Higher Education: Creating Pathways for Brighter Futures

These are the meeting resources from the 2023 Forum Annual Meeting which took place from April 26-28, 2023 in Tucson, AZ.

Carnegie Classification Redesign

During a time of heightened focus across the nation on issues of social and economic mobility, diversity, equity, and inclusion, attention must be paid to the manner in which higher education institutions address these areas. The Carnegie Foundation and ACE believe the time is right to transform the Carnegie Classification system to reflect the nation’s pressing social, racial, and economic concerns and challenge higher education institutions and their public, social, and commercial sector partners to meaningfully address them. During this session, Forum members will hear from ACE and members of its technical review board and/or institution round tables on the proposed changes to the Carnegie classification system.

Sara Gast

Deputy Executive Director for the Carnegie Classifications, American Council on Education

Mushtaq Gunja

Executive Director of the Carnegie Classification Systems, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education

Holistic Credit Mobility: Centering Learning in Credential Completion

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.

Martin Kurzweil

Vice President, Educational Transformation, Ithaka S+R

Chau-Fang Lin

Senior Analyst , Ithaka S+R

No Holding Back: Lessons from Institutions in Analyzing Administrative and Student Success Holds Data

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. Two 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.

Maren Haavig

Provost and Dean of Research, Sponsored Programs, and Graduate Studies, University of Alaska Southeast

Wendy Kilgore

Director of Research, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Marlena Pangelinan

Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, University of Guam

Olivia Tufo

Manager, Community Engagement and Development, Programs and Services



Highlands University’s Recovery from COVID in Times of Fire, Flood, and Water Insecurity

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.

Roxanne Gonzales

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, New Mexico Highlands University

Ian Williamson

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, New Mexico Highlands University

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.

Veronica Dujon

Forum Executive Committee, State of Oregon: Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Liliana Diaz Solodukhin

Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research



Judy Marquez Kiyama

Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Development, University of Arizona