ACE staff blogged a selection of sessions and other events at ACE2018, the Council’s 100th Annual Meeting. Check back regularly for updates, including video from our main plenaries.
At the session “Addressing College Student Health and Well-Being: What Senior Leaders Need to Know,” five panelists discussed the biology, sociology, and history behind mental health on campuses.
Diversity, equity and inclusion were the focus of the March 8 NADOHE/ACE Joint Session, “Addressing Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in U.S. Higher Education: The Role of College and University Chancellors/Presidents in Today’s Colleges and Universities.”
A landmark poll conducted by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2016 provided a window into student beliefs and attitudes on the First Amendment. An updated version of this poll was just released, and it finds dramatic shifts in how students perceive the First Amendment, and explores new ground in how students understand the relationship between free expression and diversity and inclusion.
Panelists at the closing plenary of ACE2018 unpacked these new findings and discussed what they mean for campuses. Watch the full session.
The March 12 session “How Data, Collaboration, and Partnership Drove Enrollment Gains at Wyoming” detailed how the University of Wyoming collaborated with Huron to develop a new framework for their student enrollment management on campus.
To address issues around transfer students and degree completion, experts gathered during ACE2018 to discuss important initiatives, resources, strategies, and research currently underway.
ACE’s Terry Hartle updated ACE2018 attendees on the current state of the relationship between the federal government and the higher education community on Monday.
As a former two-term governor of Indiana and former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, Purdue University (IN) President Mitchell Daniels Jr.’s strong background in balancing budgets makes him uniquely positioned to run a state flagship university. It’s also why ACE Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs Terry Hartle sat down with him at ACE2018 to talk about some of the economic and policy issues facing higher education—from student debt and rising tuition costs to the value of higher education, among others.
Efforts to improve the quality of instruction surface very differently across institutions based on mission, structure, approach, and population served. During a packed session at ACE2018, presenters delivered three 20-minute micro-sessions to thread the needle of technology-enhanced teaching and learning through the institutional, research, and instructional practice perspectives.
Watch Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, talk about why he believes higher education matters now more than ever.
Hrabowski, who has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, addressed the Monday Luncheon Plenary on March 12. He also is the recipient of the 2018 ACE Lifetime Achievement Award.
During ACE2018, the session “Student Success, Attainment, and Equity: International Lessons” sponsored by Lumina Foundation, brought together university leaders from Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States to compare innovative policies and programs shown to improve rates of success and degree attainment, particularly among traditionally underserved student populations.
At a session titled, “The Future of Teaching Across American Higher Education,” higher education leaders discussed efforts to improve student outcomes dependent on effective teaching, including the relationship between the first-year experience, the use of high-impact practices, career readiness, and the quality of classroom instruction.
Ever sit through a lecture on demographic data trends and feel energized? Excited? Inspired? If you haven’t, then you have not sat in on a lecture or session with James H. Johnson Jr. Johnson, the William R. Kenan Jr. distinguished professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented at ACE2018 in Washington, DC during a session titled, “Ready or Not, Here They Come: Preparing the Next Generation of Students for Our Changing Economy.”
Harnessing the analytics revolution presents an opportunity for colleges and universities to create a campus-wide culture of data-informed decision making, while increasing the success of the students they serve and strengthening institutional sustainability. The ACE2018 session, “Enabling the Data-Informed CEO” sought to unpack the opportunities and challenges facing leaders in their efforts to harness the analytics revolution.
The TIAA Institute announced today that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) President Paul LeBlanc has received the 2018 Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. The award recognizes a university president or chancellor who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.
The packed room at the concurrent session Monday morning devoted to exploring Inside Higher Ed’s 2018 survey of college and university presidents, conducted by Gallup and published Friday in conjunction with ACE2018, testified to the power of the topic: What Keeps Presidents Up at Night.
Under the leadership of President Ruth Simmons, Brown University (RI) released a landmark report in 2006 documenting the participation of some of Brown’s founders and benefactors in the 18th transatlantic slave trade and presented recommendations on how to address this troubling legacy. A decade later, Georgetown University (DC) and President John J. DeGioia followed suit, releasing a 2016 report from the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.
During this session at ACE2018, Simmons and DeGioia discussed how the legacy of slavery impacts the modern-day fulfillment of higher education’s mission.
In the era of the #MeToo movement, the public eye increasingly is focused on the issue of sexual assault and harassment wherever it occurs, from the workplace to the college campus. Higher education leaders at ACE2018 discussed some of the difficulties surrounding this issue particular to higher education and approaches colleges and universities are taking to address them.
Lorelle Espinosa, assistant vice president for ACE’s Center of Policy Research and Strategy, moderated a panel discussion at ACE2018 that discussed how institutions are addressing the complexities of free speech on campus. The rich discussion centered around the current political context, looking at varying scenarios where opposing views come to a head on campus.
Moderated by Anne Clark Bartlett of the University of Washington-Tacoma, “Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part II: Having Hard Conversations” provided ACE2018 participants a window into both the challenges and opportunities of critical incidents on campuses today. In this interactive session, five Fellows from the 2017-18 cohort played the role of select higher education leadership, providing the various perspectives in having to manage the visit of a controversial speaker gone awry.
With an eye to the past of diversity and inclusion in the United States, “Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part I: Past and Future” at ACE2018 focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion at institutions today. Panelists reflected on the ongoing challenges institutions face as they strive for inclusive excellence and identified issues that are likely to take center stage in the coming decades.
There are 31 million Americans with some college and no degree. People leave college for a variety of reasons. What ReUp, a company specializing in helping students complete their degrees, has discovered is that it rarely has to do with academics.
Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY chancellor emeritus, senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and faculty member at the University at Albany (NY), gave the keynote address during the ACE2018 Robert H. Atwell Plenary March 11. Her topic was “Solving the Completion Puzzle: Leadership Counts.”
Watch her full remarks.
ACE President Ted Mitchell and Juichi Yamagiwa, president of the Japanese Association of National Universities (JANU) and of Kyoto University jointly signed an agreement aimed at strengthening U.S.-Japan higher education collaboration March 10 at ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
In her keynote address to the Women’s Leadership Dinner at ACE2018, Dickinson College (PA) President Margee Ensign brought her audience first to Nigeria. While president of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), which was purposefully founded in one of the poorest places in the world, Ensign encountered food insecurity, corruption, and the terrorist group Boko Haram.