10 am-Noon First Plenary Session
10 am Welcome: Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
10:05 am Introduction: Dr. Paul Yu, President
10:10 am The American Democracy Project: A National Perspective, Dr. George Mehaffy, Vice President, Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
10:50 am Q/A with Dr. Mehaffy
11:10 am Getting Started with the American Democracy Project: A Regional Perspective, Brief updates from SUNY campuses (three minutes each)
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY College at Buffalo
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
11:45 am An Innovative Partnership: The New York Times, Kevin Cappallo
Noon Working Lunch: The American Democracy Project and Strategic Opportunities

Opportunities to learn from one another. Participants select one of the nine topics below and join colleagues in addressing prepared questions. Summaries of ideas will be shared with the AASCU membership (178 institutions) participating in the American Democracy Project.

1-2 pm


1:10 pm Key Findings: Brief summaries of each discussion topic (3 minutes each)
1:40 pm Summary: Dr. George Mehaffy
2 pm Adjourn

Colloquium Leader

George L. Mehaffy Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change American Association of State Colleges and Universities

George Mehaffy currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. His division is responsible for a number of special programs and projects for AASCU presidents in the areas of teacher education, technology, and international education. His division also organizes and directs two national conferences annually for AASCU chief academic officers, as well as managing and directing leadership programs and special projects.

Prior to coming to AASCU, Mehaffy served for five years as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). During his tenure there, he initiated a university-wide focus on the use of technology in teaching and greatly expanded the distance education program. For that work, in l997 Eastern was awarded the Pew Leadership Award for the Renewal of Undergraduate Education, with an unrestricted gift of $ 250,000. He also implemented a Freshman Year program that resulted in significant improvements in recruiting and retention.

Before coming to Eastern, Mehaffy served for eight years as the Director of the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. In that role, he managed the preparation for NCATE and state accreditation and directed the creation and management of a number of professional development schools across seven school districts, including the award-winning project at Clear View Elementary School in the Chula Vista School District. He also initiated a number of nationally recognized teacher preparation projects in areas of subject matter content knowledge, technology and diversity.