Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona to Address ACE2021
March 15, 2021

​ACE’s online annual meeting opens next week, still time to register

In his first higher education community appearance, Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona will be the featured speaker Monday, March 22 during the first day of ACE2021, ACE’s online annual meeting.

During this special session just added to the meeting schedule from 12-12:30 pm EDT, ACE President Ted Mitchell and Secretary Cardona will discuss a range of key higher education issues.

ACE’s virtual annual meeting runs from March 22-24 and will feature an array of sessions that also will be available later on-demand, such as scaling instructional excellence for students, equity and student success, college affordability, and how COVID-19 will impact faculty retirement.

ACE2021 plenaries include a newly added session on Tuesday, March 23: a conversation with John B. King Jr., the 10th Secretary of Education and currently president and CEO of The Education Trust, moderated by ACE President Ted Mitchell. Other plenary speakers include political analysts Kirsten Powers and Michael Steele on March 22 and Kimberlé Crenshaw on March 24. Crenshaw is co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum and the founder and executive director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School.

Johnnetta B. Cole, president emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College, will speak at the ACE Toast to Women in Higher Education, a separate access event on Friday, March 19.

ACUE Session to Look At Ways Institutions are Pursuing Student Success and Equity

The Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success initiative was launched last year by the National Association of System Heads (NASH) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), with funding from the Charles Koch Foundation.

During an ACE2021 session on Monday, March 22, NASH Executive Director Rebecca Martin will lead a panel discussion about how institutions are balancing meeting short-term needs with longer-term strategies to promote student success and equity in ways that are transformational for faculty and students.

ACE and ACUE have collaborated since 2016 to advance student success through effective college instruction. ACE endorses ACUE's course in Effective Teaching Practices, through which faculty learn evidence based teaching practices that lead to achieve stronger, more equitable student outcomes. Faculty who complete the requirements earn the only nationally-recognized college teaching credential endorsed by ACE, the Certificate in Effective College Instruction.

Along with a full lineup of this and other sessions, ACE2021 will also provide numerous options to connect with colleagues on a personal level, including roundtable conversations, video chat features, daily social hours, and wellness breaks. This year’s virtual format allows more people to attend higher education’s premier event safely and at a lower cost. 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.

Visit the ACE2021 website for more information and to register. Registration will remain open until midnight, March 21. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2021Online.

​Learn, Connect, Inspire

ACE2021 will take place March 22–24. Join more than 1,700 leaders virtually at the nation’s premier higher education event.

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