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January 12, 2022: Virtual Meeting Location

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Working Session

I. Council of Higher Education & Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Call to Order: Dr. Jonathan Peri, Chair

Opening Remarks: Dr. Jonathan Peri, Chair


  • Increase Transparency on the Value of Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, PDE Postsecondary Credentials to Individuals, Communities, and the Commonwealth

Panel Discussions:

  • Panel 1: Pennsylvania Institutions of Higher Education
    Moderator: Sheila Ireland, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
    Dr. Stuart Blacklaw, Provost and Executive Vice President, Community College of Allegheny County
    David Castro, Esq., President and CEO, and Founder, I-Lead (Harcum College)
    Dr. Lance Kennedy-Phillips, Vice Provost for Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research, The Pennsylvania State University
    Cynthia Pritchard, President and CEO, PASSHE Foundation
  • Panel 2: Learning from Peers in Other States and National Experts
    Moderator: Abby Smith, President and CEO, TeamPA
    Leanne Davis, Associate Director of Research and Policy, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
    Ben Magill, Associate Vice Chancellor of Economic Opportunity, Dallas College Labor Market Intelligence Center
  • Plenary: Data Transparency – Indiana’s Credential Registry
    Moderator: Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
    Dr. Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
  • Panel 3: Voices of Pennsylvania Students
    Moderator: Dr. Kimberly McCurdy, Bureau Director for Postsecondary and Adult Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
    TBA, I-Lead/Harcum College
    TBA, Community College

Discussion Item: Advisory Committee & Council Members

  • Strategic Priority: Increase Transparency on the Value of Postsecondary Credentials to Individuals, Communities, and the Commonwealth