"Sustainable Leadership: Bold Thinking about Who We Are"
Presenters: Dean M. Julian, Director of Online Programs, Immaculata University; Mary Kate Boland, Associate Dean, Immaculata University
Immaculata University's Office of Academic Affairs, the College of LifeLong Learning, and the Office of Technology Services have developed a process to evaluate, revise, and document the number of Alternative Instructional Equivalencies (AIE) in online courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This concurrent session will give participants a comprehensive overview of the process and share with attendees the tools, materials and resources developed to undertake the task of bringing IU online courses into compliancy with the state of Pennsylvania's Department of Education and Federal guidelines for AIE.
Presenter: Marc Wilson, Academic Dean, Hesser College
Although student advising theory, adult learning theory, and student retention theory each have a long history, few authors have explored how each body of literature might inform the others. This presentation seeks to find common ground between the three disciplines and will specifically look to build a model of adult retention that is not only grounded in well-established student retention theories, but is also informed by the wisdom found in student advising and adult learning theories.
Presenter: Joy Brown, On-Campus Manager, Extended Studies, Utah Valley University
Over the past several years, Utah Valley University (UVU) has grown in headcount more than other Utah Institutions. Dealing with enrollment growth is a challenge. UVU Weekend College provides additional class sections and programs. Weekend College has partnered with several academic departments to develop non-traditional Bachelor's Degree Programs which allow non-traditional students to complete their Bachelor's degrees. The challenges of providing classes and services for weekend programs will be discussed.
Presenters: Honour Moore, Associate Vice President for Extended Learning, Holy Family University; Phillip Moore, Assistant Vice President for Extended Learning, Holy Family University; Christopher Quinn, Director of Academic Services, Holy Family University; Judith Stang, Assistant Dean and Campus Director, Springfield College
Presenter: Radecka A.G. Appiah-Padi, The Pennsylvania State University
Only 18% percent of rural Pennsylvanians over age 25 have a Bachelor's degree compared to 29% of urban residents. Less than 14% of our rural residents have a high school diploma. As a land grant university, our mission is to provide higher education for the people of Pennsylvania. Penn State Continuing Education staff have taken on the challenge and are creatively mixing educational modalities to bring college programs to our economically stressed rural communities.
Presenter: Timothy R. Sanford, Assoc. Director, Credit Programs, UNC-Chapel Hill
This presentation reviews an informal survey in summer 2010 of the instructors of our evening and online courses. They were asked to comment on the mixing of nontraditional students with full-time students in their courses. They also discussed the level of preparation of the nontraditional students for such college courses. The responses were quite interesting and anyone involved with nontraditional students, especially when they are mixed with regular, full-time students, should find this session of interest.
Presenter: Amy Scatliff, Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership and Change (ELC), Fielding Graduate University
Specialists in the fields of new media, education, and positive psychology informed a study about recent transformations and resources that could support and enhance the educational experience of the 21st century adult learner. This discussion will present concepts explored by positive psychologists, such as passive entertainment, flow, and current online skill and strength assessments, and their link to the adult learner – the adult learner who is so heavily affected by continual transformations in digital culture. These concepts are important considerations for us as innovative leaders working through the complexities of sustainability in higher education.
Presenter: Sean-Michael Green, Dean of Graduate and Adult Enrollment, Marist College
This presentation will be a lively and interactive discussion of a research project on the job attitudes of professionals working with nontraditional students. These attitudes will be compared with attitudes of people working with traditional populations. We will discuss the level to which our employees feel their work is valued and why and how much they are committed to our organizations. The potential impact of these findings will be assessed. Anyone who manages teams will gain valuable insight in this session.
Presenter: A. David Stewart, Associate Dean, Division of Conitinuing Education, Kansas State University
During a time of administrative and financial management transitions, the Division of Continuing Education at Kansas State University developed a grant funding model for online program development. During the first two years, it generated 118 new courses and more than $1.7 million in revenue for the university. This session will share the grant funding model, the insights, and how continuing education redefined "Who We Are" at the university.
Presenters: Linda Berardo, Director, Business & Accounting Operations, College of Continuing Education, University of Oklahoma; James P. Pappas, Vice President, College of Continuing Education, University of Oklahoma
As a follow up to their workshop presentation last year, "Managing Budgets in Tough Fiscal Times," the presenters will facilitate a discussion about budgeting, planning and reporting for continuing education. This is meant to be a highly interactive session that will allow participants an opportunity to discuss what they have found useful in this process. There will be a framework of discussion topics, but is not meant to be limiting.
Presenter: Jeretta Nord, Professor, Management Science and Information Systems, Oklahoma State University
Sustainable leadership requires bold thinking and, ultimately, career success depends on professional relationships. A four-step networking model – the four C's of networking – illustrates a step-by-step approach to turn contacts into connections. Tips based on powerful success stories of networking face-to-face and through social media will be presented followed by a participatory networking exercise. This proven model and an ongoing commitment will elevate professional relationships from mere acquaintances into mutually beneficial connections.
Presenters: Hadass Sheffer, President, the Graduate! Learning Network, Inc.; Kim Stephens, Director of Higher Education Partnerships and Services, Graduate! Philadelphia; Don Devilbiss, Assistant Dean, Widener University/University College; Jil Donnelly, Academic Advisor, Neumann University; B. Christopher Dougherty,
Provost & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Rosemont College; Judith Stang, Associate Dean, Springfield College
ACHE Graduate! partners share their personal stories about their engagement in Graduate!, with innovative opportunities for increasing enrollments and strengthening the voice for adult learners across the country. The Graduate! Movement promotes regional collaboration and creates a system of supports for adults returning to college, from the decision to return through completion of a degree. The Graduate! Partnership model includes colleges, local government, economic development organizations, workforce development systems, community-based and social services organizations, employers and labor unions. In this session, ACHE participants will gain insight into the model, its systems impact, and the lessons learned to-date from the leadership and partners. A fast-growing national endeavor, it also introduces the model as replicated in Connecticut and Chicago and introduces possibilities for involvement across the country for ACHE members.
Presenter: Sallie Dunphy, Professor, UAB
In 1775, the colonies had to make some tough decisions about who they were and the value of freedom. Today, educational leaders can celebrate who they are every day when making ethical decisions that impact relationships and service to students and colleagues. In this session, you will learn ways to accommodate preferences of stakeholders, identify realistic alternatives, problem solve under pressure, and optimize the correct values in a work situation. Discover the ten core values that can guide you down the right solution path when encountering daily dilemmas. Based on the book written by Dr. Mary Ellen Guy, various scenarios will be discussed and resolved.
Presenter: Royce Ann Collins, Assistant Professor - Adult Education, Kansas State University
The Commission for Accelerated Programs Executive Board researched and developed the hallmark standards for accelerated programs. In this time of accreditation and legislative unrest, institutions need to prove the quality of different delivery formats. This session will provide an overview of the quality standards that will assist administrators in current accelerated programs and institutions which are considering beginning accelerated programs to explain accelerated programs to traditional university decision makers and external constituents.
Presenter: Brenda Harms, Principal Consultant, Stamats, Inc.
As leaders who work with adult students, we all tend to wonder what is on their minds as they are selecting an institution to attend. Stamats set out to answer that question and many others in our 3rd annual national survey of adult students. In this presentation, a review of the 2010 Adult StudentsTALK™ research will be shared with participants in an effort to better inform those professionals who work most closely with continuing education students of the motivations and barriers that face this unique population.
Presenters: Betsy Esposito, Advising Services Coordinator, The Pennsylvania State University; Liz Lasher, Career Counselor, The Pennsylvania State University
In our work with prospective adult learners in our service area, the Penn State Continuing Education Student Services Team learned that many of the students have the motivation and need for further education but lack the necessary skills – time management, study strategies, technology competence and confidence, writing and research, college-level math, and familiarity with higher education – to be initially successful at Penn State. Presenters will share data, successes, challenges, and best practice information and look forward to a lively exchange of ideas and information.
Presenters: Susan Elkins, Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies & Extended Education, Tennessee Technological University; David Elizandro, Tennessee Technological University
Celebrate the establishment of TECH – REDI (Regional Economic Development Institute) with Tennessee Tech University! This presentation will share how TTU is focusing on its mission to serve the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee by creating a Regional Economic Development Institute (TECH-REDI). Through greater outreach, engagement, and partnerships with P-16 education, business/industry, and economic development organizations, the institute will impact economic development in the rural, distressed region. TTU is leveraging existing University resources with approximately $1 million of external funding to establish the Institute and launch the effort. Viva FIESTA!!!
Presenter: Cyndi Porter, Vice President, University of the Incarnate World
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is situated in "Military City, U.S.A.," better known as San Antonio, Texas. The city earned its nickname because of the number of military posts and bases that ring the city. UIW has a long history of serving active duty military members and veterans. We have worked long and hard to make sure we serve those who have sacrificed for us. That includes great tuition rates, deployment-friendly courses, and the willingness to go the extra mile to make sure that we help our military students and their families. Being a caring and innovative institution means that UIW is constantly looking at how to increase access for our students. It also means we must meet unaddressed needs for all of our students and our community. Analysis has led us to begin four initiatives that will make a difference in San Antonio and in the lives of the students around the world that we touch. These include a Center for Veterans Affairs – Project Per-sist!, which helps students prepare for college – the Institute for Business Development, and the UIW Center of Excellence for Veterans Education.
Presenters: Jeffery Alejandro, Coordinator, East Carolina University
One approach to diversifying the leadership of higher education organizations, including universities and associations, is to develop mentoring relationships with first-generation professionals and graduate students. Explanations for the limited career choice patterns of first-generation professionals and graduate students will be offered. Suggestions for broadening first-generation persons' career choice options through mentoring, to include academic administration and involvement in professional organizations such as ACHE, will be offered.
Presenter: Annemarie Vaccaro, University of Rhode Island
This session will share findings from a qualitative study of classroom diversity at one College of Continuing Education (CCE). Narratives from adult learners, traditional age learners, and faculty exemplify the ways all students benefited from intergenerational exchanges inside the CCE classroom. The analysis, however, moves beyond mere age differences to uncover the intersections of age, life circumstance, ethnicity, first-generation, and veteran status.
Presenter: Geri L. Stone, Associate Director, The University of AlabamaThe purpose of this study was to examine the perceived value of Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) provided by Continuing Education Units for Administrators in Colleges and Universities (ACHE member institutions). Included in the study were credit, non-credit, and blended (credit and non-credit) programs. This study investigated the value of LDPs at three levels: individual, institutional, and higher education enterprise.
Presenter: Kamelia V. Turcotte, Senior Analyst, Eduventures, Inc.
To date, higher education for non-traditional (adult and online) students has been described in terms of enrollment growth rather than outcomes. This is challenged by the current regulatory climate, yet outcomes assessment remains unclear and controversial. To help cement the value proposition of higher education for non-traditional alumni, Eduventures conducted a first-of-its-kind study to address the information gap and to present important insight into the overall quality of the student experience and learning outcomes.
Presenter: Tina Marie Coolidge, Academic Advisor, Drexel UniversityAs we all know, adult learners have different needs and face different obstacles than traditional students. As a result, they must be oriented in a way that meets their specific needs while at the same time educating them on the programs and services available to them. In order to properly serve adult learners, it is important that orientation programs provide students with all the information they need to succeed academically. The research presented analyzes an orientation program for non-traditional adult learners and provides recommendations for creative orientation formats that can be easily implemented by institutions of higher education.
Presenter: Lisa R. Braverman, Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology
This session will provide useful insights and information for developing sustainable leadership styles that engender innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative CE units. Tools for positively influencing people, creating change, and taking risks will be discussed. Attendees will learn how to embody values that support collaboration and can bring about outstanding results. They will also learn how to increase their own and their staff's capacity for creativity in building a values-based organization that runs with increased overall effectiveness.
Presenter: Scott Beadenkopf, Director, Academic Technology, Neumann University
Students who cannot access course materials or who lack engagement in the first weeks of an online or hybrid course may drop out or fail to succeed. While experienced instructors may be successful in retaining these students, newer instructors often are not. Now, instructors at Neumann University are being trained to use early warning techniques to improve retention in online and hybrid courses in a required online certificate course.
Presenter: Tom Kennedy, Executive Director and President, New Ventures. Regis University
Higher Education is an environment where conformity and replication are accepted, expected, and rewarded. Thinking and, ultimately, acting contrary to these standards of thought and action can be detrimental to one's professional careers and will ultimately "wear down" contrarians. This session will focus on the qualities necessary to be innovative.
Presenter: Pat Ellis, Associate Dean at the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Stevenson University
This workshop is designed for higher-level administrators and faculty to illustrate how to develop and maintain an accelerated curriculum. Delivery format can vary from face to face to blended/hybrid to totally online. In this interactive session participants will develop an action plan to initiate the construction of an accelerated course. Measurable practical content is embedded in course design along with clear and measurable objectives to facilitate student learning. For example, best practices indicate that outcome-based designs contribute to positive student learning and greater retention. Research has shown that academic rigor and quality are equal or superior to that of traditional-length courses. As a participant, you will learn how to develop the best assessment plan to evaluate comprehensively students' learning of the stated outcomes.
Presenters: Trenton Hightower, Senior Advisor for Workforce; Rob Stewart, President, CEO & Co-Founder; Jay Del Veechio, President
Planning to offer Industry Certification training? Then you will need this plan. During this session, we will share how to choose the right programs for your demographics, program offerings, and budget. We will share how to use the associations and community efforts to drive students to your programs. We will share the importance of the instructor’s role and students outcomes. We will share information about program content and the testing process as important parts of your plan. The last items for discussion will include the keys to staffing, marketing, student enrollment and job placement as part of your plan. Hot Certifications: CNA, Medical Coding, Personal Trainers, IFMA, SHRM, APICS, PMP, and A+.