GGC President Kaufman participated in national discussion on realities confronting nation’s colleges and universities

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman joined a distinguished and select group of university and college presidents, academicians, business leaders, philanthropists and journalists who share a keen awareness of the new realities facing higher education. They met in New York Nov. 4-5 for the TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Higher Education Leadership Conference.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman joined a distinguished and select group of university and college presidents, academicians, business leaders, philanthropists and journalists who share a keen awareness of the new realities facing higher education. They met in New York Nov. 4-5 for the TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Higher Education Leadership Conference.

Kaufman served as a panelist for a discussion on, “Leadership Challenges and Leadership Courage.” He joined other chancellors and presidents from across the nation to discuss how higher education leaders prepare themselves to face future challenges and make courageous decisions in the face of opposition that is often extreme and personally discouraging.

Projections indicate that in the immediate future higher education will realize neither increased revenue nor decreased demand for its services. The cost of providing quality education keeps increasing. The public wants more, better, and less expensive options.

"At a time of economic uncertainty and global change with significant implications for our nation's colleges and universities, we brought together a group of leaders who are shaping the future of American higher education," said Stephanie Bell-Rose, head of the TIAA-CREF Institute. "We drew upon their expertise to survey the current landscape and to look toward the future, with an emphasis on the connection between higher education and our nation's global leadership and competitiveness."

In a series of panel discussions, conference participants explored such topics as emerging demographic and economic trends and their impact on higher education, maintaining quality academic programs in the face of fiscal challenges, actions needed by colleges and universities to help meet President Obama's attainment goals, alternative approaches to instruction for maximum impact and efficiency, access and affordability, and effective leadership amid uncertainty and change.

The conference theme was, “Charting the Way: New Realities for Higher Education.” The group of experts examined creative strategies and best practices for the academy to become more efficient, more effective, and more responsive to new demands and changing needs.

Presenters at the TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Higher Education Leadership Conference included:

Michael S. Bassis, President, Westminster College, Utah
Stephanie Bell-Rose, TIAA-CREF Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute
William G. Bowen, President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ken John Chabotar, President, Guilford College
Scott S. Cowen, President, Tulane University
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA-CREF
Joni E. Finney, Vice President, The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of The City University of New York
Janet L. Holmgren, President, Mills College
Marvalene Hughes, President, Dillard University
Daniel J. Kaufman, President, Georgia Gwinnett College
William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Earl Lewis, Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, Emory University
Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education
Mark David Milliron, Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Author
Peter P. Smith, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategies and Development, Kaplan Higher Education
Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
Jack Stripling, Reporter, Inside Higher Ed
Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
Carol A. Twigg, President and CEO, National Center for Academic Transformation
David L. Wheeler, Managing Editor, International, The Chronicle of Higher Education

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