The 2019 APLU Annual Meeting officially kicked off on Sunday, November 10th in sunny San Diego, CA. Almost 1,600 attendees from public and land grant Universities across the country came together, making the 132nd APLU Annual Meeting the largest on record. The theme of the meeting was, “In Service”, and attendees were able to take advantage of a number of learning tracks focused on serving students, communities, the country and the world.
Richard Myers, President of Kansas State University, had the honor of being the opening keynote speaker. He emphasized how important higher education is to “our country’s sustainability, economic success, and our national security.”
Meeting sessions provided practical strategies that could be put in to action on individual campuses, to best serve stakeholders and to promote sustainable practices. Utilizing data, data analytics, innovation and building alignment across campus to promote student success and support strategic decision making, were reoccurring topics at sessions throughout the duration of the meeting.
Attendees were not only able to take advantage of educational sessions, but the ample time allotted for networking with colleagues, business partners, old friends and new friends. During the networking breaks you could feel the energy and excitement as people reconnected, chatted about sessions they had attended, and shared new ideas.
Our Senior Vice President, Lars Kontz, and I were kept busy at the HelioCampus table catching up with current partners, meeting new people, learning about different initiatives at various institutions, and sharing more about how we work with institutions in higher education to assist with the leveraging of data from across the student lifecycle.
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was one of the closing keynote speakers, and left attendees with much to think about as they traveled home. He challenged the group to take a hard look inwards, and to really consider what actions they were taking to be better. “We must know ourselves…we must know our numbers,” in order to focus on what we need to do in order to be excellent.
We were proud to sponsor this event, and are looking forward to deepening the connections made this year in San Diego.