Pre-Convention Forums

Pre-Convention Forums
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Leaders are learners! Hungry to grow, they seize opportunities to sharpen their competency and expand their capacity. Consider the options for your professional development in these seven Pre-Conference Forums offered during this 2021 Annual Meeting.

 

Each Forum includes four presentations by a distinguished faculty of presenters. Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, refreshment breaks and lunch is included for all of these forums. Register early; seating is limited. A great opportunity for learning, networking, and growing . . . all for the extraordinary price of only $100.

 

Check out this lineup:

ONE DAY FORUMS (Wednesday, February 17) – $100/ea.
8:30am – 5:00pm

Presidents Forum

Chief Academic Officers Forum

Enrollment Leaders Forum

Advancement Forum

CFO Forum

Student Development Officers Forum

Trustees Forum

Take advantage of this unique professional development opportunity.  Click on the respective workshop below for program details.

Presidents Forum

Presidents Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Philip Dearborn, President; ABHE
Presenters: Steve Lennox, Mark Jobe, Mark Griffin, Wintley Phipps
Location: Salon 4 

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Effective Presidential Communications Through All Platforms

Presenter: Steve Lennox, President; Kingswood University (NB)

Overview: How are wise presidents charting a path through the labyrinth of communication platforms – using these to effectively connect with various stakeholders, casting the institutional vision and building relationships? How do you get started and manage an effective presence on social media? Consider these creative ideas and initiatives.

  • Knowing the basics of effective communications and how they apply to various media
  • Reviewing the social media landscape; understanding the market
  • Starting simple and building your capacity to communicate effectively
  • Prioritizing communications with nature of relationships, goals, & occasion

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Leading & Learning in Crisis

Presenter: Mark Jobe, President; Moody Bible Institute (IL)

Overview: Presidents across ABHE have faced an unprecedented challenge with leading their institutions during this pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, other points of cultural tension have only added to the complexity. The combined facets of the crisis have presented the opportunity to learn priceless lessons in both personal and institutional leadership. Consider the observations and insights from a leading president, notes from his own journey in the midst of crisis, including . . .

  • Listening carefully to campus voices during crises
  • Gleaning essential observations that define reality
  • Charting the path forward with prudence and hope

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Prudent Response to a Title IX Investigation

Presenter: Mark Griffin, CEO; In His Name HR (PA)

Overview: A growing list of institutions are reporting their hazardous journey through a US federal Title IX investigation. What are we learning about this audit and investigation process? How do smart institutions prepare for this most unfortunate circumstance? Consider the wise counsel from an ABHE partner and HR expert to give you as president much better insight into both the nature of this investigation and practical steps to prepare, including. . .

  • News from the emerging stories of Title IX investigation – good, bad and ugly
  • Understanding the focus and likely outcomes of an investigation
  • Prudent counsel for practical preparations that can make a big difference

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — The Character of Christ and the Reality of Racism

Presenter: Wintley Phipps, Renowned Concert Artist, Annual Meeting Worship Leader (FL)

Overview: Along with the pandemic, our culture has been rocked by strife arising from racial conflict. For leaders of biblical higher education, it is vital that we understand the history and reality of racial prejudice that forms the background for today’s animosity. Beyond exegeting our culture, we must also be true to our priceless call to reflect Christ’s character as a Christ-centered movement. Hear a clarion call from a modern prophet – calling us to be re-centered in the character of Christ and bring hope and reconciliation to current racial conflict. Explore . . .

  • The threads of slavery and racism that influence today’s attitudes and values
  • The use and abuse of power that sustains racial oppression
  • Conflicted role of the church addressing slavery with reconciliation
  • How the character of Christ directly addresses racism
  • Prompting this generation to seek the character of Christ that transforms relations, language, and values

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Chief Academic Officers Forum

CAO Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Lisa Beatty, Vice President & Dean for Academic Affairs; Emmaus Bible College (IA)
Presenters: Jim Lanpher, Aaron Profitt, Greg Linton, Lisa Beatty
Location: Salon 9

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Reporting & Accountability – to the President, Board, Faculty, Staff & Public

Presenter: Jim Lanpher, Provost; Columbia International University (SC)

Overview: A key point for CAO accountability is the reporting expectations – reporting to the board for mission accomplishment, to internal stakeholders for progress and to the public for outcomes. So, what specifically should be reported and to whom and when? The smart CAO deciphers these highly nuanced points of reporting and accountability, keeping all important parties fully informed in an appropriate manner. Discover . . .

  • Essential numbers to report to the board and executive team – benchmarks
  • Important numbers to report to the faculty, staff, and students
  • Valuable information shared with parents and the public
  • Practical systems for data collection and presentation

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Crafting an Exemplary Course Syllabi for F2F and Online Courses

Presenter: Aaron Profitt, VP for Academic Affairs; God’s Bible School (OH)

Overview: The key details of an institution’s educational promise at the course level is expressed in a well-crafted course syllabus. Learning objectives, work expectations, key resources and more are enumerated, giving the student a clear picture of what’s ahead. Consider the essentials that make an exemplary course syllabus shine, including . . .

  • Understanding the purpose and objectives of a course syllabus
  • Walking through the details of syllabi essentials
  • Developing a standard of excellence for all course syllabi – for F2F and online courses
  • Keeping syllabi current and refreshed – setting expectations

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Effective Faculty Organization & Governance

Presenter: Greg Linton, Provost; Johnson University (TN)

Overview: Regardless of an institution’s size, the CAO is the architect of the institution’s faculty and the overseer of faculty governance. Walk with a distinguished provost through the important lessons he’s learned and the essential principles and policies that define effective faculty organization and governance. Consider . . .

  • Knowing the requirements of accreditation for organization & governance – essential requirements
  • Understanding the purpose and options for faculty organization – common practices
  • Crafting appropriate policies to guide organizational structure, performance & accountability – execution

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — The Model Faculty Handbook – Crafting Clear & Essential Academic Policies

Presenter: Lisa Beatty, Vice President & Dean for Academic Affairs; Emmaus Bible College (IA)

Overview: A well-led faculty includes a comprehensive Faculty Handbook where all important issues are addressed by appropriate policies. What should be included? How are these best developed, organized, reviewed and implemented? Consider the making of an exemplary Faculty Handbook and academic policies, including . . .

  • Knowing what a model Faculty Handbook should address
  • Reviewing the range of basic academic policies to include
  • Considering prudent plans for policy development, review and implementation

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Enrollment Leaders Forum

Enrollment Leaders Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Eric Currie, Assoc. VP of Enrollment; Asbury Theological Seminary (FL)
Presenters: Bart Caylor, Keith Mock, Tim Fuller, Eric Currie
Location: Salon 5

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Acing the World of Virtual Campus Tours

Presenter: Bart Caylor, CEO; Caylor Solutions (IN)

Overview: Thanks to the pandemic, smart institutions have moved aggressively into the world of virtual campus tours.  Knowing this is still a vital step in the enrollment decision. Explore what sets excellent virtual campus tours apart and integrate this into your enrollment strategy. What have we learned from this evolution and how is this virtual experience still playing such a crucial role in the enrollment decision? Consider . . .

  • Understanding the purpose and plan of an effective virtual campus tour
  • Tapping the technical tools that produce the right results
  • Weaving virtual tours into an effective enrollment strategy

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Training Your Team for Effectiveness in Academic Sales

Presenter: Keith Mock, Associate VP – Enrollment Marketing Consulting (AL)

Overview: A skill set often missing in the typical admissions department across ABHE is the basic principles of effective academic sales. The skills of listening, identification and leading for decisions can be lost in the compulsion of talking about institutional programs and life. Sharpen your team’s effectiveness by training them to be successful in their responsibilities for sales, including . . .

  • Creating the right context for an effective sales conversation
  • Understanding the emotional dynamics of academic sales
  • Skillfully leading students through enrollment decision steps

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Effective Use of Lagging & Leading Indicators

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Founder; Fuller Higher Education Solutions; ABHE Sr. Fellow (IN)

Overview: Every veteran enrollment officer knows the pressure – your president, faculty and many others always want to know what enrollment will be for the next term. But most enrollment leaders think forward by looking only at lagging indicators; not a prudent plan. Discover the art of knowing your leading indicators and sharpen your vision for accurate forecasting, including . . .

  • Distinguishing between lagging and leading indicators
  • Identifying the right metrics worthy of tracking as leading indicators
  • Creating a simple plan to gather, track, analyze and take action as necessary

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Enrollment Leader Habits That Breed Success

Presenter: Eric Currie, Associate VP of Enrollment, Asbury Theological Seminary (FL)

Overview: Enrollment success is not the results of a single exceptional feat! No, it’s the results of executing the right practices in a consistent manner over the course of every recruiting cycle. Take a fresh look at the essential habits of highly effective enrollment leaders .  . . and take your leadership capacity and competency to the next level.

  • Knowing the habits essential to enrollment success
  • Crafting a personal development journey for cultivating the right habits
  • Being honest with yourself where poor habits need to change

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Advancement Forum

Advancement Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Clark Vandeventer, Head Fundraising Coach; Major Gifts Inc. (CA)
Presenters: Pat McLaughlin, Bart Caylor, Terry Munday, Clark Vandeventer
Location: Salon 10

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Advancement Principles & Practices that Breed Success

Presenter: Pat McLaughlin, CEO; The Timothy Group (MI)

Overview: Successful work in resource development is not a random process of hit and miss. Success is not a game of chance. No, the disciplines of effective fundraising are built on time-tested and biblically grounded principles that lead to essential practices that inexorably lead to success. Consider these core principles & practices, including . . .

  • Knowing the fundamental principles of fundraising
  • Understanding how fundraising principles work
  • Moving sound principles to effective practices

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Social Media Skills, Website & Trends to Empower Resource Development

Presenter: Bart Caylor, CEO; Caylor Solutions (IN)

Overview: Not just because of the pandemic, but in light of our digitally driven world, smart advancement teams know the invaluable role that social media and a well-tuned website play to enhance their resource development efforts. So, what are basic marketing principles for adept use of social media? How should your website interface with your fundraising strategy? Review your digital waterfront and take your social media and website to the next level, including . . .

  • Taking practical steps to engage social media for effective fundraising – you can do this
  • Reviewing your website for fundraising effectiveness – the do’s & don’ts
  • Understanding inbound & outbound marketing plus automation – the game changer

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Learning the Art & Science of an Effective Donor Ask

Presenter: Terry Munday, Retired VP for University Advancement; Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)

Overview: The words of Christ still apply to the fundraising efforts of our institutions – we have not because we ask not. Why is this? How do we bridge the gap between sharing the vision and articulating an effective ask that gracefully invites donor investment? Consider . . .

  • Knowing the essential elements of an effective ask
  • Understanding why the “ask” so often fails
  • Thinking through creative responses to the “no”

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Cultivating Donor Relationships – 98 Strategic Questions to Ask

Presenter: Clark Vandeventer, Head Fundraising Coach – Major Gifts, Inc. (CA)

Overview: If fundraising is in essence friend-raising, effective leaders in resource development have enhanced their grasp of building authentic relationships. The essential skill is listening . . . which is powerfully prompted by strategic questions. Think through the power of appropriate questions, dozens of them and enrich your relational giftedness . . .

  • Exploring the role of questions in relationship development
  • Reviewing an inventory of enriching questions
  • Weaving appropriate questions into your donor relationship development

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

CFO Forum

CFO Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Jan Hass, Partner; CFO Colleague (PA)
Presenters: Dave Moja, Mark Griffin, Larry Foster, Jan Hass
Location: Salon 12

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Form 990 & Other Gov. Reports – Purpose, Design & Features

Presenter: Dave Moja, CEO; Moja & Company (GA)

Overview: A growing burden for all institutions is the extensive array of government reports that have very specific reporting requirements. What are these reports – their distinctive purposes, features and design along with insights about the information you need to provide. What are warning you should heed and encouragement you may need, including . . .

  • A survey and unpacking of current governmental reports
  • Understanding what is being requested or required
  • Observing important lessons from pertinent examples

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Oversight of Institutional Payroll and Employee Benefits

Presenter: Mark Griffin, CEO; In His Name HR (PA)

Overview: Regardless of the exigencies of the pandemic or other crises, all employees expect payroll and other vital employee benefits to happen on schedule and without mistakes. This makes oversight of payroll and employee benefits a top priority of smart CFO’s. How do distinguished CFO’s effectively manage both payroll and employee benefits? What are systems and best practices to consider? What are reasonable benefits to provide? Walk through the labyrinth of related issues with an expert in HR policies and practices, including . . .

  • Knowing best practices for cost effective and efficient payroll services
  • Reviewing the pros and cons of various employee benefit packages
  • Managing an effective employee benefits system

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Controlling Prescription Drug Costs

Presenter: Larry Foster, My Christian RX (IN)

Overview: One of the key responsibilities of Financial / Benefits departments is the care for the health of your employees.  This includes the appropriate prescription benefit program that offers price savings to both the employee and company. How do astute CFO / Benefit Mangers survey the Prescription Benefit Management (PBM) industry and make the right decisions?  What provisions should and could be provided – at a competitive price?  Think through these issues and consider creative options for serving your employees better, including;

  • What’s driving up prescription drug costs?
  • What are key industry terms to help you understand better?
  • What are the creative options you may consider?

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Essential Features, Deliverables & Interpretation of a Sound Financial Audit

Presenter: Jan Hass, Partner; CFO Colleague (PA)

Overview: Every accredited institution is expected to receive a good quality annual audit including a management letter. What should you expect from this vital report – the essential deliverables? And what are the essential features you should understand in your audit. What are best practices for analyzing your audit and interpreting this to various stakeholders. Consider . . .

  • Understanding the nature and features of a sound financial audit
  • Knowing what your audit statement means – prudent understanding
  • Sharing the right audit information – sound interpretation to whom and when

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Student Development Officers Forum

Student Development Officers Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life; Columbia International University (SC)
Presenters: Joshua Beers, Kirk Sabine, Scott Cawood, Rick Swift
Location: Salon 11 

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Maximizing the Student Development Experience with Passion & Innovation

Presenter: Josh Beers, President; One Life (PA)

Overview: Challenging circumstances driven by the pandemic are springing open incredible doors of opportunity to enrich and expand the transformational experiences of students. Incredibly creative ideas are setting new patterns for leadership development and creating life changing experiences. Are you leaning into these opportunities? Consider how you can enhance your student development opportunities, including . . .

  • Seizing the opportunities in spite of the pandemic
  • Reviewing your student development poise – proactive for engagement
  • Taking simple steps to expand your student development repertoire

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Enhancing Community Relationships

Overview: Campus life and culture can be significantly enhanced by developing enriched relationships with the community. The SDO is in a perfect position to reach out into the community and establish key connections., Explore some creative ideas with a veteran student development leader who enjoys the fruit of such relationship and consider how this can expand the sphere of influence of your ministry and rebound with benefits to your campus. Explore . . .

  • The possibilities of expanding connections across your community
  • The potential bilateral benefits of intentional community service and relationships
  • Taking the initiative with simple creative steps

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — First Response Protocols for Students & Staff

Presenter: Scott Cawood, Senior VP for Student Affairs; Cairn University (PA)

Overview: The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our preparedness and response to chronic disruptions to campus life. But what about our exigency plans for responding to an emergency crisis that demands immediate, pre-planned first-response action? Think through these scenarios with a distinguished SDO and sharpen your capacity to plan for the unexpected. Now is a good time to . . .

  • Survey an inventory of various campus emergencies – examples and stories
  • Consider the array of options for first response plans & protocols plus lessons from history
  • Take initial steps to begin crafting your own first response exigency plans
  • Think through a sound communications plan as part of your exigency response

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break4:30


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — The Spirit & Nature of Restorative, Developmental Discipline

Presenter: Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life; Columbia International University (SC)

Overview: Every SDO faces the challenge of addressing campus disciplinary issues, some of which can be tragic and complex. But shouldn’t SDO’s at faith-based institutions move past executing discipline as punitive measures and towards a more restorative approach that can bring healing and redemption? What are the opportunities and challenges of various approaches to student discipline? What does wisdom teach SDO’s and their teams about how to serve Christ and their students well in the midst of these difficult situations, including . . .

  • Understanding the spirit and purpose of student discipline
  • Exploring various approaches, what is best for when, and gleaning practical help from colleagues
  • Being a voice of reason, grace, and truth when competing opinions collide

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Trustees Forum

Trustees Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Facilitator: John Derry, President Emeritus, Hope International University (CA)
Presenters: Peter Teague, Drumm McNaughton, Jim Barnes, John Derry
Location: Salon 3

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Lessons Learned from Liberty University & Other Disruptive Presidential Transitions

Presenter: Peter Teague, President Emeritus; Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School (PA)

Overview: Board governance is severely tested during disruptive presidential transitions and Liberty University is just the latest in this unfortunate history. What are the important lessons we should be learning for prudent leadership at the board level, including . . .

  • Essential principles for a board’s engagement in presidential transition
  • Transition snafues boards make . . . and the typical consequences
  • Why boards should make transitions a top priority demanding their best leadership

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Accreditation Principles for Board Governance

Presenter: Drumm McNaughton, CEO/Founder; The Change Leader, (AZ)

Overview: Institutional quality assurance through the peer review process of accreditation includes clear expectations for the board. Periodic review of relevant Essentials and accreditation requirements is a vital part of sound board governance. Consider . . .

  • Understanding the spirit, purpose and impact of institutional accreditation
  • Reviewing Accreditation Essentials related to board governance
  • Engaging in the institutional accreditation Self Study review process

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:30   Lunch


1:30 – 2:30    Session 3 — 12 Essential Roles & Responsibilities for Trustees

Presenter:  Jim Barnes, President Emeritus,  Indiana Wesleyan University, ABHE Sr.  Fellow (IN)

Overview:  A flourishing institution includes a strong board who both understands and fulfills their roles & responsibilities.  Review these key principles and consider keen insights from a seasoned sage of Christian higher education, including . . . .

  • Preserving & strengthening the mission
  • Conducting comprehensive board evaluations
  • Creating & utilizing an effective Board Policy Manual . . . plus 9 more

2:30 – 3:00     Q & A Discussion
3:00 – 3:30   Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — The Making of an Excellent Board Policy Manual

Presenter: John Derry, President Emeritus, Hope International University (CA)

Overview:  The ultimate repository of board policy and articulated authority is the Board Policy Manual. It’s at the heart of the Board’s ministry. What are the essential ingredients of this foundational document? What issues should be addressed? Consider how the Board Policy Manual . . .

  • Expresses the voice and authority of the Board
  • Establishes the lines of authority, responsibility and accountability
  • Ensures consistency of actions and fulfillment of board roles

4:30 – 5:00     Q & A Discussion
6:00  Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D