2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day

February 2-5, 2020
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

Capitol Conversations Logo

Advancing America's Future: 

Adapting and Advancing in a Changing World

As leaders of private, nonprofit colleges and universities, you are acutely aware of the challenges faced by our sector:  changing demographics and shrinking enrollments, increasing financial pressures, and maintaining affordability. Overarching these institution-specific issues are the dynamics of federal higher education policies.
During the 2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day, we will focus on the intersection of public policy and the impact it has on enrollment, admissions and affordability.  Our theme, Capitol Conversation: Advancing America’s Future,: Adapting and Advancing in a Changing World, celebrates the unique role private, nonprofit colleges and universities play in educating the next generation of Americans while exploring the myriad issues facing students, institutions and policymakers.


Douglas G. Brinkley, Ph.D.    

Our keynote speaker is best selling author and presidential historian Douglas G. Brinkley, Ph.D., the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University (TX).  He is the author of 24 books including: American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race (2019) and Cronkite (2012), as well as editor of seven books including: The Reagan Diaries. Brinkley’s remarks will focus on how the historical lessons of the past apply to our nation's present and future. 

The Annual Meeting program has been revamped to offer more opportunities to learn from the experiences and expertise of member presidents, both as panelists and through a number of breakout sessions designed to elicit knowledge sharing and discussion.  We will tackle many critical topics and issues facing independent higher education, including:

  • Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
  • Funding status and outlook for federal student aid programs
  • Teacher preparation, student debt, school closures, Title IX, early admissions, tax laws, and other policy priorities
  • How colleges are addressing increased price sensitivity
  • Aligning workforce needs and educational offerings to attract students
  • How to retain vulnerable students and help them suceed
  • The impact paying student-athletes could have on admissions and athletics

Our sessions are designed to elicit knowledge-sharing and discussion with your peers on these and other important issues. Be sure to visit our Annual Meeting homepage for regular updates on program sessions and speakers.

We also are introducing new programming on Monday morning with the Pre-conference Summit: Advancing Your Communications and Messaging.  Other highlights, include the:

  • Government Relations Academy (Sunday)
  • Advocacy Day (Tuesday)
  • Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus Reception (Tuesday).

While you are in Washington, you are encouraged as part of Advocacy Day on February 4 to visit with your elected representatives in Congress. With the House of Representatives working to advance legislation to reauthorize the higher education act, NAICU members are encourage to remind Members of Congress to about the important role independent colleges and universities play in the higher education sector and the critical role federal financial aid plays in empowering students to realize their academic goals.

Register now to join us in Washington for the 2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day.


NAICU thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 
2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day: 

Academic Search
Asset Strategy Consultants BoardEffect logo
Carter Baldwin logo Dutcher LLC logo
Easton Hudson Inc. Hyatt Fennell Logo
Interfolio logo Johnson Controls logo
Lawlor logo LIASON logo Mason Jay Blacher Assoc.
McAllister & Quinn Logo National Management Resources logo Noelker and Hull
Pioneer Caterers RNL logo
Segal logo Stifel The Registry
100 Yaffe & Co logo