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AAC&U Annual Meeting to Address Ensuring the Quality of U.S College Degrees in an Age of Austerity and Disruptive Innovations

More than 1,600 Educational Leaders to Explore Challenges of Globalization, Demographic Change, Technological Innovation, and New Policy Pressures

Jan 4, 2013

Washington, DC–More than 1,600 educational leaders from across the U.S. and abroad—presidents, provosts, deans, faculty members, and students—are expected at AAC&U's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, later this month.

Participants at the meeting will explore a wide range of new approaches to ensuring the quality of college degrees. AAC&U's 2013 Annual Meeting is designed to engage leaders from across higher education with pressing questions about how the academy is adapting to globalization, demographic change, rapid technological advancement, and renegotiated political and economic relationships. We know that pressures within higher education are encouraging transition and transformation, while external forces are demanding greater accountability and affordability. We also know that in such a shifting landscape, it is possible to lose focus on fundamental issues of the quality of student learning. The Annual Meeting will reflect on this challenging moment in the history of higher education.

Speakers include:

Norman R. Augustine, former Chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation
Alison R. Bernstein, Director, Institute for Women's Leadership, Rutgers University, and former Vice President, Ford Foundation
José Antonio Bowen, Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Professor of Music at Southern Methodist University, and author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
John T. Casteen III, President Emeritus, University of Virginia
John Churchill, Secretary, The Phi Beta Kappa Society
Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies, Columbia University, and author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success Strategy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Holiday Hart McKiernan, Vice President of Operations and General Counsel, Lumina Foundation for Education
Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
Jeannie Oakes, Director of Education and Scholarship, Ford Foundation
Diana Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE
Candace Thille, Director, Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University

Other Highlights:

A Pre-Meeting Symposium on E-Portfolios on Wednesday, January 23, that includes presentations by more than 20 of today's leading e-portfolio scholars and practitioners.

Opening Plenary: Governance and Institutional Transformation: Some Lessons Yet to Be Learned
John T. Casteen III, President Emeritus, University of Virginia

Special Plenary: A New Employer-Educator Compact for the Liberal Learning Students Need Now
This session will feature remarks by Norman R. Augustine, former Chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, concerning the nation's economic recovery and the importance of educating college graduates with the critical thinking, creative problem solving, technological, and communication skills needed to fuel productivity and growth.

The Digital Revolution: Online Innovations that Strengthen Completion and Quality
Diana G. Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE; Jack M. Wilson, President Emeritus, The University of Massachusetts and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation, The University of Massachusetts Lowell; and Candace Thille, Director, Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
Moderator: Eduardo M. Ochoa, Interim President, California State University, Monterey Bay

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be
Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and Director of American Studies, Columbia University, and author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press, 2012)

See the complete program and listing of speakers at www.aacu.org. Learn more about what's happening at the Annual Meeting on the AAC&U blog, http://blog.aacu.org. Follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/aacu, #aacu13.

Media are welcome to attend all sessions but press passes are required and must be obtained in advance. Please contact Carrie Johnson at Johnson@aacu.org by Wednesday, January 16, to receive press passes to the meeting.