October 30, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin

The CLIMB Conference was a national event dedicated to advancing upward mobility through higher education. Inspired by recent research, it brought together senior college and university administrators, researchers, nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and policymakers to discuss the latest research on higher education and upward mobility. It launched the CLIMB Initiative, highlighted how some colleges and universities are leading the way, and began to define a new policy agenda through the College Movement nonprofit.

Please look for footage from each session of the Conference on our "CLIMB Initiative" YouTube Channel.

Conference Details


8:00 am



8:30 am

Salon Room C


Maurie McInnis, The University of Texas at Austin

Stefanie Sanford, The College Board

8:45 am

Salon Room C

Opening Remarks

John B. King, Jr., The Education Trust

Margaret Spellings, The University of North Carolina System

Moderated by David Leonhardt, The New York Times

9:30 am

Salon Room C

Panel 1: System and College Role

Michael M. Crow, Arizona State University

Daniel Greenstein, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

James B. Milliken, The City University of New York

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges

Moderated by Ben Wildavsky, The College Board

10:30 am


10:45 am

Salon Room C

Panel 2: Federal and State Role

Mike Krause, The Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

Ted Mitchell, American Council on Education

Zakiya Smith, The Lumina Foundation

Nancy L. Zimpher, The State University of New York

Moderated by James Kvaal, The College Movement

11:45 am

Salon Room C

Research Findings

David Deming, Harvard University

John N. Friedman, Brown University

12:15 pm

Tejas Dining Room


1:30 pm

Salon Room A

Breakout Session: How to Get More Low-Income Students into Selective Colleges

Connie Betterton, The College Board

Susan Dynarski, The University of Michigan

Catharine Bond Hill, Ithaka S&R

Richard D. Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation

Logan Powell, Brown University

Moderated by James Montoya, The College Board

1:30 pm

Salon Room B

Breakout Session: Connecting Colleges and Careers

Harrison Keller, The University of Texas at Austin

Mark S. Schneider, American Institutes for Research

Louis Soares, American Council on Education

Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College

Jeff Strohl, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Moderated by Emily Hanford, APM Reports

1:30 pm

Salon Room D

Breakout Session: How Colleges Can Learn from Each Other

Bridget Burns, University Innovation Alliance

Jonathan Cowan, The KIPP Foundation

Tiffany Jones, The Ed Trust

Mamie Voight, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Moderated by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Salon Room C

Moderated Conversation

Raj Chetty, Harvard University

David Coleman, The College Board

Moderated by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

4:00 pm

Salon Room C

Closing Remarks

James Kvaal, The College Movement

4:15 pm





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