Pre-Convention Forums

Pre-Convention Forums
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Do you have a passion for learning? Is not this one of the compelling characteristics of the leaders of learning institutions? We exude the joy of discovery, grasping new ideas and exploring new possibilities. That’s the spirit behind the seven pre-con forums offered during this year’s Annual Meeting.


Review the four presentations selected for each forum and the distinguished faculty of presenters. Thanks to the support of our gracious sponsors, 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 12) – $100/ea.
8:30am – 5:00pm

Presidents Forum

Chief Academic Officers Forum

Enrollment Leaders Forum

Advancement Forum

CFO Forum

Student Development Officers Forum

Online Education 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: Mark Maxwell, President; Prairie College, AB
Presenters: Matt Pinson, Mark Smith, Gary Nelson, Mark Maxwell
Location: Salon 8 

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Learning & Leading Through Complex Cultural Conflict

Presenter: Matt Pinson, President; Welch College, TN

Overview: Almost all presidents would assume that it’s not if there will be ethical, legal, social or compliance issues to be resolved – but when. It’s part of every institution’s risk assessment protocol. Hear from one president’s journey as he leads and learns from how his team is responding to a student becoming transgender and challenges dismissal. Think with him how you will prepare . .  . and respond when it’s your turn.

  • Considering the nature of ethical, legal, and social risks
  • Reviewing policies & practices that can offer some protection
  • Thinking through first response & communication protocols
  • Taking proactive steps to avoid unnecessary danger

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Leading an Institution to Grow – What It Takes

Presenter: Mark Smith, President; Columbia International University, SC

Overview: Institutional growth doesn’t happen by accident. Significant growth means there is significant effort – starting with the president’s leadership. His initiative, influence, accountability and empowerment at every front makes the difference. Learn some of the essential steps taken by a distinguished president who has a passion and track record for growth and reconsider what this might look like for your institution.

  • Understanding the attitude for growth – your heart and mind
  • Exercising your influence where it counts – re-calibrating the institution for growth

  • Addressing growth killers and inhibitors – releasing the growth potential

  • Finding the right leaders who will lead for growth – building the team

  • Celebrating the wins – affirming those who make the difference

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

1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Enriching Institutional Culture – Distinctives, History, Markers, Story, Heritage

Presenter: Gary Nelson, President, Tyndale University College & Seminary, ON

Overview: As the president leads toward fulfilling the mission and vision for the future, there is an equal responsibility for safeguarding and enriching the institution’s distinctives, history and heritage. What’s the right blend for giving value to the past while embracing the future? Hear the insights from a distinguished president from Toronto whose institution’s rich history was an integral part of shaping their unfolding story.

  • Capturing the best of your history, story and heritage – finding the treasure
  • Creating culture enrichment – nourishing the institution’s distinctives

  • Weaving the past into the future – the delicate balance

  • Telling the story looking forward – casting a fresh vision

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Effective Financial Oversight of an Educational Institution

Presenter: Mark Maxwell, President; Prairie College, AB

Overview: Every smart president knows where the buck really stops. Mission fulfillment cannot be achieved without fiscal responsibility and a prudent president knows how to give effective oversight to overall financial operations. What are the principles and practices that make this happen? What data do you watch; what ratios do you monitor? Review these and consider how ‘Financials’ are a tool for strategic thinking, decision making, and executive management.

  • Knowing what information is important – KPI’s to watch
  • Setting up processes for timely financial reports

  • Understanding the audit and financial ratios – measuring financial risk and strength

  • Building synergy with the CFO – a priceless partnership

  • Empowering the executive team – with accountability

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: Philip Dearborn, Provost; Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Grad School, PA
Presenters: Aaron Profitt, Verna Lowe, Michael Jackson, Phil Dearborn
Location: Salon 9 

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Faculty Evaluation, Promotion, and Transition

Presenter: Aaron Profitt, Vice President for Academic Affairs, God’s Bible School and College, OH

Overview: Nothing demonstrates a CAO’s prudent leadership and effective management like the processes and manner in which faculty appointments, evaluations, promotions, and transitions are handled. Every CAO has this responsibility, and the call is great to fulfill this calling with wisdom, expertise and grace. Look into the parts of this process with a distinguished CAO, and think carefully about how you could take this core part of your work to the next level, including…

  • Developing an appointment process that reflects institutional culture and promotes continuous improvement 

  • Crafting and executing a good faculty developmental evaluation process

  • Choosing a good matrix for faculty promotion – including evaluation insight

  • Preparing well for inevitable transitions – the art and science

  • Establishing policies and protocols for guidance to all of these important processes

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Fresh News from the World of Competency Based Education (CBE)

Presenter: Verna Lowe, Sr. Manager of Academic Engagement & Compliance; Western Governors University, CO

Overview: Driven by a focus on outcomes, the world of CBE is growing in strength and breadth. Astute CAO’s stay abreast of the field and are carefully watching the implications for all of higher education. Join with a CBE leader to survey the waterfront and consider important take-aways that may be applicable to your context.

  • Taking a quick look at where CBE has come – important milestones
  • Listening to the market – what the leaders are saying

  • Seeing the signs of maturation and growing market penetration

  • Learning from the CBE journey – implications for traditional education

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

1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Learning Theory, Styles, and Current Brain Research

Presenter: Michael Jackson, Associate VP of Academic Affairs; Heritage Christian University, AL

Overview: It’s now widely accepted in learning theory that students represent a variety of learning styles. Unfortunately, our teaching methodology doesn’t often reflect this. The growing field of brain research regarding learning theory and styles only reinforces our need to step up our game and not just know our subject, but more deeply understand the learning process in all of its manifold expressions.

  • Reviewing the primary principles of learning theory and their implications
  • Discovering the latest insights from current brain research

  • Thinking through the practical applications of these disciplines for the classroom

  • Engaging faculty in changing their approaches and methodologies – professional development

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Cultivating a Christ-Centered, Transformational, Missional, Faith/Learning Community

Presenter: Philip Dearborn, Provost; Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Grad School, PA

Overview: Perhaps the highest order and greatest challenge for any CAO is the highly nuanced work of cultivating the right kind of faith/learning community and sustaining this through the ebb and flow of changes. No one has greater influence on this high calling – keeping the campus culture Christ-centered, missionally focused, and transformationally vibrant. Consider lessons learned through the long journey of one of ABHE’s distinguished CAO’s and consider creative ideas that could enrich your campus experience including…

  • Grasping the illusive challenge of cultivating an enriched culture – ownership & initiative
  • Identifying the right objectives – setting your compass for the true north

  • Creating/choosing useful assessment measures – testing your observations with data

  • Adding finesse and creativity to the recipe – including student input

  • Celebrating the campus experience – Christ-centered, transformational, missional, learning moments

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: Joshua Beers, Sr. Vice President for Student Experience, Lancaster Bible College 
Presenters: Tim Fuller, Jeremy Lord, Eric Currie, Joshua Beers
Location: Salon 10 

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Top 10 Enrollment Killers

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Sr. Vice President/Owner; Credo; ABHE Sr. Fellow

Overview: After 30+ years in the enrollment leadership trenches, consulting with scores of institutions, talking with countless presidents and enrollment leaders . . . consider the weight of these top 10 issues that I’ve seen kill an institution’s enrollment. Listen to the truth of these lessons from the field and don’t let any of these bullets hit you! They hurt – you and the institution! Bullets including (but not limited to)…

  • Institutional malaise – a campus culture that lacks urgency and focus

  • Leadership crisis or failure – decisions that hurt

  • The focus of the enrollment team – hard and caring work in less impactful directions

  • Chasing after the “silver bullet” – so sorry for the pun

  • Program lacking in magnetic pull – no distinction

  • Organizational disarray – the need for a focused plan

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Building and Leading a High-Performance Admission Team

Presenter: Jeremy Lord, Former CEO of J. M. Lord & Associates; ABHE Sr. Fellow

Overview: There is no enrollment growth based on a solo performance, it’s a team sport from start to finish. Learn how some teams consistently post extraordinary results while others languish. Get the pieces of your team puzzle put together with the results showing much more than the sum of the parts. Learn from an expert what admissions can and should consistently do . . . and take your team there.

  • Setting team goals and objectives
  • Training staff to maximize effectiveness in recruiting

  • Working through a system with production goals and clear methodology

  • Establishing key performance indicators to assess effectiveness and predict new student enrollment

  • Retaining staff who are successful and motivated to succeed

  • Keeping track of data that makes your admissions office highly effective and your enrollment grow

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

1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Understanding Issues of Affordability & Value

Presenter: Eric Currie, Assoc. VP Enrollment Management; Asbury Theological Seminary

Overview: Are all of your prospective students financially able to afford your education? How do you make that happen . . . or better yet, how do you decide who can and can’t afford to come? What issues come to bear on that decision beyond financial aid or other forms of discounting. And what’s the limit within which you work. Consider how all of these factors reflect on the true value proposition of your institution. Consider key factors like…

  • Defining the relevant issues affecting affordability
  • Deciding how your institution will respond to the discounting war

  • Identifying institutional policies that empower and limit addressing affordability

  • Weighing the balance of affordability with tuition pricing

  • Looking frankly at your true value proposition and supporting business model

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Managing Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for Enrollment Growth

Presenter: Joshua Beers, Sr. Vice President for Student Experience; Lancaster Bible College

Overview: Numbers are vital because they represent students; and each one matters! Successful enrollment leaders watch the right numbers and know what they mean. This brings sharp focus to efforts and clarity to the future. There’s just no substitute for knowing your enrollment numbers (KPI’s) in a timely manner and understanding what they represent and forecast including…

  • Grasping the right numbers – flowing through the enrollment funnel
  • Getting the right terminology and ratios – yield, completion, and conversion rates

  • Setting annual, monthly and weekly goals – and managing for performance

  • Improving your moves management through the process

  • Measuring return on investment (ROI) and working smart

  • Reporting – for internal management and external awareness

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: Terry Munday, VP of Advancement (retired), Indiana Wesleyan University, ABHE Board Member, IN 
Presenters: Clark Dickerson, Clark Vandeventer, Brad Layland, Terry Munday
Location: Salon 11

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Creatively Telling the Institutional Story – Mission and Students

Presenter: Clark Dickerson, Founder; Dickerson, Bakker & Associates, MT

Overview: The best advancement officers are great storytellers. Ideas are best communicated through the stories of your institution and students. So, how good are you at telling the story? Join with a distinguished and highly effective advancement leader as he shares about the special art of telling the story. Sharpen your own gifts and have fun being the voice for your institution’s stories.

  • Choosing the right stories – missional, transformational, Christ-centered
  • Sharing emotions that are genuine – expressing what matters

  • Listening as you talk and close – the art of storytelling

  • Knowing the role of storytelling in relationship building – incarnational advancement

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Speaking your Donor’s Language, Listening Preferences & Matching Messages

Presenter: Clark Vandeventer, Head Fundraising Coach; Major Gifts Fundraiser, Inc., CA

Overview: We all have our own listening preference — and when someone speaks in our own listening preference, it’s easy for us to quickly grab onto the message. We also tend to speak in the language of our own listening preference, which means that sometimes we end up speaking in a different language than our donors hear. Dedicated advancement officers are aware of this and work to understand the listening preferences of their donors and then tailor their message to the specific listening preferences of their donors.

  • What type of listener are you? – discovering your own listening preference
  • Clues for learning your donor’s listening preference – understanding your donor

  • Crafting listener specific messages – make it easy for your donor to connect

  • Why you need to hone your message – you only have 7 minutes

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

1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — The Synergy of a Strong Advancement Officer/Presidential Partnership

Presenter: Brad Layland, President; The Focus Group, FL

Overview: We are better together when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Does that describe your work between the president and advancement team? What are the principles and secrets to making this happen and how do you take it to the next level? Let a distinguished advancement leader share his insights from years of coaching advancement leaders. In this session we will:

  • Clarify the roles and responsibilities
  • Describe the ideal communication plan
  • Discuss Strategies for building trust
  • Establish a matrix for what success is for your institution based on data vs need

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Engaging the Board & Other Institutional Leaders in Advancement

Presenter: Terry Munday, VP of Advancement (retired); Indiana Wesleyan University; ABHE Board Member, IN

Overview: There’s no such thing as solo advancement work. It’s a team sport from start to finish. However, an often-overlooked part of the team is the board. Great advancement officers recruit great engagement with board members and others across the institution and know how this can open up a huge sphere of new contacts and influence. Hear the secrets of how this can work from a legendary veteran.

  • Understanding how to solicit engagement – what to reasonably expect
  • Knowing the role of follow up – sooner than later

  • Having the courage to ask – and keep on asking

  • Celebrating their engagement and success – affirming great examples

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: Matt Kelly, CFO; ABHE, FL
Presenters: Jan Haas, Bill McDowell, Dave Moja, Matt Kelly
Location: Salon 2

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Data Driven Decision Management – How to Obtain and Analyze the Data You Need

Presenter: Jan Haas, Sr. Consultant; CFO Colleague, PA

Overview: Data-driven decision management (DDDM/D3M) has become a popular term in recent years.  D3M is an approach to business governance that values decisions that can be backed up with verifiable data.  Research has found that companies that rely on data expect better financial performance.  This interactive session will define D3M, identify methodologies for applying D3M in higher education settings, examine the success and pitfalls of the data-driven approach, and present approaches for implementing D3M.

  • Understand the principles of Data-Driven Decision Management (D3M)

  • Identify steps for implementation of D3M

  • Select good metrics for higher education (consistent, inexpensive, and easy to collect)

  • Ask the right questions of the data

  • Recognize the errors that kill data-driven decision making

  • Create leadership team “buy-in”

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Financial Analysis & Management of Academic Programs and Net Profitability

Presenter: Bill McDowell, CFO (retired); Indiana Wesleyan University

Overview: One specific role of the CFO is the financial analysis of academic programs. This is both art and science that includes net revenue along with hard and soft expenses. Admittedly this can get complicated, but it’s not impossible. Glean some good insight from a veteran and distinguished CFO how he did this.

  • Understanding the goal – and how the right information will be used
  • Getting the calculation formula right – what to include and exclude

  • Setting up the system for collecting the right data – consistently

  • Conducting good analysis – and communicating the results clearly

  • Serving the president and chief academic officer well – providing good counsel

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

1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Effective Systems of Checks & Controls

Presenter: Dave Moja, CEO; Moja & Company, GA; ABHE Sr. Fellow

Overview: An important but often overlooked function for effective financial management is setting up the right processes that reflect a careful system of financial checks and controls. For the typical Bible college, what should this system look like and include? How do the right processes work? What procedures might a good auditor look for at your institution? Think through your processes with the help of an expert, and sharpen the effectiveness of your vital system of financial checks and controls including…

  • Reviewing the waterfront – knowing what to look for
  • Understanding compliance expectations – knowing the law

  • Conducting a checks & controls audit – before your auditor makes you

  • Giving effective oversight – inspect what you expect

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Prudent Management & Forecasting of Cash Flow

Presenter: Matt Kelly, CFO; ABHE, FL

Overview: Almost every institution across ABHE will face cash flow challenges from time to time. For some, this is chronic and painful. For everyone, the CFO should provide prudent cash flow management that includes accurate forecasting of cash flow needs and expectancies. Hear from a veteran CFO who has assisted a growing number of ABHE institutions get this right . . . and help your team plan well so that pay day is not a May day!

  • Understanding the typical cash flow process – based on the academic calendar
  • Analyzing the right data for the monthly ebb and flow of cash – highs and lows

  • Reviewing the basic principles of forecasting – realistic and practical

  • Taking your numbers and looking ahead – starting now

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: Scott Cawood, Sr. VP for Student Affairs & Admin., Cairn University, PA
Presenters: Kirk Sabine, Rick Swift, Tim Arens, Scott Cawood
Location: Salon 1 

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Student Conflict Resolution

Presenter: Kirk Sabine, VP for Campus Life; Kingswood University, NB

Overview: It’s not IF students will have conflicts, but WHEN and over WHAT. And more times than not, the peace-making effort is led by the CSDO. After years in this role with stories to share, hear some prudent and practical principles to guide your actions. Discover the path of developmental resolution with this sage from Sussex, NB. Expand your capacity to serve your students well – especially when wise leadership is needed most.

  • Taking key steps to address relational conflict – sooner than later

  • Making a prudent assessment of the true reality – no hasty decisions

  • Leading a conflict situation toward peace – listening, observing, confronting

  • Creating an appropriate restoration plan – using your head and resources

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Designing and Leading Culture-Enriching Events

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

Overview: One hat the CSDO proudly wears is the “keeper and catalyst of campus culture”. This presents wonderful opportunities for culture enrichment and nourishment. Consider some creative ideas from a long-term distinguished campus leader, and look at new ways and initiatives you might use to enrich your own campus.

  • Conducting a campus culture audit – the good, bad, and ugly
  • Receiving creative input and engagement – people own what they help create

  • Keeping your thumb on the pulse of campus culture – a watchman on the walls

  • Budgeting for spice to add sizzle to your campus – what’s the joy quotient?

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

1:30 – 2:30     Session 3 — Developing Student Leadership

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

Overview: One of the most enriching opportunities for most CSDO’s is engaging in the leadership development of campus student leaders. Including both residence life leaders and student organizations – the doors are wide open for both formal and informal leadership development. Are you making the most of these opportunities? Think creatively with a distinguished campus leader who’s spent decades pouring his life into students.

  • Surveying the opportunities – student leaders and groups
  • Thinking creatively about leadership development initiatives

  • Tapping resources for engagement – books, events, programs

  • Budgeting for leadership development – high-leverage investment

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Managing Government Regulations, Compliance & Risk Assessment

Presenter: Scott Cawood, Sr. VP for Student Affairs & Admin., Cairn University, PA

Overview: Where are increasingly complex and high-risk compliance issues related to government regulations that are inexorably related to student life. The CSDO must keep abreast of these and chart a safe course with prudent policies and careful execution. With decades of training and experience, listen to the advice from one of ABHE’s most senior CSDO’s how he effectively manages this vital area of risk management.

  • Staying breast of regulations and compliance – sources you can trust
  • Learning from recent legal case studies – learning from good examples

  • Managing government regulations risk assessment – being prepared

  • Prudent response to audits or suits – knowing where to turn for help

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

Online Education Forum

Online Education Forum

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

Facilitator: Brian Simmons, Assoc. Provost for Online Studies; Columbia International University, SC
Presenters: Eric Brandt, Holly Whitaker, Alan Lyke, Brian Simmons
Location: Salon 12

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — What’s Unique About Course Design for Online Education

Presenter: Eric Brandt, Director of Digital Learning/Professor; Lancaster Bible College, PA

Overview: Excellent online biblical education doesn’t happen by accident. It requires careful attention to content creation, educational technology, instructor training and support, and regular maintenance. But even that is only part of the responsibility for an institution of biblical  higher education. In this session, we will consider the importance and possibility of excellent online course design and delivery that is distinctly biblical, transformational, experiential, and missional. Come prepared to share and learn as we pursue excellence in distinctively Christian online education together.

  • Reviewing the matrix of online course creation – content, technology, instructor training & support
  • Considering the unique qualities and characteristics of biblical higher ed online course design
  • Exploring biblical, transformational, experiential and missional online education
  • Pursuing excellence in distinctively Christian online education

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Driving Student Transformation Through Flexible Learning

Presenter: Holly Whitaker, Learning Strategies Consultant; D2L, ON

Overview: How do we as Biblical educators prioritize educational quality and institutional credibility while embracing the realities of online teaching models when it seems that the internet is eroding our human-to-human connection skills? Fortunately, online course delivery tools can unlock student engagement in a way that unleashes transformation and ultimately helps students become informed, equipped, competent leaders. Explore how strategic deployment of digital technologies can change the game for students and faculty in on-ground, online and blended programs.

  • Differentiate between one-way, two-way and community-oriented online teaching strategies
  • Identify new online learning tools that increase student-to-student communication & critique

  • Evaluate assignment tools that decrease grading time and increase student engagement

  • Examine easy workflows for outcomes & accreditation reporting

  • Explore emerging online delivery models that affirm & extend your signature pedagogies

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

1:30 – 2:30    Session 3 — Effective Management of Online Education – Doing It Well

Presenter: Alan Lyke, VP for Academic Affairs, Nazarene Bible College, CO

Overview: Online education can be an incredible blessing . . . or a bane for an institution. The difference often lies in the effectiveness of who’s managing the program. Learn some insights from a fellow learner about online education who’s made this a great success for his institution.

  • Laying a strategic foundation – start with “Why?”
  • Delivering attractive programs – quality matters

  • Developing an effective faculty – empowerment and accountability

  • Creating an effective enrollment process – marketing and recruiting

  • Building a sustainable business model – effective financial oversight

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

3:30 – 4:30     Session 4 — Meeting the Unique Needs of the Adult Student

Presenter: Brian Simmons, Assoc. Provost for Online Studies; Columbia International University, SC

Overview: Online education as a mode of program delivery continues to grow because online education has the potential to best meet the needs of working adults. These working adults have unique needs. Effectively and efficiently meeting these needs requires college and university leaders to think outside of a traditional program development and delivery box. Hear these insights from an astute leader in the field and distinguished veteran from one of ABHE’s strong online programs.

  • Providing red carpet service for all online students
  • Meeting the unique learning needs of adult students

  • Applying principles of effective online instruction

  • Leading organizational change

  • Understanding equivalency theory

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