Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College, Receives 2017 Hesburgh Award

During President Mellow’s 16-year tenure at LaGuardia Community College, she has tripled the school’s enrollment and doubled full-time faculty. Today LaGuardia serves more than 50,000 degree-seeking and continuing education New Yorkers each year, and has one of the nation’s highest graduation rates among urban community colleges that serve low-income students.

Nancy Blattner, Lisa Helmin Foss Pay Tribute to Fellows Mentor Award Winner Earl H. Potter III

The late Earl H. Potter III, former president of St. Cloud State University (MN), received the 2017 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award during the opening plenary of ACE2017 on March 12. Watch Nancy Blattner give a brief remembrance of Dr. Potter, and Lisa Helmin Foss accept the award on his behalf.

Tara Turley: Student of the Year Award Represents Possibility for Adults Returning to Education

Tara Turley, a single mother and electrician who employed her skills to assist her flood-ravaged West Virginia community, received ACE’s 2016 Student of the Year March 13 at ACE2017. In her acceptance speech, Turley said the award “represents all the hardworking men and women that I stand next to every day in the field, it represents… Read more »

Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García: “Diversity Is the Key to the American Dream for All of Us”

Watch Mildred García, president of California State University, Fullerton, accept the 2017 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award March 14 at ACE2017.

MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito: How to Survive Our Faster Future

Joichi “Joi” Ito, an internationally prominent activist, entrepreneur and venture capitalist, was the keynote speaker at the ACE2017 Monday luncheon plenary session on innovation. Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is currently exploring how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform and improve society.

Higher Education in the Balance: What Does Society Want from Colleges and Universities?

John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University (DC), moderated a conversation at ACE2017 between Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown’s Center on Education & the Workforce. The March 13 session focused on the economic and non-economic purposes of a postsecondary education, and how to re-engage society in the discussion.

Diversity Is Not Enough. Inclusion Is the Key.

Inclusion, simply stated, is about a sense of belonging that one or a group of individuals feels when able to participate in the majority culture on campus as valued members. This was the focus of the ACE/NADOHE Joint Session at ACE2017 entitled “Campus Leaders Creating Healthy Campus Climates.” How do we create environments where all students, faculty, and administrators feel welcomed and included at our institutions?

A Conversation on Globalization and Innovation: Best Practices for the Higher Education Community

The relationship between globalization and innovation is complex, timely, and certainly critical given the dynamic landscape for teaching and learning in the 21st century. During ACE2017, the session “Does Innovation Boost Global Perspectives?” hosted by the ACE Council of Fellows, tackled the relationship between these two important concepts.

Advancing Women Leaders in the New Political Environment

“The role of [a] college president is to be a bridge builder.” This statement by President Yves Salomon-Fernandez of Cumberland County College in New Jersey, made during a session about advancing women’s leadership that focused on the current political climate on campuses, elaborates the need to bring everyone together to work in the best interests of our nation.

Achieving Gender Equality on Campus

Stony Brook University (NY) President Samuel Stanley Jr. and moderator Rosemary E. Kilkenny, vice president for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Georgetown University (DC), discussed the United Nations-backed HeForShe movement and the quest for gender parity on college campuses during an ACE2017 session Match 14.

How Higher Education Leaders Are Making Great Teaching A Priority On Their Campuses

How can institutions ensure that effective instruction is a key component of their student success plans? That question was at the center of a lively discussion at ACE2017 on Sunday afternoon. In the concurrent session “Great Teaching Is No Longer Optional,” college and university leaders shared fresh insights on how they are implementing new programs… Read more »

Intercollegiate Athletics and Academic Integrity: The Importance of Ensuring a Culture of Integrity

The panelists at Monday morning’s ACE2017 session on intercollegiate athletics and academic integrity all came at the topic from different roles and professional backgrounds at their respective higher education institutions. But they all emphasized the importance of ensuring a culture of integrity in intercollegiate athletics—across all levels of competition—and providing student-athletes with every opportunity to be students first and foremost.