NASFAA Executive Roundtable Agenda

Roundtable LogoTuesday, February 4, 2020

5:00–6:00 p.m. - Registration Open

Location: District Ballroom Foyer

6:00–8:00 p.m. - Networking Reception

Location: District Ballroom

Circulate with executive roundtable participants and colleagues from the higher education policy community.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

7:30–8:30 a.m. - Breakfast 

Location: Palm Court Ballroom

8:30–9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Speaker

Location: State Room
Speaker: Ted Mitchell, President of American Council on Education (ACE)

9:00–10:30 a.m. - The Mouse that Roars: Ensuring the Financial Aid Voice is Heard and Respected

Location: State Room
Speakers: Ann E. Cudd, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, and Marc Harding, Vice Provost for Enrollment at University of Pittsburgh

Whether you report to your school's president, CFO, student affairs, or the provost, how do we ensure that financial aid administrators are joining the campus conversations around access, affordability, and student success?

This session will help you develop strategies to inform campus leadership about the impact of financial aid in today's climate. We'll discuss how financial aid data can be used to educate institutions about the challenges our students face and how to best meet enrollment objectives, now and looking to the future. Financial aid isn't just about meeting the financial needs of our students, it's about contributing to these objectives.

10:30–10:45 a.m. - Break 

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - The Intersection of Student Affairs and Financial Aid: Beyond the Warm and Fuzzy Meets Regulatory Compliance

Location: State Room
Speaker: Kevin Kruger, NASPA President

As financial aid professionals we are increasingly faced with issues that have traditionally involved other campus partners in the student affairs space. Now more than ever, these challenges consistently intersect with the administration of financial aid and our desire to remove barriers to make sure our students are successful. This session will explore the emerging trends that exist on campuses and how these impact students. Topics include:

    • Understanding mental health needs
    • Sexual violence
    • Alcohol/substance abuse
    • Diversity
    • Racism
    • Campus advocacy (free speech, protests, safe spaces)
    • Food insecurity
    • Housing insecurity
    • Career readiness

12:00–1:00 p.m. - Working Lunch With Continued Discussion of Emerging Student Affairs Trends

Location: Palm Court Ballroom

Working in small groups, we'll discuss the issues and topics you are facing on your campus and how they impact your financial aid team. Each small group will identify an individual who will report on themes and possible best practices to the larger group.

1:00–1:30 p.m. - Wrapping up the Trends in Student Affairs

Location: State Room

We'll spend this time identifying the takeaways from the student affairs morning session and lunch. What possibilities exist for your campus going forward?

1:30–2:00 p.m. - Remarks from FSA

Location: State Room
Speaker: Mark A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid

2:00–3:20 p.m. - Sharpening Your Axe as a Financial Aid Executive

Location: State Room

President Abraham Lincoln once said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Which of us has time to do all that we need and want to do? This session is intended to help us sharpen our axes by engaging the group in discussing how some financial aid executives have devised ways to do things few of us feel like we have enough time to do, like succession planning, asset mapping, strategic planning, building cross-campus relationships and building up a broader set of skills to advocate for financial aid to several different sets of stakeholders. This session will allow the group to share best practices and innovative solutions to perennial issues that can help to change the perception of the traditional aid professionals. 

3:20–3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30–4:30 p.m. - Open Forum  

Location: State Room
Speaker: Justin Draeger, President & CEO of NASFAA

NASFAA President and CEO Justin Draeger will facilitate a discussion on topics that emerge from the day's discussion.

4:30–5:30 p.m. - Closing Session

Location: State Room
Speaker: Pat McGuire, president of Trinity University

Thursday, February 6, 2020

9:00–11:00 a.m. - NASFAA's Executive Roundtable Convenes on Capitol Hill

Location: 2168 Rayburn (please plan to be through security and seated by 9:00 a.m.)

Roundtable participants are invited to join NASFAA President Justin Draeger and Vice President of Policy & Federal Relations Megan Coval as they hear from and engage with lawmakers and federal officials in a continuation of conversations and input on topics pertinent to student financial aid.

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Publication Date: 1/30/2020

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