Eduventures Annual Conference 2014

EAC 2014  | Schedule At-a-Glance |   Session Descriptions  |  Presentations


Join us June 5-6 in Boston!

Every June, Eduventures convenes over 300 senior leaders in higher education to explore current and emerging trends in recruiting and retention, online and continuing education, fundraising, and university leadership and innovation. Attendees benefit from insights drawn from Eduventures’ national research and data, networking with leaders and innovators from across the country, and tactical ideas that you can take back to your institution.

Download the full EAC Agenda to see a complete list of speakers and conference activities.

2014 Keynote

DAY 1 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom, The Seaport Hotel

Dai EllisDai Ellis
CEO, Spire

Keynote presentation: Innovating Amidst Scarcity: Bridging the Education to Employment Gap

We are thrilled to welcome Dai Ellis as this year’s keynote speaker! Dai is CEO of Spire, a Kenya-based venture seeking to transform higher education in the developing world to produce dramatically better outcomes for students and employers. Spire’s programs apply the latest in learning science to close the skills gap between what employers seek and what higher education institutions deliver.


2014 Presidents Panel

DAY 1 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom, The Seaport Hotel

The Presidents Panel is one of our most talked about sessions at the Eduventures Annual Conference. Hear the successes, challenges, and perspectives of three unique college and university presidents from across the country. Moderator Krik Carapezza will engage the panelists in a discussion around higher education’s most pressing issues in 2014 and beyond.


Kirk CarapezzaKirk Carapezza
On Campus Desk, WGBH Boston

Kirk is a reporter for the NPR member station in Boston, WGBH, where he covers higher education, taking the time to capture the distinct voices of students and faculty, administrators and thought leaders.

Kirk has reported for Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wis., and Vermont Public Radio in Montpelier, Vt. He’s been a writer and producer at WBUR in Boston; a teacher and coach at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass.; a Fenway Park tour guide; and a tourist abroad. Kirk received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and earned his M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Dr. BostonDr. Wallace E. Boston
President, American Public University System

Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. in July 2004.  He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011.  In November 2007, Dr. Boston led the parent company of APUS, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange.  During his tenure, APUS has grown to over 100,000 students majoring in more than 90 degree programs.  Dr. Boston has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention.
President CarterDr. Jacque Carter
President, Doane College

Dr. Jacque Carter led the strategic plan and vision for Doane College to be nationally recognized for distinguished academic excellence and exceptional student engagement and achievement. Dr. Carter strongly believes that investment in innovation is the key to successfully navigating through this new economy and the disruption occurring in higher education.

Dr. Carter is the author of numerous publications and articles. His career as an ichthyolo­gist, marine scientist and academic has taken him around the world and earned many awards and honors, including the Environmental Award Recipient of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation for his work on reefs in Belize.  He believes using our resources wisely and caring for our environment should always be part of the mission and values of any college or university.
Dr. HoushmandDr. Ali A. Houshmand
President, Rowan University

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand became Rowan University’s seventh president in June 2012 after serving approximately six years as provost/senior vice president, CEO and interim president.

As provost/senior vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Houshmand made an immediate impact: he helped established the College of Graduate and Continuing Education, oversaw the restructuring of the summer school and graduate school, created a University-wide revenue-sharing model, and established the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.

During his interim presidency and the early part of his presidency, Rowan University continued to partner on some of the most important projects in its history, including the cofounding of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) with Cooper University Health Care and the construction of Rowan Boulevard, a historic public-private-public development.


Networking Reception

The Exchange CenterDAY 1 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Exchange Conference Center, Boston

This year we’re heading to The Exchange Conference Center in Boston’s historic waterfront for our annual networking reception. Come raise a glass with colleagues from around the country as we close out the first day of the conference and enjoy a sunset view of the Boston skyline.


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