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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Educating Today's Adult Workforce (session #325)
The driving force behind U.S. competitiveness in the global economy for the next 10 to 15 years are those individuals who are already in the workforce. Unfortunately, many states have not created aligned adult education systems that move individuals from adult basic education, through postsecondary education onto a career ladder. This session will present first-of-its-kind research tracking various adult education indicators in states to determine the extent that these systems are successfully educating adult students for the workforce. The session will explore the policy implications from the research and strategies for how states can better align their adult education systems.


Cheryl D. Blanco, vice president for lifelong learning policy and research, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Illinois

Thomas Horgan, president & CEO, New Hampshire College and University Council; member, ECS Steering and National Forum Committees

Patrick Kelly, senior associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado

Charles McGrew, director of information and research, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: Postsecondary Issues with Student Unit Record Data Systems (session #356)
This facilitated discussion will concentrate on the postsecondary aspects of the student unit record session. The facilitated discussion format allows participants to ask further questions, deepen knowledge and raise issues that might impact state student information systems. Clifford Adelman (IHEP) and Hans L'Orange (SHEEO) will be available to offer insights.

2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Increasing College Readiness: Reinventing the Role of Postsecondary Education (session #353)
In a new pre-K through postsecondary education world, college readiness is no longer the strict purview of high schools. Postsecondary education institutions must be far more active and engaged in ensuring that students possess the skills they need to be successful in college. The old model of providing remedial education to students after they enroll at postsecondary institutions is proving to be both financially and politically unsustainable. As a result, postsecondary institutions must find more effective and efficient strategies for ensuring students are college ready. This session will look at how the Tennessee Board of Regents is using the highly regarded Program in Course Redesign system developed by the National Center for Academic Transformation, early assessment, dual enrollment and other early intervention strategies to improve college readiness at far less cost than the current system.


Houston D. Davis, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents

Carolyn Jarmon, senior associate, National Center for Academic Transformation, Texas

Thomas C. Meredith, commissioner of higher education, Board of Trustees, Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning; ECS commissioner

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