Achieving Accreditation Standards

May 20-21, 2019

Early Bird pricing ends April 1, 2019

Registration Closed – SOLD OUT

Member & Affiliates: $439 per person ($399 Early Bird)
Non-Member: $489 per person ($449 Early Bird)

  • Location: ABHE Weber Center for Leadership Development, Orlando, FL
  • Full two-day program
  • Three night’s lodging at the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • Refreshments and 7 meals
  • Conference resources

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This conference provides an overview of all 11 ABHE Institutional Accreditation Standards, along with the Essential Elements that must be met to satisfy each standard.  The presentation-discussion format provides opportunity for participants to explore situations at their institutions and seek advice from the ABHE professional staff and senior evaluators on how to address those situations in the context of the standards. A self-assessment opportunity will be included to develop a working agenda for addressing areas that need improvement before hosting an evaluation team.

This conference is beneficial to individuals who will have significant responsibilities in preparing their institutions for an evaluation team visit, whether reaffirmation, initial accreditation, or candidacy.  Institutions are encouraged to bring their accreditation team/accreditation planning committee to make this a meaningful hands-on preparation for hosting a comprehensive evaluation team visit.  The conference also serves as the required new applicant orientation for institutions granted applicant status in June/November 2018 or February 2019.

Session 1 – Michael Jackson, Associate VP Academic Affairs, Heritage Christian University

  • Standard 1: Mission, Goals, and Objectives
  • Standard 2: Student Learning, Institutional Effectiveness, & Planning

Session 2 – Kathy Molenkamp, Retired Director of Library Services, Grace Christian University

  • Standard 9: Faculty

Session 3 – Ron Kroll, Director & Shane Wood, Associate Director, ABHE Commission on Accreditation

  • Standard 3: Integrity

  • Standard 6: Resources

Session 4 – Presenter: Brian Smith, President, Dallas Christian College

  • Standard 8: Student Services

Session 5 – Michael Jackson

  • Standard 11: Academic Programs

Session 6 – Brian Smith

  • Standard 4: Governance

  • Standard 5: Administration

Session 7 – Brian Smith

  • Standard 7: Enrollment Management

Session 8 – Kathy Molenkamp

  • Standard 10: Library and Other Learning Resources

Sharpen your competency and expand your capacity as you lead your institution forward in achieving accreditation standards.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Heritage Christian University in Florence, Alabama.  He recently completed his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from Union University (Jackson, Tennessee).  In addition to over 10 years of service in an ABHE institution, Michael has over 16 years of experience in church ministry.  


Ronald Kroll

Ron joined the ABHE team in January 2012 after serving as an administrator and professor at Columbia International University for 11 years. His background includes experience as a college faculty member and department chair, student services administrator, chief academic officer, distance education dean, doctoral program director, regional accreditation liaison, and accreditation board member and commissioner. He has three decades of experience in Christian ministry and higher education. Ron has a Bachelor of Music degree from William Tyndale College (formerly Detroit Bible College), a Master of Arts degree in music theory-literature from Eastern Michigan University, and a Doctor of Education degree in higher education from Nova Southeastern University. Ron and his wife Kathy have two adult children and four grandchildren.


Kathy Molenkamp

Kathy Molenkamp was blessed to serve as the Director of Library Services at Grace Christian University (formerly Grace Bible College) for over 20 years before she retired in 2014. She has enjoyed regularly participating with ABHE as a consultant/evaluator on visiting accreditation teams since 2004. She served on the Commission on Accreditation from 2010 -2014. She has presented at conferences for ABHE, the Association of Christian Librarians, and church related Women’s Retreats. She has been married for 37 years to her loving and supportive husband Jim. They have two grown sons with wonderful wives and six well loved grandchildren. 

Brian Smith

Brian Smith serves as President of Dallas Christian College in Dallas, TX



Shane Wood

Shane has served at three ABHE institutions over the past 15 years. Dr. Wood has earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership (Regent University), M.Div. in New Testament (Lincoln Christian University), and a B.Th. in New Testament (Ozark Christian College). His service at ABHE member institutions includes Program Director for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Dean of the Hargrove School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Lincoln Christian University; Chair of the Christian Ministries Division at Florida Christian College; and Chief Academic Officer at Nebraska Christian College. His teaching experience includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses in organizational leadership and Christian ministry, and dissertation committee chair for the Ph.D. program in Organizational Leadership at Johnson University. Dr. Wood has a background in pastoral ministry, and has also served in an interim capacity as a college chief financial officer. Shane and his wife, Gayla, have three children.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Dr,
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 816-5533


SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport is an all-suite hotel offering you first class service, located minutes away from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), and features amenities, including free Internet access and on-site dining. The ABHE staff will make your hotel reservations for you.  Please indicate your room type/preference through the registration process.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Conference Staff

David Medders
Executive Vice President



Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?

YES, 3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.

Can I request for additional hotel nights?

YES The ABHE group rate is $115/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email with any questions or updates to existing reservations.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

YES, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.





Can my spouse participate in some or all of the conference?

Participation in the conference by spouses requires their own separate registration.  In light of shared housing, there is a $200 discount for spousal registration.  If a spouse does not attend the conference, they may join in the evening meals for $25 per meal paid in advance through your registration.

Are scholarships available?

YES, limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to with an explanation of your financial need.





Is airport shuttle service available?

YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:




  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup


Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?

The ABHE Weber Center is located in the Citadel I Building, less than a mile away from the Orlando International Airport and a short walk from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to the conference center.




How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?

You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, or contact to cancel your registration.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

In the event of registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.