Wednesday April 19, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Early: $230 Advance: $250 Onsite: $310
CEO Luncheon & Forum

The CEO Luncheon and Forum features keynote speaker Ben Miller from the Center for American Progress. CEOs will also have ample networking opportunities, and will engage with WSCUC’s President Mary Ellen Petrisko and Commission Vice Chair Reed Dasenbrock regarding national and regional updates in higher education and accreditation.  

Featured Speaker:  Ben Miller, Senior Director, Postsecondary Education -- Center for American Progress

Progressively More Challenging: Pursuing Affordability, Equity, and Accountability in the Next Four Years

Now is a crucial time for higher education policy. The nation's main law governing postsecondary education is up for reauthorization, and we are coming off eight years of sustained federal attention to issues of college price and completion. But with a new Congress and executive, we are also looking at a very different approach to federal higher education policy. This session will explore the future vision of higher education through the progressive lens of the Center for American Progress. It will explain the need for new approaches to affordability, equity, and accreditation, and how those compare to our new federal policy landscape. It will also cover why "reconciliation" might be the most important word to know for the next year and why failing to eliminate the Department of Education may still spell lots of trouble for the agency.


Ben Miller
Senior Director, Postsecondary Education
Center for American Progress

Ben Miller is the Senior Director for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress. He was previously the research director for higher education at New America, as well as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. Miller’s work focuses on higher-education accountability, affordability, and financial aid, as well as for-profit colleges and other issues. Miller’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed, among other outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Brown University.