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USC Hosts Higher Education Conference

USC Hosts Higher Education Conference

The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice is hosting a conference Jan. 13-15 to initiate debate and discussion on the future of higher education and create a roadmap for the nation’s educational policy leaders.

“What Matters Now: College Access and Success in the Age of Obama” brings together key policymakers and educators to determine how to chart a new course for higher education as a result of the Obama administration’s initiatives that impact student financing and access.

“This pivotal and timely event that focuses on higher education promises open and pointed discussions regarding the emerging role of the federal government in educational policy and accountability, and how this affects different states,” said Jerome A. Lucido, executive director of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice.

“The conference provides a dynamic forum to learn about the latest developments in education and education policy from the top people in the nation,” he added.

Dozens of scheduled speakers include Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education; Martha Kanter, under secretary of education with the U.S. Department of Education; and Jamie Merisotis, president of the Lumina Foundation.

“The center has put together an impressive array of scholars, policymakers and others who will provide their insight on and engage the audience in a dialogue about these issues,” said Donald E. Heller, one of the conference panelists, a professor of education and senior scientist at Pennsylvania State University.

Panel topics include “The Reemergence of the Federal Government and What It Means for Educational Policy”; “In Synch: Linking State Higher Education Imperatives to the New Federal Agenda”; “A System of the Whole: How to Refocus America’s Educational System on K-16 Alignment”; “Standardizing Excellence: The Path Toward a Common Set of State Academic Standards”; “Making It Work: Our Commitment to Systemic Progress and Productivity.”

Additional information on the conference and registration costs can be found at

Wayne J. Camara, vice president of research and analysis with The College Board, praised the work of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice in regards to this conference and previous ones.

“The conference is quickly becoming the seminal conference for professionals in higher education who are interested in research-based practices dealing with serious issues in enrollment and assessment,” said Camara, who is also scheduled to attend the conference.

The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice is considered a top resource for research and data regarding national trends in college enrollment and admissions.

USC Hosts Higher Education Conference

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