December 5, 2006

Margaret Spellings or T'ai Chi?

February's American Council on Education's Annual Meeting has an online program schedule for the world to browse. A few clues to the changing political environment in Washington: the theme of the meeting is officially "The Access Imperative" though U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is on the agenda for a plenary session and the plenaries and breakouts are on a variety of topics. Keys to the meeting: which topics are the bailiwick of Terry Hartle (an issues overview the morning of Feb. 10; public-survey data at lunch on Feb. 11; and a mysteriously titled "Scenes from a Russian Novel" talk Feb. 12) and which corporations (and nonprofits in a few cases) are sponsoring various events:

  • Korn/Ferry International
  • SunGard Higher Education
  • New York Times
  • Datatel, Inc.
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Witt/Kieffer
  • Academic Search, Inc.
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Spencer Stuart
  • TIAA-CREF Institute
  • Edward W. Kelley & Partners
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Kaludis Consulting
  • ING

Quasi-sponsorships: slots on the panel that allow various consultants and firm bigwigs to showcase their expertise:

  • Williams & Connolly LLP
  • AGB
  • Jackson Hole Higher Education Group, Inc.
  • Qorvis

If you're an academic officer and going to the ACE meeting, definitely consider the "Is Enrollment Management Crippling Access?" breakout session 3-4:30 on February 12. It features Barmak Nassirian, one of the sharper folks in the higher-ed world. (Among the breakout sessions, it's cross-scheduled against "Increasing Access in Latin America: Challenges for Reform," which has Judy Genshaft, USF's president, as moderator. So I say "definitely consider" instead of "just go!")

Oh, yes, and there are opportunities for presidents, chancellors, and provosts who run or do T'ai Chi to find fellow morning exercisers. No, it's not cross-scheduled against Spellings's talk. 

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Posted in Education policy on December 5, 2006 8:41 AM |