Crafting a Compelling Narrative for Catholic Higher Education
Rick Legon, President, AGB
Learn useful tools from AGB’s Guardian Initiative on how to counter skepticism about higher education while college presidents provide tips on how best to share the story of what makes Catholic higher education distinct and valuable.
Lorrie Clemo, President, D’Youville College
Marc Camille, President, Albertus Magnus College
Moderator: Susan Donovan, President, Bellarmine University
Multiple Paths of Securing Money in a Hostile Environment
Societal questions regarding the value of higher education, the sexual abuse crisis, and the pros and cons of Catholic mission over job readiness can sometimes place presidents in the center of an unsympathetic environment. Experts will provide pointers on how best to engage with individuals, foundations, and corporations in finding common ground so that both the donor and the university meet their goals.
Alexia Kelley, President, FADICA
Mary Finger, President, Seton Hill University
Thomas Mengler, President, St. Mary's University (TX)
Moderator: James Harris III, President, University of San Diego
What the Future Requires from Higher Education
ACE President Ted Mitchell will provide more in-depth information on trends affecting the sector based on research conducted by his organization. Discussion will follow on how Catholic higher education institutions can be more proactive in shaping the future, rather than just reacting to it.
Ted Mitchell, President, ACE
David Livingston, President, Lewis University
Moderator: Glena Temple, President, Viterbo University
Real-World Solutions Sessions:
Long-term Prosperity: Strategies to Grow Your Revenue and Enrollments
This interactive, deep-dive session explores a variety of tips, methods, and strategies that can be used to diversify and grow institutional revenue sources, increase enrollments, manage costs, and address other critical business model issues. Emphasis will be placed on practical development and implementation strategies. A three-step system (diagnostics, exploration, and implementation) for identifying key strategic growth building blocks will also be discussed. The ideas in this session will help you align institutional mission and strengths with new financial models for prosperity. Attendees will leave with a set of clearly articulated strategies and rationales to use at their institution, as well as successful example strategies.
Jim Hundrieser, Associate Managing Principal, Association of Governing Boards Institutional Strategies
Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, Association of Governing Boards Institutional Strategies
Sponsored by AGB Institutional Strategies
Presidential Retention and Renewal
Retention of an effective president is one of the most critical inflection points for a college or university and one that can cause significant ripple effects across the institution for some time. Moreover, as important as the outcome is, the renegotiation experience itself can serve to strengthen or erode the relationship. This session will explore how boards assess whether and how to affirm renewal, as well as effective approaches to successful retention, including how best to raise areas of concern or importance for both parties, identification of shared objectives, the use of independent expertise, meaningful data analysis, and reading between the lines.
Colleen M. Hanycz, President, La Salle University
Alexander Yaffe, President and CEO, Yaffe & Co.
Sponsored by Yaffe & Co.
Revenue-Growth Management: The Key to Surviving a Competitive Higher Ed Landscape
Higher education continues to persevere through a period of transformation. Market forces are driving colleges and universities to think differently about their approach to long-term, sustainable growth. In this session, presenters will discuss the lay of the land — from education demand to tuition discounting trends — and how yesterday’s tactics won’t work in today’s world. This presentation will highlight how implementing a revenue-growth management strategy can grow not just enrollments, but also real institutional revenue.
Bob King, Executive Vice President, Partner Strategy, Collegis Education
Tracy Chapman, Dean, School for Professional Studies, Saint Louis University
Sponsored by Collegis Education
The Advantages of Catholic Affiliation in an Increasingly Competitive Higher Education Marketplace
Catholic colleges and universities find themselves at the sharp end of several trends currently transforming higher education. In an era of heightened concern over student debt, the sector lacks the built-in price advantage of state schools. And, in an era of general decline among college-bound demographics, it faces the additional burden of a shrinking Catholic base. Within this context, it’s especially important for Catholic higher education to have a clear understanding of where its unique strengths lie. This session will present findings from thee large-scale surveys of college-bound students and their parents undertaken by EAB in 2018, including one focusing specifically on families’ attitudes toward Catholic colleges and universities.
Br. Edward Coughlin, OMF, President, Siena College
Ned Jones, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Siena College
Rev. Joseph McShane, SJ, President, Fordham University
Dick Whiteside, Dean for Strategic Enrollment Management, EAB
Kathy Dawley, Managing Director, Client Success, EAB
Sponsored by EAB