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Washington, D.C. Policy Trip

The Center for Higher and Adult Education annually sponsors travel to Washington, D.C. for students in the capstone core course in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education doctoral program (EAD 967: Policy Development and Analysis in Post-secondary Education).  The HALE doctoral cohort of students spend 2 days in the nation’s capital visiting higher education associations and organizations to learn about policy issues currently being debated at the institutional, state, and federal levels in the United States as well as the role that policy analysis and research play in the policy process. Returning students often cite the trip as a "phenomenal" experience.

Trip Agenda for the 2015 DC Policy Trip

***Available for download: Trip agenda PDF & Speaker biographies PDF


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Location: American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC

 

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Higher Ed Associations’ Perspectives on Policy Making in DC

  • Anne T. Hickey, Director, Government Relations, Office of Government Relations, American Council on Education (ACE)

 

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.  Why does MSU (or any university) have a Washington, DC office? How do they work with policy makers and associations?

  • Sarah Walter, Associate Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Michigan State University, Washington, DC Office
  • Jon Groteboer, Associate Director of Federal Relations, Harvard University, Washington, DC Office

 

11:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Access: Student Financial Aid Policy Issues

  • Gigi Jones, Education Research Scientist, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education
  • Wendell D. Hall, Senior Director, Policy Advocacy, The College Board
  • Karen Lanning, Senior Director, Federal Relations, The College Board

 

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.  Addressing Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Ongoing Efforts of the Association of American Universities 

  • Mollie Benz Flounlacker, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities (AAU)

 

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Undocumented Students and Higher Education Policy

  • Luis Maldonado, Chief Advocacy Officer, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Leticia Tomas Bustillos, Associate Director, Education Policy Project, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

 

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Programs and Practices that Respond to Higher Education Policy

  • Tia Brown McNair, Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Christine M. Keller, Vice President, Research & Policy Analysis, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)

 

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  NSF and STEM Education Reform in Higher Education

  • Ann Austin, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation; Professor, HALE, Michigan State University

 

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Finding Policy Work in DC: Speaking with a HALE Alumna

  • Melissa Soto, Director of Undergraduate STEM Education, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

 


Friday, October 16, 2015

Location: American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC

 

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS)

  • Louis Soares, Vice President, Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS)
    CPRS Research Associates
  • Hollie Chessman, George Mason University
  • Lindsay Wayt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  ACE’s Leadership Division and Center for Education Attainment and Innovation (CEAI)

  • Jim Sirianni, Director, Executive Leadership Group, Leadership Division
  • Steven Taylor, Associate Director, Special Initiatives, Center for Education Attainment and Innovation
  • Margarita Benitez, Interim Assistant Vice President, Emerging Leaders Group, Leadership Division

 

11:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  ACE’s Leadership Division and Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE)

  • Kim Bobby, Director, Inclusive Excellence Group, Leadership Programs
  • Heather Ward, Senior Program Specialist, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement
  • Lucia Brajkovic, Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research and Strategy