Pre-Conference Workshops

Faculty Unplugged? Empowering Faculty in Today's Assessment Culture
Dr. Julie Basler, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Platt College - Aurora, ACCSC Commissioner
Dr. Juanita Gurubatham, Director of Institutional Review & Development, ACCSC


How do faculty members contribute to the transformation of student to graduate?

In this session, four-time team presenters, Dr. Juanita Gurubatham and Dr. Julie Basler will address the ways in which faculty, both full and part-time, can use assessment in the classroom to create a successful graduate.

Join the presenters for a discussion on how student learning outcomes at the course level help to reinforce program outcomes at the end of a program. Additionally, participants will learn how to clearly state outcomes, help faculty to identify where student learning outcomes should be introduced, reinforced, and assessed through curriculum mapping, and will offer a sample method for building assessment from the classroom through a student's program. Valuable for faculty and leaders from both degree and non-degree programs, the session will highlight faculty methods and procedures used to reflect an appropriate balance of direct and indirect measurements. 
(Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)
 
Managing the Seemingly Unmanageable: Retention, Gainful Employment and Student Loan Repayment
Elizabeth Keifer Herron, PEAC Student Loan Assistance / CARS
   
Student outcomes in higher education have gained increased attention from accrediting bodies, lawmakers, regulators, and the media. Institutions must increase their efforts at supporting their students from enrollment through graduation, employment and student loan repayment, and a large part of this will depend upon relationship-building and tracking data. The recently-proposed gainful employment regulations will add additional metrics to an already confusing system of data management and tracking. Join Elizabeth Keifer Herron for this full-day session to develop strategies for student contact, outreach, and success with a focus on data management and tracking in the areas of retention, employment, and student loan repayment.
(Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee. A condensed session will be available during the PDC.)
 
Weaving 5-Star Best Practices through the Fabric of Student Services, Career Services, and Community Outreach
Yasith Weerasuriya, Stanbridge College
   
Postsecondary career colleges and schools that fulfill their mission by continuously meeting student needs and providing realistic solutions to help students overcome barriers to staying in school not only have higher retention rates, but often see an increase in graduate placement rates as well as exceptional levels of student and employer satisfaction. Join Yastih Weerasuriya from Stanbridge College, ACCSC's 2013 Community Service Award Winner, as he facilitates this interactive workshop that focuses on establishing and integrating best practices in school operations with an emphasis on three critical areas: Student Services, Career Services, and Community Outreach.

During this workshop, participants will discuss practical solutions and learn how to engage students before they start class, how to design and implement dynamic orientations, how to create and deploy a world class student services program, and how to take established community engagement programs to the next level with service learning.

Additionally, the workshop will cover how to develop highly structured career service life cycles for different programs spanning from orientation on the first day, as well as how to establish an effective third-party employment verification program, including an overview of career services staffing ratios, and establishing employer outreach call goals. Finally, the workshop will discuss the use of social media integration in connecting with future employers, attracting new students and staff with your service-oriented brand, and how social media can have a dramatic impact on student involvement with the local and national community.
(Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)

Professional Development Conference Sessions

Career and Student Services 

Politically Incorrect Student Services
P. Michael Lanouette, Ph. D.
Shannon McGurk, Centura College / AIM

   
 
This session takes a slightly different view on the critical factors involved with student services including the responsibility that ACCSC-accredited institutions have to assist graduates in finding sustained employment in the field for which training was provided. During this session, participants will hear from Dr. P. Michael Lanouette, former two-term ACCSC Commissioner, as he leads a lively discussion on common student service miscues. Participants will also learn practical methods to pointedly reach students in order to assist them in not only obtaining a job, but to gain perspective on the two most important things a quality education experience can provide a student: confidence and motivation.
    

Get Up, Stand Up, Learn! Enhancing Student Learning through Effective Student Engagement Strategies
Shonna Dent, IntelliTec College

   
The most effective educators create and foster a positive learning environment that engages students through continuous engagement. Encouraging educators and students alike to take an active role in the education process will contribute to a positive learning environment. This session will focus on creating a positive, dynamic, fun and student-centered culture by using effective student engagement strategies and providing an environment that promotes continuous learning. This session will guide educators in a direction that will improve their ability to encourage student involvement, provide tools for educators on how to develop their presentations in a positive, fun, engaging, and student-centered manner, and to learn more about the importance of instilling value into their classroom that in turn will increase student attendance.    

 
 Faculty and Staff Development

Not an Administrator in Sight: What Happens when Faculty and Staff Write the Self-Evaluation Report
Julie Basler, Ph.D., Platt College, ACCSC Commissioner
Hollie Caldwell, Ph.D., Platt College

This session will focus on key strategies for creating a culture of empowering faculty and staff to create the self-evaluation report (SER) for initial or renewal of accreditation without the input of administration in the writing phase. 

Join ACCSC Commissioner and former ACCSC Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Julie Basler. and Dr. Hollie Caldwell, Site Evaluator for the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, as they offer practical advise on how to engage faculty and staff in the SER process. Basler and Caldwell will address

  • How to create an effective and user-friendly way for faculty and staff to write and participate in the creation of the report;
  • How to facilitate a culture of continuous self-evaluation;
  • How to help faculty and staff critique their own work and progress, and;
  • How to help administrators rediscover their role in facilitating the SER process at their school


   
Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership

Dr. Mark Vander Meer, Compass College
 
 
Every leader struggles with a personal dysfunction that seems to drive them to succeed. If gone unchecked, this dysfunction may ultimately undo accomplishments. Given the critical role of leadership in education, business, and every sphere of life, addressing the leader's needs has become paramount. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership explores the five dysfunctions that a leader must be aware of, address, overcome, and keep in check, including: compulsivity (control), codependency, passive aggressiveness, narcissism, and paranoia.

During this session, Dr. Vander Meer will define not only define each dysfunction, but will explain how they work and walk you through the steps necessary to form a personal action plan to overcome these "dark sides." 
     

Faculty and Staff Development: A Case Study
Iain Fraser, Institute of Audio Research
Richard Mills, Ed.D., Institute of Audio Research
Daniel Grigsby, Institute of Audio Research

    
 
ACCSC believes that the success of a school is directly related to the quality of its faculty. Accordingly, accrediting standards require a school to demonstrate that it engages in ongoing faculty assessment and professional development activities that are appropriate to the size and scope of the school's educational programs, support the quality of education provided, and enhance student learning and achievements. This presentation provides a case study on successful methods used at an ACCSC-accredited institution to encourage and support faculty development, and examine the impact faculty development has within the institution. Areas of focus will provide participants with practical information on how to create and implement faculty development activities such as: observations, evaluations, surveys, 'in-services,' as well as providing financial assistance to faculty who are pursuing their next level of degree or certification. 

     

 
 Trends and Innovation in Higher Education

Managing the Seemingly Unmanageable: Retention, Gainful Employment, and Student Loan Repayment
Elizabeth Keifer Herron, PEAC Student Loan Assistance / CARS
  
Student outcomes in higher education have always been of paramount importance, but have recently gained increased attention from accrediting bodies, lawmakers, regulators, and the media. What is clear is that institutions must increase their efforts to support students from enrollment through graduation and beyond, including the transition graduates make into their chosen field of employment and student loan repayment. The success of these efforts will largely depend upon relationship-building and tracking data. Join Elizabeth Keifer Herron for a conversation on how to develop strategies for sustained student contact, outreach, and success with a focus on data management and tracking in the areas of retention, employment, and student loan repayment. This session serves as a condensed version of the full-day Pre-Conference Workshop hosted on September 17 (separate registration required).
  
Integrating Technology into Education: A PCI Case Study
Jeff Francoeur, Porter and Chester Institute
   
Technology continues to have as significant impact on the delivery of education at ACCSC-accredited institutions. This session provides a practical overview of the experiences of a system of ACCSC-accredited institutions that made a transition from "paper" to "technology" while expanding and diversifying curricular offerings from two programs at a single campus to seven programs offered at nine schools. Join representatives from Porter and Chester Institute for a lively discussion on the challenges and accomplishments encountered during this transition.

      

 
 Best Practices in Assessment and Accreditation

Moving from Clock Hours to Competencies - Using Massage Therapy
Kate Zulaski, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
 
The field of massage therapy has traditionally been measured in clock hours. With diverse state requirements for licensing, graduates are often required to go back to entry-level training in order to obtain additional practical experience because of relatively small differences in the number of hours on their transcript compared to the licensing guidelines in the state where they are practicing. During this session, Kate Zulaski, Executive Director of COMTA, will highlight the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) and explain how the recommendations from this project are helping the profession move from strict clock hour topic guidelines toward a competency-based model for graduate qualifications. The session will be most applicable for schools with massage programs, but care and attention will also be given to include attendees with programs that might benefit from a similar type of initiative.

Achieving Student Outcomes Through Fully Aligned Curriculum
Rochelle Moore, Keiser University
Karen Allanson, Elsevier
This session is proudly presented by PDC Gold Sponsor Elsevier Logo

are The academic environment is rapidly changing. Formulating plans to ensure regulatory compliance, striving fro innovative educational experiences that encourage workplace competencies, and establishing programmatic goals for positive outcomes are just a few challenges faced by administrators. Ensuring integration of key technology tools and assessment instruments to drive specific student and faculty outcomes is an additional challenge. Developing fully aligned syllabi and lesson plans that integrate all these tools and leverage key partnerships will help provide the necessary foundation to meet the goal of producing job-ready graduates. Attend this session to not only learn more about how assessment instruments are being used to predict outcomes, but to gain best practices for plan conception through strategic execution and curriculum compliance. Participants will also learn more about strategies for fully integrating key technical and assessment resources into course plans to ensure their consistent use in the classroom for achieving specific student outcomes.
   
A Day in the Life of an ACCSC Volunteer
Duane Kramer, Universal Technical Institute, ACCSC Commissioner
Lois Salmon, Universal Technical Institute
Kelleen Brennan, Universal Technical Institute
Crystal Allen, Universal Technical Institute
Corey Rosso, Director of Accreditation, ACCSC

 
 
We are all working professionals with busy schedules, increased responsibilities, and growing to-do lists, which begs the questions: "Why would anyone consider adding work to their plate as an ACCSC volunteer?" and "Why would any organization consider giving away staff time and resources by encouraging their personnel to volunteer with ACCSC?" The benefit is simple - volunteering has substantial value:

  • For Individuals: Volunteers gain exposure to a treasure trove of best practices and emerging trends while building invaluable relationships with accrediting partners and peers;
  • For Organizations: The experiences and knowledge garnered by volunteers can be directly applied to their work and translates into extensive knowledge enhancement, networking, and efficiency gains in process and procedures;
  • For the ACCSC Community of Schools: Peer review works best when motivated and committed individuals engage and strive to make accreditation a meaningful and enriching process that fosters personal and professional growth; and most importantly,
  • For Students: Institutions are enhanced through the peer-engaged accreditation process and these enhancements translate to better and higher quality educational opportunities for students.

This high-spirited session covers the benefits of volunteering with ACCSC; how to become an ACCSC volunteer; responsibilities of positions such as Commissioner, Team Leader, and Education Specialist, as well as Degree Committee, Financial Review Committee, and Progress Committee members; and will provide a snapshot of a day in the life of an ACCSC volunteer.
   
 
Enhancing Program Quality Through a Focus on Outcomes
Sharon Tanner, EdD, MSN, RN, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
    
In this session, Dr. Sharon Tanner, Executive Director of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, will highlight emerging trends and best practices for enhancement of quality in nursing and allied health education, along with providing an overview of common challenges facing faculty and administrators in the evaluation processes required of health-related programs. Dr. Tanner will describe strategies for enhancing the quality of programs through a focus on systematic assessment and the evaluation of appropriate and meaningful student learning outcomes and overall program outcomes. Ongoing quality initiatives will be discussed with members of the audience to identify and highlight the benefits of assessment in producing graduates who are safe and competent practitioners.

Overview and Update on SARA: the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement for Distance Education
Marshall A. HIll, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Institutions that offer distance education to students in other states must contact each of those states and do whatever is necessary to gain compliance with those other states' laws. The process is complex, time-consuming, costly, and not fully successful in ensuring quality. SARA - the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement - provides a promising alternative that is being implemented by the country's four regional education compacts (MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, and WICHE). This session will include a description of the SARA initiative, a status report on state actions regarding SARA, and the opportunity to ask questions.

 

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