What Matters Now: College Access and Success in the Age of Obama


The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice kicked off the new decade with a gathering in Los Angeles of some of the country’s key policy makers, educational administrators and scholars.

Conference Photos


Conference Agenda

Presentations and Sessions

Please click on each day for the conference blog. A summary of the conference proceedings is available here: CERPP-WhatMattersNowProceedingsSummary.

Day 1

  • Conference attendees mix and mingle during a cocktail reception at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Day 2

  • The Reemergence of the Federal Government and What It Means for Educational Policy
  • In Sync: Linking State Higher Education Imperatives to the New Federal Agenda
  • A System of the Whole: How to Refocus America’s Educational System on K-16 Alignment

Day 3

  • Standardizing Excellence: The Path Toward a Common Set of State Academic Standards
  • Making it Work: Our Commitment to Systemic Progress and Productivity

Speakers and Available Presentations

Keynote Speakers: