All events will be held at the College of Saint Benedict on Monday and Tuesday and Saint John's University on Wednesday. All sessions held at Saint Ben's will be in the Gorecki Center unless otherwise noted. Conference materials will be available on [email protected].
2 - 6 p.m.
Registration and Check-in
6 - 8 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University
Introduction by Dr. Mary Dana Hinton and Dr. Michael Hemesath, Conference Co-Hosts
At a time of rising public anxiety about the cost and value of liberal education, Andrew Delbanco, author of College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be?, will speak about the past, present, and future of a distinctive institution: the American college. How can we help students become active citizens and fulfilled human beings? How can we know if a college education is effective—and to what end? Educators must help to frame and answer these urgent questions; otherwise others will do it for us.
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Social Hour with Random Road
Random Road is a group of talented local musicians making music in and around the St. Joseph and St. Cloud areas. Through alumnae/I and former and current employees, the band has many connections to the CSB/SJU community and is excited to be a part of Liberal Arts Illuminated and support the benefits of a liberal arts education. "We hope you enjoy our music and have a successful conference filled with enthusiasm and new ideas."
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Yoga, Haehn Campus Center, Lower Level
Instructor: Jessie L. Sandoval, J.S. Wellness, Inc.
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Hot Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 10 a.m.
High-impact teaching and learning practices are generally seen as hallmarks of liberal arts colleges. The enhanced engagement and learning outcomes associated with these practices have been objectively confirmed. What are the specific strengths of the liberal arts experience? Are there some unfounded assumptions about the advantages of liberal arts colleges over other academic models, and are there opportunities to strengthen all of our institutions by building upon the most successful models among our peer campuses?
10 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The Wall Street and Main Street economies present two different tales, one of growth and productivity, the other of continued uncertainty and no small measure of fear. Led by economic, demographic, and cultural changes that converged during the depths of the Great Recession, the higher education landscape has been reshaped in ways that demand renewed consideration of value and vision. This conversational session will examine the economics of the new marketplace and their implications for colleges and universities.
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Dr. Zakiya Smith, Lumina Foundation
Introduction by Mr. Paul Cerkvenik, Minnesota Private College Council
Many seem to feel that the liberal arts are under attack, particularly by those with an adversarial agenda in political office. Policies that focus exclusively on quantitative outcomes seem to reduce higher education to that which can be counted and minimize the true impact of higher education for both individuals and society as a whole. What are the factors influencing policymakers shift towards an outcomes-based focus? And where do the liberal arts fit into these considerations?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
This session begins with the premise that liberal arts colleges provide value to their students, and that this valuable experience should be accessible to all students. Yet political conversations about accessible (and even free) education for all students often focus on vocational preparation and community colleges as the primary higher education delivery vehicle for the majority of students. At this session, panelists will discuss how we ensure broad financial, social and cultural access to a liberal arts education.
2:30 - 3 p.m.
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Liberal arts education, and each small college that delivers it quintessentially well, now occupies a tenuous position in our society. If the liberal arts are to be as foundational to our future as our past — capable of effecting a more connected, informed, and civic-minded nation and a more humane and just world — then what must we do differently, and how might we shape a new conversation with the public? In this discussion session, liberal arts college leaders will look to the future of liberal arts colleges. What is changing, what needs to change, and what are commitments that should endure even in the midst of change?
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Rebecca Chopp, University of Denver
Introduction by Dr. Jonathan Green, Illinois Wesleyan University
Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center
No form of education is more dedicated to the ongoing transformation of students, knowledge and society than the American liberal arts model. But in the midst of all the challenges and possibilities facing us, naming our own emerging transformations is difficult. Old categories fail to describe our new realities, and new concepts often seem superficial. Yet a powerful framing is necessary for people to understand us and to allow us to effect the transformations that are so fundamental to our mission
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Evening Entertainment: Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience
The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience performs a swinging big band sound fused with a modern day mix of genres. Blending the musical stylings of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé, the Big Band Experience performs innovative, energetic and upbeat shows that audiences remember long afterward. The sizzling eight-piece bank is led by crooner Shaun Johnson, who is no stranger to the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University as a 1994 graduate of SJU.
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Mr. Rick Beyer, AGB Institutional Strategies
Introduction by Dr. Andrew Lounder, Association of Governing Boards of Universites and Colleges
The change in higher education's competitive landscape has become a challenge for colleges and universities across the country. Institutions struggle to match revenues with expenditures, while simultaneously trying to cope with lower net revenue per student, rising labor costs, evolving consumer behaviors, and shifting student demographics. As a result, institutions are forced to address critical business model issues. Too often, liberal arts institutions get stuck in a survival mindset, trying to keep above water with day-to-day challenges. To reach sustainable prosperity, liberal arts institutions need to rely on creativity and innovation in order to find opportunities for growth. This conversation will outline key business model issues and major trends in the future of higher education.
9:45 - 10 a.m.
10 - 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - noon
Closing Remarks — Conference Co-Hosts, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton and Dr. Michael Hemesath
Conference Adjourns —Lunch on Your Own