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2018 ACL Annual Conference

October 10–12, 2018



  Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education


"The changing landscape of higher education"


Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Norfolk, VA


If you missed the 2018 ACL conference, we missed you! If you attended, you know that the conference provided insightful presentations and meaningful opportunities to connect with one another. Below you will find session highlights and slide presentations. Visit the photo gallery!


ACL thanks the conference planning committee for their work:


2018 Conference Committee:
 Christine Kimball, The Five Colleges of Ohio
 Diane Dimitroff and Charlene Bergstresser, LeHigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges
 Larry Dotolo and Leslie Mason, Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education, 2018 Hosts



Communicating the Value of Higher Education


“Higher education is a waste of time, too expensive, doesn’t prepare students for jobs, saddles them with debt, and turns them into overly sensitive snowflakes unsuited for life in the real world.” College and university leaders face similarly blunt criticism daily from parents, students, legislators, and the general public. These misconceptions are then amplified by the media and pundits who only perpetuate the negativity.


 But as we know and experience daily, there is a strong case to be made for higher education. How can institutions and consortia highlight the value and importance of our work in a way that will underscore the benefits of a degree? An answer can be found through the collective influence and formidable voices of consortia and their members.


 This interactive session will give participants tools and strategies to sharpen messages about the value of higher education, provide an overview of how to communicate proactively and reactively with the media and key stakeholders, and offer the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm campus and consortial solutions with colleagues.


Presenter: Erin Hennessey, Vice President, TVP Communications

Moderator: Amy Cronin, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium


Session Slides



Learning from the Experience: Cross-Consortial Collaboration to Diversity the Professoriate

 Consortial leaders will gain in-depth understandings of:

 -the planning process undertaken to frame the $8.1 million Fellow Program for a Diverse Professoriate;  

 -lessons learned in the early years of the 8-year Mellon Foundation grant;

 -how the consortia partners worked together to identify solutions for challenges that arose to ensure that grant objectives were met;

 -strategies for effectively navigating the implementation of grant-funded initiatives across 29 colleges and universities; and

 -insights gained that will inform future collaborations.



Katherine Galvin, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Brian Williams, Associated Colleges of the Midwest


Session Slides



Accountability in Higher Education

Robert Kelchen will discuss his book Higher Education Accountability and the spiraling cost of higher education. Kelchen will further explain the rationale behind accountability and the historical development of how federal and state policies, accreditation practices, private-sector interests, and internal requirements have become so important to institutional success and survival.


Speaker: Robert Kelchen, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership Management and Policy, Seton Hall University


Session Slides



The Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Peter Blake, Director of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia, will discuss his perceptions of the important issues facing higher education and how these issues keep evolving. He will draw on his experience in

Virginia and his knowledge of nationwide trends in higher education. 


Moderator: Linda McCluney, Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education

Speaker: Peter Blake, Director, State Council for Higher Education for Virginia


Session Slides



The Higher Education Reauthorization Act (PROSPER)

 U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott, 3rd District of Virginia, will discuss The Higher Education Re-authorization Act (PROSPER).  Congressman Scott is the ranking Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and will discuss the impact of the re-authorization act and the importance of work as it relates to higher education.


 Moderator: Lawrence Dotolo, Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education

 Speaker: Bobby Scott, United States Representative for the 3rd District of Virginia


Session Slides



Finding the Collaborative Sweet Spot 

In this interactive workshop you will work with your peers to explore the many aspects of collaboration. We will demonstrate tools and techniques which can help you distinguish when a project is or is not a good candidate for collaboration, and provide resources for you to build your own collaboration toolkit. Participants will apply their learning to a self-identified opportunity and will begin creating an actionable plan to take back to their organization.



Charlene BergstresserLehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges

Christine Kimball, The Five Colleges of Ohio


Session Slides  Continued


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