2018 Penn GSE-NASPA Institute for Higher Education’s Future

January 07 – January 09, 2018

Session I:  January 7 - 9, 2018  |  Philadelphia, PA
Session II:  June 3 - 4, 2018  |  Washington, DC
Session III:  September 21 - 22, 2018  |  San Francisco, CA

The future of higher education is uncertain, and vice presidents for student affairs are being called on to lead in contexts more challenging than ever before.  NASPA and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education have joined forces to present this three-session, vice president for student affairs-exclusive executive education program. Join other seasoned VPSAs (or the equivalent) as they explore and develop solutions for the big challenges facing student affairs and higher education.

Click here to read what some members of the inaugural 2017 institute cohort have to say about their experience.

Schedule Update!  During Session III in San Francisco, the cohort will take two exciting "field trips".  The group will visit the headquarters of the technology giant Salesforce and AT&T Park, the home of the S.F. Giants.  During both outings, the cohort will engage with leaders of both organizations.

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About

What to Expect

You will join an exclusive cohort of 25 colleagues who gather three times in 2018 (Jan/June/Sept) for facilitated discussions, theory-to-practice applications, and thought provoking speakers. Together, participants will:

  • Explore problem-solving strategies from afield of student affairs and higher education;
  • Translate those strategies to the student affairs context; and
  • Apply those strategies to address higher education’s seemingly intractable problems.

The Opportunity

The Institute is designed to provide an executive leadership opportunity that will:

  • Bring new thinking and fresh ideas to ongoing and emerging challenges;
  • Develop knowledge and insight to lead more effectively on campus;
  • Advance the student affairs profession to meet the needs of the evolving postsecondary environment; and
  • Create a strong peer network across institutional types.

Leveraging ideas from leading businesses and non-profit organizations and borrowing from fields such as economics and psychology, the program will also tap the deep wisdom of the experienced VPSA participants. Participants will leave the Institute with an actionable agenda to move ahead on big picture challenges by calling upon, testing, and applying ideas from both within and outside of higher education.

The Focus

Student affairs leaders are witnessing higher education and their profession shift, if not transform, more quickly than they could have ever imagined. The Institute will provide the structure and space to implement new ideas and promising practices to influence the seismic changes occurring in higher education including:

  • Student activism and campus unrest
  • College access and affordability
  • Alcohol and other drug misuse/abuse
  • Sexual violence on campus
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Student mental health concerns
  • College completion
  • Employability of college graduates
  • Social inequities perpetuated by higher education
  • Market disruption by new higher education providers
  • Higher education’s unsustainable business model
  • Demographic shifts
  • Public scrutiny and demands for ROI

The Approach: An Outside-In Framework

The Institute will rely heavily on ideas and knowledge from outside of student affairs to provide participants the means of getting beyond their day-to-day work. The program’s presenters and facilitators will leverage ideas from business and non-profit organizations, and tap fields such as economics, psychology, hospitality, technology, and other relevant areas.

About the Institute Model

This exclusive professional development program is an institute.  Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals and offsite activities.  It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening each day.

 

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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Vice President for Student Affairs

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Schedule

Session I
January 7-9, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

During this first of three sessions, participants will frame the most pressing problems facing student affairs and higher education and explore together new ways of looking at and addressing these challenges.  The session will introduce concepts from fields outside of higher education such as media, public health, government, and policy development.

Session II
June 3-4, 2018
Washington, D.C.

During this second session, participants will continue to work on the most vexing challenges identified in Session I, introducing concepts from public policy, the media, and the hospitality industry.

Session III
September 21-22, 2018
San Francisco, California

During this final session, new concepts will be introduced from the fields of economics, business, and technology, and participants will synthesize these and concepts from earlier sessions to advance their own institutions and the field.


The schedule presented here is subject to changes.

Sun, Jan 07

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Institute Check-in
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Institute Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Welcome, Introductions, the Shared Itinerary and Working Assumptions
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Framing the (Real) Most Pressing Problems
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
VPSA Competencies: What We Know Today and What We Need for Tomorrow
Stephanie Gordon, Vice President for Professional Development, NASPA
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Institute Reception and Dinner

Mon, Jan 08

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Transformational (Live) Case Study: Putting Values into Action, Penn and West Philadelphia
Anthony Sorrentino, Assistant Vice President, Office of the Senior Vice President, University of Pennsylvania
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Stop and Make Sense
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Top of Mind
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Institute Luncheon
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Racial Literacy: Developing New Capacities Around Diversity and Equity
Howard Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education; Professor of Africana Studies, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop and Make Sense
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Beyond the Borders: Higher Education Outside of Student Affairs
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Institute Dinner

Tue, Jan 09

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Strategy, not Strategic Planning
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Stop and Make Sense
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Working Effectively with the Cabinet and President
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Translating, Transferring and Testing
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Adjournment

Sun, Jun 03

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast, Reconnecting (and Disconnecting)
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Transforming the Media Industry (or Is It Upheaval?)
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Stop and Make Sense
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Getting People to Baltimore
Al Hutchinson, President and CEO, Visit Baltimore
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Making Sense of (a Crazy, Unpredictable) First Year: Impacts and Emerging Issues from the Trump Administration
Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stop and Make Sense
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Lessons from the Global Hospitality Sector
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Top of Mind
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Making Sense of the Day: Stopping for a Longer PauseM
6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Institute Reception and Dinner

Mon, Jun 04

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Health Care and Higher Education
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Stop and Make Sense
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Looking Ahead by Looking Back
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Adjournment

Fri, Sep 21

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Reconnecting (and Disconnecting)
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
It Really is “The Economy that Matters”
Mary C. Daly, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Stop and Make Sense
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Jumping Across Boundaries
Linda Oubre, Dean, College of Business, San Francisco State University
11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Institute Outing
6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Institute Reception and Dinner

Sat, Sep 22

7:45 a.m – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Top of Mind
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Preparing for the New Academic Year
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Leadership Roundtable
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Institute Closing Luncheon

Registration

This professional development program is designed for seasoned vice presidents for student affairs (and other most senior student affairs officers).

Your registration fee for this unique NASPA program includes all Institute materials, all meals that fall within the Institute schedule, and seven nights of hotel accommodations across the three institute sessions.

Registration rates are based on your NASPA membership. If you are not a member, please visit the NASPA Membership page for more information.

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Registration Fees

Early
before 11/23/2017
Regular
before 12/14/2017
Late
before 12/28/2017
NASPA Member
$5200
$5450
$5650
Non-Member
$5400
$5650
$5850

Questions?

Tonya Myrphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext.1183

James Stascavage
Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-719-1172

Policies

View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is November 22, 2017, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected].

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to [email protected] prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected].

Faculty

Your institute experience will be facilitated by two accomplished higher education leaders.


  • Peter Eckel, Institute Co-Director

    Peter Eckel, Institute Co-Director

    Senior Fellow and Director of Leadership Programs
    Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

    Faculty Bio

  • Kevin Kruger, Institute Co-Director

    Kevin Kruger, Institute Co-Director

    President
    NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    Faculty Bio

Speakers

Throughout the three institute sessions, you will hear from and engage deeply with luminaries from within and outside of higher education.


  • Mary Daly

    Mary Daly

    Executive Vice President & Director of Economic Research
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

    Speaker Bio

  • Stephanie Gordon

    Stephanie Gordon

    Vice President for Professional Development
    NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Terry Hartle

    Terry Hartle

    Senior Vice President
    American Council on Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Dennis Holtschneider

    Dennis Holtschneider

    Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
    Ascension

    Speaker Bio

  • Al Hutchinson

    Al Hutchinson

    President & CEO
    Visit Baltimore

    Speaker Bio

  • Scott Jaschik

    Scott Jaschik

    Editor
    Inside Higher Ed

    Speaker Bio

  • Linda Oubre

    Linda Oubre

    Dean of the College of Business
    San Francisco State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Anthony Sorrentino

    Anthony Sorrentino

    Assistant Vice President, Office of the Executive Vice President
    University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker Bio

  • Howard Stevenson

    Howard Stevenson

    Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies
    University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker Bio

Venue

The Inn at Penn


The Inn at Penn
Philadelphia, PA

All Session I institute activities will take place at The Inn at Penn.  Institute participants will not need to make any hotel reservations.  Reservations will be coordinated by the NASPA office.

  • Travel

    Philadelphia is serviced by Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The Inn at Penn is approximately 8 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Taxis and Shuttles
    For more information about taxi and shuttle service, please visit the Parking & Transport page of the PHL website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Parking & Transport page of the PHL website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Philadelphia in January are in the low-40s F during the day and low-30s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Hilton Alexandria Old Town


Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Alexandria, VA

All Session II institute activites will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town.  Institute participants will not need to make any hotel reservations.  Reservations will be coordinated by the NASPA office.

  • Travel

    Alexandria is serviced by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The Hilton is approximately 4 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Metrorail
    For more information on Metrorail Service, please visit the Metrorail page.

    Shuttles
    For more information on shuttle service, please visit the Super Shuttle page of the DCA website. A shared-ride shuttle service to the Hilton is approximately $18 one-way.

    Taxis
    Taxis are dispatched from convenient locations on the arrivals curb just outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal. For more information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the DCA website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Car page of the DCA website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Alexandria in June are around 80 degrees F. As the institute gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Parc 55 San Francisco


Parc 55 San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

All Session III institute activities will take place at the Parc 55 San Francisco.  Institute participants will not need to make any hotel reservations.  Reservations will be coordinated by the NASPA office.

  • Travel

    San Francisco is serviced by San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Parc 55 is approximately 14 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Ground Transportation
    For more information regarding ground transportation at SFO, please visit the Ground Transportation section of the SFO website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Cars page of the SFO website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in San Francisco in September are around 73 degrees F. As the institute gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Additional Info

2017 Institute Participant Testimonials

This is unique. Part of what I like about it is that it is an opportunity to really focus on issues that are broadly affecting higher education. For me the benefit to that is that it’s help me engage my colleagues more on cabinet and to be more of an institutional thinker. I’ve enjoyed the settings of a couple of days away at different locations where you have this immersive experience and then you go back and you can use some of the things you have learned in real time.  -  Felicia McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Rutgers University

The institute is different than other student affairs institutes I have participated in. It offers the participants time to explore ideas and trends shaping our world outside of higher education but also affords you the opportunity to consider how these trends may or may not be beneficial to student affairs and our work on campus….This has been a phenomenal professional development experience and one that I would strongly recommend for anyone aspiring to make a difference in the lives of students, their campus and the world of higher education.  -  Les Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement, Michigan Technological University

I think it is easy to get into a cycle of putting out fires, working long hours responding to the needs of our campus, but not stopping to think about where we're going or why. The institute has helped me push pause a little to think about what is happening on my campus and in higher education nationally. The program exposes us to amazing presenters who think about higher education differently than I do. Having the opportunity to talk through things with colleagues who also do this work has been really valuable.  -  Kathryn Cavins-Tull, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Texas Christian University

I have really enjoyed the institute. What has been most significant for me is to have it in this kind of small setting and to do so really focused on a scholarly practitioner approach, which is different than most professional development experiences that you have….You should become involved with the institute. Absolutely. It’s been very helpful. It’s great to sit down with colleagues who do this work, who are passionate about what they are doing.  -  Felicia Patterson, Vice President for Learner Support Services, Anne Arundel Community College

Hearing perspectives from outside of student affairs and higher education is intellectually stimulating, Each and every presenter has been relevant and engaging.  -  Helen Matusow-Ayers, Vice President for Student Affairs, Pratt Institute

[As a result of attending the institute,] I'm doing a lot of things differently, not only from what we've learned from speakers and readings, but from my colleagues who offer so much knowledge and experience. I've completely changed how I lead the division.  -  Tim King, Vice President for Student Affairs, Jacksonville State University

I appreciate the format and having multiple opportunities to meet across the year; there is ample time to reflect on what was covered in the sessions afterward as well as to stay connected to peers in the cohort.  -  Lisa Cooper Wilkins, Assistant Superintendent & Vice President of Student Services, San Joaquin Delta College

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