Graduate Student Policy Seminar

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
10:00am-4:00pm Central/New Orleans Time
Event will be held virtually

The Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) Graduate Student Policy Seminar provides graduate students with opportunities to interact with researchers and policymakers who are knowledgeable about critical public policy issues related to higher education. The seminar also offers participants an opportunity to engage other advanced graduate students with similar interests and ambitions from universities across the nation. 

This event is sponsored by:

  • All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.


Who should attend

  • Graduate students in higher education programs who are interested in the intersections of public policy and higher education
  • Graduate students who have successfully defended their proposal or who are in the process of developing their proposal
    • Updated 10/12/2020: We are opening up the event to doctoral students who have a proposal in progress but haven't defended. If you are planning a dissertation study with a policy focus, we welcome and encourage you to attend!
  • Graduate students whose dissertation research focuses on public policy issues (broadly defined). 
Learning/Program Outcomes
The Graduate Student Policy Seminar will
  1. Engage students in critical analysis of substantive state and federal policy issues that influence American higher education (such as free college/finance, financial aid, accountability, equity and social justice, HEA reauthorization, degree attainment, governance and leadership, the CARES Act to name a few) and institutional responses to and agency in shaping those policies.
  2. Expose students to career networks crucial for transition to scholarship or policy work

2020 Schedule
 
10:00-10:15 a.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Welcome
  • Karly S. Ford, GSPS Co-Chair; Assistant Professor, Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University
  • Alicia C. Dowd, GSPS Co-Chair; Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University
  • Leandra Cate, Penn State Higher Education Doctoral Student and Graduate Student Member of GSPS Planning Group
  • Marlon Fernandez Castro, Penn State Higher Education Doctoral Student and Graduate Student Member of GSPS Planning Group
 
10:15-11:00 a.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Policy Panel I

Governance and Leadership: Policy Research and Advocacy During Crisis
This panel features Brian Bridges, Eric Felix, Robert Kelchen, and Leigh Patel, and is moderated by Kelly Rosinger, who are researchers and policy thought leaders who have played different roles in different types of institutions. We have invited them to share their thoughts on how they define the crises of this moment; to reflect on how being in different roles (policymaker, scholar, researcher, organizer, organizational leader, or graduate student) provides different affordances for influencing policy change; and how the way they understand “governance” and “leadership” has changed at different times in their careers.
 
Moderator:
  • Kelly Rosinger, Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University
Panelists:
  • Brian Bridges, Vice President of Research and Member Engagement, UNCF; Director, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute
  • Eric Felix. Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
  • Robert Kelchen, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University
  • Leigh Patel, Professor of Learning Sciences and Policy, University of Pittsburgh
 
11:00-11:45 a.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Small Group Discussions

Discussion in small groups of participants, facilitated by one or more established policy scholars, of strategies to:
●      develop research studies in ways relevant to a variety of policy stakeholders,
●      obtain access to data, and
●      communicate findings and recommendations to institutional and state policy makers

Facilitators include Julie Ajinkya, Institute for Higher Education Policy; Joy Blanchard, Louisiana State University; Liliana Garces, University of Texas at Austin; Tiffany Jones, Education Trust; Kenny Nienhusser, University of Connecticut; Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania; Victor Sáenz, University of Texas at Austin; David Tandberg, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association; Liang Zhang, NYU

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Whole Group: Sharing Out Good Ideas from the Small Group Discussions
Moderated by:
  • Leandra Cate, Penn State Higher Education Doctoral Student and Graduate Student Member of GSPS Planning Group

  • Marlon Fernandez-Castro, Penn State Higher Education Doctoral Student and Graduate Student Member of GSPS Planning Group

12:15pm-12:30pm Central/New Orleans Time
Break


12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch & Informal Chat in Small Groups

Facilitators include Alicia C. Dowd, Penn State CSHE Professor and Director; Karly Ford, Penn State CSHE Assistant Professor and Research Associate; Royel M. Johnson, Penn State CSHE Assistant Professor and Research Associate and Assistant Professor of African American Studies (by courtesy); Kevin Kinser, Penn State CSHE Professor and Senior Scientist; Leticia Oseguera, Penn State CSHE Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate

1:15-1:30 p.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Break


1:30-2:30 p.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Keynote Speaker

Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston (retired); Author, Perchance to DREAM: A Political and Legal History of the DREAM Act; Former Director of the University of Houston Institute for Law and and Governance (IHELG) and the IHELG Mentoring Roundtables
 
Moderators:
  • Alicia C. Dowd, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)
  • Co-Director, University of Houston-Penn State Higher Education Law and Governance Mentoring Roundtables at the Center for the Study of Higher Education
  • Dara E. Purvis, Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships, Penn State Law, Co-Director, University of Houston-Penn State Higher Education Law and Governance Mentoring Roundtables at the Center for the Study of Higher Education
 
2:30-3:15 p.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Policy Panel II

How Intersectionality Is, Could, and Should Be Shaping Higher Education Policy
Kimberlé Crenshaw is widely credited with coining the term intersectionality to counter the intersectional erasure of Black women that occurs when law and policy adopt single-axis logic and narratives and thereby ignore the intersections of racist, classist, and sexist oppression. This panel features Carson Byrd, Chayla Haynes, and Anne-Marie Nuñez, and is moderated by LaWanda Ward, all scholars who have applied intersectionality through their research and practice involving a variety of different groups and settings. These scholars will highlight the foundational ideas about intersectionality that have influenced their work and discuss the ways that intersectionality (as epistemology rooted in Black feminism, critical theory, and methodology) has been applied and misapplied in higher education research and policy. They will conclude with recommendations for policy researchers to guard against the erasure of Black women specifically and women of color more generally through law and policy.

Moderator:
  • LaWanda Ward, Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University
 
Panelists:
  • W. Carson Byrd, Faculty Director of Research Initiatives, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan; Associate Professor, University of Louisville
  • Chayla Haynes Davison, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Anne-Marie Núñez, Professor, The Ohio State University
 
3:15-4:00 p.m. Central/New Orleans Time
Closing Session

This session features a conversation with current and future leaders of the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), with a focus on ways for you to get involved in policy research and practice in early stages of your careers.
 
Moderator:
  • Karly Ford, Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University 
Panelists:
  • Meredith S. Billings (incoming CPPHE vice-chair), Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
  • Deshawn Preston (current CPPHE vice-chair), United Negro College Fund,  
  • Vanessa Sansone (incoming CPPHE Member-at-Large), Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Jason Taylor (current CPPHE chair), Assistant Professor, Director of Transfer Pathways, Office of Undergraduate Studies, University of Utah

Event Co-Chairs

Event Support
  • Leandra Cate, Penn State University
  • Marlon Fernandez Castro, Penn State University
  • Jean McMahon, Penn State University

Registration

  • The seminar fee is $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.
  • The fee is typically expected to be covered by the student's program for the in-person event. We strongly encourage programs to cover the registration fee for the virtual event as well. If additional documentation is needed, please contact ASHE Executive Director Jason Guilbeau at jason@ashe.ws.
  • Registration Closes and Payment Deadline: October 14, Noon Pacific Update 10/12/2020: We're extending the registration deadline to Friday, October 16 at Noon Pacific
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Virtual Events Code of Conduct, provide information about accommodation requests (see www.ashe.ws/accessibility2020 for more information), and answer a few event-related questions.
    • **You will be asked to answer the questions (1)  "Briefly describe (50 words or less) your interest in the study of public policy in higher education" and (2) "Please share the working title of your dissertation study. Please note that students studying a broad array of topics that may inform state, federal, local, and institutional higher education policies are eligible to participate." We suggest you prepare this ahead of time and paste it into the box. This will help event chairs better plan for the event.