Board of Regents Hosts LiftEd Conference


COLUMBUS, OH, May 2, 2012 – Educational leaders from across Ohio gathered for a one-day conference to explore innovative strategies that will help increase the number of Ohioans that earn a college degree and help prepare potential employees for the workforce demands of Ohio’s knowledge economy.

LiftEd: Collaborating for Student and System Success is a FREE, one-day conference designed for community college presidents and provosts, university regional branch campus deans, adult workforce education (AWE) superintendents and directors, and Adult Basic Literacy and Education (ABLE) directors.

liftedsign.jpgThese leaders and the organizations they guide serve large numbers of low-skilled, adult students in the University System of Ohio (USO) and partner institutions. The conference includes a combination of expert perspectives, reports from the field, and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues.

“This conference engages leaders on strategies to help more adult students earn workforce-related college credentials that will enable them to get good jobs,” said Chancellor Jim Petro. “It is imperative that we align our efforts across all of our providers to do a better job of quickly moving adults from the classroom to the workforce and also on to more degrees.” 

The conference, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, focused on increasing collaboration between ABLE, AWE, community colleges and regional campuses to better serve the needs of students – especially low-skilled adult learners – and business. Effective collaboration does exist in the state and can be replicated and leveraged to increase student success.

Dennis Jones president of the National Center on Higher Education Management Systems was the keynote speaker. The National Center on Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is a non-profit research and development center founded to improve strategic decision-making in institutions and agencies of higher education.

Jones is widely recognized for his work in such areas as developing public agendas to guide state higher education policymaking; establishing approaches to accountability; financing, budgeting, and resource allocation methodologies for use at both state and institutional levels; linking higher education with states' workforce and economic development needs; and developing and using information to inform policymaking.

The Joyce Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored this event. 

Contact Info:


Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487