Plenary Speakers

Dr. William G. Bowen
William Bowen
Sunday, May 30
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Crossing the Finish Line

Dr. Bowen will discuss the importance of addressing twin problems: (1) the need to increase the overall level of educational attainment in America; and (2) the need to reduce disparities in outcomes—especially graduation rates—that are related to socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. He will present results drawn from his recent book, co-authored with Matthew Chingos and Michael McPherson, which document differences in graduation rates and in time-to-degree, with special emphasis on outcomes at public universities.

About William Bowen
Dr. William G. Bowen, President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, served as President of that organization from 1988-2006. Dr. Bowen was President of Princeton University from 1972-1988, where he also served as Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. Dr. Bowen joined the Mellon Foundation in 1988 and his tenure there was marked by increases in the scale of the Foundation's activities, with annual appropriations reaching $220 million in 2000. Dr. Bowen is the author or co-author of over 20 books, including most recently Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities (Princeton University Press, 2009) with Matthew M. Chingos and Michael S. McPherson.

Mr. Jamie P. Merisotis
Jamie Merisotis
Tuesday, June 1
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
How Research Can Make a Dramatic Difference in Achieving the Big Goal of Increased College Attainment

Lumina Foundation for Education has provided key, national leadership during the last three years to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Efforts to increase academic, financial, and social preparation for college, the success of students in higher education, and the productivity of the higher education system, all feature prominently in attaining this goal. This presentation examines the critical role of research as a catalyst to increase college attainment at both the institutional and policy levels, and provides an overview of tools to assess progress in getting there.

About Jamie Merisotis
Mr. Jamie P. Merisotis is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumina Foundation for Education, one of the nation’s 45 largest private foundations. Under his leadership, Lumina Foundation employs a strategic, outcomes-based approach in pursuing its mission of expanding college access and success, particularly among low-income, minority and other historically underrepresented populations. Before joining Lumina Foundation in January 2008, Mr. Merisotis founded and served 15 years as President of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, one of the world’s premier education research and policy centers.