Saylor Higher Education Summit 2017

Looking at the Degree and Beyond: Lowering Cost, Increasing Access, Exploring Alternatives

June 21-22, 2017 | Washington, DC

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Wednesday, June 21

11:00 - Registration and Lunch
1:00 - Program Start
1:20 - Welcome Remarks
1:30 - Welcome Address

Michael Saylor, President, CEO and Chairman, MicroStrategy, Trustee, Saylor Academy

2:30 - Keynote | "How Implementing Solutions for Student Success is the Best Way to Improve Institutional ROI"

Heather Hiles, Deputy Director of Post-secondary Success, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

3:30 -  Panel | "Alternative Credentials vs. Degrees : Entree, Complement, or Replacement?"

Katie Hall (moderator) | Director of Communications, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Jeremiah Shifflett | Database Administrator, Lord Fairfax Community College/
Mike Adams | Co-Founder, MissionU
Stephanie Krauss | Director of Special Projects, Jobs for the Future

4:45 - Concurrent Breakouts | Session 1

Cracking the Textbook: OER as a Driver of Innovative Learning Models
Cathrael Kazin, Kris Clerkin (Exploring Alternatives)

Helping Adult Students and Near Completers Reach the Finish Line with Credit for Prior Learning and OER
Tracy Robinson (Lowering Costs)

OER as a Bridge to Higher Education for Adult Diploma Seekers
Kevin Corcoran  (Increasing Access)

ePortfolios Based on Competency Models: Connecting Academia to the Workplace and Back
Dr. Stella Porto (Exploring Alternatives)

6:00 - Dinner Reception

Thursday, June 22

8:00 - Networking Breakfast
9:00 - Panel | "Employers as Higher Education Partners:  A New View into Degree Completion" 

Marc Singer (moderator) | Vice Provost, Center for the Assessment of Learning, Thomas Edison State University
Cody Cleverly | Manager of Academic Programs, JetBlue Airways
Kara Gwaltney | Director of Credit Evaluations, American Council on Education
Lisa Mahoney | Director, National College Credit Recommendation Service

10:30 - Panel | "Perspectives in Competency-Based Education"

Paul Fain (moderator) | Managing Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Mary Ellen Wiltrout | Digital Learning Scientist, MIT
Cathrael Kazin | Managing Partner, Volta Learning Group
Steve Phillips | Assistant Director, Center for the Assessment of Learning,  Thomas Edison State University

12:00 - OER Lightning Round | Lowering Cost

Marie Cini | Provost, University of Maryland University College
Richard Sebastian | Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Wayne Mackintosh | Director of the OER Foundation and UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic

1:15 - Keynote | "Global Opportunities in Digital Learning"

Dr. Vijay Kumar, Associate Dean, Office of Digital Learning, MIT

2:30 - Concurrent Breakouts | Session 2

Aligning Higher Education and Workforce: Broadening the Role of Business in STEM Transfer and Persistence
Brian Fitzgerald, Debbie Hughes (Increasing Access)

Untold Barriers for Black Students in Higher Education: Placing Race at the Center of Developmental Education
DeShawn Preston, PhD (Lowering Cost/Increasing Access) 

Integrated Learning: The Future of Learning, or Why is Knowledge Management Dead
Robert Clougherty, Viktoria Popova (Exploring Alternatives)

3:30 - Concurrent Breakouts | Session 3

Exploring Opportunities for Credentialing/Badging Essential Leadership Skills
Dr. Stephen Brand  (Exploring Alternatives)

AI for Learning Assessments, Credentialing, and Degree Completions
Dee Kanejiya- (Lowering Cost)

Widening International Higher Education Access by Blending Open Online Education and Micro-learning Campuses
Amanda Sanchez, Jooyoung Voeller, Steve Foerster (Increasing Access)

How Open Education Can Cross the Chasm to Educate a Billion Globally
Dr. Andrew Sears (Lowering Cost)

4:30 - Event End