Back to the Future:
The Technologically Aware University

American Council on Education:
2005 Council of Fellows Weekend

The Doubletree Hotel Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202-2891

June 4-5, 2005


Saturday, June 4, 2005

8:30 am - 9:45 am

COF Finance and Annual Fund Committee
COF Professional Development Committee

9:45 am - 11:00 am

COF Outreach and Engagement Committee
(Including State Coordinators)

11:00 am - 11:45 pm  


11:45 am
12:00 pm

F. Javier Cevallos, President, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Marlene Ross, Director, ACE Fellows Program, and Carole Bland, Univerity of Minnesota

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

The University is Dead! Long Live the University!
James L. Morrison, Editor-in-Chief, Innovate

American higher education is undergoing substantial change in terms of the way colleges and universities are organized and function. This change is being driven by the combined forces of demographics, globalization, economic restructuring, and information technology (IT)—forces that will, over the coming decade, lead us to adopt new conceptions of educational markets, organizational structures, how we teach, and what we teach. The purpose of this presentation is to describe these forces and speculate on their effects on higher education in the US and other mature industrial societies. Discussion will focus on how university leaders can assist their institutions to adapt organizational norms to most effectively address this future.

Required reading: Morrison, J. L. (2003). U.S. Higher Education in Transition. On the Horizon, 11(1), 6-10.

Supplementary reading: Morrison, J. L., Sargison, A., & Francis, D. (1997). Using The Futures Program As A Tool For Transformation: A Case Study of Lincoln University, New Zealand. In Donald M. Norris and James L. Morrison, Mobilizing for Transformation: How Campuses Are Preparing for the Knowledge Age. New Directions in Institutional Research Number 94 (19-30). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. 

This session will be broadcast via Elluminate Live! To participate in the broadcast, go to at least 15 minutes prior to the broadcast. The broadcast will be archived within an hour of the broadcast at

Jim Morrison's presentation slides are available here.


1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Neomillennial Learning Styles: Implications for Higher Education
Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Emerging digital media are shaping users' motivations, attributes, and social patterns into types of learning styles quite different than those based on sensory, personality, or intelligence factors. "Neomillennial" students seek learning situations that interweave face-to-face interactions with shared virtual experiences across distance and time (distributed-learning). This session will demonstrate examples of middle and high school distributed-learning experiences based on immersive game-like educational simulations and will discuss implications of students' neomillennial learning styles for higher education.

Required reading: Dede, C. (2005). Planning for “Neomillennial” Learning Styles: Implications for Investments in Technology and Faculty. In J. Oblinger and D. Oblinger (Eds.), Educating the Net Generation, pp. 226-247. Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Publishers. 

Supplementary readings: Dede, C., and Palombo, M. (2004). Virtual Worlds for Learning. Threshold (Summer, 2004), 16-20 and Dede, C., Whitehouse, P., & Brown-L’Bahy, T. (2002) Designing and Studying Learning Experiences that Use Multiple Interactive Media to Bridge Distance and Time. In C. Vrasidas & G. Glass (Eds.), Current Perspectives on Applied Information Technologies. Vol. 1: Distance Education, pp. 1-30. Greenwich, CN: Information Age Press.

Chris Dede's presentation slides are available here.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:30 pm  

Honoring the Fellows Program: Leadership & Faculty
Presentations by
David Ward, President, American Council on Education

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Improving Institutional Performance through Technology-Enabled Innovation
William H. Graves, Senior Vice President for Academic Strategy, SunGard Collegis, Moderator

The recently released report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers' National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education, Accountability for Better Results: A National Imperative for Higher Education, calls for measurably improving institutional performance in several academic dimensions while simultaneously reducing expenses and holding the line on tuition increases. The report is silent, however, on just how to do this. Presidential panelists and experienced corporate leaders will discuss the proposition that in higher education, as in the national economy, any strategy for improving quality while also improving productivity and competitiveness must rely on technology-enabled innovations through service process redesign. The discussion will include panelists representing different institutional contexts (and their stories/accomplishments) and corporate leaders experienced in supporting higher education's attempts to improve institutional performance. 

Required reading: Graves, W. H. (2005). Improving Institutional Performance through IT-Enabled Innovation.

William Graves' presentation slides for the introduction to this session are available here.

Presidential Panelists:
Toni Cleveland, Vice Chancellor of the Virginia Comminity College System (retired)
Robert M. Smith, President, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Tyler Kelsch, Vice President/CFO/Treasurer, Becker College

Corporate Leaders:
Russ Griffith, President and CEO, Datatel
Mark Milliron, Vice President, Education Practice, SAS
William H. Graves, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategy, SunGard Collegis

6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by Datatel, Elluminate, SAS,
SMART Technologies, and SunGard Collegis
Reconnect with old friends, faculty, and staff, and meet new ones as you visit the vendor exhibits.

June 5, 2004 

7:30 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast: Making the Most of Your Fellowship Year
(Current and former Fellows give advice to the incoming class.)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Planning & Plans for the Technologically Competitive Academic Institution
Ray Haas, University Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia

This session will begin with a presentation and discussion of various ways in which technology has affected institutional planning processes. The ways in which technology has influenced the actual content of institutional plans will be handled through small group discussions and reports. Each participant will be assigned to a small group by institutional type, i.e., college, community college, and university, and will discuss one of the questions below:

A. How has technology affected the content of your institution’s strategic plans during the past five years?

B. What will a “technologically competitive” university, community college, or college look like during the next five years?

C: What knowledge, skills and abilities will be required to lead a “technologically competitive” university, community college, or college during the next five years? How should an ACE Fellow prepare himself or herself to qualify for a leadership position in a technologically competitive university, community college, or college?

The session will conclude with a presentation titled: “Some overarching questions and answers about the technologically aware/competitive institution - the Wisdom Factor.”

Ways to prepare for this session: First, think about the history of planning at your institution, giving special attention to the ways in which technology has been used to facilitate planning activities and the ways in which technology has been treated in the content of the plans. Second, read your institution’s most recent strategic plan; or, if you or your institution is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and you have a SCUP “online directory password,” go to In the heading of the site, click on the word, “knowledge,” click on “campus plans,” and then follow the directions to select from among the 800 plans of 400 different institutions.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  

Luncheon: Celebrating the Reunion Classes, 1974-75, 1984-85, 1994-95

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   

Technology Trends in Higher Education
Mark Luker, Vice President, EDUCAUSE

Campus IT leaders have followed a common strategy for over two decades--build a campus network and connect everyone and everything to it. Connect to the Internet. Our institutions were transformed as email, web sites, administrative systems, libraries, databases, course management systems, research facilities and many other services came online. For the most part, the IT needs of the community were provided (and controlled) by the institution.

This simple and effective progression is now challenged by a flood of opportunities and unanticipated consequences. New technologies of all shapes and sizes may offer better solutions. “Wired” students and faculty increasingly rely on their own personal technology. Commercial alternatives are increasingly available, even on campus. Hackers, worms, viruses, and spam sap our resources and threaten us with new institutional liabilities. We are just beginning to tackle the core issues of cybersecurity and electronic identity. Although it sometimes seems like we must start over again to get it right, our present systems are already mission critical. What are campus leaders to do? What are they doing?

This session will be broadcast via Elluminate Live! To participate in the broadcast, go to at least 15 minutes prior to the broadcast. The broadcast will be archived within an hour of the broadcast at

Mark Luker's presentation slides are available here.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm   

Neomillennials Speak for Themselves
Facilitators: LaDon Jones, Baptist College of Health Sciences and Ellen Dauwer, Associate Technology Officer for Academic Technology, College of Saint Elizabeth


Hisbam Kbasawinab, Student, Northern Virginia Community College
Bonnie James, Student, Marymount University
Nathan Qazi
, Student, Northern Virginia Community College
Emmanuel Dosii Zuana, Student, Northern Virginia Community College

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