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Why the Nation Needs to Do College Attainment Better


June 18, 2018 11:30 AM


​The value of a college education is essential to individual opportunity and national competitiveness. Today’s national dialogue reflects this in many ways, from questions about how much college is needed, to whether college is affordable or not, to differences in who goes to college.

In this context, setting goals for college attainment helps to focus public dialogue, identify barriers to completion and attainment, and target resources to specific challenges. Yet, an analysis of educational attainment goals raises questions about who is served? What educational institutions get resources? And how is success measured based on the different beneficiaries?

Educational Testing Service (ETS), American Council on Education (ACE) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education are excited to address these questions and more in a forum titled: “Why the Nation Needs to Do College Attainment Better.” We invite you to join us and hear perspectives from a diverse group of higher education thought leaders.

Registration for this event is now closed.



  • Danette Howard​

    Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President
    Lumina Foundation ​

  • John King Jr.

    President and CEO
    The Education Trust

  • Patricia McGuire

    Trinity Washington University

  • Ted Mitchell


  • Michael Nettles

    Senior Vice President and Edmund W. Gordon Chair of the Policy Evaluation and Research Center

  • Louis Soares

    Vice President for Strategy, Research and Advancement

  • Jamal Watson

    Executive Editor
    Diverse: Issues In Higher Education


 Consent and Media Details


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Each attendee's registration and/or presence at this event—in person or by remote audio, visual, or other means—constitutes the attendee's agreement to permit ACE’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the attendee’s image or voice in broadcasts, photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of the event, without the attendee having any expectation of or right to a royalty or other monetary compensation from ACE. Each attendee understands and agrees that presence at this event does not give attendee any rights to any image/video/audio of the event, which are and will remain ACE’s property. ​​

Media Coverage

This event is open to the media, but pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365. 

Media Eligibility Requirements

Trade Press/Mainstream Media/Wire Services/Online/TV/Radio Journalists:
Please provide a business card and/or appropriate email signature. Only publications that feature original, regularly posted, or published editorial content will be considered. Personal newsletters, blogs, or web pages do not qualify. 

Freelance Journalists: 
Please provide a letter of assignment from a publication fitting the qualifications listed above. 

ACE reserves the right to refuse credentials to those who do not meet the eligibility requirements. Please contact ACE’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-939-9365 for more information. 

Media Photography, Video, and Audio: 
​Media photography and video and audio recordings of this event must be approved in advance by ACE Public Affairs. For more information, please contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365.  ​​


This event took place Monday, June 18, 2018. Watch a recording of the event at ACE's YouTube channel:



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This forum is free but registration is required for all attendees, including media. Please see the summary tab to register and for additional details regarding media attendance.  

A light lunch will be provided for on-site attendees. ​


Welcome and Introduction

Ted Mitchell, President, ACE


Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair of the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at ETS, will present on his report, Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving the National Postsecondary Degree Attainment Goals. 

Panel Discussion

Jamal Watson, Executive Editor of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, will moderate a panel discussion with the following panelists:

Danette Howard, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Lumina Foundation

John King Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust

Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University

Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President, ETS 

Louis Soares, Vice President for Strategy, Research and Advancement, ACE

Audience Q&A

Light Lunch Served



​This event will take place at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, DC. 

National Center for Higher Education​
1 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036

Click here for location details and directions.​​

A live webcast of the forum will also be available. A link for the live stream will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

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