SUNY To Convene International Thought Leaders Around Big Data

October 28, 2013

Featured Speaker Harper Reed Highlights Third Annual “Critical Issues in Higher Education” Conference

New York City — The State University of New York this week will host its third annual “Critical Issues in Higher Education” conference in New York City. The conference, Building a Smarter University: Big Data, Innovation, and Ingenuity, will examine how the emergence of big data can help higher education improve the student learning experience, enhance research, support effective community outreach, strengthen the education pipeline, and advance university infrastructure.

“While cutting-edge work with big data takes shape at colleges and universities world-wide, higher education has yet to turn the digital mirror on itself,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “This conference provides a forum for thought leaders in education, business, and government to share ideas and practices, and enhance and build partnerships that will position our sector to make the most of the big data movement and use the digital age to advance higher education.”

Former Chief Technology Officer of Obama For America Harper Reed is the featured speaker at the conference.

The conference is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday - Wednesday, Oct. 29-30
Agenda: Available Online
Conrad New York
102 North End Avenue
New York, NY, 10282

Portions of the conference will be streamed live. The conference can also be followed in real-time on Twitter using #SUNYcon and following @SUNY.

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