Yesterday, we officially kicked off Ellucian Live 2016 talking about our host city Denver. Last month, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation CEO Tom Clark told the New York Times “In the 1980s, we were Coors, Carbon, and the Cold War.” Today, Denver is home to myriad companies at the forefront of a new era of technological innovation – what the World Economic Forum has dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Excitement crackled in the air yesterday—especially after Magic Johnson’s inspiring keynote session. After an action-packed day of breakout sessions and activities in the Exhibit Hall, attendees had a difficult decision to make: which reception to attend. Rather than choosing from all the fun options, some folks simply popped in to more than one.
Last year at Ellucian Live 2015, we were beset by monsoons in New Orleans. This year in Denver, it’s blizzards in April. Next year, we’re preparing for a plague of locusts.
Well, as CEO Jeff Ray said in his blog, we weathered the storm. Despite a bizarre Spring blizzard that dropped a whopping 12 inches of snow at Denver International Airport over the weekend, early registration reports indicated that a vast majority of our 8,500 attendees made the journey to Denver safely in time for event kick-off.
Ellucian Live 2016 kicks off in just a few short days. I know everyone is eagerly anticipating Magic Johnson’s keynote address at the General Session on Monday. He was, after all, the architect of Lakers’ NBA dynasty also known as “Showtime.” But I want to take this opportunity to mention a few more highlights you won’t want to miss.
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We believe in the power of our community—it’s collaborative, it’s collegial, and it’s contagious.
And for the past several years, our award programs have recognized institutions that use our solutions in innovative ways. This year, we’ve revamped our awards program to include inspiring individuals because people are the heart of institutions and the lifeblood of our community.
The trend is clear: competency-based education is taking off, with more institutions developing programs every year. Competition for grants is increasing, so it’s vital for any new, nascent, or well-established CBE program to secure adequate funding.
Our student population is very diverse in age, demographics, race, and gender: we have early-entry students who are 15 and returning students in their 90s. Some students need help learning how to study, others need help balancing work, family, and school. So we needed several strategies that could address all those needs.
As a veteran attendee, I have a few tips to share with first-time Ellucian Live goers. My first Ellucian Live experience was in 2010 in San Francisco. It’s changed a lot in the last six years but I’ve gone every year since then. That’s because Ellucian Live has been absolutely instrumental in providing critical education that directly applies to my daily job.