Agenda

Tuesday, June 12 | Wednesday, June 13

Tuesday, June 12

Tuesday, June 12

Track One:

Spark

Track Two:

Illuminate

8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Registration & Hospitality

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
WELCOME
Presenter: Todd Zipper, President and CEO at The Learning House, Inc.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE: Breakaway Students More Information
Presenter: Karen Gross, Senior Counsel for Finn Partners and Senior Fellow at College Promise

KEYNOTE: Breakaway Students

Presenter: Karen Gross, Senior Counsel for Finn Partners and Senior Fellow at College Promise
Description: In this animated talk featuring audience engagement and participation, Karen Gross explores the challenges of facilitating student success in today’s higher education environment. She will focus on how institutions can progress from the student-deficit model, which governs much of our current educational system, to a strength-based model that better suits the changing nature of students pursuing post-secondary education. Learn fiscally feasible strategies that can be deployed to improve the culture and communication of online and on-campus programs, with strategies offering short- and long-term benefits. Gross will also forecast changes that may affect higher education in decades to come. It is not too soon, she suggests, to begin thinking about 2040! × Close
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION: Why Are We Talking about Adult Learners? More Information
Presenter: Pamela Tate, President and CEO at the Council for Adult Experiential Learning

GENERAL SESSION: Why Are We Talking about Adult Learners?

Presenter: Pamela Tate, President and CEO at the Council for Adult Experiential Learning
Description: Each year, about 3 million high school students graduate in the United States. When you compare that population to an estimated 36 million adults who have some college and no degree, you may ask why colleges and universities, as well as state policies, largely ignore this underserved population. In this session, Pamela Tate discusses the changes institutions can make to attract, retain and graduate adult learners. Discover the employer and public policy changes needed to remove barriers to education for working learners, helping them to gain the skills and knowledge they need for long-term employability. × Close
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

BREAK

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION: Transforming Student Outcomes through Data and Technology More Information
Presenter: Timothy Renick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University

GENERAL SESSION: Transforming Student Outcomes through Data and Technology

Presenter: Timothy Renick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University
Description: By implementing analytics-informed and technology-enabled programs, Georgia State University has increased graduation rates by 22 percentage points and eliminated achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity and income-level. This has helped the university award bachelor’s degrees to more African Americans than any other college or university in the nation. Through a discussion of innovations ranging from chat bots and predictive analytics to meta-majors and completion grants, Timothy Renick will cover lessons learned from when Georgia State University transformed its programs, and he will outline several practical and low-cost steps that colleges and universities can take to improve outcomes for underserved students. × Close
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

REFRESHMENT BREAK

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Textbook Affordability Programs That Work: Get Started at Your Campus More Information

Textbook Affordability Programs That Work: Get Started at Your Campus

Presenter: Gerard L. Hanley, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services and the Executive Director of MERLOT, California State University
Description: The affordability of course materials can pose a significant barrier to student success. In 2010, the California State University implemented its Affordable Learning Solutions initiative to significantly reduce the cost of course materials for students. In this session, Gerard L. Hanley will review tools, templates, and strategies that participants can adopt for institutions’ textbook affordability programs. Hanley will also outline strategies for engaging administrators, faculty, students, librarians and bookstore personnel, providing examples that have been successfully implemented within the CSU and its MERLOT partner institutions. Close ×
The Promise & Peril of Empowering Learners Through Big Data More Information

The Promise & Peril of Empowering Learners Through Big Data

Presenter: Bernard Bull, Vice Provost of Curriculum and Academic Innovation & Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan
Description: While data science has reshaped many aspects of contemporary life, it is still in its infancy when it comes to education. And yet, education seems to be on the verge of a learning analytics and big data revolution. This shift promises to transform student recruitment, learning and retention, along with student opportunities after graduation. In this session, Bernard Bull will consider how higher education institutions can prepare for this revolution, leveraging big data to promote a more hopeful, empowering education experience that helps learners grow, achieve their goals and build meaningful connections with people and organizations. × Close
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

BREAK

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Strategic from the Start: Build New Online Programs that Maximize Student Populations More Information

Strategic from the Start: Build New Online Programs that Maximize Student Populations

Presenters: Maynard Schaus, Associate Provost and Professor of Biology, Virginia Wesleyan University; Nate Ackerly, Curriculum Program Strategist, Learning House
Description: It is critical for institutions to provide students efficient access to degree completion and ensure a diverse selection of general education, electives and program requirements to improve student outcomes. In this session, which takes a programmatic approach to building online programs, you will explore techniques such as scaffolding concentrations to majors and identifying overlaps to structure and plan new programs that meet multiple student needs. Close ×
How Universities Can Survive the "Learner Revolution" More Information

How Universities Can Survive the "Learner Revolution"

Presenter: Kathleen deLaski, Founder & President, Education Design Lab
Description: When Kathleen deLaski founded the non-profit Education Design Lab in 2013, her goal was to help institutions meet the rapidly changing needs of employers, students and parents. Another focus was preparing for the “Learner Revolution,” the not-so-distant day when most students will not rely on one institution to earn their degree, instead pursing component parts offered a la carte as modular competencies, experiences, badges or certificates on universal platform marketplaces. Institutions will need to compete on price, quality and relevance at the sub-degree level. In this session, explore how successful colleges can align themselves to thrive in an age of empowered learners. × Close
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WELCOME RECEPTION

Wednesday, June 13

Wednesday, June 13

Track One:

Spark

Track Two:

Illuminate

8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Registration & Hospitality

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
KEYNOTE: Holding Fast to Dreams: A 50-year Experiment in Higher EducationMore Information
Presenter: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

KEYNOTE: Holding Fast to Dreams: A 50-year Experiment in Higher Education

Presenter: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Description: The United States has seen profound changes in the past 50 years, including increased access to education for students of all races, but many challenges persist. Colleges find themselves confronted by rapid demographic and technological changes as they work to educate greater numbers of students and to prepare them for successful careers. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, leads a campus widely recognized for its culture of embracing academic innovation to help students of all backgrounds succeed. He will draw on UMBC’s experiences, along with three decades of studying student achievement nationwide, to discuss approaches for promoting inclusive excellence, academic innovation and ultimately student success. × Close
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

BREAK

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
GENERAL SESSION: Online College Students 2018 More Information
Presenters: Andrew Magda, Manager of Market Research, Learning House; Carol Aslanian, President and Founder, Aslanian Market Research

GENERAL SESSION: Online College Students 2018

Presenters: Andrew Magda, Manager of Market Research; Carol Aslanian, President and Founder, Aslanian Market Research
Description: The best source for knowing what online college students want is to ask them. In this session, learn the findings from the seventh annual Online College Students report, which surveyed 1,500 past, present and prospective fully online colleges students. We will discuss most popular fields of study, how students choose an institution, what marketing tactics are most effective and more. We also will identify trends over the last seven years. Don’t miss your opportunity to be one of the first to gain these insights and get your questions answered from the author of the report. × Close
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

BREAK

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Neither Clients nor Vendors: Growth in Higher Ed through Trusting Partnerships More Information

Neither Clients nor Vendors: Growth in Higher Ed through Trusting Partnerships

Presenter: Jim Burkee, Executive Vice President & Professor of History, Concordia College New York
Description: Jim Burkee will discuss how relationships with trusted industry partners has fueled rapid growth at Concordia College New York. The session will cover three broad areas:
  1. The advantages that institutions experience when working with enrollment and recruitment partners
  2. Best practices for vendors when forming partnerships with institutions, such as the importance of investing in student success
  3. Guidance for institutions interested in forming partnerships, including the need for institutions to have a collaboration-ready organizational structure and the large role that trust plays in successful partnerships.
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Upskilling 2018: How Higher Education Can Meet Company Demands More Information

Upskilling 2018: How Higher Education Can Meet Company Demands

Presenter: Jeremy Walsh, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning Solutions, Learning House
Description: What skills do companies expect employees to have? How prepared are graduates when they enter the workforce? And who is responsible for upskilling the current workforce? Seeking answers to these questions, Learning House partnered with Future Workplace, a human resources executive network and research firm dedicated to the future of learning and working, to survey HR decision-makers throughout the U.S. In this session, learn key findings from the study, including insight into the skills gap, the tools companies utilize to train current employees and context around companies’ struggles to find the right talent. Close ×
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
KEYNOTE: Turning Credentials into Opportunities More Information
Presenter: Matthew Pittinsky, Chief Executive Officer, Parchment

KEYNOTE: Turning Credentials into Opportunities

Presenter: Matthew Pittinsky, Chief Executive Officer, Parchment
Description: From admission into a degree program to job placement after graduation, a student’s credentials – transcripts, certificates and diplomas – are the keys that unlock opportunities. As credentials move from paper to digital documents, academic records are changing in both form (machine readable data, visual, inclusive of competency and co-curricular information) and function (stackable, employment-focused). This shift has the potential to improve the full enrollment cycle of universities, from student recruitment to outcomes. Join education entrepreneur and sociologist of education Matthew Pittinsky in an exploration of key trends in credential innovation and the implications for the design and administration of high-performing university degree programs. × Close

*Agenda is subject to change