Agenda

2012 Leadership Agenda

Day One: Thursday, October 4, 2012 

11:00 a.m.     Registration/Check-in (Pre-function Area)

[Space permitting in the Phoenix Ballroom North, interested leadership conference participants are welcome to attend the closing session of the 2012 Reinventing Instruction and Learning Conference for faculty, administrators, and staff of Texas public colleges and universities. From 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., Andrew Ng, Director, Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Co-Founder of Coursera, will speak on the ways in which new uses of technology, especially the development of MOOCs (massive open online courses), can change higher education.]

12:00 noon     Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, and 2012 Star Awards Ceremony

Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, on “The State of Higher Education in Texas”

Texas Higher Education Star Awards Ceremony

2:00 p.m.        Conference Welcome (Phoenix Ballroom North)

Fred W. Heldenfels IV, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

2:15 p.m.    Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency: Preparations for the 83rd Texas Legislature

The Honorable Dan Branch, Texas House of Representatives, District 108, Chair of the House Committee on Higher Education; Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency

The Honorable Judith Zaffirini, Texas Senate, District 21, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee; Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency

Representative Dan Branch and Senator Judith Zaffirini will provide overviews of the work of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency and the preparations that are being made for the 83rd Legislative Session.

3:00 p.m.    Innovative Practices and Improvements in U.S. Higher Education

Panel Facilitator: Janelle Shepard, Member, THECB

Panelists:  Debra Humphreys, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, American Association of Community Colleges; Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Tom Sugar, Senior Vice President, Complete College America

Panelists will discuss some innovative practices and activities at universities and colleges across the United States that are helping to promote, sustain, and scale continuous improvements on campuses. The discussion will include best practices that have been implemented.

4:00 p.m.    Cultivating Continuous Improvement and Innovation in Texas Higher Education – Best Practices

Panel Facilitator: Fred W. Heldenfels IV, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Panelists: Eugene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas State University-San Marcos; Paul Matney, President, Amarillo College; Mark Milliron, Chancellor, Western Governors University

Panelists will discuss some of the innovative strategies in Texas that hold promise for keeping down costs while still helping undergraduate students, particularly at-risk students, achieve collegiate success.

4:45 p.m.    Roundtable Discussions of Innovative Methods to Enhance and Sustain Undergraduate Student Persistence and Success (* These Sessions Not Recorded)

Roundtable Discussion Facilitators:  Debra Humphreys, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, American Association of Community Colleges (DeWitt Room); Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver (DeZavala Room);  Andrew Ng, Director, Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Co-Founder of Coursera (Austin Room); Tom Sugar, Senior Vice President, Complete College America (Robertson Room)

Facilitators will lead roundtable discussions on some of the means and methods by which institutions can accomplish greater cost efficiencies productivity toward student success and improve quality and learning outcomes.

5:30 p.m.    Adjournment

6:30 p.m.    Reception (Pre-function Area)

7:15 p.m.    Dinner and Keynote Speaker (Phoenix Ballroom North)

Arthur Levine, President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, on “Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student” and the major changes that will be needed at our higher education institutions to effectively provide the education needed by these students. 

Day Two: Friday, October 5, 2012[*] 

7:30 a.m.    Registration/Check-in and Breakfast Buffet (Phoenix Ballroom Central)

8:00 a.m.    Welcome (Phoenix Ballroom North)

Harold W. Hahn, Vice-Chair, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

8:15 a.m.    Texas Higher Education: Closing the Gaps by 2015

 David W. Gardner, Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy/Chief Academic Officer, THECB

The future economic growth of Texas, especially in the context of a globally developing economy, lies in the development of a well-educated workforce. David Gardner will provide an update on progress made toward the state’s higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015.

9:00 a.m.    The Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System and Institutional Profiles/Degree Program Development and Review

Susan E. Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, THECB

The Higher Education Accountability System is used to track performance on critical measures that exemplify higher education institutions’ missions. The Accountability System is modeled on Closing the Gaps by 2015 and has been in place for nearly eight years. Susan Brown will provide a summary explanation of the data, metrics, analysis, and reports that can be used by higher education leaders to assist them in advancing their institutional missions and moving the State of Texas forward in accomplishing the goals of Closing the Gaps.

 MacGregor M. Stephenson, Assistant Commissioner for Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research, THECB

MacGregor Stephenson will provide a summary explanation of the review of new and existing degree programs.

9:40 a.m.     Effective Trusteeship, Ethics (including Ethical Issues in Financial Management), and the Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest

Panel Facilitator: William M. Franz, General Counsel, THECB

Panelists: Cobby A. Caputo, School Lawyer, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP; Cullen M. “Mike” Godfrey, Chief Legal Officer, Texas A&M University Health Science Center; Fernando C. Gomez, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System

Governing Board members who serve public colleges and universities fulfill their considerable responsibilities in an increasingly complex legal environment. Practitioners of management accounting and financial management have an obligation to the public, their profession, the organization they serve, and themselves, to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. In recognition of these obligations, panelists will provide an overview of open meetings and open records in Texas. They also will lead an interactive discussion about effective trusteeship, ethics (including ethical issues in financial management), and the avoidance of conflicts of interest.

 11:15 a.m.    “What I Wish I Had Known as a New Governing Board Member” – Panel Discussion

Panel Facilitator: Bobby Jenkins, Member, THECB

Panelists: Adela Garza, Vice-Chair, Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees; Wallace L. Hall, Jr., Member, The University of Texas System Board of Regents; P. Mike McCullough, Chair/Presiding Officer, Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents

Governing board members face an increasingly complicated political, economic, and social environment. Panelists will discuss the biggest concerns of new regents and trustees, relations among governing board members and senior administrators, and evaluation of board and executive performance.

11:50 a.m.    Summary Remarks

Harold Hahn, Vice Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

12:00 Noon  Luncheon (Phoenix Ballroom Central)

1:15 p.m.     The Budgeting Process for Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas (Concurrent Sessions)

The presenters will discuss the budget planning process, which attempts to match the institution’s capacity with the strategic goals and ongoing operational needs of the institution.

Universities (Austin Room)

B. J. Crain, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Texas A&M University

Community Colleges and Districts (Phoenix Ballroom North)

Ben Ferrell, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration, Austin Community College

2:00 p.m.    Adjournment for University Governing Board Members

Note: Financial management training for community college governing board members required by HB 1206, 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, will continue in the Phoenix Ballroom North.

2:00 p.m.     Understanding the Revenue Mix for Texas Community Colleges and the State Budgeting Process (Phoenix Ballroom North)

Johnette McKown, President, McLennan Community College

Johnette McKown will explain the issues related to the different sources of revenue that are available to community colleges to meet institutional needs, and she will expand on the appropriation process that is unique to the State of Texas.

3:00 p.m.     Campus Financial Management – Panel Discussion Session

Panel Facilitator: Molly Beth Malcolm, Immediate Past Chair, Community College Association of Texas Trustees

Panelists: Bruce Leslie, Chancellor, The Alamo Colleges; Betty McCrohan, President, Wharton Junior College; Myles Shelton, President, Galveston College

Panelists will discuss financial management issues that they are currently addressing on their campuses. The discussion will include best practices that have been implemented or planned.

3:45 p.m.     Financial Report and Ratio Analysis

Gary Johnstone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, THECB

Gary Johnstone will explain four tools that are available on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website that institutions can use to measure their progress in meeting the state goals for higher education and financial risk.

4:15 p.m.     Concluding Remarks

David W. Gardner, Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy/Chief Academic Officer, THECB                  

4:30 p.m.    Adjournment for Community College Governing Board Members


[*]  This orientation satisfies the training requirement for newly appointed regents and elected trustees (Texas Education Code Section 61.084, Training for Members of Governing Boards; House Bill 1206, 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session).

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