The Friday morning Opening Session featured a Keynote Address by Dr. Mark Mitsui, President of Portland Community College and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the US Department of Education. In Washington, he worked to advance President Obama’s community college agenda and co-led the My Brother’s Keeper Postsecondary Completion interagency team working to improve college access and completion for the nation’s young men of color. He spoke to the importance of using data in evaluating programs and the role data serves in getting funds to widen the pathway for underrepresented minority students.
The Saturday morning Opening Session featured a Plenary Address by Robert Teranishi, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education and the inaugural Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Teranishi's research has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and completion. He spoke about his collaborative work from Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) which focused on the "added-value" of AANAPISI-funded programs relative to academic performance, credit accumulation, persistence, degree attainment, and transfer rates.