Official programme

18:00 - 20:00

Drinks reception and launch of the WSJ/THE College Rankings 2019

Join us for the exclusive reveal of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education  College Rankings 2019 to find out which universities are excelling on the metrics that matter to students, parents and policymakers. Be the first to hear which institutions are gaining ground on the "big beasts" of US higher education, using innovative practice to challenge the traditional elite order of US universities. We will hear from those behind the rankings - which have quickly become an indispensable guide to US higher education - on how they reflect the different strengths and missions of America's universities and colleges.
08:30 - 09:00

Registration and networking refreshments

09:00 - 09:30

Opening remarks

09:30 - 10:30

Institutional strategies for success

This session will explore new ideas and emerging best practice in public research universities for improving outcomes for all students: from changing admissions and support for incoming freshmen, to policies on eliminating the achievement gap and preparing students for a rapidly changing labour market. Which interventions can be scaled quickly to achieve institution-wide results? And which policies to improve equity and college completion will have the most impact over the next 10 years?
10:30 - 11:00

Networking refreshments

11:00 - 11:45

Advancing equity in undergraduate STEM outcomes

By 2050, less than half of the US population will be non-Hispanic whites, but at present most scientists and engineers are part of that group. Senior scientists will explain how universities are trying to break this trend by supporting minority and socially disadvantaged students. Drawing on data charting the graduation rates of STEM students over the past two decades, the panel will discuss barriers to student success, which programmes are most effective, and how evidence-based strategies to improve diversity can be applied more widely.
11:45 - 12:45

Data masterclass: Inside the WSJ/THE College Rankings

Hear from the data experts behind the go-to university guide for students and parents. Drawing on unrivalled experience in assessing higher education institutions across the world, our team will offer unparalleled insight into America's top university brands - where they excel and where they can improve - and which institutions have risen or fallen most sharply in our rankings.
12:45 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:45

What about Generation Z?

14:45 - 15:30

How does the liberal arts model assist student success efforts?

The value of the liberal arts education model is much debated: are students better served by shorter courses that produce more marketable skills, or by the critical thinking abilities fostered by extended, wide-ranging study? How do those offering this distinctly American model continue to show its utility to students, parents and employers? How do student success strategies in smaller US colleges differ from those at larger institutions able to draw on economies of scale? And how can smaller institutions demonstrate a dynamic offer to attract applicants?
15:30 - 15:45

Closing remarks