Speakers will discuss the top state policy issues that they’ve been reporting on or responding to, including:
- state funding and states’ emphasis on workforce development;
- public skepticism and legislative responses to the “Varsity Blues” admissions scandal;
- free or reduced college and issues related to affordability;
- immigration, DACA students, and international students;
- changes in board governance, board autonomy and independence vs. political intrusion/external influences;
- campus climate, free speech, and issues related to student safety and welfare such as guns/ campus carry and sexual misconduct.
Participants will hear how current state policies and trends are affecting public and private colleges and universities and how some institutions and boards are responding. In addition, our speakers will provide insight into what we can expect next—what’s on the horizon for state higher education policy and how might it affect the work of boards moving forward?
- Cristin Toutsi Grigos, director of public policy & statewide programs, AGB
- Ben Boggs, program principal – Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
- Eric Kelderman, senior reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Stacy Rastauskas Bretherton, vice president for government relations, The Ohio State University
- Terri Standish-Kuon, president & CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington