Affordability and Persistence in Wisconsin Public Higher Education
A Research, Policy, and Practice Conference 
July 17-18, 2012
Hosted by: Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Director
Sponsored by: University of Wisconsin System Administration 

Conference Summary – coming soon

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the state of Wisconsin faces significant challenges in its efforts to grow a college-educated workforce.  College ambitions are strong and yet for many families rising costs make reaching those goals feel impossible.  How are students managing to make ends meet while pursuing college degrees? Who is crossing the finish line—and who is not?  How can we help more talented youth reach their educational potential?

Join us for a focused discussion grounded in the latest research on Wisconsin undergraduates. We invite college administrators, faculty, students, and staff to interact with researchers, policymakers, advocates and philanthropists and share perspectives on these important, complex issues.

July 17, 2012
UW-Fox Valley | Room 1229 
1478 Midway Road, Menasha, WI

Conference presentation passwords are available on request by emailing Alison Bowman.

1:00pm Welcome and Introductory Remarks 
Sara Goldrick-Rab, UW-Madison

1:15pmEnvisioning Success: What an Affordable College Education Means to Wisconsin (Panel discussion)
Thomas Pleger, Campus Executive Officer & Dean, UW-Baraboo
Kenneth Urban, Vice President of Teaching, Learning & Student Success, Nicolet Area Technical College
Maha Baalbaki and Wendell Venerable, UW-Madison
2:15pmAfternoon break, refreshments served

2:30pmWhen America Goes to College: Implications for Broad Access Institutions
Regina Deil-Amen, Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor, UW-Madison 
3:45pm  Managing to Make It: A Closer Look at Students’ College Financing
Hannah Miller, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison 
Kaja Rebane, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison 
Drew Anderson, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison
Xueli Wang, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison
Charles Clark, Campus Executive Officer & Dean, UW-Manitowoc
Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System
5:30pm Reception at Radisson Paper Valley, 333 W. College Avenue, Empire Room

July 18, 2012
Fox Valley Technical College | Room A170
1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI

7:30am Continental breakfast served

8:00amCausal Impacts of the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Program
On academic outcomes: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor, UW-Madison
On educational expectations: Katharine Broton, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison
On student engagement: Lauren Schudde, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison
10:00am   Morning break, refreshments served
10:15am   Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Affordability and Persistence
Donna Powless, Professor, College of Menominee Nation
Ashleigh Edgerson, Undergraduate Student, UW-Oshkosh

12:00pm  Luncheon Keynotes
Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Thomas Mortenson, Editor & Publisher, Postsecondary Education Opportunity 
Martin Rudd, Campus Executive Officer & Dean, UW-Fox Valley
1:45pmA. Measuring Success – C190A
John Stevenson, Associate Director, UW-Madison Survey Center: “Measuring Student Success: New Research on Incentives and Approaches”
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor, UW-Madison: “Learning College: Studies on the Academic and Social Challenges First-Year Students Face” B. Learning College – C190B
Aaronson Chew, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison: “The Impact of Financial Management Skills for Low-Income Students”
Jesus Renteria, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison: “Transition to Adulthood and College Experiences Among Undergraduates from Low-Income Backgrounds”
Marci Glaus, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison: “Becoming Aware: How Undergraduates’ Perceptions of Readiness Change Over Time”C. Understanding Student Choices – C190C
Ryan Adserias, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison: “Class Consciousness Among Two-Year College Men” 
Amanda Gaulke, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison: “Stop-outs in Wisconsin Higher Education”
Suzanne Sublette, Lecturer, Gateway Technical College: “Understanding College Choice Regret Among Low- Income Two Year College Students”
3:15pmAfternoon break, refreshments served

3:30pm Innovating for Greater Success
Robert Kelchen, Doctoral Student, UW-Madison 
Amy Kerwin, Chief Educational Opportunities Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation 
Khori Whittaker, Director of Program Development, InsideTrack
Jennifer Cox Bell, Regional Director, National College Advising Corps
Greg Lampe, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UW Colleges

Conference presentation passwords are available on request by emailing Alison Bowman