Agenda as of Jan. 19, 2019

Tuesday, January 29

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Early Registration and Hill Packet Pick up

Wednesday, January 30

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Public Reading of Scripture on Capitol Hill
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Morning Sessions on Capitol Hill

Opening Remarks: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU

Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Betsy DeVos, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Finding Our Way Forward in a Divided Congress *:  Shapri D. LoMaglio, Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations, CCCU
*Closed to media

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Advocacy on the Hill*

*Closed to media

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration/Information Desk Open
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wesleyan Holiness Connection Gathering (Invite only)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spouse Program: Meet & Greet*

Welcome Remarks: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU
*Closed to media

Sponsored by Creative Dining Services

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Graystone Consulting

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Awards Dinner and Keynote Address

Special Recognition for 20 Years of Support for Faculty Scholarship: Walter & Darlene Hansen
CCCU Young Alumni Award: Jacob Atem, Spring Arbor University
Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award: Barry C. Black, Chaplain, United States Senate

Keynote: Barry C. Black, Chaplain, United States Senate 

Dinner Sponsored by Pioneer College Caterers, Assurance Agency
Keynote Sponsored by Evangelism Initiative

Thursday, January 31

7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Registration/Information Desk Open
7:30 am – 8:15 am
Grab & Go Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure. We encourage you to grab a plate, meet a new friend, learn about a new product or service, and enjoy this time for morning fellowship

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Worship and Devotions

Miles McPherson, Pastor, Rock Church, and Author,  The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Plenary: Bringing America Together

Experts are struggling to comprehend this unusual political and economic moment. Are a shrinking workforce and an economically polarized America simply our “new normal”? Arthur Brooks draws on history, economics, and social science to explain these unusual times and offers a set of strategies, from national policy prescriptions to personal advice for leaders and citizens, that we can use to rebuild prosperity for the most marginalized Americans and reunite our divided country.
Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute

9:45 am – 10:30 am
Plenary: Reputational Risk Management

Southwest Airlines is known for their timely and effective responsiveness in a crisis and their attention to people first when unexpected things happen.  Laurie will share their strategy and best practices in crisis management in order to maintain the precious commodity of institutional reputation.
Laurie Barnett
, Managing Director, Communications & Outreach, Southwest Airlines

10:30 am – 11:00 am
AM Networking & Refreshment Break

Sponsored by C2AE

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Plenary: Walking the Path of Reconciliation – A Conversation

President DeGioia will tell the story of how Georgetown University faced their slave-owning past; with courage and their faith convictions.  Dr. McNeil will speak about her ministry of reconciliation and her mission to inspire, equip, and empower Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation in their spheres of influence. We will then have a moderated conversation about how these two experts can help leaders today in Christian higher education lead in difficult situations, always with an eye towards reconciliation.
John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University, and Brenda Salter McNeil, Assistant Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Seattle Pacific University, and Author, The Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Transition Time
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Champion Awards Luncheon

CCCU Champion of Higher Education Award: Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
CCCU Champion of Higher Education Award: David Warren, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
CCCU Champion of Vision Award: Karen Buchwald Wright, Supervising Director and Chairman, President, Ariel Foundation

Sponsored by Southeastern University

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Transition Time
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Spouse Program: Outing to the Museum of the Bible*

Join fellow CCCU Presidential Spouses for an afternoon outing to the Museum of the Bible which documents the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. Attendees will have an opportunity to choose between 1 of 3 personal guided 60 minute tours to start out and the remaining time will be an opportunity to discover artifacts, see new discoveries, and experience all that the Museum of the Bible has to offer.
*Closed to media

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
The Value of Global Experiential Education

The CCCU and its institutions value experiential learning and have invested significant resources to empower our students to be global citizens ready to serve effectively in an increasingly complex world. As head of NAFSA, Dr. Brimmer will share the value of global experiential education to our students and for our world.
Esther Brimmer
, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Transition Time
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Concurrent 1A: Making Difficult Business Decisions Without Abandoning Your Christian Mission
Change is difficult. It is even more challenging when it puts the livelihood of dozens of valued employees potentially at risk in the name of “institutional efficiency.” How can Christian higher education institutions achieve the increased efficiencies the current climate requires, while still adhering to our Christian values?

In this presentation, Madonna University President, Dr. Michael A. Grandillo and Dynamic Campus President and CEO Mike Glubke will tell the story of how Madonna University confronted this challenge, contemplated various options, and executed the decision to outsource information technology (IT) services while maintaining the dignity and respect of the entire IT staff.
Robert Wheeler, Vice President, Services at Dynamic Campus and Michael A. Grandillo, President, Madonna University

Concurrent 1B: The CCCU Financial Ratios Report and Communicating Financial Realities to Your Campus and Board
The session will begin with an update on the CCCU Financial Ratios Report, noting trends and comparing the financial health of CCCU institutions to private not-for-profit institutions as a whole. These are challenging times for the entire sector. Presidents must balance their role as truth-teller and the need to provide vision and energy for their campuses. Two CCCU Presidents, Chip Pollard (John Brown University) and Robin Baker (George Fox University), will share how they communicate financial realities to their faculty, staff and board. There will be time for questions, discussion, and comments.
Robin Baker
, President, George Fox University, Chip Pollard, President, John Brown University, and Michael Williams, Vice President, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Concurrent 1C: The Essential Value of Off-Campus Study to Student Formation and Campus Culture
Today’s graduates must be prepared to participate in a global economy with colleagues from many cultures and backgrounds. Off-campus study provides students with an invaluable opportunity to experience, work in, and learn about other countries and cultures. Your campus community also benefits when the students return with their expanded vision and worldview. In this session, your colleagues will share why they view off-campus study as an essential (not optional) component of Christian higher education and the necessity of finding a study abroad provider that supports faith-centered education.
Moderator: Stan Rosenberg, Executive Director, SCIO
Panelists: Brent Ellis, President, Spring Arbor and Paul Conn, President, Lee University

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sweet Treats Networking Break

Sponsored by Credo

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Concurrent 2A: Creative Funding Models for Experiential Education
In this session you will hear about a variety of funding models that CCCU schools are using to help students participate in off-campus experiential education opportunities. Participants will share their method and strategy to make off-campus experiential education a viable option for both the institution and your students.
Moderator: Leah Mullen, Director of Enrollment & Campus Relations, CCCU
Panelist(s):  Al Cureton, President, University of Northwestern-St. Paul and Sherilyn Emberton, President, Huntington University and others to be confirmed

Concurrent 2B: Digital, Open Source, and Publisher Partnerships: How the Textbook Industry is Changing
Ten to fifteen years ago, Amazon changed the textbook industry by creating a secondary market. Another big change is coming. This time, the leaders in the textbook publishing industry have a plan to disrupt the secondary market. We’ll discuss the impact of these models to faculty choice, the used textbook market (Amazon) and to textbook affordability. Come hear how that impacts your students, faculty, and campus store.
Darren Campbell, CEO, Tree of Life Bookstores, Inc.

Concurrent 2C: Moving the Needle: The Call for Collaboration in Student Success
While the challenges of meeting the critical and unique needs of students continue to press in our colleges and universities, some institutions are realizing substantive success as a result of strategic comprehensive collaborative efforts. Most often, efforts to support students or improve readiness for their engagement are realized within “silo” environments, without thoughtful integration of planning and shared responsibility. This session will describe an increasingly successful approach called “Moving the Needle:” a comprehensive targeted strategic student success project that has resulted in changing campus culture from splintered to unified, from haphazard in approach to focused and intentional, from modestly successful to exponentially successful in regard to student and institutional outcomes. The discussion will focus on the practical examples of several CCCU institutions and include an emerging opportunity for a multiple institutional partnership.
Joretta Nelson, Senior VP/Owner, Credo and Susan Wooten, Senior Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Vice Provost, Anderson University (SC).

5:00 pm
Open Evening/Dinner On Own

Friday, February 1

7:00 am – 10:30 am
Information Desk Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast with the Department of Education

Join us for breakfast with Principal Deputy Under Secretary, Diane Jones, as she shares the higher education agenda for the U.S. Department of Education. There will also be an opportunity  for Q&A for you to provide feedback.
Diane Jones, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Devotion: A 500 Mile Journey: Lessons of Faith, Love, and Friendship

Born a little over 36 hours apart, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been blessed with a lifelong friendship. They are no strangers to challenges. Some they have chosen, while others have been thrust upon them. Despite Justin living life from a wheelchair due to a progressive neuromuscular disease, he and Patrick conquered the Camino de Santiago, making their way across 500 miles from France to the Cathedral of Santiago. Justin and Patrick use many of the lessons to shed light on the inescapable love of God.
Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, Authors and Subjects of the Documentary I'll Push You

8:30 am - 8:45 am
Transition Time
8:45 am – 10:30 am
Business Meeting (Campus Presidents Only)*

*Closed to media

8:45 am – 10:30 am
Spouse Program: The Essential Work of Friendship in a Digital Age

The book of James chapter 3 says, "Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others." James, brother to Jesus and one of the founding fathers of the early church, goes on to say that, "You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other." (James 3:17-18 MSG.) Nowhere is this likely more true than on a college campus with its unique communities and the inexorable impact social media has on them. In this practical session Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and Bible Study teacher of the popular study, We Saved You a Seat, will unpack what it means to do the hard work of getting along. Particularly as it applies to those in positions of leadership as well as understanding the friendship tensions experienced by those influenced by their leadership -- the vital population of young women across our campuses today. Bring your Bible and a pen as Lisa-Jo leads a practical discussion and study on why friendship matters, why friendship matters particularly to leaders, what challenges it faces and the practical tools for modeling our friendships after an ancient Jewish rabbi while living in a fast-paced digital age.

Lisa-Jo Baker, Author, Speaker, and Podcaster
*Closed to media

10:30 am – 11:00 am
AM Refreshments & Hotel Check-Out

Sponsored by GMB

Hotel check-out is at noon

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Plenary: Let's Talk About Faith: Contributions & Misunderstandings

How does faith generally, and faith-based higher education specifically, contribute positively to society? Leaders from a variety of faith-based universities will address the biggest misunderstandings about faith, what faith adds to the lives of their students, and the role faith-based higher education plays in the academy and in their respective faith traditions. Panelists will also discuss how leaders and their institutions can work together in the future to help facilitate a deeper understanding of faith in an increasingly secular society.

Moderator: Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Panelists: Ari Berman, President, Yeshiva University, John P. Fitzgibbons, President, Regis University, Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College, Kevin J Worthen, President, Brigham Young University, and Hamza Yusuf, President, Zaytuna College

NOTE: Lunch will not be provided on Friday, but the morning refreshments will be more substantial. Lunch is on your own.