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Colo. conference on higher education issues July 27 in Breckenridge

July 13, 2010

Colorado State University faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the annual meeting of The Higher Education Association of the Rockies, or HEAR, on July 27 in Breckenridge. This daylong conference will focus on Colorado higher education and P-20 issues, and will be held as a pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Colorado Association of School Executives.

Promotes higher ed professional development

HEAR is an ad hoc, non-profit group of Colorado public and private higher-education representatives who annually sponsor programs designed to promote the professional development of those working on our state’s college campuses.

Who should attend?

Higher education and P-20 administrators, staff, faculty, students, and policymakers with an interest in issues impacting Colorado higher education, P-12, and workforce development.

What’s the cost?

Cost of the one-day HEAR program is $195 for HEAR members and nonmembers and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Cost to attend only the afternoon session on P-20 alignment is $35.

Those paying $195 can attend all the events on that day at no extra charge, including the P-20 Conference (8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.), Rural Educators Conversation (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.), and the Networking Reception (4:30 – 6 p.m.).

The HEAR P-20 Conference will be offered prior to the annual Colorado Association of School Executives, or CASE, Convention, and those attending the HEAR conference may choose to register for the CASE Convention, July 28-30, at a special rate.

What’s planned for July 27?

A lively, daylong discussion of issues that impact both Colorado higher education and P-20, with opportunities to network and build connections with colleagues from across the state and region.

P-20 Conference – A.M. Session (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

• 7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
• 8 – 9:40 a.m. T
he Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids/Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Moderator: Joseph Garcia, President, Colorado State University-Pueblo; Co-Chair P-20 Commission


• Cheryl Lovell, Chief Academic Officer, Colo. Dept. of Higher Education
• Vicki Leal, Academic Policy Officer and Governor’s Advocate, CDHE
• Matt McKeever, Director, Extended Studies, CDHE
• Jason Presley, Director, Institutional Research and Analysis, CDHE

The Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids, or CAP4K, is a bipartisan reform effort to create a seamless pathway from preschool to college or the workplace and beyond. State higher education and K-12 leaders are collaborating on a model that is replacing the existing Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, with new state content standards targeted at promoting postsecondary and workforce readiness. A panel of experts will discuss the goals and progress of CAP4K reform and the challenges ahead from a higher education perspective.

9:40 – 10 a.m. Legislative update

Moderator: Carol Svendsen, Metropolitan State College of Denver

This has been a watershed year for education at the federal and state levels. Panelists will provide updates on current legislation and previews of “coming attractions” at the state and federal policy level.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. A Strategic Plan for Colorado Higher Education

• Kim Poast, Deputy Director, CDHE
• Cheryl Lovell, Chief Academic Officer, CDHE

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has embarked on a strategic planning process to create a new road map for the future of higher education in the state. Four major priority areas were identified for concerted attention: Pipeline, Accessibility, Sustainability, and Role and Mission. Presenters will offer a preview of the findings and conclusions of the CDHE strategic planning committees.

11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Presentation: The Impact of Statewide ACT Testing on College Access in Colorado. CSU Admissions Director Jim Rawlins will join colleagues from around the state in leading this discussion during lunch, which will also provide a time for networking with colleagues.

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm Joint Session with CASE Members on P-20 Alignment and Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Moderator: Joseph Garcia, President, Colorado State University-Pueblo; Co-Chair P-20 Commission

Participants will engage in a candid discussion on how to focus and align P-12 and higher education and what that means in light of the current push for comprehensive educational reform.

Adjourn - Participants may choose to attend the CASE Rural Educators Conversation (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.) and the Networking Reception (4:30 – 6 p.m.) at no additional charge.


To register, please call Leisa Sacry at CASE at (303) 762-8762. For hotel and other information, go to the CASE website at HEAR members may attend the full CASE Convention July 28-30 for the CASE member rate. Look for the strand for higher-education leaders.

Contact: Cara Neth
Phone: (970) 491-6211