USU Winter Conference 2014



NOVEMBER 2 - 4, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

8:00a.m. – 10:30a.m.

USU Innovation Challenge Pitch Session

One of the biggest challenges facing both higher education and the economy is the seeming lack of alignment between what a student learns and what employers need. In this innovative, engaging session, university representatives will pitch their innovations on ways to strengthen the university-employer/labor market relationships to a panel of judges. Those ranked highest will receive seed money (up to $30,000) to prototype the idea, explore feasibility, scale the idea or launch it. The panel is designed to stimulate thinking and engage conversations in new ways. This session has been generously supported by Lumina Foundation.


Dorothy H. Air, Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization, University of Cincinnati
Chester N. Kennedy, Vice President and Chief Engineer of Training and Logistics Solutions, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training
Nicole McDonald, Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundation
William M. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost/COO, University of Akron
Ed Smith-Lewis, Associate Program Officer, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Participants (Higher Education-Employer Relationship):

California State University, Northridge, Julia Potter, Director of External Relations, Tseng College of Extended Learning
Florida International University, Steven A. Rojas Tallon, Program Lead, Talent Development Network, Office of Community Engagement
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor
University of Houston, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer
University of Louisville, Neville Pinto, Dean, J.B. Speed School of Engineering
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Robert Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor, Research and Economic Development

Participants (Aligning the Curriculum to the Labor Market):

California State University, Fresno, Lynnette Zelezny, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
Cleveland State University, Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement
Portland State University, Sona K. Andrews, Provost
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Mark Stewart, Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Vice Dean for Research
Virginia Commonwealth University, Kenneth B. Kahn, Director, VCU da Vinci Center

10:30a.m. – 11:45a.m.

Innovative Admissions Strategies for Access, Success, and Community Impact

University leaders are under fire to ensure their graduates have the qualities and skills needed to succeed not only in school, but also in the workforce. The admissions office is the gateway to a college education, and universities have begun to innovate around ways to better recruit, select, and matriculate a diverse class with attributes that will help them thrive in their future careers – and that will foster an enriched learning environment that benefits all students. At this session, we will share the results of a national study of admissions strategies conducted by APLU/USU, in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The study aims to determine the impact of new admission strategies, particularly “holistic review,” on student access and success. Also featured will be the work of Temple University, which is collaborating with APLU/USU (and with funding by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to transform undergraduate admissions and integrate new models and approaches to evaluating students. Panelists will then engage in a robust discussion regarding the impact of these strategies on access to education, student success, and labor market needs.


Barbara Henley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago


William N. Black, Senior Vice Provost of Enrollment Management, Temple University
Cheryl Brewster, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
Greer Glazer, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati

Noon – 1:30p.m.

USU Membership Luncheon

Master of Ceremonies:

Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

1:45p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Partnerships in Place – Building Effective Regional/Community Based Partnerships

Universities are place-based anchors in their communities and do not have the luxury of simply leaving if the surrounding neighborhood, city, or region experiences a downturn. By necessity, then, universities have a vested interest in developing strong community partnerships, aiding in economic development, and responding to community needs. Equally, deep and wide engagement contributes to the betterment of a public university’s tri-fold mission of learning, discovery and service. This session will examine three types of university-community partnerships from the perspective of members of the community. A university president will serve as a respondent to discuss community relations through a university lens, with special attention to the international dimensions of the university-community relationship.


Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Jimmy Cheek, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Roger Brindley, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President of USF World, University of South Florida
Byron Brooks, Chief Administrator, City of Orlando
John C. Hitt, President, University of Central Florida
Jarvis Wheeler, School Director, Evans Community School

Monday, November 3, 2014

8:30a.m. – 10:00a.m.

Community Safety Partnerships to Promote Transformative Community Development

Real and perceived safety is a common and crucial issue for healthy, vital neighborhoods. Urban universities, as anchors in their cities, build partnerships with police, city and community stakeholders to address this concern. This session will feature a series of short, rapid presentations that highlight innovative, effective off-campus safety initiatives that universities pursue as part of a broader, transformative community development strategy. The goal is to review a wide range of effective practices and invite the audience to share their experiences, resulting in a brief white paper on existing strategies and key lessons learned.


J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston


Kathy Buettner, Director of Communications for Cure Violence, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
David Cox, Executive Assistant to the President, The University of Memphis
Craig Stone, Chief of Police, Cleveland State University Police Department
Eric O. Hersey, Lieutenant, University of Illinois at Chicago Police Department
John A. Venuti, Chief of Police, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department
Stancia J. Whitcomb Jenkins, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community and Public Affairs, University of Missouri – Kansas City

10:30a.m. – 11:45a.m.

Improving Institutional Culture and Climate through Faculty Cluster Hiring

Changing demographics in urban communities have elevated institutional climate as an area of priority for university leaders. Faculty and staff impact the development of an inclusive and innovative campus climate through their research and in their interactions with students. However, it is often challenging for universities to recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds who will enrich the teaching and learning environment. In addition, universities are looking for new ways to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research. This panel will highlight several universities that have developed faculty cluster, or cohort, hiring programs that have been particularly successful in diversifying the faculty and stimulating research on topics impacting institutional climate (e.g. health equity). Panelists will also discuss the potential impact of such programs on the development of minority faculty leaders and university partnerships with urban communities.


Susan D. Phillips, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, University at Albany, SUNY/SUNY Downstate


Debasish (Deba) Dutta, Provost, Purdue University
Kenneth G. Furton, Provost, Florida International University
Laura R. Severin, Special Assistant to the Provost, North Carolina State University

1:45p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Partnering with K-12 and Community Colleges: Impacts on Student Success

Student performance along the education spectrum dominates political discussion. The rhetoric masks the level of activity, innovation and experimentation happening at the local level, driven by strong partnerships among education institutions. Engaged universities work with pre-K-12 and other higher education institutions to build pipelines, improve student preparedness (especially for those from disadvantaged communities or populations), and strengthen completion and success. This panel showcases two types of partnerships: University-K-12 and University-Community College.


Renu Khator, President, University of Houston and Chancellor, University of Houston System


Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
John Hitt, President, University of Central Florida
E. Ann McGee, President, Seminole State College of Florida
Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University

3:45p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Strengthening Community (Invitation Only)

3:45p.m. – 6:30p.m.

TPG Working Meeting (Invitation Only)

6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.

TPG Dinner (Invitation Only)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Businesses are from Mars, Universities are from Venus: Overcoming Challenges and Getting the Most from Your Partnership

Effective collaborations between university and industry partners are critical to the innovation economy. But universities and businesses don’t always speak the same language, have the same expectations, or operate on the same timelines. Still, examples abound of university and industry partners pairing up to serve workforce needs and to accelerate innovation and technology transfer from the lab to market. Presenters in this session will talk about their experiences with successful partnerships, how they overcame barriers, and the importance of breadth of university education and creative resources, beyond STEM education, in support of partnerships.


Jacob Johnson, Founder, innovosource


John Ballato, Vice President for Economic Development, Clemson University
Patrick Harker, President, University of Delaware
Max Metcalf, Manager of Government and Community Relations, BMW Manufacturing
Ben Noel, Executive Director, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, University of Central Florida

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