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 and economic attitudes toward higher education.
Jack DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
Jon McGee, Vice President for Institutional Planning and Public Affairs, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Moderator: Joanne Burrows, SC, President, Clarke 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.
Harry Dumay, President, Elms College
Lucie Lapovsky, Principal, Lapovsky Consulting
Moderator: Sr. Paula Buley, IHM, President, Rivier University
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 new media sources, and through emerging technologies. This session will address how students learn today, in addition to defining ways to incorporate mission into online content.
Arvid Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)
Shane Martin, Dean of the School of Education and Dean of Graduate Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Shannon Tabaldo, Director of Digital Curriculum Integration and Development, Loyola Marymount University
Moderator: Marianne Mount, President, Catholic Distance University
Real-World Solutions: These educational sessions for presidents focus on topics in which select sponsors have demonstrated expertise.
- Transitioning from a Religious Leader to a Lay Leader
The transition from a vowed religious leader to a lay leader can be a difficult transition for a Catholic college or university's board, the new incumbent, and the full university community. For a successful transition to occur and be sustained, the board must give thought, in advance of the transition, to how best to inculcate mission, spiritual focus, and other important values with finance, growth, and strategy. This session will examine one university’s journey as it reconsiders norms, ensures recruitment of the right president at the right time, and provides a framework and tools to optimize success.
Joseph Marbach, President, Georgian Court University
Alexander Yaffe, President & CEO, Yaffe & Company
- The University of Dayton China Institute: Experience Tomorrow. Today.
With the goal of educating the whole person in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, the China Institute, founded by the University of Dayton, leverages its location in the ultramodern Suzhou Industrial Park to provide students with opportunities for service learning, cultural immersion, experiential learning, and academic excellence. To further its commitment to global learning and inclusive excellence, the Institute establishes partnerships with leading institutions, corporations, and individuals to provide all students with opportunity. Learn more about the China Institute and how your institution can engage its students in this life-changing experience.
Jason Reinoehl, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management, University of Dayton
Jia Jia Wei, Executive Director, China Institute, & Director, Global Initiatives, University of Dayton
Paul H. Benson, Provost, University of Dayton
- 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. Catholic organizations also grapple with ensuring that 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 while achieving competitive market-based returns. Speakers will also discuss social responsibility guidelines and putting funds to use with “impact investing.”
Jessica Cook, Senior Director of Business Development, Ascension Investment Management
David Erickson, Chief Investment Officer, Ascension Investment Management
Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, President Emeritus, DePaul University
- Recruiting the Adult Learner: Transferable Best Practices from Undergraduate Enrollment
Given the growing importance of adult learners to the future fortunes of colleges and universities, many institutions are looking to professionalize their related recruitment-marketing capabilities—an effort in which undergraduate enrollment teams are increasingly playing a key role. Institutions successfully pursuing this approach share two characteristics. First, they’ve adopted a well-defined set of marketing and operations best practices for their freshman recruitment efforts. Second, they’ve selectively applied these best practices to the adult learner terrain, based on a deep understanding of where the two endeavors overlap—and where they don’t. This session will offer a targeted overview of recruitment marketing practices best suited for transfer to the adult learner setting, together with discussion of key points of similarity and difference between the two undertakings.
Mary Chase, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Creighton University
Peter Farrell, Managing Director & Senior Principal, Enrollment Services, EAB