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The Travers Program is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government

Theme: Accountability in Higher Education.

With tuition rising fast and state budgets perpetually crunched, universities are facing intense public scrutiny about the value they deliver to their students and to the public. How should we conceptualize the mission and obligations of universities? Do public universities hold a unique public trust, and has this eroded along with state financial support? How should we measure the performance of universities or individual units within them? What is the effect of prevailing personnel practices such as tenure or increasing reliance on adjuncts on the effectiveness of universities in meeting their social obligations?

Date and Time: The conference will be held in the Garden Room of the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Center ( on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9am - 4pm. Continental breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments will be provided. This conference is open to the public, and there is no registration fee.

Panelists from UC Berkeley Include
John Wilton, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Catherine Koshland, Vice Provost, Professor
Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, Professor, Travers Dept. of Political Science
Christopher Edley, Professor, School of Law
Jesse Rothstein, Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy
Heinrich Mintrop, Associate Professor, School of Education

Other Distinguished Panelists
Mohammad Qayoumi, President, San Jose State University
Pamela Brown, Vice President for Institutional Research and Academic Planning, UCOP
Nancy Shulock, Professor and Exec. Director of Institute for Higher Ed. Research & Policy, CSU-Sacramento
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin
Hans Johnson, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Conference Schedule
9:15 - 9:30am: Introduction and opening remarks
9:30 - 10:45am: Panel 1 - Defining university missions and obligations to stakeholders
11am - 12:15pm: Panel 2 - Measuring the success (or failure) or universities
12:15 - 1:15pm: Lunch
1:15 - 2:30pm: Panel 3 - Implementing the mission: Strategic management in universities
2:45 - 4:00pm: Panel 4 - Equity, Access, and Student Outcomes: Social policy dimensions of university policies and financial aid structures

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Co-sponsored by The Travers Program on Ethics and Accountability in Government, The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Commonwealth Club.