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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Changes in the Higher Education Act: How States Should Respond (session #328)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The Higher Education Act is one of the most important pieces of federal legislation for higher education. With its upcoming reauthorization in Congress, proposed changes in accreditation, financial aid and accountability for colleges and universities are likely to affect higher education institutions. Learn how policymakers can influence and respond to these changes.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Linda Baer, Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington

Jack Massimino, Chairman, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Workforce Development for the Creative Economy (session #343)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Is the United States on the verge of losing its competitive edge in the global economy? In addition to the changing demographics, outsourcing and technological innovations that continue to transform the nature of work in the 21st century, a creativity gap is emerging between the United States and other countries around the globe. Policymakers increasingly are looking to postsecondary education to produce a new "creative class" – workers and citizens capable of producing new ideas to sustain both America's economy and democracy. Join panelists from different sectors of the nation's creative community as they discuss the role of postsecondary education in shaping the future of the creative economy in the United States.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Increasing Postsecondary Access and Participation through Community Colleges (session #345)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Community colleges play a critical role in ensuring every student graduates from high school and has two years of postsecondary education. State policy can help by early testing of high school students for admission and placement, partnerships between secondary and community college faculty, competency-based funding, and transferability of community college credits to four-year institutions. In this session, learn how policies and programs related to community colleges are helping individuals and states achieve their goals.



PARTICIPANTS

David S. Beard, Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Allison de la Torre, The PEW Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Kristie Kauerz, Program Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts

Jerry Weast, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Maryland


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 1– Teacher Education Program Effectiveness: What Serves as Credible and Persuasive Evidence? (session #351)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
What evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs? What evidence would policymakers find credible? A recent survey of teacher education programs has identified promising pathways. Participants will be asked to convey what they would find most convincing, either among the array of promising pathways already identified or new approaches yet to be developed.

Facilitator:
Mona Wineburg, director of teacher education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 7 – Reinventing State Finance and Accountability: Colorado's College Vouchers and Performance Contracts (session #357)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The College Opportunity Fund is first-of-its-kind legislation designed to restructure Colorado higher education finance and state regulatory oversight. Beginning in fall 2005, state funding for higher education will go directly to students in the form of stipends and to colleges in fee-for-service contracts. Moreover, institutions of higher education will experience real reductions in state regulatory oversight in return for agreeing to fulfill terms outlined in institutional performance contracts. These sweeping changes have received national and international attention. Come discuss how these changes are intended to improve higher education quality and accountability.

Facilitator:
Matt Gianneschi, chief academic officer, Colorado Commission on Higher Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 19 – Institutional Autonomy and the Public Good: Higher Education Restructuring in Virginia (session #369)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Virginia's 2005 General Assembly approved legislation that grants colleges and universities autonomy in such areas as human resources, procurement and construction. The autonomy comes with commitments by the institutions to address state priorities for access, affordability, academic programs, research, economic development and improvement of K-12 student achievement. Join members of the governor’s office and institutional representatives in a discussion about how this new relationship benefits the state and the institutions, as well as students and parents.

Facilitator:
Peter Blake, deputy secretary of education, Office of Governor Mark R. Warner

Other Participants Include:
H. Lane Kneedler, partner, Reed Smith LLP; and C. Maureen Stinger, associate, Reed Smith LLP



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 24 – Accountability for Better Results: A National Imperative for Higher Education (session #374)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Come discuss the report from the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education that challenges policymakers and educators to shoulder their share of accountability in a better system of accountability. This fresh approach provides valid and dependable information to monitor results, target problems and mobilize the will, resources and creativity to improve performance. The National Commission recommends key roles for state education leaders to ensure accountability for a national agenda for higher education.

Facilitators:
Paul E. Lingenfelter, executive director, State Higher Education Executive Officers; and Tad Perry, executive director, South Dakota Board of Regents



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Thursday, July 14, 2005

10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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The National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy: Results from Two States (session #426)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Since 2003, the National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy has been working in five states to study and help state leaders respond to key policy questions related to student preparation, affordability, enrollment, graduation, acquisition of knowledge and skills, and state benefits. Leaders from two of these states will share what they've learned and describe the new policies and action plans they developed to improve postsecondary education.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Strengthening the Bridge from High School to Postsecondary Education (session #444)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
According to recent statistics, 80% of new jobs in coming decades will require some form of postsecondary education. Yet, nationwide, only 20% of 9th graders entering the education pipeline graduate with a college degree by the age of 24. In a knowledge-based economy and complex democracy, the transition from high school to college has never been more vital. Come and be part of this lively policy discussion, as panelists delve into the issues of dual enrollment, early college high schools, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and their impact on college participation.



 
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