Education for the New Student Majority: Collaborations, Innovations and Strategies for Completion

October 24–26, 2018
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Austin, Texas

This Yes We Must Coalition National Conference will bring together post-secondary faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as other advocates for equity in higher education, to share strategies for successfully implementing change to increase college-degree attainment for low-income and other underrepresented students. We have a special interest in cross-institutional collaborations for scalable change.

What is working to improve the results for students from low-income backgrounds? Share and learn about the evidence-based strategies and policies that are making a difference in recruitment, enrollment, persistence, and completion.


  • GOLD
  • Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Teagle Foundation
  • College Possible
  • Greater Texas Foundation

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Yes We Must Coalition National Conference
Education for the New Student Majority:
Collaborations, Innovations and Strategies for Completion

October 24–26, 2018 · Austin, TX


Wednesday, October 24

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
YWMC Collaborative Projects Pre-Conference Meetings
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Teagle Liberal Arts and the Professions
1:00 – 2:00 pm: NSF S–STEM 2:00 – 3:00 pm: NSF I-USE
2:00 – 3:00 pm: Curricular Pathways Community of Practice
3:00 – 4:00 pm: The Wheel — YWMC Online Consortium
4:00 – 5:00 pm: YWMC Fellows Program
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Student Exchange Program
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Opening Reception and Welcome
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Opening Keynote Speaker and Dinner
Wil del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust

Thursday, October 25

7:30 – 8:30 am
YWMC Annual Business Meeting (for presidents of institutional members or their representatives and Associate members only)
8:00 – 9:15 am
Roundtable Discussions and Breakfast
9:30 – 10:45 am
Plenary Session
Mamie Voight, Vice President of Policy Research Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
11:00 – 12:15 pm
Panel Session A
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Lunch with Panel led by Dennis Littky, President, College Unbound
2:00 – 3:15 pm
Plenary Session
Uri Treisman, Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
3:30 – 4:45 pm
Panel Session B
Or, for math faculty, conversation with Uri Treisman
4:45 – 6:00 pm
6:00 – 8:00 pm
By-Invitation Dinner with Funders for YWMC Members (2 people per member institution). Others: dinner on your own.

Friday, October 26

7:30 – 8:45 am
Roundtable Discussions and Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am
Funders’ Panel: Foundation Approaches to Intervening in Poverty
Scott Delassandro, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue McMillin, President & CEO, Greater Texas Foundation
William Moses, Managing Partner, Education Program, The Kresge Foundation
Loni Bordoloi Pazich, Program Director,
The Teagle Foundation
10:45 – 12:00 pm
Panel Session C
12:00 pm
Box Lunches/Informal Conversation

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