Legislative Advisory Committee

2009 Annual Meeting
AGENDA AND PRESENTATIONS [AGENDA]

 

Monday, September 28

12.00 – 1.00 pm

Networking Lunch

1.00 – 1.15 pm

Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Legislative Advisory Committee

Speaker: Senator Dave Nething, North Dakota

1.15 – 2.30 pm

Getting What You Pay For: A Primer on Aligning Higher Education Appropriations, Tuition, and Financial Aid Policy

Decisions about higher education appropriations, tuition, and financial aid too often are made by separate entities without consideration of how action related to one might affect the others. This session will focus on strategies for aligning these policies to maximize access, participation, and success for all students.

Moderator: Demarée K. Michelau, director of policy analysis, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Speakers:

Vincent Badolato, policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures

Julie Davis Bell, education program director, National Conference of State Legislatures

Dennis Jones, president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems 

2.45 – 4.00 pm

What’s Your Return on Investment? The Legislative Role in Higher Education Productivity

With most states facing unprecedented budgetary challenges and a national call to increase degree attainment, state legislatures must grapple with tough issues in new ways and find strategies for improving outcomes in higher education. This session will examine relevant data and explore the legislative role in higher education productivity.

Speaker: Dennis Jones, president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems PRESENTATION

4.00 – 5.15 pm

The State-Federal Partnership: The West’s Response to Federal Action

States and the federal government are engaged in a unique partnership in providing postsecondary education. As key decision makers, state legislators need to be aware of and understand federal policy in order to ensure that their state’s policies are aligned efficiently. This session will highlight recent federal action, including stabilization funds, the stimulus package, and other higher education legislation.

Speakers:

David Longanecker, president, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Brian Prescott, director of policy research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education PRESENTATION

6.00 pm

An Update on Activities in WICHE’s Mental Health Unit

Speaker: Mimi McFaul, associate director, mental health program, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

 

 

Tuesday, September 29

7.00 – 8.00 am

Networking Breakfast

8.00 – 8.45 am

What’s Up At WICHE? An Update on WICHE Projects, Activities, and Resources

While the Legislative Advisory Committee primarily focuses on state policy issues affecting the West, WICHE is engaged in many other projects and activities that benefit the region. Learn about these exciting projects, activities, and resources.

Speakers:

Jere Mock, vice president for programs and services, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education PRESENTATION

Margo Schultz, student exchange program coordinator, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education PRESENTATION

8.45 – 9.45 am

It’s Never Too Late to Learn: The Necessity of Serving Adult Students

With President Obama’s call for the nation to return to its position as world leader in degree attainment, states and institutions are under increased pressure to produce more graduates at all levels. This necessitates a hard look at students who historically have not been served very well, adult learners. This session will provide background and focus on some of the policy challenges associated with reaching out to adults and ensuring their success.

Speaker: Demarée K. Michelau, director of policy analysis, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education PRESENTATION

10.15 – 11.45 am

State Financial Aid Programs: Strategies for Student Success

With increased demand for student financial aid, states are in a unique position to rethink how they might develop or adjust their programs. This session will highlight some different state-level models, including blended aid and shared responsibility.

Speakers:

Brian Prescott, director of policy research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education PRESENTATION

James Purcell, director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education PRESENTATION

11.45 – 1.45 pm

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

This closing session will feature a facilitated discussion about how state legislators can leverage the current fiscal crisis to think strategically and creatively about higher education, its role in the state, and its future.

Facilitator: David Skaggs, former executive director, Colorado Department of Higher Education and former Congressman, Colorado’s second congressional district

1.45 – 2.00 pm

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Senator Dave Nething, North Dakota