National Higher Education Summit

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Government, Education, Business Leaders to Address
College, Career Success for Students of Color in Washington, D.C.

Gallup To Release the First-Ever Results of Survey of Career Success and Well-Being of College Graduates of Color

Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League, and William D. Hansen, President & CEO of USA Funds, cordially invite you to a National Higher Education Summit - Building an Equity & Opportunity Agenda: The Economic Imperative for College Completion.

This unprecedented gathering of nearly 200 education, business and government leaders in Washington, D.C. will confront the urgent need to enhance college and career success for students of color and low-income students to be fully prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century workforce.

This event is invitation only. For more information, contact Sharon Frederick at





Marc Morial                         William D. Hansen           John B. King, Jr.             Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick
President and CEO              President and CEO           Deputy Secretary              President
National Urban League        USA Funds                        U.S. Dept. of Education   Howard University

Bill Haslam                        John Engler                      Allison Barber                    Kasim Reed
Governor                             President                           Chancellor                           Mayor
Tennessee                           Business Roundtable        Western Governors Univ.    Atlanta, GA




 (Confirmed as of 9/30/15)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 11:00am               Registration Opens

 12:30pm               Program Opening

  • William D. Hansen, President & CEO, USA Funds
  • Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

 12:45pm               Marc H. Morial

  1:00pm                Gallup Survey Presentation

  • Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education, Gallup Organization

  1:45pm                Remarks: Deputy Secretary John B. King Jr., U.S. Department of Education

  2:15pm                Completion & Attainment Session

  • James A. Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville State University
  • Carol Quillen, President, Davdison College
  • Neil Horikoshi, President & Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
  • Carrie L. Billy, President, American Indian Education Consortium
  • Deborah Santiago, Co-Founder, Excelencia in Education

  3:15pm                Q & A Session

  3:30pm                Session Break

  3:45pm                Equity, Access & Affordability Session

  • Lezli Baskerville, Esq., President & CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., President, Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Richard Vedder, Ph.D., Director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity
  • Tia McNair, Ed.D., Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success, Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Dr. M.J. Bishop, Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
  • Sarita Brown, Excelencia in Education

  5:00pm                Q & A Session

  5:30pm                Recap of the Day

  6:00pm                Overview of Day 2

  6:15pm                Reception


 Wednesday, October 28, 2015

   7:30am              Continental Breakfast

   8:00am              Welcome

   8:15am              Students Speak Out! Panel

   9:15am              Q & A Session

   9:20am              Part I: Leadership: Strategic Investments, Partnerships & Vision

                             Elected Officials

  • Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta, GA (D)
  • Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento, CA (D)
  • Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee (R)
  • Mayor Brian Jarvis, Beavercreek, OH (R)
  • Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston, MA (D)

  10:30am             Part II: Leadership: Strategic Investments, Partnerships & Vision  

College Presidents / System Chancellors

  •  Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
  • Dr. Elaine A. Crider, Chair, University of the District of Columbia
  • Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS, President, Howard University

  11:35am               Data & Accountability

  • Wendell D. Hall, Ph.D., Senior Director, Policy Advocacy, Global Policy & Advocacy, The College Board
  • Antonio R. Flores, President & CEO, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Johnny C. Taylor, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Mark Schneider, President of College Measure and Vice President at the American Institutes for Research
  • Dr. John Capps, President, Central Virginia Community College

 12:20pm             Q & A Session

 12:45pm             Lunch

  1:40pm             Teaching & Learning: Innovation & Next Generation Models

  • Dr. Maggie George, President, Diné College
  • Josh Williams, Associate Vice President of Program Development, Inside Track
  • Allison Barber, Chancelor, Western Governors University (WGI) - Indiana
  • Julian Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist, College for America
  • Kevin Cook, Associate VP & Dean of Students, Arizona State University

2:30pm               Q & A Session

2:50pm               Remarks

3:10pm               Business and Higher Education

  • The Honorable John Engler, President, Business Round Table, Former Governor, Michigan (1991-2003)
  • Ronald Parker, President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council

4:30pm               Q & A Session

4:45pm               Recap of the Day

5:00pm               Closing & Next Steps

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