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Sunday, Nov. 13Commission Session I (Attendees choose 1)- Feeding the World: Managing Risks and Uncertainty - Workforce Needs, Careers and Higher Education
Commission Session II (Attendees choose 1)- Anchoring the Future: Universities Building Vibrant, Resilient Cities- Feed the Future: New Opportunities for Universities- Serving New Student Demographics and the APLU Minority Male STEM Initiative
Opening General Session2011 Justin Smith Morrill Lecture: Kenneth G. Cassman, Heuermann Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Monday, Nov. 14Plenary Session (Attendees choose 1)- Academic Consolidation and Redesign: Creative Leadership Required- The STEM Pipeline and the Core Curriculum Standards
Tuesday, Nov. 15General Session: Daniel Yankelovich, co-founder of Public Agenda.
October 5, 2011—Official kick-off for the year-long observance of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862 is just one of a number of exciting activities planned for A۰P۰L۰U's 124th Annual Meeting, Nov. 13-15, at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA.
Nearly 1,000 public university presidents, chancellors and senior leadership are expected to attend the Annual Meeting—the premier leadership meeting of public university leaders. Member registration at the regular rate of $575 ends on Oct. 12 with late registration of $675 running through the start of the meeting.
Among the keynote speakers are Kenneth G. Cassman, Heuermann Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Daniel Yankelovich, co-founder of Public Agenda.
Cassman will present the 2011 Justin Smith Morrill Lecture as part of the Annual Meeting's Opening Session. Cassman will speak to the need for dramatic increases in global food production at a time of rising energy costs and needs, greater demands for water and global warming. It is estimated that global food production will need to double by 2050. He believes that food, energy, water and carbon footprint are interrelated issues that must be considered as such.
The Justin Smith Morrill Lecture is one of three rotating lectures presented in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture honoring three of the most important historical figures of the Land-grant University system: Morrill, William Henry Hatch, and Seaman A. Knapp. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862, establishing the land-grant system of colleges, the basis for the nation's public university system. A۰P۰L۰U will be conducting a series of events throughout the year to raise awareness of the historic role of public universities.
Yankelovich will discuss the need for higher education leaders to act decisively to thwart the "impending crisis in this nation's powerful, if unwritten, social contract." He believes higher education is becoming the main battleground in a national struggle over how to keep faith with the social contract that binds Americans together.
In addition to the non-partisan and non-profit public opinion research organization Public Agenda, which he chairs and co-founded with Cyrus Vance in 1975, Yankelovich is founder and chairman of two other organizations: Viewpoint Learning, which specializes in dialogue-based learning, and DYG, Inc., a business research firm specializing in tracking social trends.
He also is the author, editor or co-author of 12 books, the most recent being Toward Wiser Public Judgment (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). Others include Profit with Honor: The New Stage of Market Capitalism; The Magic of Dialogue; New Rules; Coming to Public Judgment, and Ego and Instinct (with William Barrett).
He is currently on the board of the University of California, San Diego Foundation, where he is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council in the Social Sciences and endowed the Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought in 2009. He was named by PR Week as one of the ten most influential people of the past century in the arena of public affairs, communications and public relations.
The schedule for the 2011 Annual Meeting reflects several important revisions which resulted from comments made during focus groups and on evaluation forms collected following the 2010 meeting in Dallas. Attendees asked for shorter General Sessions with fewer speakers. They also asked for more opportunities learn about the issues and to mix with professionals from other parts of campus. We heard you.
On Sunday afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to choose two sessions planned by A۰P۰L۰U's Commissions. Topics include: the role of urban universities in their community, student demographics, workforce issues, international development and the role of land-grant universities in feeding the global population during the next 40 years (See box on right). The Opening General Session has been pushed back to 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Opening Reception.
Monday morning, attendees will have the choice of two sessions. The first will focus on the strategies being employed to carry out academic and reorganizations and consolidations on public university campuses. The second session involves the push by corporate executives to transform STEM education in response to lagging U.S. student achievement relative to other nations.
Presentation of the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award, an annual meeting highlight, has been moved to the Monday Council of Presidents Luncheon. The award recognizes the outreach and engagement partnership efforts of four-year public universities. Established in 2006 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the awards program seeks to identify colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. The engagement awards program consists of two awards: The Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award and the C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award. Regional finalists for 2011 include: Michigan State University, Montana State University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Complete registration and hotel details are available on the A۰P۰L۰U website.
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