Higher education leaders representing ACE, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the European University Association (EUA) met in Toronto last month for the 14th biennial Transatlantic Dialogue. ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement worked with the AUCC and the EUA to design the program.
Dialogue meetings address the challenges in higher education that are shared among the three associations. At the Toronto meeting, the discussion focused on reputation, public opinion, and accountability.
ACE President Molly Corbett Broad served on the opening panel on trust and accountability in higher education, with other sessions addressing the underlying causes of greater public pressure for accountability, the growing influence of rankings, the implications of increased public scrutiny for leadership and governance, and strategies for communicating institutional effectiveness.
The meeting concluded with a keynote speech by Dominic Barton, global managing director at McKinsey and Company, who analyzed some of the causes of declining public trust in higher education, including the perceived mismatch between the needs of the labor market and the skills of university graduates.
In addition to President Broad, the ACE delegation included Patricia Hsieh (San Diego Miramar College), Anne Kress (Monroe Community College), Carol Long (SUNY Geneseo), James B. Milliken (City University of New York), Nancy McCallin (Colorado Community College System), James Mullen (Allegheny College), and Kevin Reilly (University of Wisconsin System).
The Transatlantic Dialogue is part of a wider partnership between ACE, AUCC and EUA. The three organizations collaborate closely in a number of areas, including programming and advocacy.
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