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Eduventures Announces Keynotes for 2017 Annual Summit Focused on the Theme “Higher Ed Remastered”

This year’s theme, Higher Ed Remastered, provides thought leadership and workshops to help institutions apply modern practices and new technologies to established models and programs


Boston, MA – April 13, 2017 Eduventures, the research division of NRCCUA, today announced a lineup of visionary thought leaders from higher education, private industry and technology that will keynote Eduventures Summit 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, June 7 – 9, 2017. Eduventures and NRCCUA empower leaders in both public and private colleges and universities to make more informed decisions by providing relevant research, advisory services, and actionable data analytics.

This event, which is expected to sell out, will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for leaders from higher education institutions and the partners who serve them to come together to network with one another, share best practices, and engage in a discussion about the changing outlook for higher education. In addition, our research team will unveil findings mined from our student panel, which is one of the largest panels of prospective and adult students in the industry.

Keynote speakers include:

Francesca Gino
Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School
Working with not-for-profit organizations in the areas of negotiation, decision-making, leadership and organizational behavior, Gina will discuss Gaining the Edge in the Art of Effective Decision Making.

Robin Goldberg
Chief Experience Officer, Minerva Project
Minerva, the alternative to a traditional college, is billed as a reinvented undergraduate experience with no conventional campus and host cities for experiential learning and real-time online classes. In her keynote, Robin will discuss teaching and learning through an immersive global experience.

Jenny Rickard
Executive Director, The Common Application
A highly respected enrollment management leader, a technology executive serving higher education, and now the new head of the Common App, Jenny will reflect on college search, technology and the new complexities of college choice.

Michael Goldstein
Senior Counsel, Cooley LLP
A pioneer in the development of the legal environment in higher education, a counselor at the highest levels of legislation, and a leader in championing creative approaches to higher education, Michael will participate in an interactive Q&A session, “Trump and Higher Education: a Conversation with Higher Education’s Foremost Legal and Regulatory Expert.”

Burck Smith
Founder and CEO of StraighterLine
The former co-founder of SMARTHINKING, the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges, will discuss the controversy of low cost options to degree attainment.


Other keynote presenters include leading higher ed experts and educators:

Richard DeMillo, Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech University

Malcom B. Brown, Director of the Educause Learning Initiative

Matt Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University

Interactive Workshops

This year, attendees will select from a number of interactive breakfast sessions. Topics include, Deconstructing CBE, Program Assessment and Feasibility, and Online Learner Strategy.

“Eduventures Summit is one of the most important events for higher education leaders who are looking for strategic insights, advice and guidance on how they should assess programs and practices that need to be remastered rather than reinvented,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO of NRCCUA. “The depth and breadth of the program and the stellar lineup of speakers makes this an event not to be missed.”


View the Summit Agenda


The National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ is an educational data science platform and research organization based in Lee’s Summit, MO, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Austin, TX. For 44 years, NRCCUA has been a leading provider of data, technology and programs serving students, high school educators, colleges and universities. These solutions represent the link between students making important life decisions and providing the resources and information they need to succeed in their post-secondary educations and careers. NRCCUA is part of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund. For more information, visit nrccua.org.

About Eduventures

Eduventures is the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education. Building on 20 years of success in working with education leaders, Eduventures provides forward-looking and actionable research based on proprietary market data and advisory services that support both strategic and operational decision-making. Our recommendations and personalized support enable clients to understand the top traits of leaders in critical disciplines and evaluate the opportunities presented by new technologies. For more information about Eduventures’ research, practice areas, and team, visit us at eduventures.com.

Members of press who would like to receive a copy of the Eduventures 2017 Analytics Market Overview and would like to speak to the author of this report can contact Ellen Slaby at eslaby@eduventures.com.


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