Presidents Track (Invitation Only)
Sunday, March 12, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 AM
8:30 - 9:00 AM
9:15 - 10:45 AM
Innovation, Thought Leadership, and Entrepreneurship
Higher education presidents are being asked to use innovation to create radically successful institutions. Peter Drucker suggests that entrepreneurship is the managerial process for creating and managing innovation and that the only way a business can hope to prosper, if not to survive, is to innovate. University and college presidents and an entrepreneur will discuss ways their institutions are leading by example.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Presidential Dialogue: Focus on the Future
The Community College Renaissance has ended and today's financial, political, and higher education environment poses unprecedented challenges for its leaders. Public financial support and trust in governance, quality, productivity, and college value are eroding. The League for Innovation Trends Report (2015) suggests that the modal time for presidents in their role has declined from 11-15 years in 1997 to 1-5 years in 2015, with an average of 2.8 years. Speakers will address how presidents operate in today's environment and the impact of the ubiquitous change in community college leadership.
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Luncheon Presentation: Higher Education Policy Under President Trump
The presenter will provide an overview of the federal agenda with respect to higher education and its potential impact on community colleges as presented by President Trump or the Secretary of Education.
1:45 - 3:00 PM
Possible Futures for Higher Education's Economic Model
The movement of higher education's focus from access to completion calls for new ways to assess affordability and accessibility. Policy initiatives such as performance-based funding only mask the structural issues found in financial systems rooted in past practices and not suited for the next generation innovations needed to enhance our institutions. Speakers will discuss factors inhibiting change to higher education models and efforts by colleges to ensure their future relevance and economic sustainability.
3:15 - 4:15 PM
Entrepreneurship: The X Factor to Transformative Innovation
Higher education needs highly effective institutional leaders in every community college. Entrepreneurship, innovation, and experts collaborate to accelerate innovation as thought partners in institutional and community change. The speakers will discuss the alignment of entrepreneurism and transformative innovation, how community college leaders can lead efforts toward a better understanding of social issues surrounding access to opportunity for underserved communities, and how concern can be mitigated by such thinking.
4:30 - 4:45 PM
Closing Remarks: Impressions From the Media
The presenter will provide a reaction to the day's panels and presentations, as well as the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in community colleges.