Scaling Solutions to Higher Ed’s Biggest Challenges, Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016, 9AM-4PM

INVITATION-ONLY SUMMIT: A New Media Consortium and Online Learning Consortium Collaboration

This invitation-only summit is an OLC/NMC collaboration as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Initiative. The initiative is focused on scaling solutions to the most pressing challenges threatening equity and access in higher education across the US and to increase the success of underrepresented students in Higher Ed.  

The Higher Ed challenges at the heart of the summit include:

  • Financial Aid for Alternative Learning Opportunities
  • Supporting Adjunct Faculty through Tech Deployment
  • Integrating Student Data Across Platforms
  • Scaling Evidence-Based Methods Across Disciplines

The summit begins by utilizing design thinking principles to examine solutions to challenges impacting the field. Leaders will discuss their experiences working on these challenges at their institutions, and together with the group will work to identify institutional elements that lead to success (i.e., strong leadership, policy, technology, communities of practice, guides/frameworks, etc.)

We have invited challenge leaders from institutions including:

  • Rio Salado College
  • Houston Community College
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • The University of Texas at El Paso

The group will then move toward efforts to scale those solutions across the field, through various “task forces” — one to design an RFP/grant program, one to design rubric/frameworks, and one to design marketing/outreach efforts.

Afternoon task forces will be led by representatives from the foundation’s network of solution partners on the Postsecondary Success Initiative, including OLC, rpk GROUP, Tyton Partners, and EdSurge.

Lightning talks and short presentations will be sprinkled throughout the day to continue momentum and motivation.

Funding for this collaboration comes from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Initiative.

This summit is free for invited guests. OLC is offering a special discounted rate for those who choose to attend the full OLC Accelerate Conference.  Please refer to your email for the coupon codes needed for registration REGISTER TODAY