Thursday, April 12

Welcome and Introduction (2:00-2:15 p.m.), Harris Center Cinema

Presenters: Raynard Kington (President of Grinnell College) and Michael Latham (Dean of Grinnell College)

Opening Keynote (2:15-3:15 p.m.), Harris Center Cinema

Why Do Students Attend College? Insights from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program

Presenter: Kevin Eagan, Assistant Professor & Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), Managing Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (HERI)

What do students hope to gain from their college experience? What motivates and concerns them when they begin college? What are their post-graduate plans? How have these trends changed over time and what do they mean for college leaders? In his opening keynote address, Dr. Kevin Eagan will frame major themes of the conference by identifying and explicating trends in students’ responses to the 2017 CIRP Freshman Survey.

Break & Refreshments (3:15-3:30 p.m.), Harris Center Lobby

Featured Presentation (3:30-4:30 p.m.), Harris Center Cinema

Preparing the Next Generation of Talent: A Conversation with Philip Gardner and Raynard Kington

How might colleges and universities shape their philosophies and methods for preparing students for the marketplace in light of what employers are seeking in the next generation of talent?  What are the opportunities and obstacles for higher education leaders to consider?  What insights from employers are essential to these considerations? Participants are invited to listen and engage in this conversation.

Break & Refreshments (4:30-4:45 p.m.), Harris Center Lobby

Panel (4:45-5:45 p.m.), Harris Center Cinema

Curricular Innovation: Fostering Career Readiness by Re-Imagining the Liberal Arts

Panelists: Jeffrey D. Blanchard (Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Grinnell College), and Jefferson Singer (Dean of the College and Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College)

While many faculty members, CEOs, and higher education advocates contend a liberal arts education is the best preparation for one’s future, others—including first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students and their families—question its value and applicability.  What innovative curricular approaches have faculty adopted to show the relevance, transferability, and enduring value of a liberal arts education?  Panelists will share the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned from these curricular innovations.

Dinner (6:00-7:30 p.m.), Harris Center Concert Hall

Friday, April 13

Breakfast (7:30-8:15 a.m.), Harris Center Concert Hall

Panel (8:30-9:30 a.m.), Harris Center Cinema

Innovative Approaches to Preparing Students for Life After College

Panelists: Lisa Hinkley (Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development and Director of the Career Advancement Center at Lake Forest College), Lisa Kastor (Director of Career Planning at the College of Wooster), and Mark Peltz (Daniel and Patricia Jipp Finkelman Dean of Careers, Life, and Service at Grinnell College)

As Generation Z enters a multi-generational workforce, and #adulting trends on Instagram and Twitter, colleges and universities are tasked with creating innovative models and methods to prepare students for work and life after college. Panelists represent institutions that have creatively transformed the ways they equip students with tools for post-graduate success. Panelists will share the insights they have gained, the challenges they have faced, and the successes they have discovered as a result of these new approaches.

Break (9:30-9:45 a.m.), Harris Center Lobby

Panel (9:45-10:45 a.m.), Harris Center Cinema

Outcomes: What Should Be Measured, When, and How?

Panelists: Kim Betz (Director of the Career Center at Carleton College), Randy Stiles (Associate Vice President for Analytic Support and Institutional Research at Grinnell College), and Teri Schnelle (Associate Director for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Iowa)

Colleges have long relied on data to measure the success of their students, but many questions linger: Is the value of the liberal arts determined by the success of students who graduate with such a degree? What is the definition of success in this context? When should specific outcomes be measured when defining success? How should these outcomes be measured? And when is the most appropriate time to measure student outcomes? This panel highlights how institutions have creatively measured the success of their graduates and will explore the questions that remain when considering the definition of student success.

Break (10:45-11:00 a.m.), Harris Center Lobby

Closing Keynote (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.), Harris Center Cinema

There is Life After College: Making the Most of the Undergraduate Years for Success in Life

Presenter: Jeff Selingo (Journalist and Author of There’s Life After College)

It’s not good enough anymore to simply gain admission to college and then roll into the job market a few years later. How students go to college — the undergraduate experiences they take advantage of on campuses — matters to how they launch into the job market. Based on Research from his New York Times bestselling book and a national survey of twentysomethings, the audience will learn the primary ways today’s graduates launch from college and how their experiences come to shape the beginning of their careers.

Closing Luncheon (12:15-1:30 p.m.), Harris Center Concert Hall


All events will take place in the Harris Center on Grinnell’s campus:

1114 10th Avenue, Grinnell, IA

Attendees should feel free to dress in business casual attire throughout the Thriving After College conference.