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JUNE 5-7, 2019

InterContinental Boston Waterfront Hotel
Boston, MA








Featured Speakers

Bill Belichick

Head Coach of the New England Patriots,
Six-Time Super Bowl Champions

Bill Belichick is in his 45th season as an NFL coach and his 20th season as head coach of the New England Patriots. Hired in 2000, Belichick has led the Patriots to 18 consecutive winning seasons (2001-18).  Through 19 seasons with New England, Belichick has delivered six Super Bowl championships, nine conference titles, 16 division crowns and 30 playoff victories, while posting an overall record of 255-89. Belichick won his sixth Super Bowl title in 2018 with the Patriots 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He joined George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only coaches with six NFL championships and owns the record for most Super Bowl titles, two ahead of Chuck Noll, who is in second with four Super Bowl titles. Belichick is the only of those to win three titles in a four-year span with Super Bowl wins in 2001 and back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 2003 and 2004. With the victory over Indianapolis in the 2014 AFC Championship Game, Belichick collected his 21st career postseason win, the most postseason wins by a head coach. He expanded on that record to 31 over the last four seasons. The 2018 AFC Championship was also Belichick’s ninth conference championship as a head coach, adding to his mark for the most in NFL history. New England’s berth in Super Bowl LIII was Belichick’s 12th Super Bowl during his coaching career, the most among any head coach or assistant coach in NFL history.

Read his full bio.

Mitch Daniels

President, Purdue University

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as Governor of the State of Indiana. At Purdue, Daniels launched a series of initiatives called Purdue Moves that provide bold answers to some of the greatest challenges facing higher education today. The four pillars of Purdue Moves— affordability and accessibility, transformative education, world-changing research, and STEM leadership —leverage Purdue’s historic strengths and promote investment in new ideas, guiding the university in its mission to deliver higher education at the highest proven value.

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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana

When Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans in May 2010, the recovery from Hurricane Katrina had stalled, the city teetered on bankruptcy and the New Orleans Police Department was under federal investigation. Under Landrieu, New Orleans has become one America’s great comeback stories. He kick-started the recovery by fast-tracking over 100 projects and securing billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and critical infrastructure. Landrieu brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets, and ethical contracting to City Hall, leading to the City’s highest-ever credit rating and over $8 billion in private development. His top priority has been public safety — reforming the police department and reducing the city’s murder rate.

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Dr. Gail Mellow

President, LaGuardia Community College

Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000. A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a recognized leader among community colleges for conceptualizing and launching programs and teaching methods that have become pilots for the nation. An expert on the history, development and future of the American community college, Dr. Mellow co- authored Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2nd ed. 2014) and has written numerous articles and editorials about higher education in America.

Read her full bio.

Hunt Lambert

Dean, Continuing Education and Extension School at Harvard University

Huntington D. Lambert (Hunt) is Dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard University. The Division serves 25,000 students annually and includes Harvard Extension School, with more than 900 online and on-campus courses, as well as 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and fields of study; Harvard Summer School, which offers more than 450 courses to nearly 9,000 students each summer and includes study abroad programs in more than 25 worldwide locations; Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement; Harvard Professional Development Programs; and the Crimson Summer Academy.

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Phil Komarny

Vice President of Innovation,

Phil is a seasoned, award winning c-suite executive and an evangelist for change via technology currently serving as the Vice President of Innovation at He is an industry expert in Blockchain and other decentralizing technology and advocate for the proliferation of the role of the ‘Chief Courage Officer’ within organizations. His successful 25+ year track record has been focused on innovation and aligning businesses with the right technological approach to reach their customers. He is also a member of the Constellation’s Business Transformation 150 (BT-15), an elite list that recognizes the top global executives leading business transformation efforts in their organizations, as well as the CIO100, which celebrates Chief Information Officers who continually push the boundaries of what can be done with technology. During his leisure time, you’ll find Phil speaking to and advising a variety of organizations, including PCI (People Centered Internet), as well as hiking near his home in Colorado Springs.


Below is the preliminary agenda for Eduventures Summit 2019. Follow us on Twitter @EduventuresInc for updates.

6:00pm – 8:00pmRegistration and Opening Reception
7:30am – 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast
8:30am – 8:50am
Opening Remarks
Patrick Vogt, CEO, ACT | NRCCUA
8:50 am – 9:00am
Welcome and Agenda Review
Demand and Enrollment Drivers
Enhancing the Student Experience
Tracking Student Outcomes

Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at ACT | NRCCUA
9:00am – 9:45am
Opening Keynote Speaker
Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University
9:45am – 10:30am
Featured Speaker
Brand Matters: The Relationship between Students and Schools
Kim Reid, Eduventures Principal Analyst at ACT | NRCCUA
10:30am – 10:45am
10:45am – 11:30am

Featured Speaker
Dr. Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College
11:30 am – 12:00pm
Featured Speaker
Stephen Kosslyn, Founder, Foundry College
12:00 pm – 1:30pm
Sponsored Lunch Breakouts
1:30pm – 2:15pmWorkshops
  • The Battle for Value: Institutional Strategy and National vs. Local Online Markets
    Richard Garrett

  • Student Success: Creating a Student-Centric Onboarding Experience
    Kim Reid

  • Selecting Technology to Realize Institutional Goals
    James Wiley

  • Converting Adult Learner Mindsets into Action
    Howard Lurie

  • The Channels that Reach Gen Z
    Johanna Trovato

  • From Application to Enrollment: How Student Preferences Change Across the Enrollment Funnel
    Cara Quakenbush
2:15 pm – 3:00pm
Featured Speaker
Local Online Higher Education: Fresh Perspectives in a Maturing Market
Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at ACT | NRCCUA
3:00 pm – 3:15pm
3:15pm – 4:15pmEdTalks
Sydney Chaffee, Teacher of the Year
Shantell Martin, Artist
4:15pm – 5:00pmClosing Keynote Speaker
Michelle Weise, Chief Innovation Officer & SVP, Workforce Strategies at Strada Education Network
5:15pm – 5:30pm
Innovation Awards Presentation
Patrick Vogt, CEO, ACT | NRCCUA
Cara Quackenbush, Eduventures Vice President of Research at ACT | NRCCUA
5:30 pm – 7:30pm
Innovation Awards Reception
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019
7:30am – 8:15amOPM Breakfast Breakout
7:30am – 8:30amGeneral Breakfast
8:30am – 8:40amDay 3 Welcome
Todd Boullion, Chief Marketing Officer, ACT|NRCCUA
8:40am – 9:30am

Keynote Speaker
Mitch Landrieu, Former Mayor, New Orleans, LA
9:30am – 10:00am
Featured Speaker
Trump, ED and HEA, an Update
Michael Goldstein, Senior Council, Cooley LLP
10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 10:45am

Sara Brachman and Helene Bosch
10:45am – 11:30am
Featured Q&A
Creating a Trust Framework
Phil Komarny, Vice President of Innovation,
James Wiley, Eduventures Principal Analyst at ACT | NRCCUA
11:30am – 12:15pm
Closing Keynote Speaker
A Fireside-Chat with Bill Belichick
Coach Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots, Six-Time Super Bowl Champions
Patrick Vogt, CEO, ACT | NRCCUA
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Box Lunch/Departure

2018 Agenda

6:00pm – 8:00pmRegistration and Opening Reception
Intercontinental Boston Waterfront Hotel
7:30am – 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast
8:30am – 8:40am
Welcome and Agenda Review
Day 2 Morning: Demand and Enrollment Drivers
Day 2 Afternoon: Enhancing the Student Experience
Day 3 Morning: Tracking Student Outcomes

Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at NRCCUA
8:40am – 9:00am
Opening Remarks
Patrick Vogt, CEO, NRCCUA
9:00am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote Presentation
Leadership in Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer-Prize Award Winning Author and Presidential Historian
10:00am – 10:15am
The Value of Engaging with Unfamiliar Perspectives
Zachary R. Wood
10:15am – 11:00am
Keynote Presentation
Higher Education and the American Dream: Fulfilling the Promise
Lynn Pasquerella, President, AAC&U
11:00am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:00am
Keynote Presentation
How Transparency in College Costs and Outcomes Drive Consumer Behavior
Nick Ducoff, Co-Founder and CEO, Edmit
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Sponsored Lunch Breakouts
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Concurrent Workshops
  • The Next Chapter in Online Learning: Will it Expand the Degree or Boost Alternatives?

  • Adapting Recruiting Practices for Undergraduate Student Mindsets

  • Student Success: Defining and Aligning Your Technology

  • Converting Adult Learner Mindsets into Action

  • Introducing the Student Sentiment Survey: 5 New Realities in Recruitment Marketing

  • Enrollment Analytics Workshop: Segmentation and Messaging Best Practices
2:15pm – 3:00pm
Keynote Presentation
Follow the Data: Transitioning from Millennial to Gen Z
Kim Reid, Eduventures Principal Analyst at NRCCUA
3:00pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Leveraging Strengths of Partners to Scale Globally: The Story of SNHU’s Global Education Movement
Robert Hill and Tujiza Uwituze

The Might of a Mission: Mobilizing Students to Graduate with A Major and A Mantra
Tevin Ali
4:15pm – 5:00pmKeynote Presentation
Transforming Higher Ed by Listening to Consumers
Carol D'Amico, Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement and Philanthropy, Strada Education Network
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Innovation Awards Presentation
Patrick Vogt, CEO, NRCCUA
Cara Quackenbush, Eduventures Vice President of Research at NRCCUA
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Innovation Awards Reception
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018
7:30am – 8:15am
Breakfast Breakout
AIR and Eduventures Joint Research:
A Discussion of the 2018 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education

Howard Lurie, Eduventures Principal Analyst at NRCCUA
Kelle Parsons, CBE researcher at AIR
Ceri Jones, Director of Analyst Relations, Ellucian
7:30am – 8:30am
General Breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am
Keynote Presentation
Does Online Higher Education Reduce Inequality? Exploring the Geography of the Market
Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer at NRCCUA
9:30am – 10:15am
Q&A Session
Trump, ED, and HEA: What to Expect
Michael Goldstein, Founder and Senior Counsel, Cooley LLP
Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
10:15am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:15am
A Learning Ecosystem Designed for the Future of Work
Beth Bean and Andrew Hanson, Strada Education Network

How I was able to live. And learn.
Andi Phillip, former Capella Student
11:15am – 12:00pm
Technology Discussion
Data Management Strategies ≠ Information Oriented Culture
Justin Sloan, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness & Planning, Chief Data Officer, St. Edward's University
12:00pm – 12:45pm
Closing Keynote Presentation
Intergenerational Mobility and Higher Education in America: New Findings from Big Data
John Friedman, Director, Equality of Opportunity Project, Associate Professor of Economics, Brown University
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Box Lunch/Departures


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