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Theme: “Learning for the 21st Century: Higher Education’s Value Commitment”

This year’s theme underscores the importance of preparing students to engage in a world characterized by complexity, diversity and change.

When: March 30 – 31, 2015

Where: Louisville Marriott East 1903 Embassy Square Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40299. To book at the summit rate, visit the Marriott's website.

How: Registration is closed. 

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Refund Policy: Registration fees will not be refunded after March 13, 2014. For questions, please contact CPE staff at cpeevent@ky.gov.

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Featured Speakers

Opening Plenary – March 30th
Dr. Debra Humphreys
Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement, AAC&U

Dr. Debra Humphreys currently leads AAC&U’s national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts related to issues of student success and the quality of student learning in higher education. As part of AAC&U’s campaign, Liberal Education and America’s Promise: Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College, she is helping to build communication capacity on the part of college and university leaders and faculty members and educate the public about the value of an engaged liberal education to prepare for the changing global economy. Prior to her current responsibilities, Dr. Humphreys worked extensively in leadership roles within two influential AAC&U initiatives, Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College and American Commitment: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning. Before joining AAC&U in 1992, Dr. Humphreys taught English and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University, Towson State University, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Dr. Humphreys speaks widely to educators, business leaders, and policymakers about quality issues in higher education and about the importance of liberal and higher education to the future of America’s economic health and democratic vitality.

Morning Plenary – March 31st
Dr. José Bowen
President, Goucher College; author of "Teaching Naked"

José Antonio Bowen is President of Goucher College. Dr. Bowen has won teaching awards at Stanford, Georgetown, Miami and at Southern Methodist University where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), is an editor of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011), and has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, and others. He has written a symphony (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), music for Hubert Laws and Jerry Garcia, and is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) which was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities). He is also a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010. See his blog at teachingnaked.com or follow him on Twitter @josebowen.

Closing Plenary – March 31st
Dr. Michael T. Benson
President, Eastern Kentucky University

Throughout Dr. Michael Benson’s twenty-year career in public higher education, he has devoted himself to students and their academic success. He is an accomplished communicator and scholar committed to diversity and expanding global academic opportunities as well as a proven financial manager who is focused on developing and sustaining political and external support for EKU. Prior to his chief executive role at EKU, Dr. Benson was the 15th President of Southern Utah University where he successfully directed the development and implementation of SUU’s largest and most ambitious comprehensive campaign, the $100 million “Future is Rising” campaign. Dr. Benson is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post as a featured blogger on higher education issues.

About the Summit

The Kentucky Student Success Summit provides faculty, staff and administrators an opportunity to learn from leading student success experts and to engage in stimulating discussions with colleagues from across the state. The summit features nationally-recognized experts who share evidence-based best practices to promote student learning and retention.

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