2019 Annual Conference

Value Proposition: Student Success

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

Registration information coming in mid-July!


*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.

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.

Dr. Eduardo Padrón is the President of Miami Dade College, a national model of student achievement and the largest degree granting institution in America. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the United States; in 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year”; and in 2011, The Washington Post recognized him as one of the eight most influential college presidents nationwide.

He is the recipient of the Carnegie Corporation’s Centennial Academic Leadership Award, the National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service, and the Hesburgh Award, the highest honor in U.S. higher education. He is also an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Six American Presidents have selected him to serve on posts of national prominence. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Urban Institute, the Spencer Foundation and the International Association of University Presidents. He is the past chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum, the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He’s the recipient of over fifteen honorary doctorates.

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.

Evelyn Waiwaiole is the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Prior to coming to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Evelyn was the Suanne Davis Roueche NISOD Director and Lecturer in the College of Education at UT from 2007 to 2011. In 2006, she led the Bridges to Opportunity initiative, also at UT. She has also served as associate director of NISOD, project manager for the MetLife Foundation Initiative on Student Success, college relations coordinator for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and policy analyst for the Center for Community College Policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

Recognized as a 2002-2003 Associates Fellow with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Evelyn is known for her keen awareness of policy leadership and its impact on higher education. She has also served on the ETS National Community College Advisory Committee and the CCSSE National Advisory Board and is the author of articles related to student success, retention, and persistence. In 2009, Evelyn was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of UT’s Community College Leadership Program.

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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