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Plenary: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University

Thursday, March 16, 12:45–1:45 p.m.

Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D. is Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE). Strayhorn is Faculty Affiliate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State, as well as the Penn GSE Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, Strayhorn served as Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and founding director of the UTK Center for Higher Education Research & Policy (CHERP).

An acclaimed student success scholar and respected expert on issues of diversity, Professor Strayhorn is author of 10 books, including The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (2010), College Students’ Sense of Belonging (2012), Living at the Intersections (2013), and Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research (2013), to name a few. Named "one of the most highly visible scholars in his field," by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Strayhorn has won numerous awards and, in 2011, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named him one of the nation’s “Top Emerging Scholars.”

Dr. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (Ph.D.) in higher education from Virginia Tech.


Closing Plenary Panel: Education Policy with a New Administration and Stronger State Role

Friday, March 17, 11:15 am–12:15 p.m.

The November election came at a pivotal time for education policy—just as states were gearing up to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Now, big questions remain, chief among them: How will the new presidential administration put its stamp on ESSA and federal education policy? ESSA had already shifted control of K-12 education back to the states, and now the new administration promises an even smaller role for the federal government. States will really be in the driver’s seat as they work to revamp their assessment and accountability systems to better prepare students for college and career. Hear from state leaders and education experts who are trying to navigate this new normal.