Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Wednesday April 6, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Engaging Our Publics: The Inextricable Connections between Private Interests and Public Goods in Higher Education

Institutional representative:
Institutional representative:
Cindy Carter
Barbara G Davis
Richard Winn
Sharon Green
Carol Schneider

Carol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). With nearly 1,300 member institutions drawn from the entire higher education community, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U is widely recognized as both a voice and force for strengthening the quality of student learning for all students, especially those historically underserved in U.S. higher education. Under Dr. Schneider’s leadership, AAC&U works to advance liberal education at both the national and the local level and to help individual colleges and universities keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. With a nearly one-hundred year history and national stature, AAC&U is an influential catalyst for educational improvement and reform. Dr. Schneider is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in history (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She studied at the University of London's Institute for Historical Research and earned the Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

Carol Schneider

Carol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). With nearly 1,300 member institutions drawn from the entire higher education community, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U is widely recognized as both a voice and force for strengthening the quality of student learning for all students, especially those historically underserved in U.S. higher education. Under Dr. Schneider’s leadership, AAC&U works to advance liberal education at both the national and the local level and to help individual colleges and universities keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. With a nearly one-hundred year history and national stature, AAC&U is an influential catalyst for educational improvement and reform. Dr. Schneider is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in history (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She studied at the University of London's Institute for Historical Research and earned the Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

Holly Zanville

Holly Zanville is a Strategy Director at Lumina Foundation where she leads the development of plans and strategies to help create new systems of quality credentials and credits defined by learning and competencies rather than time, clear and transparent pathways to students, high-quality learning, and alignment with workforce needs and trends.  Her portfolio includes a focus on improving outcomes of developmental education, increasing degree completion for returning adults with prior college/no credential, and statewide approaches to reverse-transfer degrees through the national Credit When It’s Due initiative. Zanville’s work experience spans the educational pipeline with prior service in K-12, community colleges, universities, and higher education governance systems. Most recently, Zanville served as Coordinator of Oregon’s Joint Boards K-20 Redesign Initiative; Senior Academic Officer, Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Oregon University System. Zanville received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota; MA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and BA in English and Biology from Lindenwood University

Maisha Beasley
 
Friday April 8, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Higher Education’s Accountability for the Public Good

John Saltmarsh

John Saltmarsh is the director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) (www.nerche.org) at the University of Massachusetts Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He leads the project in which NERCHE serves as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation for Carnegie’s elective Community Engagement Classification.

He is the author, most recently, of a co-edited volume Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (2016). He also co-edited “To Serve a Larger Purpose:” Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011) and co-authored Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (2011). He is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles on civic engagement, service-learning, and experiential education, and the co-author of the Democratic Engagement White Paper (NERCHE, 2009) and Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education (2011). He is an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Metropolitan Universities Journal, the eJournal of Public Affairs and the advisory board of Diversity and Democracy. He serves on the National Advisory Board of Imagining America, as a member of the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), and as a member of Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Coordinating Committee Members of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action. He can be reached at john.saltmarsh@umb.edu. For more information, go to http://um-boston.academia.edu/JohnSaltmarsh.