September 18-19, 2015 | Washington, D.C.


In order for the United States to compete in an ever growing global economy, advocates, researchers, major foundations, and policy leaders alike are collectively setting ambitious goals to develop a robust college completion agenda for the nation. To support these initiatives, scholars have discovered indicators that have the potential to enhance the likelihood that students can attain a market valuable and purposeful postsecondary degree. However, in order for these national goals to be reached, the development and implementation of strategies for ensuring that more Latinos are completing college is critical.

The NALEO 11th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education is a two-day professional development opportunity aimed at enhancing Latino policymakers’ knowledge of the most pressing and timely policy issues in the field of postsecondary education. Latino education policymakers comprised of state legislators, higher education trustees and school board members will convene to discuss and analyze federal financial aid policies and receive an update on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Participants will also delve into key governance and programmatic issues that influence retention and completion rates at the institutional level for students pursuing postsecondary degrees. The Institute will further policymakers’ ability to analyze the role that different stakeholders have in strengthening and aligning the pathways between high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. In order to support the leadership role of Latino policymakers in developing a Latino College Completion Policy Agenda, the Institute’s curriculum will cover:


  • Overview of Latino Academic Trends in Postsecondary Education
  • Higher Education Act Reauthorization Update
  • Role of Federal and State Government in Funding Postsecondary Education
  • Defining the 21st Century College Student
  • Developing Effective Institutional Leadership
  • Successful Policy Approaches for Addressing Remedial Education
  • Factors that Promote Student Retention
  • Building an Equitable Blended Learning Model

While attending the Institute, members will have the opportunity to share model initiatives and best practices on higher education issues. Participants will have the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships with elected officials at a national level to discuss and develop strategic collaborations in order to address the challenges and opportunities around attaining a robust Latino College Completion Agenda.


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  • Friday, November 20
  • Saturday, November 21

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Summit Welcome & Introductory Remarks

9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session I:


The Latino College Scorecard

• Dr. Mark Hugó Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center

• Ms. Deborah Santiago, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy, Excelencia in Education

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session II:


Overview of the Higher Education Ac

This July, the U.S. Senate passed its version of a federal transportation bill. This bill could have a significant impact on how communities grow in the coming years; the bill contains a provision to expand the eligibility of transit-oriented development (TOD) projects for federal TIFIA financing. The provision would also expand financing for infrastructure projects that promote transit ridership, walkability, or increased private investment. However, momentum around moving the bill forward has slowed since the August recess. This session will provide policymakers with an overview of the legislation, this important provision, and the prospects for reauthorization of a federal transportation legislation.

• Dr. Jóse Luis Santos, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust

• Dr. Segun Eubanks, Director of Teacher Quality, National Education Association
PRESENTATION | Resources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

• Mr. Benjamin Riley, Founder, Deans for Impact

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Leadership Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session III:


Role of Federal and State Government in Funding Postsecondary Education

• Mr. Jonathan S. Fansmith, Director, Office of Government Relations, American Council on Education

• Dr. Brian Sponsler, Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute, Education Commission of the States

• Ms. Jessica Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Institute for College Access & Success

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session IV:


Defining the 21st Century College Student

• Dr. Margarita Benitez, Lumina Fellow, Lumina Foundation; Acting Director, American Council on Education
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• Dr. Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception Supporter – ACT
Opening Reception Friend – American Federation of Teachers

Special thanks to Southwest Airlines, Official Airline Sponsor of the NALEO Educational Fund