“Confessions of a Community College Dean” writer Matt Dean ruminates on a statement in the Dream 2021 panel featuring the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program’s Gelsey Mehl: “…high schools are judged on graduation rates, but nobody tracks how well their graduates do in college. That can lead to some suboptimal incentives.”
This week I’m ducking into and out of the Achieving the Dream conference, from the relative comfort of my laptop. It’s a very different kind of conference experience.
The most basic difference is that I’m still at work. Normally, a conference like that involves a travel day, a few days on site and a travel day back. This conference involves logging on when I have gaps between meetings. This way is cheaper, certainly, and it’s easier in some obvious respects. I’m still very much at work; I picked sessions that fit in gaps between work meetings. I miss the change of scene that a conference usually brings, and the informal hotel-lobby conversations, but there’s still value in this format.