2016 Washington, DC Policy Trip
The 2016 edition of the annual EAD 967 Washington, DC trip occurred for two days in October 2016.
In October 2016, the second year cohort of the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) doctoral program traveled to Washington, D.C. for two days of engagement with issues of higher education policy. The cohort trip, sponsored by the Center for Higher and Adult Education, provides the opportunity for the doctoral students to participate in higher education policy discussions and learning with guest speakers from various higher education associations and advocacy organizations. Accompanying the students were CHAE faculty members, Patricia Marin and Dongbin Kim, who also co-teach the EAD 967 course, Policy Development and Analysis in Postsecondary Education, which the trip is a component of annually.
While there, the students had the opportunity to link theory to practice by participating in policy discussions with guests from various higher education associations and advocacy organizations, including:
- American Association of Community Colleges,
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities,
- American Council on Education,
- Association of American Universities,
- Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities,
- The College Board,
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities,
- Michigan State University's Governmental Affairs office,
- National Association of Independent College and Universities,
- National Center for Education Statistics,
- National Science Foundation,
- Princeton University's Government Affairs office,
- UNCF, and more.
Some of the policy topics covered during the two day visit included:
- Higher education association perspectives on policy making
- Understanding universities investment in DC offices
- Access and completion
- Undocumented students
- Policy issues by institutional sector
- From Title IX and It’s on Us
- Policy research and strategy
- Increasing opportunities for African Americans via federal policy
- The STEM “Policy Pipeline”
To explore the trip in greater detail, the Trip Agenda and Speaker Bios documents are available for download in the Attachments section below.
2015 Washington, DC Policy Trip
Doctoral students in EAD 967 travel to Washington, DC annually for the opportunity to link theory and practice by hearing from higher education policy leaders on a range of current policy issues.