Speakers

Keynote Address
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

The Wind Beneath Their Wings

dlss14_malveaux13.jpgJulianne Malveaux, Economist, Author, Commentator, and President Emerita, Bennett College for Women 
Dr. Julianne Malveaux served as the fifteenth President of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator whose popular writings have appeared in USA TodayBlack Issues in Higher EducationMs. magazine,Essence magazine, and The Progressive. Malveaux has hosted television and radio programs and appeared widely as a commentator on networks including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN. A committed activist and civic leader, Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. She has also lectured at more than 500 colleges and universities and is the founder of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company that serves as a vehicle for her work and products.

Plenary
Friday, March 28, 2014, 9:30–10:45 a.m. 

Improving and Measuring Student Success: Perspectives on Policy and Practice

dlss14_cooper13.jpgMichelle Asha Cooper, President, The Institute for Higher Education Policy 
In September 2008, Dr. Michelle Cooper became the second president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy. In this position, she is responsible for developing new ideas and strategic approaches that help low-income, minority, and other historically underserved student populations gain access to and achieve success in postsecondary education. Cooper has served as the deputy director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at the U.S. Department of Education. Before joining the Advisory Committee, Cooper held various leadership positions at AAC&U, the Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College. She is a highly sought-after speaker who often provides commentary to various media outlets including C-SPAN, FOX News, NPR, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Hill, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, USA Today, and Washington Post. An expert on various higher education issues, Cooper is well versed in both domestic and international higher education access and success, national higher education trends and policies, and student experience and engagement.

dlss14_gunderson13.jpgSteve Gunderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities 
Steve Gunderson was named President and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities in January 2012. His appointment continues an entire career of leadership and engagement in the education and workforce investment challenges facing America’s citizens. Mr. Gunderson was elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature at the age of twenty-three. After three terms in Madison, Gunderson served sixteen years in the U.S. Congress and was a recognized leader on education, employment policy, health care human rights and agriculture issues. Following his career in public service, he was named the senior consultant and managing director of the Washington office of The Greystone Group, a strategic management and communications consulting firm. His portfolio centered around research, writing, speaking, and consulting on the jobs revolution in America. He was the lead author of a book on this subject, The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works and the sole author of The New Middle Class: Creating Wealth, Wages, and Opportunity in the 21st Century. Gunderson spent six years as President and CEO of the Council on Foundations.

dlss14_humphreys13.jpgDebra Humphreys, Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement, AAC&U 
Dr. Humphreys currently leads AAC&U’s national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts related to issues of student success and the quality of student learning in higher education. In her role as AAC&U’s spokesperson, she has appeared on Fox News, NBC Nightly News, and PBS.  She has also had op-eds published in USA Today and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Humphreys often serves as a communications and educational consultant to colleges and universities with a special interest in board communications, internal campus communications, and faculty and curriculum development. She has conducted faculty workshops on teaching and learning issues, especially on the process of general education reform and developing diversity courses and requirements. Before coming to AAC&U in 1992, she taught women's studies and English at Rutgers University, Towson State University, and at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

dlss14_moreno13.jpgJosé Moreno, Associate Professor of Latino Education and Policy Studies, California State University, Long Beach 
Dr. Moreno’s teaching and research interests include Latino/a education, educational access and equity, diversity and higher education, pre-college outreach programs, evaluation methods, and the social context of education.Prior to joining CSU Long Beach, Moreno served on the faculty in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, where he also served as a research analyst for the Campus Diversity Initiative Evaluation Resource Project, and senior institutional researcher at Pomona College. Previously, Dr. Moreno served as a post-doctoral scholar in the Division of Education at the University of California, Davis, where he studied the long-term influences of pre-college outreach programs for the nationally recognized Puente Project. Dr. Moreno is a past co-chair of the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review and researcher for the Harvard University Civil Rights Project. Dr. Moreno is currently the president of the Board of Education for the Anaheim City School District, one of the largest elementary school districts in California.

dlss14_pedra13.jpgChristi Pedra, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Solutions, Pharmaceutical Distribution, Cardinal Health 
Ms. Pedra is responsible for creating and implementing marketing solutions, ecommerce strategy, market intelligence and business insights at Cardinal Health. Additionally, she develops new business concepts to create value for the customer and drive profitable growth. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Pedra grew her career through various senior management roles at Siemens. Most recently, Pedra served as senior vice president of strategic new business development and marketing in the Healthcare Customer Solutions Group. In 2007, Pedra was named chief executive officer of Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. where she was responsible for leading the company’s sales, manufacturing, product research and development in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Active in leadership roles in both the business and civic sectors, Pedra is currently a member of the AAC&U National Leadership Council, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and Women Business Leaders in Healthcare.

Plenary
Friday, March 28, 2014, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Technology-Enabled Education:  Opportunities and Pitfalls

dlss14_thille13.jpgCandace Thille, Assistant Professor of Education, and Senior Research Fellow, Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, Stanford University
Dr. Thille’s research focuses on applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation, and evaluation of open web-based learning environments, and in using those environments to engage in research to refine theories of human learning. In this capacity, she serves as a redesign scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation, a fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, on the Assessment 2020 Task Force of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and on the Global Executive Advisory Board for Hewlett Packard’s Catalyst Initiative. Dr. Thille has served on a U.S. Department of Education working group, co-authoring the National Education Technology Plan, and on the working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that produced the Engage to Excel report for improving STEM education. At Stanford, she combines the MOOC focus on scale with an evidence-based collaborative approach for educational technology development, delivery, assessment and research.

dlss14_manning13.jpgSylvia Manning, President, Higher Learning Commission 
Dr. Manning’s vision has been to strengthen participation of the Higher Learning Commission's institutional leaders in helping to create the voice of the Commission on issues of state, regional, and national importance. She is committed to keeping accreditation timely, relevant, and accountable for members of the public and, most importantly, for the students served by HLC accredited institutions. Her commitment to student learning and to excellence is clear, direct, and authentic. She strives to continue the Commission’s commitment to academic and service quality improvement and to peer review. Dr. Manning previously served the University of Illinois for almost fourteen years, the last eight as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1994 as vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Manning served in a number of faculty and senior leadership roles at the University of Southern California and California State University, Hayward. Her scholarly work has focused on British literature of the Victorian period.

Community Forum
Friday, March 28, 2014, 5:30–7:00 p.m. 

Assuring Diversity in the Post-Fisher Era: Insights, Implications, Actions

dlss14_monts13.jpgLester P. Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan 
As the senior vice provost, Dr. Monts works with the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on matters related to budget, tenure and promotion, enrollment, and a broad range of academic issues. Monts has served on the music faculties of Edinboro University, University of Minnesota, Case Western Reserve University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Monts has focused his scholarly research on the musical and cultural systems among the Vai people of Liberia and is regarded as one of the world's leading scholars on music and culture in the Guinea coast region of West Africa. His current research examines the influence of Islam on the continuity and change of music in funerary rituals among the Vai. A professional trumpeter, Monts has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.

Closing Plenary
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Intentional and Strategic Connections of Diversity, Learning, and Student Success

dlss14_kaufman.jpgLon Kaufman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Illinois Chicago
Lon Kaufman joined the University of Illinois Chicago in 1985 as an assistant professor. He has served as department head, director of graduate studies, and dean of the honors college.  In 2003 Kaufman was named the first vice provost for undergraduate affairs. In this position, he oversaw the development and full implementation of many new programs at UIC, including the general education program, the Freshman Read program, the summer college program, the federally funded Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate program, the NSF funded ASCEND program, the UIC Research Day, and the undergraduate research experience. From 2008-2011 he served as the vice provost for planning and programs with oversight of the 2010 UIC Campus Master Plan, the UIC Diversity Strategic Thinking Document, the UIC Diversity Strategic Plan, the UIC Learning Outcomes Assessment program, and the initial phases of development for a UIC Social Justice pipeline.