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2018 Annual Meeting Schedule

Like all of higher education, Catholic colleges and universities are being called upon to align themselves with the signs of the times. The 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting will seek to advance senior executive competency in understanding how to respond in this transformed landscape, addressing such issues as student learning and religious understanding, socio-cultural challenges, and new financial models for Catholic higher education. 


 Saturday, February 3, 2018
 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Opening Liturgy

Celebrant and Homilist: His Eminence Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark 
 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.   Opening Reception 
 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.   Presidents Reception 
 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.   Banquet and Awards Presentation
    - Presentation of the Hesburgh Award to Rev. Dennis Dease
- Presentation of the Hellwig Award to John Cavadini
- Presentation of the Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award to Patricia McGuire 
 Sunday, February 4, 2018
 6:30 – 7:15 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Registration 
 7:15 – 8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast & Meetings 
 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.   Opening Prayer 
 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. 
  Opening Plenary: Rethinking Catholic Higher Education in a Transformed Landscape


Given the uncertainty around regulatory and legal issues, new learning methods among the digital generation, and changing views of higher education, this session will provide insight into what leaders need to know to carry on the Catholic mission and the legacy of their religious communities, while successfully leading their institutions into the future.

Moderator: Fr. Joseph McShane, SJ, Fordham University
Jon McGee, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Author of Breakpoint - The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education.
Lucie Lapovsky, Lapovsky Consulting
Shannon Tabaldo, Loyola Marymount University

 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.   Break 
With book signing by Jon McGee, author of Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace of Higher Education

 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions: Transformative Leadership for Catholic Higher Education

Changing Cultural Attitudes Toward Higher Education

A recent survey of 1,600 American adults conducted by New America, a Washington, DC-based think-tank, found that 51 percent of respondents believe that well-paying jobs do not require a college degree, despite solid evidence to the contrary. Such findings show that society is questioning the value of higher education -- especially in light of fears surrounding student debt and employment after graduation. This session will explore these changing cultural attitudes toward higher education.

Moderator: Joanne Burrows, Clarke University

Speaker: Jon McGee, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

Respondent: Jack DeGioia, Georgetown University 


New Financial Models for New Times

The cost of higher education continues to rise, endowments have experienced losses, government aid is down, and families feel they can’t absorb the tuition costs. This session will explore new models and ways of looking at financial stability on campus. 

Speaker: Lucie Lapovsky, Lapovsky Consulting 

Moderator: Sr. Paula Buley, Rivier University 

Respondent: Harry Dumay, Elms College 


Academics, Mission, and New Student Learning

Gone are the days of students listening to a professor lecture in the front of the classroom, pen and paper in hand. Today's students expect to engage with faculty online, through media sources, and through newly emerging technologies. This session will address how students learn today, in addition to defining ways to incorporate mission into online content.

Speakers: Shane Martin, Loyola Marymount University, and Shannon Tabaldo, Loyola Marymount University 

Moderator: Marianne Mount, Catholic Distance University 

Respondent: William Lennox, Saint Leo University 


Real-World Solutions: These educational sessions for presidents focus on topics in which select sponsors have demonstrated expertise.

  • Yaffe - Transitioning from a Religious University Leader to a Lay Leader
  • University of Dayton/China Program - International Education
  • Ascension Investment Management – Investing with Catholic Values 
  •  Both Catholic university and healthcare endowments face numerous challenges, including generating competitive returns, maintaining student and donor relationships, and structuring funds to achieve strategic goals.  Our organizations further grapple with assuring that the endowed funds are invested in a manner consistent with Catholic values and other constantly shifting social aims.  This session will focus on ways institutions successfully tackle these challenges simultaneously, achieving competitive market-based returns while observing various forms of social responsible guidelines and/or putting these funds to use with “impact investing.”  
  • EAB Royall Company - To be announced
 11:45 – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch 
Speaker: Rev. Steve Katsouros, SJ, Arrupe College
 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.   Plenary: Partnerships and Collaboration to Strengthen Financial Stewardship
    From consortia to strategic alliances, this session will explore collaborations and partnerships as a path to strengthen university distinction. Speakers will provide examples of working alliances within Catholic higher education.

 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.   Break 
With book signing by Rev. Steve Katsouros, SJ, Arrupe College, author of Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again)
 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions

Real-World Solutions:
  • Lawlor/RHB - Survey Analysis
  • AGBIS - Rethinking Models for Higher Education: A Focus on Growth, Change, and Action in a Challenging Competitive Environment
  • Dynamic Campus - Driving Lasting Enrollment Growth with Strategic Managed Services
 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Plenary: Connections and Conversations: Reaching Today’s Students
    Using the paradigm of Pope Francis — to encounter, to accompany, to dialogue — this session will explore how Catholic colleges and universities address the disconnect between today’s students and the institutional church and will envision how Pope Francis would connect with members of the campus community.

Speaker: Cardinal Joseph Tobin
Other speakers to be announced.

 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   Charism Cabinet Meeting   
 5:00 – 6:00 p.m   Evening Reception
 Monday, February 5, 2018
 6:45 – 7:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 – 1:00 p.m.    Registration 
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Graduate Student Seminar 
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Presidential Track Breakfast 
 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.   Presidents-Only Business Meeting 
 9:00 – 10:45 a.m   Executive Track Workshop A: Aligning Catholic Identity & University Mission with Student Affairs and Athletics 
 9:00 – 10:45 a.m   Executive Track Workshop B: Uniting the Liberal Arts and Professional Learning through Mission
 9:00 – 10:45 a.m   Executive Track Workshop C: Presidential Spouses Session 
 11:00 a.m. – Noon   Closing Plenary: Practical Tools: Intentionally Giving Voice in a Changing Landscape
    This session will serve as testament to the many examples of the ways in which Catholic higher education is successfully addressing contemporary challenges, while it serves students, local communities, and the world.
 Noon – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch