7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration Open

8:00 am 4:00 pm
The ATD Equity Institute: Developing a Single-Minded Focus on Equity
During this interactive day-long institute, institutional teams will engage in learning opportunities and activities to develop a deeper understanding of what equity means, what it looks like in practice and how it is manifested or stifled on their campuses.


9:00 am – Noon
Pre-Conference Workshops
Requires pre-registration

Noon – 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Industry Insights: Open Air Sponsored Presentations

Pre-Conference Workshops
Requires pre-registration

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pre-Conference Workshops
Requires pre-registration

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Opening Plenary Session: Break out the Crystal! ATD's Network Celebrates 15 Years Advancing Student Success 


  • Recognition of Achieving the Dream, Inc 15th Anniversary
  • Presentation of the 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award
  • 2019 Achieving the Dream, Inc DREAM Scholars

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall


7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:15 am
Continental Breakfast

Connecticut System Cohort Breakfasts
Tennessee System Cohort Breakfasts
TCU Core Leaders Breakfasts

Team Time

8:30 am – 9:45 am
Morning Plenary Session


  • Moderator: Jamal Watson, Executive Editor, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
  • Eduardo PadrÓn, President, Miami-Dade College
  • Regina Stanback-Stroud, President, Skyline College
  • Karen Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.

10:00 am – 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presidents Colloquium: Strategic Finance -- Setting Culture, Finding and Allocating Resources, and Aligning Assets to Mission
How can I fully fund needed student success strategies at scale when my college faces budget constraints that seem unlikely to lessen in the coming years?” This interactive session will lead presidents through an exploration of this question, focusing on finance as a driver of institutional culture and the art of disciplined resourcing. Key topics covered will include the identification of stranded assets, personnel as a financial strategy, and some “do-s and don’t-s” of revenue generation. The session will also touch on key considerations for financial transparency, the relationship between the CEO and CFO, and alignment of the budgeting process with student success goals. Throughout the session, presidents will engage in large and small group conversations and independently plan for actionable next steps. The session will conclude with a short discussion of how partnership with other institutions and organizations can be used as a key financial strategy.  

For campus presidents and chancellors only.

11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Open with Networking Lunch
Innovation Collaboration Sessions
The Finish Line Game Experience

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ATD Coaches Meeting

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pathways Partners Reception
Teaching & Learning Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
South African Delegation Dinner


7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:15 am
Meet the Network Breakfast (By Invitation Only)
Ascendium Focus Group Breakfast
Team Time

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:45 am
Morning Plenary Session


  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor, Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University
  • Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood
  • Russell Lowery-Hart, President, Amarillo College
  • Karen Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc
  • Cheryl Crazy Bull, President, American Indian College Fund

10:00 am – 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions

11:30 am –12:30 pm

Spotlight Sessions

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch Plenary Session


  • Jesse Stommel, Author, An Urgency of Teachers, and Executive Director, Division of Teaching & Learning Technology, University of Mary Washington
  • Sean Michael Morris, Author, An Urgency of Teachers, and Executive Director, and Director of Digital Learning at the University of Mary Washington 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
ATD Coaches Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
20 x 20 Presentations
2018 Cohort Meeting

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
TCU Reflections on DREAM

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DREAM Scholars Reception
Aspen Fellows Meet-Up

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
TCU Reception

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
#RealCollege and Holistic Student Supports Reception (Invite-Only)


7:00 am – 10:00 am
Registration Open

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Team Times

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Large System Leaders Breakfast

9:00 am –10:30 am
Closing Plenary Session

DREAM Scholars Presentation

  • Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College

10:30 am – 12:45 pm
Team Time

10:30 am – 3:30 pm
South African Delegation Trip

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