Final ACE2022 Plenary Speaker Announced, Full Slate of Sessions Now Scheduled
January 10, 2022

​Register now for the ACE annual meeting March 5-7 in San Diego

As the calendar turns to a new year and the 2022 midterm elections approach, political discourse on a range of issues will be impacting institutions and the public's views of higher education, which means campus leaders need to stay focused and ready. 

During the opening plenary at ACE2022, ACE's annual meeting in San Diego set for March 5-7, Kristen Soltis Anderson will be talking about the state of politics leading up to the midterm elections and some recent polling she has done on the public's view of education. Anderson is the co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).

ACE's Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs Terry Hartle will also analyze key federal policy developments impacting higher education in his federal relations update session on Sunday, March 6, including federal funding for student financial aid and other higher education initiatives. Click here to see the full session and event schedule.

It seems likely that COVID will still be an issue on the minds of most leaders through the rest of the academic year, and tensions between federal-level efforts (federal contractor requirements, OSHA emergency temporary standards) and states' own pushbacks or requirements will continue to be of concern. The session “Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Decision-Making When Federal and State Laws Conflict," also taking place on Sunday, will present a discussion of how states may aim to take the edge off of federal requirements. Attendees will return to campuses better prepared to manage particular circumstances for the remainder of the semester and in planning for fall 2022.

Even before the pandemic, student mental health was a top-of-mind concern for college and university leaders. On Monday, March 7, three counseling center directors will have a candid discussion about the strategies and approaches leaders can use to support student mental health at the session “What Counseling Center Directors Wish Leaders Knew." They will bring their collective 33 years of experience to discuss common problems, strategies to create a campus culture of care, and how to retain counseling center staff to make a difference in the student experience.

During the closing plenary, sponsored by the Eos Foundation, a panel of four speakers will address how to provide an online learning environment that works for students, tackling questions such as how to train faculty to better teach online and how an online or blended environment might impact enrollment.

Among other major plenary speakers are William R. Harvey, a prominent national higher education leader who has been president of Hampton University since 1978. Harvey will deliver the keynote address at the Robert H. Atwell Plenary Sunday afternoon that is sponsored by Fidelity Investments. The Monday Luncheon Plenary, sponsored by TIAA, will feature Maria Hinojosa, creator of the Futuro Media Group and anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA.

Click here for more information and to register. Note that advanced registration pricing remains in effect through Feb. 10.

ACE2022 attendees and vendors will be required to show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to participating in the event in person or have a documented medical or religious exemption and present a negative COVID test within 48 hours of participation. Check the ACE2022 website often for updates on speakers, sessions, and information about onsite health and safety practices.

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