Another Successful MSCHE Annual Conference

The 2017 MSCHE Annual Conference, held December 6–8, 2018, in Philadelphia, was another successful event for the Commission and its member institutions. More than 1,300 people registered for the conference, making it one of the largest such gatherings in the Commission’s 98-year history.  

The four plenary sessions examined topics of significant interest to MSCHE institutions. Two of the sessions focused on the Commission’s new accreditation standards and new accreditation processes and cycle.  

Panelists in the opening plenary session discuss Lessons Learned from the Collaborative Implementation Project, the MSCHE effort to pilot the new accreditation standards. 

A plenary session featuring Dr. Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, addressed Accountability in a Changing Environment. Dr. McPherson emphasized in his remarks that higher education must be accountable for student access, completion, and employment.

Peter McPherson

Walter Bumphus

The closing plenary on December 8 featured Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Bumphus discussed Higher Education and the Trump Administration, focusing on the current higher education landscape and the proposed PROSPER (Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform) Act. Dr. Bumphus also discussed the federal government’s efforts to deregulate higher education as well as initiatives to expand apprenticeship programs involving community colleges and local industries.  

During the conference the Commission’s senior leadership team held a special meeting with the more than 150 attendees from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to discuss the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the 50 Caribbean institutions accredited by MSCHE.

Dr. Elizabeth Sibolski, MSCHE President, speaks with representatives of Caribbean institutions.

In addition to the plenary sessions, there were more than 32 concurrent sessions on a variety of topics plus numerous networking opportunities in the Exhibit Hall. The Commission extends its special thanks to event sponsor ETS and to the 27 participating exhibitors. Their financial support helped make the conference possible.

2017 Annual Conference Exhibit Hall

Mark your calendar for the 2018 MSCHE Annual Conference, scheduled for November 28-30 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.