Chancellor's Best Practices Convening

Innovation & Excellence

Meeting Goals

  • Discuss trends and strategies in higher education.
  • Share successful practices for access, achievement, attainment and affordability.
  • Share innovative methods for enhancing college affordability for Florida College System students.
  • Examine articulation agreements and best practices between the State University System and the Florida College System.
  • Explore Florida’s attainment goal and the partnerships needed to increase the percentage of working-age adults (ages 25-64) who hold a postsecondary degree or credential to 55% by the year 2025.
  • Discuss the pipeline needed for advancing and aligning degrees to jobs in Florida.

Meeting Handouts

Keynote Speakers

  • Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education & Workforce, Gallup
  • Paul Luna President/CEO, Helios Education Foundation

Panel Presentations

Attainment. The Higher Education Coordinating Council adopted an attainment goal for Florida aligned with the business and industry needs of employers in the state. This session will drew upon the expertise of national leaders in the areas of educational attainment and the partnerships needed to increase the percentage of working age adults (ages 25 to 64) who hold a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025.

Moderator: Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor, Florida College System

Panel Presenters:
  • Paul Luna, President/CEO, Helios Education Foundation
  • Scott Jenkins, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
  • Ann Reinert, Vice President, Corporate Resonsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Affordability. This session highlighted the innovative methods for enhancing college affordability for Florida College System students, including a discussion on accelerated and guided pathway programs that help students finish faster and save more.
Moderator: Christopher M. Mullin, Executive Vice Chancellor, Florida College System

Panel Presenters:
  • Jeff Allbritten, President, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Timothy Beard, President, Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Cynthia Bioteau, President, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Tom Leitzel, President, South Florida State College

Achievement & Articulation
. A vibrant Florida economy will rely upon a college educated workforce as 58 percent of jobs in 2024 will require a postsecondary credential. The Florida Chamber Foundation's 2030 report calculates that Florida will add six million more residents and will need two million net new jobs by the end of the next decade. This session focused on next generation practices in articulation and program development with emphasis on assisting graduates into career pathways and jobs the economy demands.

Moderator: Bob Ward, President/CEO, Florida Council of 100

Panel Presenters:
  • Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, FDOE
  • Edwin Massey, President, Indian River State College
  • Jackson Sasser, President, Santa Fe College
  • Stanley Sidor, President, Lake-Sumter State College

Access. The focus of the Florida College System on access is fundamental to Florida's higher education ecosystem. The Florida College System's open access mission is the pathway to college for the majority of Floridians seeking a postsecondary education. Our colleges support students as they seek college and career readiness, access, and college completion. This session focused on the importance of local partnerships and the strategies for advancing and aligning access to college.

Moderator: Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director, Florida College Access Network

Panel Presenters:
  • Hershel Lyons, Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, FDOE
  • Ed Meadows, President, Pensacola State College
  • Ava L. Parker, President, Palm Beach State College
  • Sarah Pingel, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States