Equitable Access to Higher Education: Making the Global Case

Access and outreach for disabled learners

  • Date

    29/09/2016

  • Location/Venue

    Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, California, USA

  • Time

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Equitable Access to Higher Education: Making the Global Case’

Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, California 29th September 2016, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

This is a FREE event for all World Academic Summit (2016) delegates which will examine how HEIs can support greater access and success for students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Hear expert perspectives from the US, Australia and the UK on how university collaboration can drive up participation from marginalised groups.
  • Shape discussion on the potential for how new metrics on access and inclusion can be integrated into university rankings systems.
  • Work together on how to take forward the Global Equity Data Charter and learn how to be part of the first World Access to Higher Education Day in 2018.

Speakers (In order of appearance)

  • Dr. Graeme Atherton – Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), UK
  • Vicki Thomson – Chief Executive, Group of Eight, Australia
  • Julian Ledesma – Director, Education Opportunities Program, University of Berkeley, USA
  • Ruben Canedo – Research and Mobilization Co-ordinator, Education Opportunities Program, University of Berkeley, USA
  • Bridget Burns – Executive Director, The University Innovation Alliance, USA
  • The Times Higher Education
  • Professor Sue Welburn – Vice Principal, Global Access, University of Edinburgh, UK

Click here to view biographies for this event’s speakers

Agenda

9.15 amIntroduction – ‘The Global Equity Data Charter’

Dr. Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), UK

The World Academic Summit sees the launch of the major new report from Pearson and the University of Newcastle, Australia ‘Charting Equity: Drawing the Global Access Map’. It contains the Global Equity Data Charter which is a call to action to improve what we know about inequality in access to HE across the world.

9.30 am‘Access and Success in Higher Education (HE) : Global Challenges and Opportunities’

Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive, Group of Eight, Australia

Australia has one of the most pro-active approaches to equity in access to HE in the world as well as some of the most research intensive institutions. This session will place the Australian experience in the global context.

10.15 amWorking with first generation/vulnerable Higher Education students’

Julian Ledesma, Director, Education Opportunities Program, University of Berkeley

Ruben Canedo, Research and Mobilization Co-ordinator, Education Opportunities Program, University of Berkeley

For over 40 years, the Educational Opportunity Program at University of Berkeley has provided first generation and low-income college students with the guidance and resources necessary to succeed at one of the biggest public universities in the world. This session will outline how Berkeley is working with its students to enable those from the more diverse backgrounds to succeed in HE.

10.45 amBreak
11.00 amMaking equitable access happen: The need for collaboration’

Bridget Burns, Executive Director, The University Innovation Alliance

The University Innovation Alliance is a coalition of eleven public research universities spanning the geographic, economic and social diversity of the USA who are working together to making quality college degrees accessible to a diverse body of students. In this session the Executive Director of the UIA will outline why collaboration is crucial to advancing the access agenda.

11.30 amMaking University rankings inclusive’

Times Higher Education

The Times Higher lead the world in the formation of university rankings systems and are committed to developing this work so it can reflect the full range of strengths that institutions display. This crucial session will explore how in practice measures of access and inclusion could be integrated into rankings systems.

12.15 amAdvocating for Equitable Access’

Professor Sue Welburn, Vice-Principal, Global Access, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), UK

Inequalities in access to HE is a global challenge that demands a global approach. In the final session new mechanisms for worldwide collaboration will be explored and participants invited to participate in the first World Access to Higher Education Day in 2018 and the prospective to Higher Education and Diversity Global Consortium.

12.45 pmLunch