Presidential Symposium: Creating Higher Education: Compelling Change & Writing Our Story (NOW, more than ever)
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 1:00am to 5:00am

Register Here!Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY

2015 ACPA Presidential Symposium Outline
Fulfilling Our Promises to Students:
Fostering and Demonstrating Student Learning and Success

JUST RELEASED:  Michael Parrish DuDell, entrepreneuer and best-selling author, joins the already highly esteemed speaker list for the 2015 Presidential Symposium!  

Best selling author Michael DuDell (info),the writer of Shark Tank, Jump Start Your Business, the official business book of ABC's hit show Shark Tank will be at the Presidential Symposium at4:35 PM to give us his analysis of student outcomes and millennials.  Michael joins an extraordinary group of professionals facilitating the learning sessions!  Register Now!


The 2015 Presidential Symposium is a live, virtual event that brings higher education thought leaders and professionals together, using online technology and local in-person discussion groups, to discuss the ways student affairs professionals foster student learning and success and how we can all do a better job demonstrating this impact. Participants will hear from thought leaders, discuss these ideas with friends and colleagues, and develop an individual, department, division, or campus-wide action plan for improving student learning and development so that we are more accountable to ourselves and our constituents. For those not able to participate in real-time, all components of the event will be recorded and available on demand for use in classroom, departmental, divisional, or campus-based discussions.

Learning Goals

  • Describe benefits of fostering and documenting student learning and development in higher education,
  • Identify ways college student educators help foster student learning and development, and
  • Articulate guidelines, strategies, and methods for improving documenting student learning and development


  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm: Introduction/Setting the Stage 
    • This time will be spent to set up the symposium and provide an overview. Topics to be covered will be connection to last year’s symposium, why this topic, goals for the day and beyond, and how the day will work.
  • 1:15pm – 1:45pm: Why higher education must focus on student learning and development (recorded/Skype mini talks 8-10 minutes – 2 talks)
    • Amber Garrison Duncan, Lumina Foundation & Karen Solomon, Higher Learning Commission
    • The goal of this module is to provide different viewpoints why student affairs must focus on learning. The speakers below can put the conversation in a larger context connecting to national agendas, trends, and issues
  • 1:45pm – 2:15pm: Student affairs’ unique contribution to student learning and success (recorded/Skype mini talks 15 minutes – 2 talks)
    • Shaun Harper, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education & Jillian Kinzie, Center for Postsecondary Research & NSSE Institute
    • The goal of this section is to be able to articulate how student affairs contributes to this learning conversation and how we need to leverage that impact. This will provide a basis of what folks should focus on documenting in regard to impact on student learning and success.
  • 2:15pm – 3:00pm: Campus Conversation: “How do we contribute to student learning and success.” In small groups at satellite locations discuss this topic and share your brainstorm list in a virtual space set up for the symposium
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm: Break
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm: Successful documentation of student learning. 
    • Deborah Garrett, President, Council for the Advancement of Standards & Linda Suskie, Consultant and Author
    • What is being done and how can we improve as a field (recorded/Skype mini talks minutes – 2 talks)
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm: Campus Conversation: “In what ways are you doing well in documenting student learning and how can you do better?” This conversation will be broader and what units and individuals can do to improve how document student learning to tell the story of their impact on students. In addition to discussion, the campus teams develop a list of action steps/commitments to make to move forward.
  • 4:45pm – 5:00pm: Wrap up and highlight a few action steps from the campus conversations
  • 5:00pm - SPECIAL EVENT:  ACPA President Gavin Henning invites all participants attending  the Presidential Symposium in person at the Fashion Institute of Technology to a reception immediately following the conclusion of the Symposium hosted by the Matterhorn Group at Morgan Stanley with sponsorship provided by AMG Funds, Principle Funds, and Thornburg Investments.  The reception will take place at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Campus Hosts

American University
Washington, DC (USA)
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Beebe, AR (USA)

Louisville, KY (USA)

Boise State University
Boise, ID (USA)
Boston College
Boston, MA (USA)
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH (USA)
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA (USA)
California Polytechnic
San Luis Obispo, CA (USA)
California State Sacramento
Sacramento, CA (USA)
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT (USA)
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI (USA)
Clemson University
Clemson, SC (USA)

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO (USA)

Fort Collins, CO (USA)

Connecticut College
New London, CT (USA)
Dalton State College
Dalton, GA (USA)
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH (USA)
DePaul University
Chicago, IL (USA)
Dominican College
Orangeburg, NY (USA)
Douglas College
New Westminster, BC (CANADA)
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN (USA)

Miama, FL (USA)

Tallahassee, FL (USA)
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA (USA)

Washington, DC (USA)
Indiana University East
Richmond, IN (USA)
Indiana University Southeast
New Albany, IN (USA)

Indianapolis, IN (USA)

Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY (USA)
Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA (USA)

Keene, NH (USA)

Kent, OH (USA)

Linfield College
McMinnville, OR (USA)
Longwood University
Farmville, VA (USA)
Loyola University maryland
Baltimore, MD (USA)
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN (USA)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams, MA (USA)

East Lansing, MI (USA)
Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA (USA)
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA (USA)

New York, NY (USA)
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University
Greensboro, NC (USA)
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ (USA)
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL (USA)
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL (USA)

Corvalis, OR (USA)

Toronto, ON (CANADA)
St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO (USA)

Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, CA (USA)

Santiago Canyon College
Orange, CA (USA)

Seattle, WA (USA)

Simpson College
Indianola, IA (USA)

Buffalo, NY (USA)

Geneseo, NY (USA)
State University of New York Oswego
Oswego, NY (USA)

College Station, TX (USA)
Texas State University San Marcos
San Marcos, TX (USA)
University of West Indies - St. Augustine
St. Augustine (JAMAICA)

Buffalo, NY (USA)
University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA (USA)
University of Colorado - Boulder
Boulder, CO (USA)

Colorado Springs, CO (USA)
University of Connecticut
Storrs Mansfield, CT (USA)
University of Delaware
Newark, DE (USA)
University of Georgia
Athens, GA (USA)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY (USA)

Columbia, MO (USA)
UNC Asheville
Asheville, NC (USA)
Greensboro, NC (USA)
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA (USA)
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK (USA)
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN (USA)
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA (USA)
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN (USA)
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS (USA)
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN (USA)
University of Wisconsin Minwaukee
Milwaukee, WI (USA)
University of Wisconsin - Plateville
Platteville, WI (USA)

Orlando, FL (USA)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA (USA)
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC (USA)
Washington State University - Vancouver
Vancouver, WA (USA)
West Chester University
West Chester, PA (USA)
Western Illinois University
Malcomb, IL (USA)

Kalamazoo, MI (USA)

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA (USA)