The American Council on Education’s 99th Annual Meeting (known in the Twittersphere as #ACE2017DC) is a gathering of nearly 2,000 higher education deans, provosts, chancellors and presidents that will be taking place March 11 – 14 in Washington, D.C. ACE (that’s pronounced “Ay-Cee-Ee”) focuses on leadership and advocacy for two-year and four-year public and private degree-granting institutions.

For those who carry the weight of institutional decision-making on their shoulders, #ACE2017DC is a chance to hear new perspectives on current (and sometimes seemingly intractable) problems and refresh their enthusiasm for the work at hand.

For Hobsons, #ACE2017DC is an opportunity to listen and learn, right in our own backyard. If you or your institutional leadership are attending the event, we would love the opportunity to say hello at the Saturday evening reception and welcome you to DC.

We will also be on stage. Our President and Chief Product Officer Steve Smith will facilitate panel of three higher education leaders with innovative ideas about the links between data and student success. Our esteemed panel includes Janet Dillon from Penn State University World Campus; MJ Bishop from the University System of Maryland, and David Lassner from the University of Hawai’i System. We’re honored to be a part of their conversation.

Of course, our work with ACE goes beyond the annual meeting.

Later this month we will be releasing the first of three executive research briefs that are the result of our ongoing collaboration with ACE. The first brief is focused on upward transfer, exploring outcomes for recent high school graduates who begin postsecondary education in one of our nation’s 1,108 community colleges. With the NCES’s Educational Longitudinal Study as the data source, we explore student- and institutional-level factors that impact the likelihood of upward transfer for this subpopulation of community college students. The report offers five strategies that high school educators, faculty and staff at colleges and universities, and policymakers should consider to increase upward transfer.

If you attending #ACE2017DC, we will be sharing some additional details regarding this research. If not, watch this space! We’ll announce the release of the report when it becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Washington, D.C. Please be sure to stop by our booth (#700) and say hello. We’d love to meet you.

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