New Normal for Higher Education: Understanding and Embracing an Aging Society
Andrew Flagel PhD: Vice President, Office of Advancement and Member Engagement, Association of American Colleges & Universities
For more than 25 years, Andrew Flagel has served to advance the cause of higher education, inclusion, and access across a range of public and private U.S. institutions. Recently named a Senior Fellow for the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, Andrew’s work has been rooted in researched-based strategies that promote the value of liberal education to diverse students. His past positions include Senior Vice President at Brandeis University and Dean and Associate Vice President at George Mason University, in addition to teaching appointments in Communications at both institutions. Andrew also served in a Director capacity at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a regional director for The George Washington University. He currently serves as Advancement Chair on the Board of Trustees at Tremont School, a progressive, independent school in Lexington, MA. Andrew holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy and MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and he earned his PhD in Higher Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.
James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, ScD (Hon): CEO, Gerontological Society of America
James C. Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, ScD (Hon), is the Chief Executive Officer of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The Society works to advance innovation in aging and disseminate information among scientists, clinicians, policy makers, and the public. He is leading the Society’s current initiative to “reframe aging” in America by fostering accurate narratives of aging to replace the outdated “conventional wisdom” that dominates public understanding. The 5,500-member Society is advancing major initiatives related to improving adult immunization rates, earlier detection of cognitive impairment, improving oral health, and demonstrating the impact of the longevity economy. Appleby also is currently serving a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Aging after being appointed by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. Prior to joining GSA, he had a 17-year career with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) where he served in a variety of roles before being appointed Chief Operating Officer. Before joining APhA, he was on faculty at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS). Appleby holds a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from PCPS and a master of public health degree from Temple University. He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, MSW: Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Brown School, and Director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center For Aging, Washington University
Dr. Morrow-Howell is the director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. Her area of scholarship is the productive engagement of older adults. In the face of population aging, she wants to find ways that we shape social policies and programs to optimally engage the growing human capital of the older population, for the sake of society and older adults themselves. Dr. Morrow-Howell’s research, advocacy and educational efforts have centered around changing work environments and employment policies to enable people to work longer; restructuring educational institutions so that individuals can educate themselves across the life course; enabling older adults to engage in volunteer and service work; and supporting caregiving to facilitate involvement and reduce negative effects.
Debra Whitman PhD: Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP
Dr. Whitman is an authority on aging issues with extensive experience in national policymaking, domestic and international research, and the political process. An economist, she is a strategic thinker whose career has been dedicated to solving problems affecting economic and health security, and other issues related to population aging.As staff director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, she worked across the aisle to increase retirement security, lower the cost of health care, protect vulnerable seniors, safeguard consumers, make the pharmaceutical industry more transparent, and improve our nation’s long term care system.
Before that, Dr. Whitman worked for the Congressional Research Service as a specialist in the economics of aging. She provided members of Congress and their staff with research and advice, and authored analytical reports on the economic impacts of current policies affecting older Americans, as well as the distributional and intergenerational effects of legislative proposals. From 2001 to 2003, she served as a Brookings LEGIS Fellow to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Earlier in her career, she conducted research on savings and retirement for the Social Security Administration, helping to establish the Retirement Research Consortium and serving as the founding editor of the Perspectives section of the Social Security
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN Dean and Distinguished University ProfessorCollege of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, evaluating and implementing novel home and community-based interventions that improve quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers, enhance daily function of older adults with disability and address mental health disparities. She is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous research and training grants from federal agencies and private foundations for over 35 years.
Dean Gitlin is also Executive Director of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ AgeWell Collaboratory, a center without walls to bring together researchers, community-based organizations and educators to disrupt the traditional healthcare system’s approach towards caring for older adults in order to pave the way for new, proven strategies that improve healthy aging across the lifespan. The AgeWell Collaboratory is developing innovative approaches to:
- Prepare clinicians in all disciplines to address the needs of a diverse and growing older population.
- Generate and test novel solutions for enhancing the everyday life of all of us as we age.
- Disseminate new, evidence-based knowledge and care models via community engagement strategies and a wide range of professional activities and different outlets.
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA; College of Nursing & Health Professions, Drexel Univerrsity
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, blends her passion for nursing, the older adult, and nutrition into a strong body of interdisciplinary research which impacts practice. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili’s efforts are recognized nationally across disciplines (nursing, nutrition, medicine, and engineering) and contexts (research, practice, and policy).
Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili is principal investigator of the Cell2Society Aging Research Network, a Drexel Area of Research Excellence (DARE). The Cell2Society network brings together over 30 faculty across 10 colleges and schools at Drexel University. Members are nationally and internationally recognized researchers engaging in aging scholarship from “cell to society”. The focus of our work is to 1) Engage stakeholders to jointly participate in the research enterprise, from idea inception, to evaluation and implementation of evidence; 2) Collaborate to build an infrastructure for age-related research through team science, use of innovative methods that foster and support engagement among researchers, scholars, students, and stakeholders with interest and expertise in aging from the cellular level to communities and beyond. 3) Develop, (and implement) person-centered studies that matter most to older adults through interdisciplinary use-inspired transdisciplinary and translational approaches in the thematic areas of high relevance to older individual, their families, healthcare and payment systems, communities and policy makers: (a) preventing and managing chronic conditions, (b) enhancing active and purposeful living, and (c) enabling aging in place in home and communities.
An aging society brings unique challenges to as well as opportunities for all facets of society including Colleges and Universities. Higher Education institutions will be challenged as they navigate the significant, and permanent, demographic transformation underway as the American population ages. This demographic shift of consumers of education will change campuses from the traditional “youthful” undergraduate and graduate student body to a community of adults across all life stages. This expanded life course requires re-envisioning the role of Colleges and Universities, continuous re-engineering of career trajectories, helping people find purpose and meaning in each life stage, and developing flexible pathways for lifelong engagement in learning. In keeping with the 2020 Assessment conference subtheme on diversity and inclusion, this preconference workshop will provide participants with examples of how to include age diversity in their thinking and thereby transform the “demographic cliff” into a “demographic lift.” This engaging preconference will introduce participants to national trends and best practices in creating an age-diverse and age-inclusive campus that will prepare graduates for success in the 21st century.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe the impact of an aging society on the university ecosystem;
- Identify learning opportunities to prepare individuals for lifelong engagement in learning;
- Review national trends and movements to promote an Age-Friendly and Age-Diverse campus environment; and
- Discuss practices to reframe aging in academia from the demographic cliff to the demographic lift.