10th Annual Policy Summit: Maximizing Return on Educational Investment: Preserving Access, Promoting Completion, Protecting Quality

Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:00 pm CST to Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:30 pm CST
Pfister Hotel
424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The working title for our 2014 policy summit is Maximizing Return on Educational Investment: Preserving Access, Promoting Completion, Protecting Quality.  Please mark your calendar for this event in Milwaukee on November 17-18. We look forward to another successful event and hope to see you there. 


Mr. Patrick M. Callan
 is president of the Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent, non- profit, nonpartisan organization established in 1991 to conduct higher education policy research. The Institute sponsored the California Higher Education Policy Center from1992 to 1997, and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education from 1997 through 2011.

Prior to serving as president of the California and National Policy centers, Callan was executive director of state higher education boards and commissions in Montana, Washington and California, Vice President of the Education Commission of the States and staff director of the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education.

Mr. Callan has written extensively on educational policy issues, focusing principally on educational opportunity, public accountability, the financing and governance of colleges and universities, and public policy leadership. As president of the National Center, he oversaw report cards on national and state-by-state performance of American higher education. These Measuring Up reports, issued biennially over a decade, helped shape public policies to improve college preparation, access, completion, and affordability.

Since 2011, Callan has served as senior fellow at the Washington-based Committee for Economic Development, visiting scholar at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and senior fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy.  He serves on national and regional boards and commissions on higher education, including the Association of Governing Board’s National Commission on College and University Board Governance  

In 2012 Callan co-authored Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization (Harvard Education Press). 

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab is professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab (Harvesting Opportunities for Postsecondary Education). A passionate advocate for access and equity in higher education, Sara’s research has examined the efficacy and distributional implications of financial aid policies, welfare reform, transfer practices, and a range of interventions aimed at increasing college attainment among marginalized populations. Sara works directly with governors and state legislators to craft policies to make college more affordable; collaborates with non-profit organizations seeking to examine the effects of their practices; and provides technical assistance to Congressional staff, think tanks, and membership organizations. Sara was recently honored with the Early Career Award by the American Educational Research Association. Later this year, Harvard Education Press will release her book “Reinventing Student Aid for the 21st Century”, co-edited with Andrew P. Kelly. 


Platinum Sponsors

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee is the philanthropic legacy of the two entrepreneurial brothers who co-founded the Allen-Bradley Company in 1903.  Believing strongly in the dignity and worth of each human being, the Bradley brothers were committed to preserving and defending the institutions of free, representative government and private enterprise that have enabled America and the entire Western world to realize that dignity.  Steadfastly adhering to the Bradley brothers’ donor intent, the Bradley Foundation remains dedicated to its mission of strengthening the institutions, principles, and values that nurture and sustain the American Experiment and the West.  Among other things, its programs support limited, competent government and a dynamic marketplace for economic, intellectual, and cultural activity.  The Foundation also recognizes that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens.About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967. Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, we have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to nearly 9 million borrowers – as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Our group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected educational philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, we have committed nearly $125 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) was organized in 1961 and is the official organization of Wisconsin's 23, private, nonprofit colleges and universities and their 60,000 students. WAICU's mission is: working together for educational opportunity. The mission translates into action through the Association's focus on private and governmental financial aid dedicated to low-income, minority, and disadvantage students. WAICU's 23 members, independently, and together, advance knowledge and the economic, civil and cultural well-being of this state and nation. WAICU also administers a wide of academic and cost-saving collaborations. The Congressional report, The College Cost Crisis called WAICU's work on college costs "transformative." In 2013, the documented savings enjoyed by WAICU members and their students exceeded $18 million. In 2011, the Lodestar Foundation recognized WAICU as one of the eight top nonprofit collaborations in the country – the only higher educational organization to be so recognized. WAICU has been represented on the MHEC board since Wisconsin joined the compact and is proud to be a sponsor of the MHEC Policy Summit.


Gold Sponsors

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive, and ac¬countable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. www.luminafoundation.org

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) was founded in 2001 on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. It is housed in the School of Education. WISCAPE envisions a Wisconsin where postsecondary education moves forward through an open exchange of ideas, the careful consideration of research, and a strong focus on the public good. To help forward this vision, WISCAPE promotes the creation and sharing of ideas for addressing Wisconsin’s postsecondary education challenges. The center’s primary pursuits are:  Connecting policymakers, practitioners, and researchers; and Conducting, translating, disseminating, and collaborating on research. To learn more about WISCAPE’s activities, including publications, programs, and events, please visit our website at http://wiscape.wisc.edu.

Silver Sponsors

Harley-Davidson Foundation: To meet the basic needs of the communities where we work, improve the lives of our stakeholders and encourage social responsibility. We pursue partnerships with charitable organizations that help us invest in education, health and the environment.

Herzing University is known for providing a career-focused, convenient, and caring education that prepares students for meeting the needs of local employers. Founded in 1965, Herzing offers graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, and continuing education in the fields of technology, business, healthcare, design, and public safety through on campus or online course delivery. Unique to Herzing are the 3-yr bachelor’s degrees and their P.R.I.C.E. of Success model, which fosters the development of students as professionals. Programs vary by location and include nursing, software development, international business, graphic design, allied health, various MBA options, and three MSN concentrations.


Bronze Sponsors

American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $3.2 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now is a $3.6 billion company with 9,480 miles of transmission lines and 529 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant. For more information, visit our website at www.atcllc.com.

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization, consisting of more than 160 members, is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. For more information, visit www.thewatercouncil.com or contact us by phone at 414.988.8750.