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Thank you to all the Catholic college and university teams that joined us at the inaugural Rising Voices conference in 2016!


For more details regarding this conference, e-mail Sandra Kerr-Porcari

Rising Voices

Today's financial and social pressures drive the steady drumbeat demanding lower costs and greater accountability. This is out of sync with the reality of many Catholic colleges and universities, which are grounded in a devotion to opening our doors to the neediest students, while offering the highest-quality academic programs. 

Launched in 2016, the Rising Voices conference addresses these pressures and helps ensure the viability of our sector. Attendees at this groundbreaking new event collaborated with peers and came away with concrete, practical ideas to:

  • Reduce costs while maintaining student success
  • Increase income streams
  • Effectively manage admissions and enrollment
  • Understand the strategic difference between maintaining existing strengths and building new alliances


Rising Voices is a conference like no other...

Each institution that attends is asked to bring a small team (of which one member must be the president) in order to ensure institutional commitment. The idea is to encourage dialogue and collaboration, both within and among the teams attending.

Topics are selected by participants, in order to guarantee timely and relevant conversation.

All participants are asked to identify and share one substantive success before/during the conference. By the end of the meeting, all teams identify one new idea that they plan to implement upon returning home. 

Rising Voices assists a selected group of Catholic colleges and universities from among ACCU’s U.S. members in visualizing and embracing new ways of proceeding. This conference serves as a catalyst for productive networking and transformative change, empowering attendees to implement system change on campus. Opportunities for reflection guide conference participants to face issues and allow for sharing, thereby creating space to celebrate things done well and work on those things that need to change.


Presentations from Rising Voices June 2016


Other Programs for Campus Leaders

ACCU Annual Meeting

ACCU's signature event, the Annual Meeting offers members an opportunity to greet colleagues, share ideas, and discuss important issues in Catholic higher education

New Presidents Institute
First- and second-year presidents are invited to learn about navigating the distinctive duties of leading a faith-based university
Presidential Conversations
Periodic small group discussions among member presidents for candid and meaningful exchange on critical issues