2016 AACRAO Technology & Transfer Conference

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Opening Plenary Presentation
Sunday, July 10, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Davis JenkinsSenior Research Associate, Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College
Tim Amyx, Director of Admissions and College Registrar, Volunteer State Community College
Luisa Havens, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Services, Florida International University

“Transforming Transfer: Improving College Outcomes by Better Serving the Often-Overlooked Mobile Student”
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University has partnered with the Aspen Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse to conduct research on  community college to university transfer.  The first releases of their results have provided new insights into student transfer and will serve as a valuable resource for two and four-year institutions to develop practices to better serve community college and transfer students.  

Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate at CCRC, will present results of from two recent products from this research: 1) a January 2016 report on measures of the effectiveness of two- and four-year institutions in enabling students to transfer and earn bachelor’s degrees; and 2) a (forthcoming) May 2016 report on the practices of partnerships of two- and four-year institutions that have better than expected bachelor’s outcomes (based on analysis of NSC data and controlling for student and institutional characteristics) for students who start at community colleges. The presenters will share how research can inform good practice and improve degree completion.

Panel Discussion
Monday, July 11, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Mark Armstrong, Vice President for Higher Ed Product Development, Oracle 
Liz Dietz, Vice President, Student Strategy and Product Management, Workday
Kari Branjord, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Ellucian
Adrian Cornelius, University Registrar, University of Maryland [moderator]
Mark McConahay, Director of the AACRAO Tech/Transfer Conference and Associate Vice Provost and Registrar, Indiana University [moderator]

"What is the Future of ERPs?"
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERPs) that include Student Information Systems (SISs) were heavily implemented over the past 10-15 years. The vast majority of student records professionals use these ERPs, and they are the predominant means by which student records are administered in higher education.  However, the landscape upon which these systems are built is dynamic, and as our business needs change (CBE, Comprehensive Student Records, Interoperability, etc.), so does our dependency on our applications and systems. The potential of these systems to fundamentally change, improve, or provide the necessary information for curriculum management and student support on behalf of our campuses is far reaching. 
For many institutions, ERP-style student information systems now represent the “legacy” operational system, and administrators are now beginning to search for a future approach.   Other institutions choose to wait for the “next generation” of ERPs to evolve in order to leverage the operational value of their legacy systems. So, for any of us who use and/or are considering the adoption of one of these systems, what is the future of ERPs?  
Three panelists—each of whom represents an SIS provider—will provide some guidance regarding the future of ERPs. The representatives will be asked to provide the salient characteristics of their solutions, the primary distinctions that define their systems, and their roadmaps for future development of their systems.
Closing Plenary Presentation
Tuesday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Stephen Handel, Associate Vice President—Undergraduate Admissions for the University of California (UC) System

“Transition and Transformation: Fostering Transfer Student Success”
 Extraordinary forces—demographic, economic, and technological—are reshaping American higher education. New technologies promise radical alterations to the ways in which we admit, enroll, and teach new students coming to our colleges and universities. Demographic changes and shifting economic perspectives influence where Americans will access a college education. But to what extent have—or will—these transformative forces change the transfer process? The importance of community colleges in allowing families to leverage their ever-shrinking higher education budgets mean that transfer will become increasingly important to a wider range of students in the United States. This session touches on some of the new ideas that are swirling around the transfer process, while highlighting some of the traditional values that have made the transfer function one of the most majestic elements of American higher education.