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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Minority Students and College Success: Is Higher Education Up to the Challenge? (session #345)
Atrium 8, 2nd Floor
Demographic shifts have made it clear that higher education must grapple with how well institutions enroll and graduate minority students. While it is agreed that better preparation of students in K-12 education and student financial aid go a long way to improving college success rates, there is also some debate that the social challenges faced by minority students once they get to college can ultimately prevent attainment of degrees. Efforts such as the Gates Millennium Scholars and other scholarship programs have provided opportunities for many high-ability minority students to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Just as important as the programs themselves are the data they provide about the challenges these students face once they get into college. This session will be an honest discussion of what colleges and universities must do to increase the college attainment rate for minority students.



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 5 – Latino Student College Choices (session #360)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Increasing Latino student success in higher education is critical to sustaining the U.S. talent base for a strong society and a thriving economy. To help address this need, Excelencia in Education is systematically reviewing critical issues affecting higher education and will release later this year, A Closer Look at Latino College Students' Choices. Funded by the Ford Foundation, this report will examine the patterns of admissions, financial aid and enrollment for selective Latino college students using both national quantitative data and qualitative data from focus groups and interviews with current Latino students and recent graduates. Please join us for a discussion of the preliminary findings that build on Excelencia's previously published works: Latino Student Success at Hispanics Serving Institutions (2002) and How Latino Students Pay for College (2006 in partnership with the Institute for Higher Education Policy). Roundtable participants will receive a pre-publication copy of the brief.

Facilitators:
Sarita E. Brown, president, Excelencia in Education
Deborah Santiago, vice president for Policy and Research, Excelencia in Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 13 – Building Integrated Education-to-Workforce Systems (session #368)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Creating greater linkages between education policy and workforce development policy requires greater collaboration and communication among agencies and stakeholders who often do not engage one another in substantive policy development and program coordination. The Midwest Higher Education Compact has begun a three-year strategy in each of its partner states to create roundtables of education, business, economic development and government leaders to explore how to create a more seamless transition from education to the workforce for their residents. The session will discuss the project and engage attendees on how to create stronger alignment between state education and workforce development efforts.

Facilitator:
Christopher Rasmussen, president, Midwest Higher Education Compact



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 15 – College Financial Aid in a Time of Reduced State Support and Rising Tuitions (session #370)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
At a time when there is a renewed urgency to increase access to and success in higher education, many states are faced with declining resources for higher education. Will limited public dollars be targeted at students who are the most economically disadvantaged at the expense of middle-income families? Or will financial aid be a combination of need- and merit-based strategies that intend to serve those students who have the highest potential for success? The session will explore what the next generation of financial aid will need to look like to serve a changing student population.

Facilitator:
Cheryl Blanco, senior program director, policy analysis and research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 19 – Maximizing Cost Savings and Efficiency in Higher Education (session #374)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
In times of limited public resources for education, colleges and universities must find ways to stretch their dollars as far as they can. The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has become a national leader in creating collective purchasing networks for telecom and computer technology, property and casualty insurance, and office products that have resulted in tremendous cost savings for participating institutions, school districts, and municipal governments. This roundtable will discuss the success of MHEC's cost savings initiatives and provide insights into how institutions can work together to create similar networks for themselves.

Facilitator:
Rob Trembath, director of cost savings initiatives and legal counsel, Midwestern Higher Education Compact



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 25 – State Policy Solutions to Increasing Higher Education Success for Women and Minorities (session #380)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Women and minority access to and retention within institutions of higher education are issues of increasing importance to state and federal policymakers. While the creation of new employment and economic opportunities from postsecondary education demonstrates the clear benefits of higher education, numerous barriers continue to hinder the access of many. Additionally, students' persistence toward a degree or certificate is an essential component of postsecondary educational opportunity. This topic of postsecondary retention and success is one of the least studied components of higher education; given the wide variance in student goals, enrollment patterns and employment outcomes, it is necessary to consider the variety of impacts on completion rates. Women In Government’s Access to Higher Education Policy Research Center is dedicated to identifying policy issues, gathering research data and information, and providing a centralized clearinghouse for state legislators on ways to increase access to higher education for women and minorities. This roundtable session will discuss the role of state policymakers and engage attendees on how states and institutions can improve access to postsecondary education programs.

Facilitator:
Neva Walker, representative, Minnesota State House of Representatives; state director for Women In Government



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Thursday, July 13, 2006

1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Adult Education: The Other Education Challenge (session #434)
Atrium 8, 2nd Floor
With so much attention being placed on the traditional education pipeline and its implications for U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, considerably less attention is being paid to the other end of the education spectrum: adult learners. Recent reports detail how high percentages of adults in certain demographic categories lack the basic skills required to participate in today’s workforce. Data also indicate that 73% of people enrolled in higher education are not the traditional, full-time 18-to-24-year-old student, suggesting that there is a tremendous need to adapt our education systems to serve the large number of adults seeking a postsecondary education. This session will feature information on the current challenges that many states face in terms of educating their adult populations and strategies for how more coordinated state efforts can have an impact on the economic competitiveness of states.



1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Teacher Education and Community Colleges: A Revolutionary Innovation (session #435)
Atrium 6, 2nd Floor
As some states face a teacher shortage that could grow to approximately 2.5 million nationally by 2010, there has been momentum to expand and enhance the role of community colleges in teacher preparation. No longer used just for lower-division transfer courses, community colleges now offer baccalaureate degrees, post-baccalaureate degrees, 3+1 programs and alternative routes to teacher certification. Drawing from examples of each type of program, this session will discuss the impetus behind these programs, their strengths and challenges, the biggest barriers to success, and evidence of the impact these types of programs have on teacher education and supply.



 
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