The Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) invites you to a Southern Summit on College Affordability on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The event in Nashville, Tennessee is the fifth of a national series of Summits involving local, regional and national leaders in discussions on how to make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable.
The Summit scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will prominently showcase the Tennessee Promise. We are pleased to report that Mike Krause, Executive Director of the Tennessee Promise, will be providing an overview and outlining the program’s initial success. Randy Boyd, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, State of Tennessee and Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director, TnAchieves will subsequently discuss promise programs as drivers of state and local economic growth. The Summit will also feature a panel with Dr. Kenyetta Lovett, Associate Vice Chancellor, Tennessee Board of Regents; Dr. Anthony Wise, President, Pellissippi State Community College, and a student discussing the Tennessee Promise on campus.
Other confirmed agenda topics and speakers include:
Promising Higher Education Opportunity for All: Public Policy Considerations
Morley Winograd, President and CEO, CFCT
The Taylor Plan
Dr. James Caillier, Executive Director, Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
Tuition-Free Community College in Alabama
Mark Heinrich, Chancellor, Alabama Community College System
Reducing Cost and Increasing Capacity of Our Higher Education System
David Wiley, Lumen Learning
Promise Programs: Lessons Learned from Pioneering Programs
Janice Brown, Kalamazoo (Michigan) Promise Trustee
Sylvia Thompson, Executive Director, El Dorado (Arkansas) Promise
Closing Keynote Address: One Degree Should Be Free
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Founding Director at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab
The meeting will be held March 30th at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Nashville, 315 4th Avenue North from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided.
For out-of-town attendees, we have arranged a small block of hotel rooms at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Nashville. Please contact the hotel directly by March 6, 2016 at 1-800-222-8733 to secure your accommodations at a discounted rate of $189 per night.
Our goal is to make higher education a possibility for every American, without regard to their financial circumstances.
We have a lot to do and not much time to do it, so your support is critical for our campaign to succeed. It’s with your investment that we can fundamentally reform how higher education is financed in this country, opening the doors to a more equitable society.
If you agree with our goal, our plan, and the urgency of the problem, we ask that you give what you can to help us write the next chapter in our nation’s history of continuously expanding access to universal, free education.