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Serve the Changing Needs of All Students, Demonstrate Higher Education's Value

April 17, 2019

Register now for ACE West Summer Summit; scholarships available to offset expenses

College graduates, on average, make more money and are happier, healthier, and more civically engaged than those who never completed a degree. Nevertheless, public skepticism about the value of a college education is on the rise. Concern about rising college costs, student debt loads, and workplace readiness has reignited long-standing debates about the role of higher education in the 21st century.

To address this issue, ACE is gathering top thought leaders and experienced campus leadership to discuss how to communicate the long-term benefits of higher education to individuals and our wider society at "Demonstrating Value: Economic Trends and the Changing Needs of Students," the ACE West Summer Summit, June 6-7 in Portland, Oregon. The summit is supported by a generous contribution from the TIAA Institute. ​

This summit will provide an opportunity for attendees, including campus leadership teams, to unpack the public’s perception of higher education, assess how those views apply to their own institutions, and explore ways to meet the needs of all students in a manner that truly demonstrates the value of higher education. Agenda items include:

  • Who are Our Students and What do They Need?
  • Student Perspectives on the Value of Higher Education
  • Understanding Economic, Workforce, and Labor Market Trends
  • Leadership Insights: Demonstrating Value on Your Campus
  • Table Discussions: Taking Action at Your Institution

The full agenda can be found here.

Presidents, provosts, and other senior leaders can register now to attend. While individuals may attend, institutions are encouraged to send leadership teams consisting of at least three individuals.

Click here for full details of suggested team composition and additional information on the summit. Email questions to

Fidelity Investments Scholarships

With the generous support of Fidelity Investments, a limited number of scholarships are now available to offset expenses to attend the June Summit. Fidelity Investments Scholarships enable a select group of candidates from all sectors of higher education to participate in ACE’s signature leadership development programs, including Regional Summits. Preference will be given to candidates from under-represented populations within higher education’s senior leadership ranks and candidates whose institutions lack the necessary resources to cover program attendance costs.

Applications for the scholarships are available here.

To learn more about ACE Regional Summits, please click here.

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