SERU Research Symposium: Politics and Policy – A New Era for UG and Graduate Education

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Friday, June 16, 2017
Rutgers University (New Brunswick Campus)

SERU Symposium: Politics and Policy - A New Era For UG and Graduate Education 
June 15-16, 2017
In an era of political flux and increased expectations that higher education promote socioeconomic mobility and economic development, the 2017 SERU Research Symposium will provide a forum for member campuses and invited colleagues to discuss and analyze this new political environment and its meaning for our students. The symposium will also provide a venue for an international comparative discussion on the state and future of graduate education that aligns with the launch of gradSERU, as well as sessions that will explore issues related to campus climate and inclusion, and the interplay of civic engagement and citizenship. Planned session and speakers:
  • Higher Education Under the Trump Administration - Assessing the Impact on SERU Campuses and their Students
  •  Civic Engagement and Citizenship
  •  Forum on the Future of Graduate Education - An International Comparative Discussion
  • Campus Climate - Case Examples Using SERU Data and Analysis
  •  Keynote: The Changing Landscape of the Law and Universities - Barbara Lee (Senior Vice President Academic Affairs - Rutgers University)

SERU RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2017 PROGRAM – Updated as of May 2, 2017 – program subject to change

DAY 1 - Thursday June 15 - 1:30PM – 5:00 PM                   SERU Research Symposium

1:15 – 1:30               Welcome – Symposium Objectives – New SERU Member Campuses

 1:30 – 2:30               SERU Book Roundtable - Civic engagement and Community Service: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change and Responsible Citizenship (Springer 2016)

Chair – Gregg Thomson - SERU Co-PI CSHE UC Berkeley

                                 Krista Soria - Co-Editor – University of Minnesota

                                 Victoria Porterfield - Rutgers University

                                 Ron Huesman - University of Minnesota 

2:30 – 2:45               Update on SERU Business Meetings 

2:45 – 3:00               Break

3:00 – 5:00               SERU Research Forum             

“Student Research Engagement and Employment Outcomes” – Tongshan Chang – University of California Office of the President and Kristen McKinney - UCLA

“A Portrait of Multi-Engagement at AAU Institutions” – Igor Chirikov and Gregg Thomson – Higher School of Economics and CSHE UC Berkeley

“Critical Mass and Disadvantaged Students: An Exploration Using SERU Data” - Jessica Kalbfeld - New York University

5:00                          Walking Tour Rutgers Avenue Campus – to Hotels

DAY 2 – Friday June 16 - 9:30AM – 5:00PM        SERU Research Symposium

9:00 – 10:15            Panel - The Past and Future of Campus Climate Studies – UG and Graduate Students

10:15 – 10:30          Break

10:30 – 10:45          Update on SERU Graduate Student Survey (gradSERU)

10:45 – 12:00          Forum on the Future of Graduate Education - An International Comparative Discussion

Chair: Marijk van der Wende - Utrecht University

Andreas Breiter - Bremen University

Robert Gibbs – University of Toronto

Judith Stoddart – Michigan State

Invited - Mardy Eimers – University of Missouri and AAUDE AGS Liaison

12:00 – 1:20            Lunch – Thematic Lunch Tables

1:30 – 2:45              Keynote: The Changing Landscape of the Law and Universities - Barbara Lee (Senior Vice President Academic Affairs - Rutgers University)

2:45  - 3:00             Break

3:00 – 4:30              Panel: Higher Education Under the Trump Administration - Assessing the Impact on SERU Campuses

 Chair: John Aubrey Douglass – CSHE UC Berkeley

Francine Newsome Pfeiffer – Vice President for Federal Relations - Rutgers University

Jennifer T. Poulakidas - Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs – APLU

M. Matthew Owens - Vice President for Federal Relations and Administration - AAU                                   

4:30 – 4:45               Concluding Remarks – SERU Research Agenda; Plans for Future SERU Events

SERU Symposium
Organizing Committee:

Victoria Porterfield
Rutgers University
John Aubrey Douglass 
UC Berkeley
Ron Huesman 
University of Minnesota