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NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Featured Keynote

Bryan Stevenson,

Author, Just Mercy
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Announcing Eduventures Virtual Research Forum


“I’m sure everything will be back to normal by June.” When the pandemic hit in March, Eduventures Summit, scheduled to be held at the Intercontinental in Boston in early June, seemed a long way off. As the situation worsened, we moved the date to November. We have now announced that we will not hold an in-person event this year, but are very pleased to unveil the first Eduventures Virtual Research Forum (VRF), an exclusive one-day reinvention of Summit online on Thursday, November 12.

As always, we will seize the higher education issues of the moment, leveraging new research and seasoned perspectives to help college and university leaders navigate one of the most confounding sets of circumstances in a century.

Please read on to find out how our VRF, which is exclusive to our member institutions, will bring the best of our in-person Summits and be more than just “another webinar.”

A World Class Keynote and Research You Can Count On

Just like at our annual Summit, the Virtual Research Forum will feature a world class keynote (Bryan Stevenson, celebrated civil rights lawyer, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and the man portrayed in the film Just Mercy), and the latest research and insights from Eduventures analysts.

Our goal is to bring you the best of Eduventures Summit, with a few twists that take advantage of the online modality:

  • Passes for all member institutions – taking advantage of online capacity
  • Expanded Q&A throughout sessions rather than only briefly at the end
  • Recording and re-purposing session excerpts available on-demand after the event
  • The opportunity to interact with our analysts with follow-up sessions

We are pleased to announce that Strada Education Network will participate as a Co-Presenting Partner of Eduventures Virtual Research Forum.

A Year Like Never Before

Barely a week after the most contentious presidential election in decades, Eduventures Virtual Research Forum will grasp the desire for nostalgia for the past and longing for a different future—and help higher education leaders find brave, practical ways forward.

We will kick off with Bryan Stevenson who will challenge us, not for the first time, to square our identity as higher education professionals committed to learning, opportunity and excellence with sustained access and achievement disparities by African Americans and other under-served populations. How do we move forward, not backward, on this fundamental issue? 

Then our analysts will take the virtual stage to address:

  • The Fall 2021 Traditional Undergraduate Recruiting Cycle
    • Today’s tumultuous environment, argues Kim Reid, has upset the value proposition, rebalanced the power dynamic between students and institutions, and shuffled the deck of effective enrollment tactics. Some things will return to normal, others will not. Kim will leverage our latest prospective and admitted student data to help schools- and students- thrive in a post-COVID world.
  • Creative CampusOnline Combinations
    • Richard Garrett’s session will search for seeds of powerful future models in today’s landscape of crisis management. COVID or no COVID, higher education leaders need to shape technology to address deep access, cost and quality problems. Early-stage examples will illustrate how campus-online combinations can make colleges more sustainable and more compelling.
  • Adult Learners: Boom or Bust?
    • In normal times, when the economy tanks, adult enrollment soars. This time, graduate momentum looks strong but adult undergraduate interest is deflated. This session, co-presented by Eduventures Howard Lurie and Nichole Torpey-Saboe, Director of Research at Strada Education (our event partner once again), will sift mid-pandemic data on shifting adult enthusiasm for different forms of postsecondary education.
  • Student Journey Mapping
    • Colleges and universities know a great deal and not very much about their students. Demographic, preference and behavioral data abounds but is fragmented across functions and databases, and often does little to illuminate or prevent all-too-common student disengagement or attrition. “Student Journey Mapping” aims to capture student realities in much more detail.  This session, from James Wiley, will scrutinize this ambitious but challenging approach.

Our Virtual Research Forum will end with a President’s panel—panelists to be announced—that will reflect on this most unusual fall semester as well as strategies for 2021. Look for further details on our VRF in the coming weeks. Member institutions will receive information on how to register in the coming days.

Just as colleges are hoping to get back to familiar campus life next year, we are tentatively planning a return to the Eduventures Summit in Boston in June 2021.

We hope you will join us virtually in November!

The flow of the narrative and the diverse, but threaded topics, were incredibly effective and thought-provoking.

The Edtalks were a great addition….particularly with the focus on the student experience.

The quality of speakers and data/research presented was fantastic.

Keynote Speaker

Bryan Stevenson

Author, Just Mercy
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. He led the creation of EJI’s highly acclaimed cultural sites, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened in 2018. Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards, including 40 honorary doctorates, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize, and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.

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Really well-organized event. Eduventures presentations were great.

Great substance and insight. Outstanding keynotes

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Great substance and insight. Outstanding keynotes.

Excellent program. Setting a very high standard for thought leadership.

Really well-organized event. Eduventures presentations were great.