Higher Education: Creating Pathways for Brighter Futures


Location: Marriott Tucson University Park, Tucson, AZ

8:00 – 6:00 pm


9:00- 12:30 pm

Closing Seminar—2022 Academy Cohort (Academy cohort and faculty only)

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch—2022 Academy Cohort and Executive Committee

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Executive Committee Meeting
(executive committee members only)

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception
Join us for a lovely evening reception where you can meet up with old friends and make new ones!

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Opening Dinner and Keynote: Leading the Way to Bright Futures for All
​Session Description:
As plans are made for the futures of higher education institutions, inclusivity is key. Including students from all backgrounds will ensure the success of our colleges and nation. This keynote address will explore what administrators can do to accomplish the goal of bright futures for all.

Introducer: Gail Burd, University of Arizona

Speaker: Deborah SantiagoExcelencia in Education



7:00 – 5:00 pm


7:30 – 8:30 am

Networking walk around the University of Arizona campus

8:30 – 9:15 am


9:15 – 9:30 am

Welcome and Meeting Overview
Gail Burd, University of Arizona and Forum Chair

9:30 – 11:00 am

Carnegie Reclassification
Session Description: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the American Council on Education (ACE) are working together to develop new and refined versions of the Classifications to better reflect the public purpose, mission, focus, and impact of higher education. In 2024, two Universal classifications will be released: an updated version of the Basic classification and a new Social and Economic Mobility classification. During this session, Forum members will hear from ACE on the proposed changes to the Carnegie classification system. ACE representatives will be available to talk with Forum members about this topic during the course of the Annual Meeting.

Moderator: Debora Halbert, University of Hawai’i System

Speakers: Sara GastAmerican Council on Education, Mushtag GunjaAmerican Council on Education

11:00- 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Holistic Credit Mobility: Centering Learning in Credential Completion 
Session Description: This session will define the concept of holistic credit mobility and propose a framework to understand how higher education can be responsive to the needs of mobile students. The presentation will include a discussion of the supports needed and the challenges to achieve holistic credit mobility for students.

Moderator: Denise Runge, University of Alaska Anchorage

Speakers: Martin Kurzweil, Ithaka S+R, Chau-Fang Lin, Ithaka S+R, 

12:15- 1:30 pm


1:30 – 3:00 pm

No Holding Back: Lessons from Institutions in Analyzing Administrative and Student Success Holds Data
Session Description: Since 2022, 12 member institutions of the Alliance and Forum have participated in a community of practice along with WICHE and AACRAO to analyze the impact that transcript holds policies have on student outcomes. Three institutions from this community of practice will share their initial findings. One institution found they had over 200 different types of holds. Another institution found a bug in their SIS code meant they were withholding transcripts from students even when the institution owed the student money. Next summer, WICHE and AACRAO will be releasing a seminal brief from this work as well as a technical guide that other institutions can use to replicate this work.

Moderator: Maren Haavig, University of Alaska Southwest

Speakers: Wendy Kilgore, AACRAO, Marlena Pangelinan, University of Guam


3:00- 3:15 pm


3:15- 4:45 pm

Facilitated Discussions: These facilitated discussions will run for 25 minutes each with 5 minute breaks in between. Participants will be able to attend 3 sessions.

Dual Enrollment: One Size Does Not Fit All
Session Description: The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers several models of dual enrollment that meet the needs of students across the state. These programs serve a dual purpose: they provide an important service to our local communities by increasing college-going rates and degree attainment and also as enrollment drivers for the university.

Moderator: TJ Bliss, Idaho State Board of Education

Speakers: Laurie Beam, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Anupma Prakash, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Highlands University’s Recovery from COVID in Times of Fire, Flood, and Water Insecurity 
Session Description: While trying to restore normalcy after COVID, New Mexico Highlands University experienced a sequence of crises: a massive wildfire, flooding, and water insecurity. Our leadership made numerous impromptu decisions with respect to staff shortages, data storage, instructional adaptation, and even temporary housing for the community. Join us to explore the lessons learned.

Moderator: James Holloway, University of New Mexico

Speakers: Roxanne M. Gonzales, New Mexico Highlands University, Ian Williamson, New Mexico Highlands University


Research Universities- How Innovation Happens
Session Description: Panelists  will discuss methods of assessing and comparing the productivity of their research, attracting top faculty and doctoral students with relevant research, as well as approaches to competition and collaboration with peer institutions

Panelists: Parker Antin, University of Arizona, Gail Burd, University of Arizona, Larry Head, University of Arizona 

Dinner on your own.


8:00-8:45 am


8:45-9:15 am

Membership Meeting

9:15-10:15 am

Refocusing Higher Education’s Democratic Purpose by Supporting Students of Color
In this session, attendees will learn how Latinx students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution conceptualize, define, and practice civic engagement. The session introduces research, theoretical practice, and policy recommendations to university leadership and administrators on how institutions, specifically HSIs, can better support the civic engagement efforts of their Latinx students that move an institution from Hispanic enrolling to Hispanic-serving.

Moderator: Veronica Dujon, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Speakers: Judy Kiyama, University of Arizona; Liliana Diaz, WICHE

10:15-10:30 am


10:30-11:30 am

Working with Faculty
During this session, you will hear from several academic leaders who work with faculty on topics related to recruitment, retention, and career advancement.  There will be ample opportunity for attendees to discuss in small groups challenges and innovative solutions to faculty recruitment and retention issues on campus.

Moderator: David Connelly, Utah Valley University

Speakers: Laura Lyons, University of Hawai‘i Manoa, Andrea Romero, University of Arizona

11:30 a.m.