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OUS Symposium 2011

From Goal to Reality: Achieving 40-40-20 in Oregon


November 1, 2011

8:00 am Check-in and continental breakfast
9:00 am 


Dr. Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University

9:05 am

Defining Oregon’s Attainment Challenge: the Demographic, Economic and Global Imperative

Increasing educational attainment in Oregon has been a common goal among all the education sectors, the business community, outreach and nonprofit communities statewide, and many others. Speakers will discuss the demographic, economic and international factors that raise the critical nature of the attainment goals to an even greater level of import for Oregon.


George Pernsteiner, Chancellor, Oregon University System

Dr. Thomas Potiowsky, Chair, Department of Economics, Portland State University

Dr. Paul Lingenfelter, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers

Audience Q&A with Speakers

10:00 am

Educational Journeys: a student's story

Tiffany Dollar, student, Portland State University; Chair, Oregon Student Association

Educational Journeys: a student's story

10:10 am    Towards a Stronger Education System: Lessons in Change and Collaboration

What are the critical elements that need to be addressed in state efforts for comprehensive educational reform? What have other states experienced that Oregon can learn from? Asking educators to repeatedly change their approaches to student learning and assessment can produce "transition fatigue." Speakers will explore how the education sectors, the business community, and other engaged communities can work together to ensure meaningful change, inclusion of community voices, and true collaboration to increase educational attainment.

Moderator: Dr. Preston Pulliams, District President, Portland Community College

Speaker: Travis Reindl, Program Director, Education Division, National Governor’s Association

Speaker Respondents:

Jill Eiland, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel; and Vice President, State Board of Higher Education

Brenda Frank, Director of Education and Employment, Klamath Tribes; and Chair, State Board of Education

Audience Q&A with Speakers

11:20 am 

Educational Journeys: a student's story

11:30 am- Working lunch
11: 50 am Investing in Outcomes: LearnWorks Objectives and Progress

Oregon is beginning the process of shifting to an outcome-based Budget model for PK-20 education. This is a mindset shift that will change the philosophy and approach by which the state funds education. Members of the LearnWorks team will describe the process through which educators, policymakers, and others are developing a new road map for outcomes based performance for the entire education spectrum.

The Oregon Learn Works process was comprised of 30 teachers, administrators, business leaders, and community leaders who are passionate about education in Oregon.  


Duncan Wyse, President, Oregon Business Council; member, Oregon Board of      Education

Andrea Henderson, Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association


Bridget Burns, Chief of Staff, Oregon University System

Sonya Christian, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Lane Community College

Sarah Denny, Teacher, Hillsboro High School 

Farbodd Ganjifard, member, State Board of Higher Education; student, Oregon State University

Dr. Greg Hamann, President, Linn-Benton Community College

Dena Hellums, Teacher, Reynolds Middle School 

Josh Howard, ESL Teacher and Education Leader

Robin Kobrowski, Administrator for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Beaverton School District

12:45 pm

Educational Journeys: a student's story

12:55 pm Towards Critical Mass: National and State Perspectives on Achieving 40-40-20

Where are states now, particularly Oregon, in planning and progress towards increasing educational attainment, and what will it take from a policy and practice perspective to ensure greater numbers of Oregonians can reach the levels needed for educational, economic and community progress? What do students need in high school to be academically prepared for postsecondary success and how can we better support students in reaching that level?


Dr. Sona Karentz Andrews, Vice Chancellor, Academic Strategies, Oregon University System


Patrick Callan, President, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education


Dr. Rosemarie Nassif, Senior Consultant, Department of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Audience Q&A with Speakers

Dr. David Conley, CEO and Founder, Educational Policy Improvement Center; Professor; and Director, Center for Educational Policy Research, University of Oregon
2:00 pm Moving Oregon’s Education Agenda Forward: Governor Kitzhaber’s Vision to Action


Matt Donegan, President, Oregon State Board of Higher Education


Dr. John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon

2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm

Serving all Oregon Communities Effectively: Defining Inclusion, Needs, and Moving Forward

There remain disparities, sometimes startling, in educational attainment in communities of color and among lower income Oregonians. Panelists will discuss effective ways currently in practice to provide equitable access to all students in college preparation that ensure success once students are in college; and what else needs to be done to move the needle on educational equity in the state.


Dr. Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University


Nichole Maher, Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center and Co-Chair of the Communities of Color Coalition

Tony Hopson, Sr., President & CEO, Self Enhancement, Inc.

Gale Castillo, President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Audience Q&A with Speakers

3:50 pm

Educational Journeys: a student's story

Mario Parker-Milligan, student, Lane Community College; Executive Committee, Oregon Student Association 
4:00 pm Building Bridges to 40-40-20: Promising Practices in Oregon

How should K-12 schools, community colleges and universities work together to ensure a pathway of success for all of Oregon’s students throughout the education continuum? What does Oregon need to do better or differently to expand collaborations in ways which help us meet 40-40-20, and to span the boundaries that artificially separate our education sectors? Hear from the experiences of education leaders from across the state on how their institutions and partners are breaking barriers and building bridges of success for students.


Dr. Mary Cullinan, President, Southern Oregon University


Dr. Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent of InterMountain Education Service District in Pendleton

John Turner, President, Blue Mountain Community College

Dr. Richard Lariviere, President, University of Oregon

Audience Q&A with Speakers

4:50 pm

Closing remarks

Ben Cannon, Chief Education Advisor, Office of the Governor

5:00 pm Reception and networking

*Note: agenda is still being finalized; session summaries and specific times are subject to change.