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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

CHE > Meetings and Events > Meetings and Events Calendar > H. Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education H. Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education

The H. Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education is an annual convening of Indiana students, educators, business, community and government leaders to share and discuss ideas that impact higher education and workforce development within the State.

2016 H. Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education
Reaching Higher, Delivering Value
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott North
3645 River Crossing Pkwy
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

Tentative Conference Agenda
8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am – Welcome
9:15 am
 – Keynote Address: Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation, and author, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere
10:15 am – Response Panel
11:15 am – Breakout Session I
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm
 – Breakout Session II
2:00 pm
 – Closing

Register Today!

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Last day to book is March 30, 2016

2015 H. Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education
Connecting College and Careers
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Indianapolis Marriott North
3645 River Crossing Pkwy
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

Conference Agenda
8:30 – Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

• Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner for Higher Education
• Sue Ellspermann, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
10:00 – Keynote Address
Carol D'Amico, Executive Vice President, National Engagement and Philanthropy, USA Funds
11:15 – Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1
• Dr. William Katip, President, Grace College and Seminary
• Bob Vitoux, Vice President Commercial Operations US, Biomet Inc.
Breakout Session 2
• Dr. Paul Ferguson, President, Ball State University
• Mike Altendorf, Vice President of Information Technology, Do it Best Corp.
12:30 – Networking Lunch
1:30 – Reflection
Gerry Dick, President and Managing Editor, Grow Indiana Media Ventures, LLC
2:00 – Closing Remarks
• Dennis Bland, Chairman of the Commission for Higher Education

Speaker Information
Keynote Address Presentation
Breakout Session 1
Networking Lunch and Reflection Questions

April 10, 2014:
"The Value Proposition: Making Higher Education Matter… MORE"

Guest Presenters Packet Materials Feedback Form 

April 2, 2013: Agenda
"Meeting Workforce Demand:  Aligning Higher Education and Indiana's Economic Future"

April 16, 2012: Agenda
"Reaching Higher, Achieving More: A Success Agenda for Higher Education in Indiana"


  • Reaching Higher, Achieving More, ICHE document  link
  • Reforming American Higher Education: Implications for a Vibrant Work Force and a Healthy Democracy, by Charles Kolb   link
  • A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education, a Policy Brief from the Lumina Foundation  link

April 15, 2011: Agenda
"Defining College Success:  Learning Outcomes Matter"


  • Why Learning Outcomes Matter, Paul Gaston, Kent State University  link
  • Learning Outcomes for Work, Life, and Citizenship:  What All Students Need for Meaningful Opportunity and Success, Debra Humphreys, AAC&U  link


  • Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), Bill McKinney, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) link
  • Degree Qualifications Profile, Marianne Wokeck, IUPUI  link
  • The State of Learning Outcomes Assessment in the United States, George Kuh, Indiana University   link
  • The State of Undergraduate Learning, Josipa Roska and Richard Arum  link
  • Reimagining Remediation, Stephen Handel and Ronald Williams  link 
  • Degree Qualifications Profile, Lumina Foundation  link
  • FOCUS, Lumina Foundation  link
  • FAQS on Bologna and Tuning  link

April 19, 2010: Agenda
"Challenges and Opportunities:  Increasing College Productivity"


  • Presentation by Nasser Paydar, Chancellor of Indiana University East link
  • Presentation by Jim Applegate, Senior Vice President for Program Development and Organizational Learning, Lumina Foundation link 


  • Lumina Foundation link
  • Association of Governing Boards Presentation link

April 17, 2009: Agenda
"Degrees of Success: Creating a Culture of College Completion in Indiana"

Featured Speaker: Dr. Richard Longworth, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism


April 16, 2008: Agenda
"Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana"        April 30, 2007: Agenda
"Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana" 


The Changing Agenda for Higher Education Access and Success--Dewayne Matthews
The State’s Economy and Higher Education--Charles Schalliol
The Spellings Commission and Indiana: Setting the Pace or Falling Behind? -- Kristin Conklin