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ACE, Sloan Foundation to Host National Challenge for Higher Education Conference

July 09, 2014

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College Presidents Encouraged to Join Workplace Flexibility Initiative for Academic Staff and Faculty

​As part of ACE’s National Challenge for Higher Education, a diverse group of college and university presidents and their senior staff are invited to a July 31 conference in Washington, DC, on academic workplace flexibility.

Registration is open for the conference, hosted by ACE and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and built on the work of the Foundation’s projects at ACE.

College and university presidents can also join the National Challenge for Higher Education, an opportunity to promote faculty career flexibility. More than 100 presidents so far have joined the campaign, signaling that they will deepen their commitment to promoting and advocating for the issue on campus.

Conference Agenda Details

The day-long conference at the Washington Court Hotel will open with remarks from Molly Corbett Broad, ACE president, and Paul Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation.

A panel of presidents and chancellors, moderated by M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, will follow. Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor, University of California, Davis; William "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland; and Steven Poskanzer, president, Carleton College (MN), will join the discussion.

The conference also will feature lunchtime roundtables on best practices, afternoon sessions on a variety of topics, and concluding remarks by Charles R. Middleton, president of Roosevelt University (IL).

For more information on the National Challenge or the conference, please contact Jean McLaughlin, associate director of institutional leadership at ACE, at 202-375-7531 or

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