Sunday, April 29

4:00–4:50 p.m.                   FIHE Advisory Council Meeting
5:005:50 p.m.                   Orientation for New State Fund Executives
Annual Conference Begins
6:00–8:00 p.m.                   Opening Reception

Monday, April 30
8:00–9:15 a.m.                   Breakfast Keynote: Facing the Future: Issues of Private
                                               College Affordability and Viability
Thomas Kepple
9:30–10:30 a.m.                 One Solution to College Affordability:
                                               The Tuition Plan Consortium
Nancy Farmer
10:45–11:45 a.m.               Light at the End of the Tunnel (or Not)? An Update on
                                               the State of the Economy
Eugene Flood
12:00–1:00 p.m.                 Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
                                               * Program Ideas to Connect Students with                                                   Internships and Jobs
                                               * First-Generation/Minority Students—Programs
                                                  Enhancing Success in College

                                               * High-Tech, High-Touch Ideas for Connecting with

                                               * Identification, Orientation, and Engagement of
Corporate Trustees
                                               * STEM/Undergraduate Research—A Program and
                                                 Funding Opportunity

1:15–2:15 p.m.                  Best Practices: Top Websites in the Network
2:30–3:30 p.m.                  Ideas You Can Use Now
3:45–4:45 p.m.                   Members Meeting
5:15 p.m.                             Depart by Bus to Navy Pier
6:15–8:45 p.m.                   Awards Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, May 1

7:45–8:45 a.m.                   Breakfast Keynote: State Consortia: A Vital Part of the
                                              Independent College Sector
Mary Meehan
9:00–10:00 a.m.                Collaborations: Two Special Opportunities for State
                                              Fund Members

10:10–11:00 a.m.              How We Do it: Successful Practices in Fundraising for
11:10–11:55 a.m.              Small-Group Discussion Roundtables
                                               * Ideas to Connect Veterans with Independent
                                               * Connecting Community College Students with
                                                  Independent Colleges

                                               * Making "the Ask"Ideas on the Practical Steps in
                                               * First Generation/Minority Students—Enhancing
                                                  College Readiness and Success

                                               * An Insider’s Look: An Overview of 2012 CIC/FIHE                                                   Grant Programs
12:00–1:15 p.m.                Luncheon and Closing: Insider Advice on Securing
                                              Foundation Grants and Nurturing Foundation
                                              RelationshipsCaroline Altman Smith

Annual Conference Ends