2019 Annual Conference

Value Proposition: Student Success

November 20-22, 2019
Hyatt Regency Downtown
808 Howell Street
Seattle, Washington

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Logistics and Details

Hotel Reservations: NWCCU has set aside a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency at a reduced rate for the benefit of our attendees. Reservations may be made by using the NWCCU link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SEARS/G-NCCU.


*Persistence and Completion*

*Catalyzing Student Success*

*Training on New Standards* 

*Special Session for Presidents and Board Chairs*


Nationally Renowned Plenary Speakers
Panel Discussions:

• Promoting Student Success from Underrepresented Backgrounds
• Using Data to Drive Institutional Change
• Integrating Learning through Communities
• The Problem-Solving Generation
• The University’s Role in Student Success
• Exploring Scenarios for the Future of Education

The Beacon Award Luncheon and Presentation

Featured Speakers

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th grade communication classes at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.

He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.

Jim Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president on Dec. 31, 2013 after serving as president of West Virginia University. Since his arrival, the value of the Tiger Paw has never been higher, driven by the university’s elevated academic reputation and the exposure from Clemson’s athletic success on the national stage.

Under Clements’ leadership, Clemson has raised the bar in admissions, enrollment, research, graduation and retention rates, and fundraising, including the successful completion of the $1 billion Will to Lead capital campaign in 2016. In addition, the campus is currently undergoing the largest construction boom in the history of the university.

Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who has served as president of a university in three different athletic conferences – the Big East, the Big 12, and the ACC, where he served as the 2016-17 chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education and on the executive committees for the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, the Council on Competitiveness and the Business Higher Education Forum.

Clements holds a B.S. degree in computer science as well as an M.S. degree and Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He also holds an M.S. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded an honorary degree as doctor of public education from his alma mater, UMBC.

His “Successful Project Management” book is now in its seventh edition, and has been published in multiple languages and used in numerous countries.

Clements was born in Arlington, Va., but spent the majority of his life in Maryland before relocating to West Virginia and then Clemson. He and his wife, Beth, have been married for 27 years and have four children, Tyler, Hannah, Maggie and Grace, and two sons-in-law, Tanner Coombs and Max Kinser. He and Beth are expecting their first grandchild in September 2019.

Roger Goodman is a partner of The Yuba Group, an independent financial advisory and consulting firm focused on the higher education and not-for-profit institution sector. Yuba provides objective and informed advice with a customized and analytic approach to financing for its clients. At the Yuba Group, Roger works with virtually every client on their rating and credit strategies and also leads our relationships with Bentley University, Boston University, Northeastern University, Olin College, Simmons University, Suffolk University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tulane University, Valparaiso University and Whitehead Institute.

Prior to joining the Yuba Group, Roger was the team leader for the Higher Education Group at Moody’s Investors Service, leading a team of analysts responsible for credit analysis and credit ratings. He was a senior member of rating committee for the public finance group and a key driver of analytic enhancements to Moody’s rating process, especially surrounding variable rate debt, liquidity, debt-related derivatives and investment policies. Roger oversaw Moody’s revised methodologies related to third-party financing and authored several research pieces focused on public-private partnerships. With this background, Roger brings unique insight on the credit rating process and issues surrounding the optimal presentation of financial information, as well as public-private structures and their implications on institutional credit. Over his eight years at Moody’s, Roger worked as the lead analyst for a diverse portfolio of institutions, including ivy league universities, large public university systems, complex academic medical centers, leading cultural institutions and small private colleges. His credit rating agency work took him around the world as Roger also led outreach efforts globally, including with universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and Mexico.

Roger is originally from the San Francisco area and received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Brandeis University and his M.P.A in Public and Non-Profit Finance from New York University.

Ed Harri serves as the vice president for instruction at Whatcom Community College. Ed has worked at WCC for over 20 years, previously serving as a math faculty, department chair, division chair, and dean for instruction. As WCC’s accreditation liaison officer, he has worked with college leadership, faculty, and students to identify meaningful assessment plans, institutional performance indicators, and planning processes to realize institutional goals.

Ed holds a doctorate in educational leadership in which he examined factors contributing to math success for pre-college level community college students. Ed and his family live in Bellingham, WA, where they enjoy running and biking in their beautiful community.

With 10 years of experience in federal education policy, Michael Itzkowitz has served in senior roles inside and outside of government. His work and expertise has been cited by national news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News, and NBC. His experience includes serving as a Senior Fellow for the think tank Third Way, where he’s worked with Capitol Hill, the Administration, and other postsecondary-focused organizations to develop and implement policies to help ensure that more low- and moderate-income students are earning degrees from quality higher education programs. Prior to this role, Michael worked as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education for six years. Most notably, he was the Director of the Administration’s College Scorecard, an initiative focused on higher education transparency and accountability. The Scorecard, announced by the President in September 2015, is the largest release of higher education data ever by the Federal government. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Michael received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida.

Diane Auer Jones is the senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. Diane has a diverse background in higher education, having spent the first 10 years of her career serving as a biology professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, and later working at Princeton University and Career Education Corporation. Diane also has an extensive background in science and education policy having worked at the National Science Foundation, for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, and for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She served as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education during the George W. Bush administration. Prior to rejoining the Department of Education, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Labor and focused on workforce development issues, including the expansion of apprenticeships in the United States.

Mehmood Khan, M.D., is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Life Biosciences. In his role as CEO, Dr. Khan provides strategic direction and operational oversight across Life Biosciences and its five daughter companies. Dr. Khan began his career as a practicing Endocrinologist and served as Director of Diabetes, Endocrine, and Nutritional Trials unit for Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School. He has since held senior executive roles in some of the largest Global Research & Development organizations in the world. Dr. Khan was Chief Scientific Officer and Vice Chairman of PepsiCo. As head of global R&D, he oversaw the development of novel technologies and breakthrough innovations including the incorporation of healthier and more nutritious offerings across its portfolio. Prior to PepsiCo, Dr. Khan led as President of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s worldwide research and development efforts.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Reckitt Benckiser, Indigo Agriculture, US Dept of Agriculture and serves as Chairman, US Council on Competitiveness in Washington DC. Dr. Khan earned his medical degree from the University of Liverpool Medical School, England, and completed a fellowship in clinical endocrinology and nutrition in the Department of Medicine and Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.

Timothy Renick is Senior Vice President for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University.  At Georgia State, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the United States Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, and CNN and cited by former President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation, and was awarded the 2018 McGraw Prize in Higher Education. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.  

Maria Spies is a Founder and Managing Director of HolonIQ, the leading provider of global education market intelligence. Through a machine learning platform and global network of partners and analysts, HolonIQ helps governments, institutions, firms and investors answer strategic questions across four key areas – global trends, risks and opportunities; market landscape; emerging models and advanced technologies; competitor intelligence.
Prior to HolonIQ, Maria led digital learning futures for a $40m corporate venture fund investing in education innovation and EdTech. In this role, Maria worked with EdTech start-ups and founders around the world to support their growth and led research projects about the future of learning, such as Global EdTech Landscape and Higher Education Digital Transformation.
Maria has worked in public and private higher education for over 20 years in Asia and Australia specializing in technology-led transformation of education business models and approaches to teaching and learning. Maria has built and led global teams, driving innovation in curriculum, teaching and the student experience in over 50 countries.

Jess Stahl, Doctor of Behavioral Health, is the Dean of Academic Effectiveness & Accreditation Liaison Officer at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. She was previously the Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Quality Advancement & Clinical Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Arizona where her work focused on commercializing academic research along with directing clinical placements and “traditional” faculty responsibilities (teaching, research, mentorship, service). She led a prominent public-private partnership to establish a “first-of-its-kind” community health center and successfully advocated for a transition to “holistic” admissions for highly competitive graduate programs to provide more equitable pathways for diverse future healthcare professionals. She was a frequent guest lecturer on the Future of Healthcare and the Social Determinants of Health and co-led annual interprofessional, experiential training events for graduate medical, nursing, and pharmacy students. She was the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University where she directed one of the largest and most popular undergraduate programs with exponential enrollment growth and directly supervised 100 geographically-dispersed, remote/online faculty. Early in her career, she received a Fulbright award, worked for Intel and Hewlett-Packard, and completed a doctoral internship with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where she was also a Duke University Global Health Fellow. Her passion is academic data science and helping academic institutions, faculty, and students benefit from innovations in technology, data, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Evelyn Waiwaiole  is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).
Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director at the Center for five years. She has spent the majority of her career at The University of Texas, serving as the Suanne Davis Roueche NISOD Director and Lecturer in the College of Education at UT and leading grant funded initiatives including the Bridges to Opportunity initiative and the MetLife Foundation Initiative on Student Success. She has also served as associate director of NISOD, college relations coordinator for the Center, and policy analyst for the Center for Community College Policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
Evelyn earned a Doctorate from UT in higher education administration, with a specialization in community college leadership; a master’s in economics from The University of Oklahoma; and a bachelor’s in psychology from Texas A&M University.

And many more coming!

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