Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019 | Salt Lake City, Utah


About the Summit

The College Completion Summit is an invitation-only event that will bring together presidents and senior leaders from public universities that have significantly advanced their college completion rates. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, share best practices and develop actionable strategies for increasing college completion. If you would like to request an invitation, please email the summit organizers.

The University of Utah

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research public institution. The U enrolls 33,000 students from more than 102 countries and is recognized for pioneering new programs with social impact; generating path-breaking discoveries; fueling critical research; and inspiring innovative approaches to education.

Over the past eight years, the U has increased its college completion rate by 15 percentage points and seeks to foster a national dialogue around best practices for helping students reach the degree finish line.


Invitations were extended to institutions that have significantly advanced their completion rates.


Monday, September 30
S.J. Quinney College of Law Building, 6th floor

7:45 a.m.Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.Welcome: President Ruth Watkins, University of Utah
Keynote Address: Danette Howard, Lumina Foundation
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Supporting and Engaging the Student
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.Networking break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.Innovative Financial and Affordability Solutions
11:30 - 12:15 p.m.Lunch & Networking - multipurpose room
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.Campus Tours: Fostering Student Success
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Leveling the Playing Field: Achieving Equity in Completion
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.Data and Technology Contributions to Completion
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Completion and Public Perception
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Reception & Networking, 6th floor patio

Tuesday, October 1 
Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

8:00 a.m.Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.Welcome
APLU, Powered by Publics Initiative
What’s Next to Move the Needle on Completion
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.Action Workshops for University Teams
Facilitated by Lumina Foundation Professional Staff
11:30 a.m.Closing Remarks
12:00 p.m.Adjourn


Monday, Sept. 30

7:45 a.m.
Registration and breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Opening remarks and morning sessions

12 p.m.

1 p.m.
Afternoon sessions

5 p.m.
Reception and networking


Tuesday, Oct. 1

8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
Keynote address and morning panel

9:30 a.m.
Action workshop for university teams
Facilitated by Lumina

12 p.m.

Program Highlights


  • Interventions that enable equity
  • Innovative financial and affordability approaches
  • Data and technology solutions
  • Supporting and engaging student experiences
  • Completion and public perception
  • Interactive workshops facilitated by Lumina

Travel & Accommodations

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a 20-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

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University Guest House

110 S. Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036
(801) 587-1000


Marriott University Park

480 Wakara Way,
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Shuttles to event.

201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the dates of the summit?

    The summit will be held on Monday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 1. Attendees should plan to arrive on Sunday, Sept. 29 and depart in the afternoon/evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1.

  • What is the conference attire?

    Business or business casual attire. Weather in Salt Lake City in the fall ranges from 50 degrees to 75 degrees.

  • Are there sponsorship opportunities available?

    Sponsorship is by invitation only. Please email the summit organizers for more information.

  • Who is attending the conference?

    The conference is invitation only. Attendees include university presidents and senior leaders from public universities that have significantly advanced their college completion rates.

  • Is there a registration fee?

    Thanks to the generous support from Lumina Foundation, there is not a registration fee and one to two students from a university may attend with air travel and hotel provided.

  • How do I make changes to my registration?

    Please email the summit organizers.

  • What if I need to cancel my registration?

    Please email the summit organizers.

  • Why have I not yet received a registration confirmation?

    All confirmations are sent via email at the conclusion of your registration. If you have not received an email confirmation, please check your spam or junk mail folder. If you still need a copy of your confirmation or receipt, please email the summit organizers.

  • What airport do I fly into?

    Air travel should be booked into the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). The airport is approximately 20 minutes from the University of Utah campus.

  • What is the address of the summit?

    The summit will take place at the University of Utah. The locations of the summit will be finalized shortly. Please check the agenda for more information.

  • Will transportation be provided from the airport to the hotel?

    Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to/from the airport to the hotel.

  • Will transportation be provided from the hotel to the summit?

    Shuttles will be provided from the University Guest House and the Marriott University Park hotels to the summit.