“… the challenges colleges and universities will face in the coming years are not simply institutional. Their success in providing a first-rate college education to low-income students and students of color, who are already a majority of the public schoolchildren across the South, will help shape the prospects for America’s future economy and democracy. In this respect, the success of MSIs is a matter of national interest." Kent McGuire, SEF’s president
MSI President and Trustee 2012 Convening:
The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) hosted its 2012 Governance and Institutional Effectiveness Seminar for MSI Presidents and Trustees. The event was held at the InterContinental—Buckhead located at 3315 Peachtree Road NE, June 21-23, 2012 in Atlanta. 130 presidents and trustees from 50 MSIs along with a select group of higher education leaders were in attendance.
SEF worked with the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education, leading accreditation agencies, and higher education associations to customize sessions for MSI presidents and trustees.
The following represents a few key elements of the recent convening:
Improving the use of federal student aid and the operation of campus financial aid offices in order to enhance student success at MSIs
Effective governance practices for 21st century universities
Developing institutional clarity and technical capacity for assessing student learning outcomes for accreditation and beyond
Reconsidering campus business models, program delivery innovations, and threat assessments
Understanding the current federal policy environment and implications for MSIs
Nearly all higher education institutions face the pressure of making tough decisions that better position them to be viable and competitive. The MSI community is no different. In fact, one could argue that given the importance of this sector for ensuring access and opportunity for thousands of students, innovation and creativity are necessary tenets on which to move forward.