Featured Speakers

Sunday, November 11, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Presentation


Using Data and Analytics to Eliminate Achievement Gaps

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For the past decade, Georgia State University has been at the leading edge of demographic shifts in the southeast. Even while doubling the numbers of non-white and low-income students it enrolls, Georgia State has raised graduation rates by 22 percentage points and closed all achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and income-level. It now awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other college or university in the nation. Through a discussion of innovations ranging from chat bots and predictive analytics to meta-majors and completion grants, the session will cover lessons learned from Georgia State’s transformation and outline several practical and low-cost steps that campuses can take to improve outcomes for underserved students.

Dr. Timothy Renick

Monday, November 12, 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Panel Presentation

DP1_1105Serving Our Military and Veterans

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In observance of Veterans Day in the United States, AACRAO honors our active duty military and veterans across the world by focusing on issues that impact their access to and success in pursuing postsecondary education. AACRAO member and distinguished veteran Dr. Chris Lucier, Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Delaware, will facilitate a panel discussion, which will present administrative, advocate and student perspectives on these issues. Learn how we can better serve the needs and foster the success of our servicemembers.

Keronica C. Richardson
Lauren Augustine

Tuesday, November 13, 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Plenary Presentation


Janet Hyde
Academic Strategic Directions

Post-Secondary Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Janet Hyde’s presentation will touch on the nature of post-secondary education in 2030, including differing views of what the academy may look like and how it may operate. Through research and example, she will present some of the challenges and opportunities inherent in supporting the emerging economy, changing demographics, and changing expectations of post-secondary educators. She will suggest some approaches to consider that could lead to more nimble post-secondary organizations and will conclude with techniques for achieving meaningful change in the post-secondary sector that require collaboration between SEM professionals, academic leaders, and faculty.

Wednesday, November 14, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary Presentation

jimmie ims 5Jimmie L. McMillian
Senior Corporate Counsel
Hulman & Company

Being the Light in the Darkness

Mr. McMillian’s presentation will be an uplifting message about the struggles that he faced in his own life as a student at Michigan State University and Indiana University and how through help and guidance from college administrators and staff he was able to overcome those struggles to chart a path to becoming an accomplished attorney. He hopes to inspire colleges across the country to refocus their efforts on recapturing students that were previously admitted to college but for a variety of reasons may have failed to complete their college education and to create programs that give those students a pathway to return, complete their college journey and earn their degree.


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