Stride to 55: The Practice and Policy Journey
to Completion and Academic Transformation

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center,
3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783

This convening will engage a diverse group of participants across state, federal, and philanthropic education organizations to share how degree completion efforts and policy changes are transforming learning experiences. The convening will highlight and celebrate practices and policies that are working and detail strategies for scaling, challenges and opportunities for sustaining this work, and ways to more efficiently transform Maryland's higher education landscape in the future.

LODGING: A room block is available at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at a rate of $169 per night. Please book by October 17, 2014. To book a room, please use this link



7:30AM - 8:30AMBreakfast and registration
8:30AM - 9:00AMWelcome and Introductions
9:00AM - 9:30AMJourney of Academic Innovation in Maryland
9:30AM - 10:45AMPhilanthropic Keynote Panel
10:45AM - 11:00AMBreak
11:00AM - 12:00PMMorning Breakout Sessions
12:00PM - 12:15PMBreak
12:15PM - 1:30PMLunch and Federal Keynote Address
1:30PM - 1:45PMBreak
1:45PM - 2:45PMAfternoon Breakout Sessions
2:45PM - 3:00PMBreak
3:00PM - 3:45PMConcluding Remarks


College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd, East
Hyattsville, Maryland 20783
Phone: 301-985-7300

Complimentary on-site parking is available in the parking garage.


From Baltimore-Washington International - BWI
I-95 South to exit 27 (495 West/US 1). Stay left immediately after the split and follow signs to Rt. 1 College Park. Take Exit 25B to US 1 South, and travel .9 mi. Take ramp onto Rt. 193 West, and at the 3rd traffic light (Adelphi Road), make a U-Turn. Take an immediate right into UMUC Campus. Follow signs to the Inn & Conference Center.

From Annapolis and Points East
Take Route 50 to the Capital Beltway (I-495) toward College Park. Take Exit 25 (U.S. Route 1 South). Proceed approximately 1 mile south on U.S. Route 1. Turn right onto Route 193 West (University Boulevard). At the third traffic light (Adelphi Road), make a U-turn and turn right into the parking garage.

From Montgomery County and Points West
Take the Capital Beltway (I-495) toward College Park. Exit at New Hampshire Avenue/Takoma Park (MD Route 650 South). At the second light, turn left onto Adelphi Road. At the third light, make a left onto Route 193 East (University Boulevard) and turn right into the parking garage.

From Alexandria, VA and Points South of Washington
Take I-295 north toward Baltimore. I-295 becomes the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy (MD Route 295). Exit onto Riverdale Road west toward Hyattsville/New Carrollton. Riverdale Road becomes East-West Highway (MD Route 410). Turn right onto Adelphi Road. At fourth light, turn right onto University Boulevard (MD Route 193) and take first right into UMUC headquarters.

From Washington, D.C.
Take New Hampshire Avenue (Route 650) north toward College Park. Turn right onto Route 193 East (University Boulevard). At the sixth traffic light, cross Adelphi Road and turn right into the parking garage..

For assistance before or on the day of the event, please contact:


Stan Jones, Complete College America

Following three decades successfully reforming higher education in Indiana as Commissioner of Higher Education, state legislator, and senior advisor to the governor, Stan Jones founded Complete College America in order to build a network of states committed to substantially increasing the number of Americans with a postsecondary credential.

Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education

Ted Mitchell is the under secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on May 8, 2014, following his nomination by President Barack Obama on Oct. 31, 2013.

Jeffrey Selingo, Author & Journalist

Jeffrey Selingo is an award-winning author and columnist who helps parents and higher-education leaders understand the college of tomorrow: how families will pay, what campuses will look like, how students will learn, and what skills will lead to success in the job market.