Pre-Conference Workshops on Monday, September 23 - Limited Registration

Special Note: Pre-Conference Workshops require additional registration and are presented on Monday, September 23. Participants may select one morning or afternoon session - or attend two sessions for a full day of professional development during the registration process. The sessions are not interchangeable. In consideration of the presenters' planning for these intensive workshops, session selections cannot be changed after Monday, September 16, and will not be available to change at the PDC.

Basler GurubathamProgram Design and Development – Adding a Degree Program
Dr. Julie Basler, Platt College
Dr. Juanita Gurubatham, Director of Institutional Review and Development, ACCSC
Monday, September 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Implementing a degree program requires thoughtful planning and institutional assessment whether your school is (1) considering adding a degree, (2) beginning the process, or (3) implementing a recently approved degree. During this interactive workshop, participants from both degree–granting and non-degree granting schools alike will learn how to successfully, and comprehensively, develop a degree program with involvement from school constituents (e.g., PAC members, employers, students, graduates, faculty and staff). The workshop provides a forum for academic leaders and faculty to explore best practices in planning for a new degree program, curriculum development, and preparing a degree application. (Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)
CARS_LogoTouchpoints throughout the Student Life Cycle
Elizabeth Keifer Herron, Collegiate Admission and Retention Solutions
Ben Clark, Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Monday, September 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2019 PDC Bronze Sponsor

The ability for a school to adapt to a changing learning environment is a strategic component of any effort to provide meaningful opportunities for students to have continued success. From admissions, orientation, student and career services, and student loan repayment, students need different levels of support to succeed. Join Elizabeth and Ben to discuss the student life-cycle, how to forge and maintain student connections, and how to identify and implement strategies to support all students in achieving their goals. This half-day workshop will include a mixture of lecture, group participation, games and will provide tools designed to support and enhance student success.  (Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)

Achieving Student Success by Utilizing Accreditation Methods through Best Practices
Sarah Kiepper, ETI College
Monday, September 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Does filling out ACCSC's Graduation and Employment Chart stress you out? Then this is the workshop for you. Through the accreditation process, ACCSC and its accredited members schools share a singular focus: "Ensuring Quality Education that Enhances Student Success in the Workforce." This session magnifies the theme of student success by exploring best practices in accreditation. During this workshop, school leaders will have an opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue with peers focusing on building staff confidence through the accreditation process, improving daily practices to enhance student and career services, and proven ways to bolster student achievement. Participants will be provided with tangible tools for demonstrating compliance in some of the more technical areas such as the G&E Chart and documentation. Additionally, this session will provide useful tips designed to help students to build momentum from their initial contact with campus staff, through their academic career, and beyond graduation as an alumni and employed graduate in the field. (Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)


Program Design and Development – Adding Advanced Degrees: Making the Right Choices Dr. Julie Basler, Platt College
Dr. Juanita Gurubatham, Director of Institutional Review and Development, ACCSC
Monday, September 23 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Preparing for the next level of academic programs requires assessment of internal and external resources, feasibility studies, and assessing a school’s readiness both in curriculum and school operations. This workshop will explore best practices in curriculum development specifically for baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Through this interactive workshop, school directors, academic leaders, and faculty will learn best practices regarding assessment of program viability, enhancing the school’s infrastructure to support the new degree level, and creating a program that meets the needs of students and employers. In addition, an important component of adding an advanced degree program is the actual application process. In this workshop, the participants will have opportunity to dialogue with the presenters on best practices in preparing baccalaureate and master’s degree applications. (Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)
CARS_LogoHealthy Competition to Optimize Success without Risking Non-Compliance
Elizabeth Keifer Herron, Collegiate Admission and Retention Solutions
Monday, September 23 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
2019 PDC Bronze Sponsor

Institutions must continuously improve to keep pace with the competition and to support the ever-changing needs of their employers and industries and the expectations of prospective students and their families.  Join Elizabeth for a discussion of ways to generate healthy competition at your institution, without compromising compliance.  Be prepared for a non-traditional experiential workshop, including games and ideas you can use back at your institution! (Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)

McComisConnecting Passion to Performance
Michale S. McComis, Ed.D., Executive Director, ACCSC
Monday, September 23 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
As educators, connecting passion to performance at the individual level is one of the foundational elements of sustained success for students in the classroom and beyond. This workshop is designed to help leaders at ACCSC-accredited institutions to think beyond “compliance” and to connect the passion of mission and vision to the success of its students. Topics include leadership in a school setting, meaningful reflection and student-centric approaches, and the importance of establishing partnerships in your community. (Note: this session is offered as a Pre-Conference Workshop only; limited pre-event registration is required and incurs an additional fee)

Learning Labs on September 24-25

Tuesday, September 24 | 10:45am - 12:00pm 

DodgeWenzelHow to Build Stronger Relationships with Your State Agency
Best Practices
Dodge, ACCSC Commissioner
Joanne Wenzel, ACCSC Commissioner

Purpose: Provide practical tips to improve productivity and efficiency in the context of state requirements

Join ACCSC Commissioners Kathryn Dodge and Joanne Wenzel for a lively discussion that will provide a historical context that informes the relationship between states, accreditors, and the federal government as part of the existing federal regulatory “triad.”  Participants will learn practical tips to build a stronger and positive relationship with their state regulatory agency, as well as the findings from a recent survey distributed at a state regulator meeting.         

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand how to improve engagement with their state regulatory agency.

  • Participants will have a better understanding of the relationship between states, federal government, and accreditors.

  • Participants will return to their school with practical ideas for proactive engagement.

AuxicentGraduate Placement and Verification Best Practices: Implementing an Effective Employment Verification Program
Best Practices
Joseph Pappaly, Auxicent | 2019 PDC Gold Sponsor

Discuss and share best practices for maintaining placement records that will allow for successful third-party verifications

Join Joseph Pappaly from Auxicient for a first-hand perspective from a verification auditor on the process of independent third party placement verifications. During this session, Joe will discuss the various tools and technologies that schools can implement to ensure placement data is strong and verifiable, as well as to learn more about the importance of understanding the verification definitions as defined by ACCSC. Additionally, this session will stress the importance of the work done in the Career Services Department for each campus while emphasizing that successful placements begin at new student orientation and not just at graduation, and the employment verification processes a campus can effectively implement on the first day of school and beyond graduation.

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to understand the importance of maintaining verifiable placement data;

  • Participants will understand how to implement the tools and technologies to achieve strong placement data;

Participants will return to their school with a better understanding of the ACCSC verification categories.

WithersStudent Centered Class Observations: An Effective Faculty Development Practice
Faculty and Staff Development
Marya G. Withers, Ed.D.
, Lincoln Tech

Purpose: To discuss observations as an active instructional development activity which lifts student engagement

This presentation will focus on class observation as an instructional development practice. Commonly, school faculty development activities include participation in seminars, completion of online webinars, or attendance to conferences (like the PDC possibly!). Such events are at times experienced as passive learning activities with limited cross-over to application of new techniques. Adding a classroom observation routine to faculty development programming introduces a social and active learning experience, prompts a reflection/feedback exchange, and has the potential to lead to real change in teacher practices. The purpose of this session is to a) share what is supported in faculty development related research, b) collaboratively define desireable teaching behaviors that promote student engagement, and c) introduce an example practice of observation that leads to a reflection/feedback exchange focused on teaching and learning. The session goal is to spark interest for attendees to consider their faculty development practice and enhance that practice through the addition of a purposeful and student-centered class observation routine.

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to expand or enhance their current faculty development program.

  • Participants will understand evidence-based practices for performing class observations that positively impact teaching and learning.

  • Participants will return to their school with a sample student-centered observation tool from which they can build their own custom development practice

SmithLombardoGetting To Know Your Students Through the Student Life Cycle
Career and Student Services
Smith, J.D., Valley College
Rich Lombardo, Ph.D.
, Valley College

Purpose: To optimize individual student success across multiple departments.

Institutions are always looking for better ways to connect to student interests and set them up for the best career opportunity after graduation.  This session will explore the student life cycle from beginning to end, and will share strategies on setting up important check points where the career services advisor can create specific individualized student career plans.  This session will also provide information on how to establish a Customized Career Planning approach covering key factors like: implementation strategies, ways to make the first contact with students during enrollment, and reinforcement from other support teams and career service advisors. 

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to break down department silos and create unity to optimize time with the student from the time of enrollment to placement.

  • Participants will understand the importance of a customized approach that provides students a specific plan for their future.

  • Participants will return to their school with our modeled student life cycle as well as ideas on how they can create their own institutional student centric model.

Tuesday, September 24 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

ELS 2019 Tree_Logo_Orange_RGBFlipping the Classroom
Faculty and Staff Development
Megan Ubben
, Elsevier | 2019 PDC Gold Sponsor

Purpose: This session will provide the tools to help educators to create an active learning environment.

Megan Ubben from Elsevier will lead a dynamic session designed to benefit educators who are looking for ways to create an active learning environment that promotes critical thinking and elevate student learning in the classroom. During this interactive presentation, Megan will discuss the rationale for using more engaging learning activities in the classroom, analyze teaching strategies that promote an active and engaged learning environment, and identify methods for evaluating students in a facilitated learning environment.

Building a Compliant Third Party Verification Process that WORKS: Increasing Placements by Building Relationships
Career and Student Services
Clark, Career College of Northern Nevada / ACCSC Commissioner
Robert McLaughlin
, Career College of Northern Nevada
Gayla Huber, Integrishield

Purpose: Understanding ACCSC Third Party Verification requirements 

Schools accredited by ACCSC are required to maintain verifiable records of each graduate's initial employment for five years. Furthermore, schools may be randomly selected for "Third Party Verification" of the outcomes data submitted in their annual report. Finally, schools undergoing re-accreditation must submit a Third Party Verification report with their SER as part of the application for re-accreditation process. All the while, the school is expected to meet or EXCEED the benchmark rates for graduation and employment reported in its annual report. This session will attempt to demystify some of the confusion around 'what is third party verification?' and will explore some of the challenges that Third Party Verifiers face when working with schools in each situation. Finally, this session will take a close look at the ACCSC Guidelines for Employment Classification and the requirements for various employment situations such as Regular Employment, Self-Employment, and Career Advancement.  

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand ACCSC requirements relative to Third Party Verification of Placement Records;

  • Participants will understand how to Build Relationships with local Employers that lead to “HIRE” success rates in employment verification;

  • Participants will return to their school with an Employment Verification Process that WORKS and leads to “HIRE” rates of “Verified as Submitted” with Third Party Verifiers.

ImbresciaGoing the Extra Mile: Remaining Compliant While Achieving Better Outcomes
Best Practices
Imbrescia, Douglas Education Center

Purpose: Provide creative strategies to achieve better outcomes while being mindful of budget constraints.

This session will explore creative, budget-friendly strategies to improve outcomes in such areas as program integrity and retention; marketing practices; school-wide morale; as well as student, graduate, faculty, employee, and employer satisfaction. Using a case-study format, this session compares traditional approaches used by schools to remain compliant and achieve positive results, with fresher, innovative ideas that cost little to nothing to implement. Participants will also have the opportunity to share out-of-the-box solutions from their schools.        

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify innovative solutions for achieving greater institutional outcomes while remaining compliant with accreditation standards;

  • Participants will understand how to develop and implement creative, cost-friendly solutions to improve program retention, satisfaction, integrity, and interest; and

  • Participants will return to their school with the knowledge necessary to implement low-cost strategies geared towards improving student outcomes and institutional success.

RassauProgram Development & Implementation that Enhances Student Outcomes
Trends and Innovations
Rassau, Ed.D., Bidwell Training Center
Marcia Wratcher, Ph.D.

Purpose: Develop criteria and protocols for successful program Wratcherdevelopment and implementation

This session will methodically walk participants through hands-on exercises in which they develop their own criteria and construct a program feasabilty assessment rubric. The session will also help participants develop a process for program development and a practical program implementation plan and timeline. Participants will engage in discussions and group work that provides the basis for the customized templates that they will develop. The presenters will provide diverse examples from their extensive experience in developing successful programs with industry-based student learning outcomes and employment outcomes.       

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify criteria for program feasibility and protocols for program development and implementation that enhance student learning outcomes and employment outcomes.

  • Participants will understand the inter-dependency of internal and external factors involved in creating and implementing programs that foster successful student academic and employment outcomes.

  • Participants will return to their school with customized tools to aid them in program development and implementation.

Tuesday, September 24 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm

AranjoGaldston2#MeToo: Title IX for Non-traditional Schools
Best Practices
Aranjo, Gemological Institute of America
Christine Galdston

Purpose: High level overview of Title IX regulations and best practices for an ACCSC school

The #MeToo movement has focused a spotlight not only on on high-profile individuals accused of sexual harassment, but also on schools for failing to adequately prevent and address sexual misconduct on campus. Schools must be prepared to address this challenging issue and implement policies and protocols to ensure safety and inclusion within the campus community. This session will provide an overview of requirements related to your school’s obligations, along with concrete and practical tips on implementing best practices. This presentation will answer questions such as: What is required under Title IX, Clery/VAWA, and state law? How do these requirements impact schools without greek life, on-campus housing or athletics? How has the law changed under the current administration, and how should you prepare for changes under the anticipated new regs?

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to implement practical policies and procedures using tools and ideas discussed during the session.

  • Participants will understand how Title IX applies to career schools and colleges. 

  • Participants will return to their school with a thorough knowledge of requirements and best practices for Title IX and related laws.

DentAlpersBegin With the End In Mind: Setting the Stage for College and Career Success
Career and Student Services
Dent, IntelliTec College
Micaela Alpers, CareerTEAM | 2019 PDC Silver Sponsor

career-t-e-a-m-squarelogo-1463573194718Purpose: To enhance student success by creating a positive, student-centered campus and classroom culture while using effective college preparation strategies that provide an opportunity to promote continuous learning. 

Join Shonna Dent and Micaela Alpers, as they share best practices from IntelliTec College's "Career Training Kickoff" initiative and how this program has impacted campus culture, retention and student outcomes. During this session, participants will learn how to empowerstudents and encourage them as a way to build confidence in themselves. leverage the powerful features of college preparation to improve classroom communication, and maintain a positive learning environment.

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn several strategies to improve retention and career outcomes by introducing essential lifeskills concepts early on in the student life-cycle.

  • Participants will understand the importance of establishing a connection with students and classmates early on in the student life-cycle.

  • Participants will return to their school with tactical and easy to implement strategies that can improve student engagement

EricksonWhat's an EOP?
Best Practices
Erickson, Ph.D., Ancora Education

To define, create, and implement an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

This session will start with the basics:  What's an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) by defining the key elements needed to write an EOP for your campus, where to find information, and how to make decisions on what should be added to your EOP. This session will also provide pracital guidance on how school’s can seemlessly integrate an EOP into the school’s Institutional Assessmeent and Improvement Plan.  

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to understand how easy it is write an Emergancy Operations Plan for their campus.

  • Participants will understand where to find the necessary information to create an Emergancy Operations Plan.

  • Participants will return to their school with a Table of Contents and the knowledge to build an Emergancy Operations Plan.

Giving Students What They Want
Faculty and Staff Development
Dr. Michael
Lanouette, Centura College

Purpose: Better define what students really want from their educational experience 

"GIVING STUDENTS WHAT THEY WANT" It sounds like such a simple thing, the problem is, do we know what students really want? Do the students even know what they want? Students, faculty, and researchers galore are still trying to figure out exactly what does everyone “want.” This presentation explores and examines the layers of items that students really want, as well as what they think they want, to better build an educational bridge for faculty to instruct students on how to eventually get what they want. So, if you “want” to learn more about, well,… “wanting”, this presentation is for you.   

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to define specific ideas and ideals of what students want from their day-to-day interaction at school.

  • Participants will understand how to bridge what students want to specific practical applications.

  • Participants will return to their school with a list of particular items which students have definited they want from their educational experience.

Wednesday, September 25 | 10:30am - 11:45am

DGrimes CyannaAn Investment in Teachers is an Investment in Student Achievement
Faculty and Staff Development
Grimes, Cyanna | 2019 PDC Silver Sponsor

Purpose: How School Leadership Can Support Student-Centered Learning 

cyanna_education_services_logo.jpgSchool leadership is second only to classroom teaching as an influence in student learning. But, administrators have a great impact on teaching and learning based on their influence on staff motivation, engagement, and morale. During this session participants will discover the core tasks school leaders can implement that help cultivate a positive school climate and identify the roles to cultivate within your institution to support student growth and achievement.     

PaughEmbracing Industry Collaboration to Enhance the Student and Graduate Experience
Career and Student Services
Paugh, MIAT College of Technology
Panel Members: Neil Voje, Avangrid Renewables; Jason Freeman, Technical Hot and Cold; and George Perrin, Spirit Airlines

Innovative Practices to Increase Employer Collaboration to Benefit Student Experience 

Employer involvement is nothing new to ACCSC-accreditated institutions. The Standards of Accreditation require an institution to have a Program Advisory Committee for each program offering comprised of employers, industry representatives, and practitioners in the field. While Program Advisory Committees are vital to the school obtaining input, feedback, and ideas to improve the curricula, how much more could these relationships be leveraged to assist the school in areas of recruitment, retention, graduation, and placements? This session will provide the participant with the opportunity to hear from both a career school administrator and a panel of engaged employers about the development of active partnerships with local and national organizations and how these partnerships benefit students. 

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn how active employer involvement can improve student retention, impact graduation and employment rates, and help in developing a "workplace ready" graduate.

  • Participants will understand why employer engagement needs to start early in the education process (i.e. introducing middle school/high school students to potential career pathways, for example), that it needs to occur consistently through the student's life cycle via exposure to employers, classroom sponsorships, industry panel exposure, professional associations, etc.

  • Participants will return to their school with insight on the benefits of collaboration with engaged employers and strategies to encourage employer participation with the school beyond serving on the Program Advisory Committee.

English2EdwardsMarket Research in a Time of Institutional Rebirth
Trends and Innovations
Joel English, Ph.D.
Centura College
Edwards Strategies
John Goodwin
, Edwards Strategies
Purpose: Learn about the tools that can be leveraged to evaluate your institution's programs and market using third-party research. 

During this session participants will discuss how to evaluate all aspects of an institution in order to make key decisions around program offerings, location viability, recruitment potential, and branding strategy.  The presenters will offer insights into key indicators and research criteria that should be evaluated in order to make educated decisions about both the short- and long-term approach to align with the marketplace and will provide a real life case study of two campuses that underwent a structured market research process and demonstrate two very different outcomes that resulted from the research.

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn general practices and approaches to ensure their institution is aligned for sustainability in today's marketplace.

  • Participants will return to their school with ideas for evaluating their institutions, key tactics and strategies to consider, and a contact for a leading third-party market researching firm for objective support.

Unleash the Power of your People
Best Practices
Phillips, Bryan University
Eric Evans, Bryan University

Purpose: Leverage OKR (Objectives and Key Results) framework to enable employees to achieve effective institutional assessment and improvement planning.

Imagine the possibilities if everyone in your organization clearly understood their goals and could influence how their goals aligned with your strategic planning within the Institutional Assessment and Improvement Plan – aligning them to what matters most. The OKR (Objectives and Key Results) framework is used by many organizations to become laser focused. Learn about this framework and come see how Bryan University adopted it to increase employee engagement and improve student outcomes. Participants will walk away with an actual job aid to take back to your organization, enabling you to unleash the power of your people through successful adoption of OKRs within your department or institution.          

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to Use the OKR framework to better align their organization around the IAIP and create more meaningful goals and measurable tactics.

  • Participants will understand what the OKR framework is and how to leverage it.

  • Participants will return to their school with a strategy and practical job aid to assist in aligning faculty and staff goals/performance outcomes to their IAIP

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