ACE2021 to Offer Key Insights into Political and Public Policy Developments Impacting Higher Education
November 30, 2020

​​​Prominent political and public policy analysts will be among the featured speakers at ACE2021, ACE’s annual meeting set for March 22–24, 2021. This year’s virtual format allows more people to attend higher education’s premier event safely and at a lower cost.

Just weeks into the Biden administration and a new Congress, political analysts Kirsten Powers and Michael Steele will unpack the tumultuous events of the 2020 election and look at the current landscape during the Monday, March 22 Opening Plenary session from 1-1:45 p.m. EDT.

Powers is an author, USA Today columnist, and CNN political analyst where she appears regularly across the channel, including on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and The Lead with Jake Tapper.

When Steele was elected Maryland lieutenant governor in 2003, he made history as the first African American elected to statewide office, and again in 2009 with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Steele’s ability as a communicator and commentator has been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC.

Among the public policy-focused sessions at ACE2021 will be ACE Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle’s federal relations update, a comprehensive and always highly attended overview of current higher education policy developments. Hartle will analyze what the new administration and Congress will mean for higher education policy, from the prospects for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act to proposals such as doubling the maximum Pell Grant to the status of Trump administration-era regulations and executive actions in areas such as Title IX and policies affecting international students.

Attendees can view as many livestreamed sessions as they want during ACE2021, and they will have access to recorded sessions after the event is over. And because networking is even more important during this challenging time, ACE2021’s virtual meeting platform will provide numerous options to connect with colleagues on a personal level, including roundtable conversations, video chat features, daily social hours, and wellness breaks. ACE2021 also will focus on issues such as how institutions are handling current and future challenges related to the pandemic; the national reckoning over racial justice, inclusion, and equity; and degree attainment and data analytics.

Early bird registration rates are in effect through Jan. 14.

Visit the ACE2021 website for more information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2021Online or follow ACE on LinkedIn.

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