Saturday, January 7, 2012
Gaston Caperton, President, The College Board
Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University
Download Opening Remarks: Colloquium 2012: Embracing the New Normal
Sunday, January 8, 2012
College costs are rising, student debt is mounting, and most Americans say college fails to deliver good value for the money. Only 19% of college presidents say the U.S. system is the best in the world. 60% say the system of higher education in this country is headed in the right direction, but a substantial minority−38% − say it is headed in the wrong direction.* This session provides an opportunity to listen in on a high-level yet personal conversation about major trends affecting the direction of higher education and the challenges faced by individual institutions. Presenters will reflect on what “Embracing the New Normal” means to them and will engage in a conversation around issues raised by Colloquium participants.
*Pew Research Center surveys, 2011
- Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University
- David Harrison, President, Columbus State Community College
- James Montoya, Vice President, Higher Education Relationship Development, The College Board
- Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College
- Mark Yudof, President, University of California
There have been significant changes in the general public’s attitude toward higher education and in expectations of the appropriate roles of higher education and regulation at state and federal levels. In the midst of pervasive fiscal constraints, higher education appears as one of the major discretionary parts of the budget. Legislatures are proposing to address costs by more tightly regulating the activities of higher education without a clear national discussion about its future and the optimum level of funding it should receive. Further, there seems to be a serious divide among elected officials about the direction the discussion should take. This session will explore these and other issues from an institutional, state and federal perspective.
- Jonathan Brown, President Emeritus, Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities
- Carol Liu, California State Senator, 21st District
- Robert Shireman, Chief Consultant, California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy
- Becky Timmons, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, American Council on Education
Download Session Summary: Higher Education and the Shifting Political Climate
Download Audience Q&A: Q&A: Higher Education and the Shifting Political Climate
The Great Recession formally ended in summer 2009. For most families, though, that date is little more than a technical footnote. The U.S. and global economies continue to struggle to regain their footing and families continue to feel the pressure of great uncertainty. Some 25 million Americans are unemployed and involuntarily under-employed. Even when job prospects improve, it will take a long time for wage growth to return. Growing evidence that the nation’s economic woes are more than a passing phenomenon has forced families to fundamentally re-order their saving, spending, and budgeting priorities. Colleges and universities already are feeling the effects of a “new frugality” in the marketplace. After decades of rampant spending and borrowing, we can expect families to spend more carefully, weigh value more thoughtfully and demand greater value for the price. In this session, we will examine the economics of the new marketplace and discuss their practical, though often uncomfortable, implications for colleges and universities.
- Chris Farrell, Economics Editor and Commentator, American Public Media
- Jon McGee, Vice President for Planning & Public Affairs, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
In finding ways to “Embrace the New Normal,” colleges and universities are turning increasingly to emerging populations to fill their classrooms and achieve their missions. Three of these populations are community college entrants and transfers, college bound veterans, and international students. Our panelists are experts in understanding the demography, expectations and needs of these groups. Each will provide perspectives about the resources that are necessary to recruit and promote the success of these students and models which have proven successful.
- Pamela Barrett, Senior Consultant, International Graduate Insight Group
- Tom Erickson, Performance Management Team Leader, Education Service, Veterans Benefits Administration
- Stephen Handel, Executive Director, Higher Education Relationship Development and Community College Initiatives, The College Board
- Leo Munson, Associate Provost, Texas Christian University
Monday, January 9, 2012
How can colleges convey the benefits of higher education in a “noisy” environment that includes: mixed messages on the value of higher education, growth in the use of social media, and continued reliance on the internet and traditional media?
Presenters will address these topics:
- Various dimensions of “the noise”
- Who/what/how the audience is influenced
- What colleges & universities can do to counteract or capitalize on the noise and the influences
- How higher education is viewed and what consumer questions/concerns should be addressed by institutions
- What higher education can learn from the media about reshaping the education message
- Philip Ballinger, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Washington
- Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled
- Pamela Rutledge, Director, Media Psychology Research Center
- Millree Williams, Executive Director, Public Affairs Strategy, University of Maryland
As pressures for accountability and “what next” expectations continue to mount, who defines who we are and what we do on our campuses? Is a college education a traded commodity or a trusted value? College and university trustees command a vital role in setting and approving priorities that lead to the creation of well-educated citizens who contribute to the economic and “just community” health of our towns, cities, regions and states. Picking up on themes from the preceding sessions, what do our trustees see as our key next steps?
As we conclude this Colloquium, we ask trustees from a variety of campus types to respond and offer reflections on the following issues:
- Who defines who we are?
- How do we respond to public and community expectations for access and entitlement?
- What measures do trustees use to assess effectiveness and who decides what is “good enough” and when it has been achieved?
- What are the “new normal” outcomes?
- What must we not forget as we hone or redefine our missions and fund or defund priorities?
- John Immerwahr, Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University, and Senior Research Fellow for Public Agenda
- Robert Richardson, Jr., Executive Director and Founder of the Coalition for Sustainable Communities and Trustee, University of Cincinnati
- John Swallow, Acting Provost and Former Trustee, Sewanee: The University of the South
This leadership update will provide guidance about recent federal court developments associated with the potential unlawfulness of voter initiatives that ban consideration of race, ethnicity, and gender among public higher education institutions. The session will include key steps to consider when developing race- and gender-conscious policies and programs to support access and diversity. New resources for campus professional development and awareness-building efforts will be featured. Participants will discuss a number of important publications and two recently released videos that provide important guidance on issues of access and diversity on college campuses.
- Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel
- Brad Quin, Executive Director, Higher Education Advocacy & Special Initiatives, The College Board