USHE hosts 18th annual “What is an Educated Person?” conference

The Utah System of Higher Education will host the 18th annual ‘What is an Educated Person?’ conference on October 22-23, 2015.  This year’s theme,“Who are our students, what are they learning, how do we know, and how must we change?” reflects the state’s changing demographics.

The featured keynote speaker is Ken O’Donnell, Senior Director of Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives & Partnerships at the Office of the Chancellor at California State University, will speak about “Our Compelling Challenge: Preparing diverse students through faculty governance and quality preparation.” Attendees will learn more about how Utah’s public colleges and universities are addressing the state’s changing demographics. Pam Perlich, Director of Demographic Research at the University of Utah, will discuss Utah’s increasingly diverse population and what must be done to help students be successful.


The Regents General Education Task Force began in 1992 when faculty from Utah’s public institutions came together to begin a dialog regarding standards, assessments, and learning expectations of general education courses, and ultimately helped develop the Utah System of Higher Education’s (USHE) seamless transfer policy and practices.

In 1997, the Regents General Education Task Force held its first ‘What is an Educated Person?’ conference in Salt Lake City. The content of the conference included issues of transfer and preparing students for work after they graduate. Following the first ‘What is an Educated Person?’ conference, the Faculty Discipline Majors’ Meetings were born to work within specific disciplines on assessments and learning expectations leading to successful transfer from two-year programs to academic majors offered in the four-year institutions.

Over the years, the ‘What is an Educated Person?’ conference has hosted experts in various fields, from teaching and learning, Tuning USA, the Degree Qualifications Profile, and issues of importance, to general education faculty and administrators in academic affairs. In addition to Utah’s public colleges and universities, other institutions participate in the conference, such as Brigham Young University, Westminster College and Western Governors University, and some Idaho institutions.

The work of the Regents General Education Task Force continues to improve general education across our system and to support the success of all of our students.

Register for the conference

All delegates must register individually. Registration includes opening banquet, continental breakfast, conference sessions, and lunch. Conference Registration (by September 30, 2015) $ 150.00; Conference Registration (after September 30, 2015) $ 180.00. Notice of cancellations must be received in writing by October 1, 2015. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions will be accepted. The Utah System of Higher Education reserves the right to cancel this program due to insufficient enrollment and limits its liability to registration refunds only.

You will be responsible for your own accommodationsRooms can be reserved at a discounted rate by calling 1-800-327-7220. When making your reservation reference: Utah Higher Education Group. For questions, please contact: Trina Weller, 801-321-7122.


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