March 21-22, 2024
Washington, DC

2024 National Conference

Making Higher Education Work for Life

The Coalition for Transformational Education’s National Conference is an opportunity to share and learn with others dedicated to improving higher education so that students who graduate from college do so with more than a degree alone, but with a sense of identity, purpose, agency, and wellbeing. Conference speakers include experts in flourishing, mental health, and higher education; college and university leaders; and Coalition members who will share the goals, challenges, and impact of their campus projects.

Please note: Conference attendees are not required to be Coalition or AAC&U members. 

Agenda

This is a work in progress and will be updated as changes are made daily. Please check back frequently.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Location: 2115 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

6:00 p.m—Welcome Reception

Welcoming remarks from conference organizers and networking opportunities.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments available.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Location:

Leavey Center Ballroom, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057

8:00 a.m—Breakfast
Buffet breakfast with opportunities to meet and interact with other attendees.

9:00—Welcoming Remarks by Jack DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

9:15—Meeting Overview by Richard Miller (President emeritus of Olin College of Engineering) on the mission and goals of the Coalition.

9:30—University of Florida Quest Program Presentation and Discussion by Angela Lindner, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at the University of Florida

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10:15—Ignite Talks
Quick presentations by Coalition members featuring their projects, as well as advice for others interested in implementing and scaling similar projects. Featuring

Arizona State University: View Slides

Bates College: View Slides

University of Michigan-Dearborn: Watch Video

10:45—Networking Break

11:15—Fireside Chat: How to Build Trust in Higher Education Through Wellbeing featuring Rick Miller, President emeritus of Olin College of Engineering, Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute and Clayton Spencer, President emerita of Bates College. Moderated by President Jack DeGioia.

12:00—Lunch
Buffet lunch with opportunities to meet and interact with other attendees

1:00—Group Photo

1:15—Keynote Remarks, Agora, and Conversation with Corey Keyes, Professor of Sociology, Emory University College of Arts and Sciences

2:15—Georgetown University Engelhard Program Presentation and Discussion by Joselyn Lewis, Director of Inclusive Pedagogy for the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University and Nestory Ngolle, Student and member of the Engelhard Student Advisory Council, Georgetown University

 

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3:00—Networking Break

3:30—Ignite Talks
Quick presentations by Coalition members featuring their projects, as well as advice for others interested in implementing and scaling similar projects. Featuring:

Bucknell University: View Slides

University of Southern California: View Slides

Washington University in Saint Louis: View Slides

4:15—Summary and Preparation for Day 2

4:30—Poster Session and Social Hour (to 5:30)
An opportunity for attendees to learn more about Coalition programs at member institutions and to engage with others and reflect upon and discuss the conference before dinner.

5:45:        Dinner
Dinner for all conference attendees.

6:45—Keynote Remarks and Conversation with Paul Tough, Author, Speaker, and Journalist, moderated by Rick Miller

 

Friday, March 22, 2024

Location

Leavey Center Ballroom, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057

7:30 a.m—Breakfast
Buffet breakfast with an opportunity to interact with other attendees around the themes of the meeting.

8:30—The Astonishing Effect of Exercise on the Brain. Remarks, Agora, and Conversation with Wendy Suzuki, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, New York University

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9:30—LearningWell Panel Presentation featuring Nicola Blake, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Thomas C. Katsouleas, President Emeritus of University of Connecticut, Mike Magee, President of Minerva University, and Samantha Smith, Director of Health Promotion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, moderated by Marjorie Malpiede

10:15—Networking Break

10:45—Executive Presentation of Coalition for Transformational Education/Gallup Survey Results with a Spotlight on the University of Maine, presented by Zachary Hrynowski, Senior Education Consultant at Gallup and John Volin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Maine

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11:15—Breakout Sessions and Report Out

11:45—Conference Summary by Rick Miller

12:00—Lunch
Box lunch for those departing in the afternoon.

1:00—Optional Tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture

Planning Committee Members

Keith Buffinton

Keith Buffinton

Executive Director of the Coalition

Marjorie Malpiede

Marjorie Malpiede

Editor in Chief, LearningWell Magazine

Richard Miller

Richard Miller

President emeritus of Olin College of Engineering

John Volin

John Volin

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Maine

Dana Humphrey

Dana Humphrey

Engagement Director of the Coalition

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