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2019 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 2019 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 2
 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.   Opening Liturgy
 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. Jonathan DeFelice, OSB
- Presentation of the Hellwig Award to Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH
- Presentation of the Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award to I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation​
 Sunday, February 3
 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Registration 
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast & Meetings 
 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Rome Seminar Info Session - Join us over breakfast to learn more about the 2019 Rome Seminar
 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.   Opening Prayer 
Prayer Leader: Colleen Hanycz, President, LaSalle University
Reflection: Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Associate Professor, Manhattan College
 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.    Opening Plenary: Separating Myth from Reality

Last year’s conference explored the changing public attitudes toward higher education and the challenges that Catholic institutions face in a transformed landscape. As a follow-up, this session will identify ways to break the myths that call our value into question. Attendees will hear about ways to regain the public’s trust, secure funds in a changing educational and religious landscape, and highlight our contributions to equipping a highly job ready workforce. .

 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  


 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions

Crafting a Compelling CHE Narrative
Learn useful tools from marketing and communications professionals on how best to share the story on what makes CHE distinct and valuable with your key audiences.

Rick Legon, President, AGB
Lorrie Clemo, President, D’Youville College
Moderator: Marc Camille, President, Albertus Magnus College


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.


What the Future Requires from Higher Education
ACE president Ted Mitchell will provide more in depth information trends affecting the sector based on research conducted by his organization.  Discussion will follow on how CHE institutions can be more proactive in shaping the future rather than just reacting to it.

Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education
David Livingston, President, Lewis University
Moderator: Glena Temple, President, Viterbo University


Real-World Solutions:

There will be four Real-World Solutions sessions. More information will be available soon.

 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Networking Lunch Buffet
 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.   Plenary II: Authentic Dialogue: Catholic Higher Educations Unique Strength

In an age of unrestricted social media, unfettered free speech, and unhampered academic freedom, the art of authentic conversation is being lost. As society struggles to balance individual rights with the common good, Catholic colleges and universities have an opportunity to help faculty, staff, and students listen well and learn the lost art of civil discourse. Pope Benedict XVI once said, “Choose the path of dialogue rather than the path of unilateral decisions.” Listen to these national voices discuss the imperative to provide opportunities for authentic dialogue and help preserve the social compact.

 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.   Break 
 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions

Innovations in Business Models for Higher Education Institutions

The financial environment that Catholic colleges and universities face is extremely challenging and will continue to be so in the future. What forces are triggering the need to change traditional operating models? Hear from innovative leaders who have introduced creative programs at their institutions and improved their bottom line.


Catholic Higher Education's Unique Value: Three Impressions

What is unique about Catholic colleges and universities that distinguishes our sector from other higher education institutions? In this session, we’ll hear from three important voices as they share what they believe is our greatest value.


Real-World Solutions:
There will be four Real-World Solutions sessions.  More information will be available soon. 


 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.   Plenary: All at Once: Embodying Catholic Identity and Articulating a Compelling Narrative

Fact: The higher education narrative is under assault. Fact: Less than 4% of incoming students choose a college because of its religious character. Given these two truths, how can Catholic higher education leverage its diverse charisms, history, and academic strengths to attract students, while fully embracing its Catholic identity? Listen as two presidents and an enrollment manager advance ways to embody Catholic higher education authentically and craft a compelling narrative to attract prospective students.

Maureen O’Connell, Chair of Theology, LaSalle University
Anne Prisco, President, Felician College
Andrew Melendes, Vice President, St. Catherine University
Moderator: Chris Domes, President, Neumann University

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m   Evening Reception
Join us for hors d'oeuvres and conversation! 
 Monday, February 4
 6:45 – 7:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Registration Open
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Graduate Student Seminar 
 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.   Presidential Track Breakfast 
 8:15 – 10:50 a.m.   Presidents-Only Business Meeting 
 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.  

Executive Track Workshop A: Catholic Mission and Identity Assessment (CIMA): Results from the Field
More information will be available soon.

 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.   Executive Track Workshop B: TBD
More information will be available soon. 
 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.   Presidential Spouses Session
More information will be availble soon. 
 11:00 a.m. – Noon   Closing Plenary: Reconciling Catholic Identity and Mission to a Market-Driven and Job-Focused Society

Over the course of its long history, Catholic higher education has faced challenges and have adapted. This session will feature the presidents of ACCU member colleges and universities that have found ways to respond to market demands through innovative programs, updated curricula, restructured systems, and synergistic partnerships — while enhancing and strengthening their institution’s Catholic identity.

 Noon – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch Buffet