ACT® | NRCCUA® Announces Marquee Lineup of Keynote Speakers for Eduventures® Summit 2019

February 20, 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include College President, Author, and Retired Politician Mitch Daniels and Former New Orleans Major, Social Justice Champion and Author Mitch Landrieu

February 20, 2019


The National Research Center for College and University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®), an educational data science and research organization that was recently acquired by ACT®,​ ​​today announced a lineup of accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors who will share expertise and insights on an array of issues facing the higher education community.

The annual Summit, delivered in conjunction with NRCCUA’s research division, Eduventures®, will include keynote presentations by visionary thought leaders Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University and Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans. Eduventures Summit will take place at the InterContinental Boston Hotel, June 5 – 7, 2019.

The event, which will sell out, provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for leaders from higher education institutions and the partners who serve them to come together to network with one another, share best practices, and engage in a discussion about the future of higher education. The program theme, Higher Ed Remastered, captures both the timeless qualities of higher education and the need to create innovative models. Given the current state of higher education, this theme promises to stimulate debate and discussion on a variety of issues.

Headlining keynote speakers include:

  • Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University. Joining the institution at the conclusion of his term as the 49th governor of Indiana, Daniels is responsible for making student affordability and student success a priority at Purdue.
  • Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans. In his first term as mayor, Landrieu inherited a city stalled by post-Katrina and on the brink of bankruptcy. He is credited with creating, among many things, an Office of Social Entrepreneurship to advance measurable and sustainable solutions to social problems.

In addition to keynote speakers, Eduventures principal analysts will present new research and proprietary market data gathered and analyzed from thousands of students and adult learner surveys. Plenary sessions and workshops will debate burning issues facing higher education leaders, such as the degree market, online learning, the evolution of enrollment recruiting based on student mindsets, and how to quantify student success.

“The cornerstone of Eduventures Summit is to provide access to insights from prominent, high-caliber experts across multiple fields, and our keynote speakers are an integral component of this. With an agenda that highlights our commitment to access, fit and career success for all students, our keynote speakers will help us envision a world where the opportunities afforded by an education transform lives and communities. Eduventures Summit will continue to be one of the most important events for higher education leaders who are looking for transformational ideas that address the pressing issues of the day,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO of NRCCUA. 

The Eduventures research team will also showcase winners of its Annual Innovation Award program, which honors higher education institutions, companies and other organizations that share Eduventures’ vision for a responsive, innovative higher education sector through programming that has impacted enrollment management strategy, teaching and learning and student outcomes. Last year’s winners included Adelphi University, Anderson University, Elon University, Georgia State University, National Louis University, and Walden State University.

To view the preliminary conference agenda, visit https://encoura.org/resources/eduventures-summit/eduventures-summit-2019-agenda/

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