Annual Meeting Workshops

Workshops at a glance


Leaders are hungry learners, eager to grasp new ideas and discover fresh insights. As leaders of faith learning communities, we set the pace as men and women on the exhilarating journey of Kingdom service, sharpening our leadership skills and expanding our leadership capacity for the glory of God.

Check out these Annual Meeting workshops designed to take your institution to the next level. Choose the ones most relevant to your responsibilities. Make your workshop selections as part of your Annual Meeting registration.


Thursday Morning Workshops:

THU AM | A Data-Driven Approach to Financial Aid & Admissions

 A Data-Driven Approach to Financial Aid & Admissions

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Presenter – John W. Dysart, President, The Dysart Group
CEP Credits: 5 points with a focus in analysis & evaluation, affordability & value
Overview: Growing institutions know how to effectively use data to improve their enrollment strategies and stretch their financial aid dollars for maximum results. Consider the wise use of data to more effectively drive your enrollment efforts.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1: Implementing a Data-Driven Approach to Financial Aid

Overview: Concerned about rising costs of financial aid? Struggling to control your discount rates? Learn from an expert about the drivers of financial aid expenditures and how data can inform your financial aid packaging strategies. Consider ideas to control aid cost that can be implemented now.

  • Current Market Challenges
  • Definition of Discount Rate
  • Drivers of Institutional Aid Expenditures
  • Data Informed Packaging Options
  • Process & Tactics to Control Expenditures
  • Sample Reports for Tracking

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

10:30 – 11:30    Session 2: Data-Driven Approach to Admissions

Overview: Do you use easily obtained data to evaluate the effectiveness of your current recruitment strategies? Learn from real case studies. Review state-of-the-art recruitment tactics that could be adopted immediately to improve outcomes. Consider useful reports and initiatives that can be applied to all institutions regardless of size or resources.

  • Understanding the admission funnel
  • Expected outcomes at each stage of funnel
  • Evaluating your outcomes and identifying areas of concern
  • Tactics and reporting mechanisms to improve outcomes

11:30 – 12:00           Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Achieving Strategic Enrollment Health

Achieving Strategic Enrollment Health

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Presenter – Tim Fuller, Senior Vice President/Owner – Credo
CEP Credits: 5 points with a focus in enrollment theory & management, building & leading a high performance enrollment team, and principles of analysis & evaluation
Overview: Finding, keeping and graduating the right quantity and quality of students is key to institutional health. In this session we will explore best practice principles, key data elements and provide a forum for questions, answers and discussion.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1 – Enrollment Best Practices – The Big Picture

  • What are the key components of a successful admission operation?
  • How should our enrollment operation be staffed and resourced?
  • What strategies must be in place and highly functional?

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 – How Do I Know?

  • What data should I watch?
  • How do I measure the effectiveness of my team and our strategies?
  • How do we set (and achieve) realistic, yet aspirational goals?

11:30 – 12:00         Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Competency-Based Education: Will It Work at My School?

Competency-Based Education: Will It Work at My School?

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Presenter – John Lillis, Provost, Grace College & Seminary, Winona Lake, IN
Overview: CBE must be seen as a value system that forms a foundation for a renewed approach to education. It is not simply a model of education to be replicated. Thus, schools that embrace CBE will need to consider its underlying value system and discern if it fits in their context

8:30 – 9:30         Session 1: Understanding CBE

Overview: This session will be look at the basic elements of CBE and how they represent a shift in our way of thinking about the educational process.

  • CBE and Western Governor’s University
  • CBE – A shift in basic educational values
  • CBE – A shift in emphases
  • CBE – Two basic approaches
  • CBE – The pros and the cons

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

10:30 – 11:30    Session 2 – Implementing CBE

Overview: This session will consider some of the essential functions necessary to implement a CBE program

  • Determining the competencies
  • Developing the curriculum
  • A different role for faculty
  • Learning in context
  • Assessing learning
  • Other resources

11:30 – 12:00           Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Creating a Culture of Effective Stewardship on Campus—and Beyond

Creating a Culture of Effective Stewardship on Campus—and Beyond

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Presenters – Randy Bronkema, Linda Cunning, Advocace
CAP Credits: 5 points with a focus in annual fund design & strategy, communications & marketing, and donor relations
Overview: Since God is the Owner of everything and Christ-followers are called to manage His resources, Bible College leaders and their donors should adopt a stewardship lifestyle. This workshop is designed to help you create a culture of stewardship on campus and among your donors.

8:30 – 9:30        Session 1: Creating a Culture of Stewardship on Campus

Overview: To be successful, your Advancement program needs to begin with everyone on campus—leadership, faculty, staff AND students—understanding and practicing a “stewardship lifestyle” and contributing to Advancement efforts.

  • Provide examples of Bible colleges who have done so
  • Establish biblical foundations for a culture of stewardship
  • Practice personal stewardship—leading by example
  • Plan for generosity and make it easy to give
  • Encourage current students to give to special scholarship fund
  • Build a buy-in to a collective goal or vision

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

10:30 – 11:30    Session 2 – Creating a Culture of Stewardship Among Donors

Overview: One of the best ways to serve your donors and to encourage them to give to your college and other ministries is to help them understand a biblical view of stewardship. In this workshop, we’ll explore several proven ways of doing so.

  • Engage leadership and Board members in stewardship
  • Build relationships that last
  • Thank and report back to donors
  • Provide information that builds family stewardship
  • Invest in infrastructure
  • Evaluate your college’s culture of stewardship

11:30 – 12:00          Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Enrollment Opportunities During Challenging Times

Enrollment Opportunities During Challenging Times

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Facilitator – Larry McKinney, McKinney Solutions
Overview: The current reality of most ABHE institutions paints a stark picture for future prospects. However, some institutions are growing and other institutions can learn from their journey. Review landmark research on the current state of ABHE institutions and consider insight from these findings. Listen to presidents who are finding practical ways to grow their institutions.

8:30 – 9:30      Session 1: Enrollment Challenges Confronting Biblical Higher Education

Presenter: Scott Womble, Academic Dean, St. Louis Christian College
Overview: There are serious challenges confronting ABHE institutions. The current status of most ABHE institutions is precarious. Consider these key observations that define the current reality.

  • Enrollment challenges and budget difficulties
  • Vulnerable with smaller enrollments, limited resources, and changing expectations.
  • Slightly growing ABHE membership but declining undergraduate enrollment
  • A small percentage of Cdn and US institutions experiencing growth in last five years
  • 2/3rds of COA accredited institutions with enrollments less that 250
  • Only 10 US & Cdn member institutions with enrollments over 500

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

10:30 – 11:30  Session 2: Opportunities to Create a Bright & Sustainable Future for Biblical Higher Education

Presenters: Tracy Davis, President, Olivet University; Eric Derksen, President, Vanguard College; David Schroeder, President, Pillar College, Peter Teague, President, Lancaster Bible College
Overview: What are the keys to enrollment growth and institutional vitality? What have growing institutions learned that has made the difference? Hear their story, consider these principles.

  • Develop a comprehensive enrollment management strategy.
  • Recruit and maintain competent, trained enrollment management staff.
  • Serve a broader student population with respect to age and ethnicity.
  • Utilize online education and other innovative delivery systems.
  • Complement undergraduate education with graduate-level offerings.
  • Create formal process to study and improve retention.
  • Consider merger, consolidation, or rebranding of your institution

11:30 – 12:00          Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Live the Dream: Cultivating Major Donors and Leading Successful Capital Campaigns

Live the Dream: Cultivating Major Donors and Leading Successful Capital Campaigns

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Presenter – Pat McLaughlin, President, The Timothy Group
CAP Credits: 5 points with a focus in major donor development strategy, capital campaigns & capital gifts fundraising
Overview: How does an institution fulfill the dream God has for it’s future? One major, indispensable ingredient is cultivating relationships with friends in whom God has entrusted significant resources to help build for the future. The BIG STEP comes when a campaign is designed to address the needs called for by growth and the dreams are turned into reality.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1: Drawing Major Donors into the Circle of Your Vision

Overview: How could a major or mega-gift change your ministry? Many organizations focus on building a fundraising machine with lots of moving parts, but the most effective path to major and mega-gifts is to build personal relationships with your key friends.

  • Identify key prospects already in your database.
  • Cultivate donors through relationship building strategies.
  • Develop the right approach to soliciting major donors.
  • Learn to ask for specific amounts.

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 – The Essential Ingredients of Every Successful Capital Campaign

Overview: Capital campaigns can launch your college to the next level of effectiveness, but there is a right path to success with many detours and dead-ends. Stay on track with the right strategies that will lead you to victory.

  • Present a compelling case for support.
  • Test your assumptions.
  • Secure the leadership gifts.
  • Motivate your entire college family to give generously.

11:30 – 12:00          Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Seizing the Power of Data Informed Leadership for Institutional Transformation

Seizing the Power of Data Informed Leadership for Institutional Transformation

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Presenters – Vincent Johnson, VP of Information Technology, Lancaster Bible College; Raymond Blackwood, VP of Product Management, Campus Management
Overview: Have you dreamed of building your institution with a growing number of mission-fit students engaged through every modality of your educational enterprise? Do you wonder how smart institutions are using smart data to help them grow? Move past an awareness of big data, to harnessing vital information for the serious business of empowering your institution’s mission accomplishment. Listen to experts in this exciting field share how cutting edge institutions are getting ahead of the curve, and setting a pace for sustained and well-designed growth.

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1: Empowering your Leadership by Creating a Culture That Thrives on Best
Continuous Improvement and Rich Data

Overview: Smart institutions are realizing the impact of process automation and key data to richly inform their leadership planning and decisions. Explore the transformational culture that results from leaders in the know. Learn from an in the trenches leader how one institution is making data work to help them grow.

  • Understanding the mystery and dynamic of systems, processes and people
  • 10 success factors for driving transformational change
  • Seeing the power of relevant, timely, rich data that you already have
  • Connecting vital data to your growth curve – you can do it!

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 – Grasping the Genius of Process Automation, Data Management & Data-Informed Leadership

  • What can a smart data dashboard deliver to your executive team?
  • How does a dynamic data system work at an institution?
  • What are the vital pieces to this transformational puzzle
  • Learning how to take the first steps, getting started from where you are

11:30 – 12:00          Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Taking Your Online Programs to the Next Level

Taking Your Online Programs to the Next Level

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Presenters – Joshua Fischer & Amie Anderson
Overview: The vision for online programming is to reach a new audience with your message. To get that message out, however, will take the hard work of improvement. . .in both practice and people. Your practice is everything that it takes to deliver your message. Your people (Faculty) are the message bearers. Improve both of those on an ongoing basis and you will continually take your program to the next level.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1: The Practice of the Vision

Presenter: Joshua Fischer, President – Education Management Services
Overview: The Practice of the Vision contains all of the systems required to deliver your message to students. your need to continually develop and refine those systems is vital to maintaining our influence.

  • Conceptual Framework & Curriculum Selection
  • Organizational Structure and Where to Spend Salary
  • Student Recruiting Methods
  • Structure for Student Service, not for Cultural Norms

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

10:30 – 11:30    Session 2: Herding the Cats: Developing the Faculty Life Cycle

Presenters: Joshua Fischer, President – Education Management Services; Amie Anderson, Dean, Adult and Online Studies – Grace Bible College
Overview: Once you have the Practice considered, your primary messengers, your faculty, must be your main focus. There is an entire life cycle for faculty (both adjunct and full time) that must be part of your efforts to reach the next level.

  • Don’t let Crazy in the Building: The Faculty Hiring Process
  • Setting the Standards: The Faculty Handbook
  • Teaching them to Teach: Faculty Development
  • Inspect what you Expect: Faculty Evaluation

11:30 – 12:00            Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Tax Forum for Christian Higher Education

Tax Forum for Christian Higher Education

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Presenter – Dave Moja, CapinCrouse
Overview: There is a lot going with the IRS, the FASB, and other regulatory agencies. This session will give participants a summary of the issues and then do a “deep dive” with real world case studies. Financial officers and board members should find much of interest in this briefing.

8:30 – 9:30        Session 1: Accounting and Tax Update

  • Summary of FASB ASU 2016-14
  • Tax reform
  • New rules and regulations
  • Form 990 changes and IRS exam changes
  • What to watch out for in 2018

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

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2: Real World Case Studies

  • Unrelated Business Activities
  • Charitable Contribution Receipting
  • Form 990 Tricks and Traps
  • State Charitable Registrations
  • Credits That May Help You Look Good

11:30 – 12:00             Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Technology Integration for Higher Education

Technology Integration for Higher Education

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Presenter – Jennifer King, Consultant
: Discover the Ten Common Tech Tools for higher education! In this session, participants will explore how college instructors can select appropriate technology tools to enhance the higher-order and critical thinking skills of their students.

 8:30 – 9:30         Session 1: The Ten Common Tech Tools for Higher Education

  • Discover the third domain of teacher knowledge: technological knowledge
  • Follow the six steps for technology integration for higher education
  • Identify the Ten Common Tech Tools for higher education
  • Apply the Ten Common Tech Tools to Office 365 and Google

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

10:30 – 11:30       Session 2 – The Learning Management System (LMS) and Higher Education

Overview: The learning management system (LMS) is the single most important technology tool in higher education! In this session, participants will discover some practical ways that the Ten Common Tech Tools can be integrated into the LMS to impact student learning.

  • Use the 5-Point checklist to select the best LMS for your institution
  • Identify the four major obstacles to LMS use at your institution
  • Follow the six steps for technology integration to integrate the ten common tech tools with your LMS
  • Discover how one instructor maximized technology tools and their LMS for online learning

11:30 – 12:00               Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Team Training for New Evaluators

Team Training for New Evaluators

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Presenters –  Mary Drabik & Aaron Profitt

 8:30 – 9:30         Session 1: Preparing for a Team Visit

Presenter: Aaron Profitt – VP for Academic Affairs, God’s Bible School and College
Overview: Learn what you need to do to prepare for serving on a visiting team.  Much of the work of a team is completed before going to campus, and this session will cover those preparations.

  • Resources for evaluation team members
  • Understanding and interpreting the Standards
  • Evaluator assignments: Who reviews what?
  • Reviewing the institution’s self-study documents
  • Evaluator worksheets and note-taking
  • Logistics: getting there, getting home, arranging interviews, missing materials

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

10:30 – 11:30       Session 2 – The On-Campus Visit

Presenter: Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary

Overview: The on-campus visit is an intensive time of investigation and reporting. This session will offer guidance to the team’s onsite activities and offer tips on how to make the most of this time.

  • Asking probing interview questions
  • Managing your time
  • Team meetings/executive sessions
  • Missing materials
  • Writing the report
  • When to write commendations, suggestions, recommendations

11:30 – 12:00               Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

THU AM | Team Training for Veteran Evaluators

Team Training for Veteran Evaluators

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Presenters – Ron Kroll, Brian Tomhave, Shane Wood

 8:30 – 9:30         Session 1: Evaluating Distance Education

Presenter: Brian Tomhave – Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Life Pacific College
Overview: Distance education, online learning, and off-campus teaching sites have become mainstream in North American education.  ABHE has specific requirements that must be addressed in various areas when an institution offers courses at off-campus locations or via online.  This session will explore those special considerations.

  • Ensuring comparable quality in alternative deliveries
  • Visiting online classrooms
  • Checking for adequate support services
  • What does an off-site location need?
  • Counting the cost: resourcing alternative deliveries
  • Satisfying regulatory requirements

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

10:30 – 11:30       Session 2 – What’s New?

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

Overview: This session will explore changes that have been made in the past year or two that impact team evaluators.

  • Changes in standards
  • Changes in policies
  • Team logistics and resources
  • Getting the most out of the COA Portal

11:30 – 12:00               Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up

Thursday Afternoon & Friday 1-Hour Workshops:

Benefits that Bless:  Retaining Your Brightest and Best

Presenter: Jeff Jenness, Jim O’Bold, Servant Solutions
Target Audience: CFO’s, HR leaders, COO’s
Overview: Studies reveal that providing a well-crafted and thought out benefit structure can help you retain your valued faculty and staff.  Additionally it can provide peace of mind to employees both during their working years and in retirement.

  • Are you providing a high quality, low cost retirement plan that includes financial planning assistance for your people?
  • Are you on top of the ever changing health care landscape?
  • Are you confident that your benefits are providing the best value both for your employees and for the institution?

Campus Safety ­- Doing It Well

Presenter: Mark Fennell, Risk Control Consultant, Church Mutual Insurance CompanyTarget Audience: Chief Operations Officers, Student Development Officers, Academic Officers
Overview: Understand how to effectively create a safe campus environment ­ keeping watch and knowing what to look for. The best response is good preparation.

  • The role and responsibilities of a campus safety committee
  • Conducting an effective campus safety audit ­ best practices
  • Understanding your risks and learning from your accidents
  • Learn about the high cost of accidents . . . and how to prevent them

Competency Based Education – the New Frontier

Presenter: John Lillis, Provost, Grace College & Seminary, Winona Lake, IN
Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Leaders, Faculty
Overview: An exciting, emerging educational model, CBE focuses on what a student knows and is able to do with that knowledge rather than how much time the student spent acquiring it. If you don’t currently have a CBE program at your school, chances are it will at least come up for discussion. This session provides an introductory overview of CBE.

  • What are the basics of CBE; How does it work?
  • Pros & cons of CBE as an alternative delivery model; why consider this?
  • Implementation process; ideas and suggestions, mistakes to avoid
  • CBE and accreditation review 

Developing Off Campus Locations

Presenter: Daniel Overdorf, Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry, Johnson University
Target Audience: CAO’s, Academic Officers
Overview: Off campus locations can enable a college or university to expand its mission by extending its reach into new markets. Not all such ventures are successful, however. Learn from an institution who has experienced the positive and negative aspects of off campus locations over the last five years.

  • Considering mission, programs, market, risk, and resources
  • Developing local partnerships
  • Avoiding costly mistakes
  • Accreditation, state boards of education, and financial aid

Fundraising – Getting Back to the Basics

Presenter: Terry Munday, Retired VP of Advancement, Indiana Wesleyan University
Target Audience: Advancement Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (Annual fund design & strategy)
Overview: What are the time-tested principles of institutional fundraising? What are the basics that you must keep in focus . . . or ignore at your peril? Hear from a highly effective veteran what smart advancement officers always do. Take your fundraising to the next level.

  • It’s all about people – so do you know your donors?
  • It’s all about knowing your data base – do you have data integrity?
  • It’s all about asking – so how and when are you doing this?
  • It’s all about caring – so how do you care for your donors?
  • It’s all about engaging – so who all are part of your advancement efforts?

How Visionary Presidents Create and Manage an Effective Academic Sales Program

Presenter: Jeremy Lord, ABHE Sr. Fellow, Retired Enrollment Consultant
Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Leaders, Enrollment Officers
CEP: 2 points credit (marketing)
Overview: How are some presidents so successful in leading their schools with enrollment growth? What’s their secret? Learn from one who’s worked with over 200 institutions to solve this challenge . . . and take the right steps to grow your own institution.

  • Understanding the nature of academic sales with integrity
  • Developing programs with value-added benefits and sizzle that sells
  • Building the right team that will grow your institution
  • Leading faculty to understand the market from a student’s perspective
  • Creating and using effective enrollment management reports

Making the Most Out of Your Self Study Process

Presenter: Lisa Beatty, VP for Academic Affairs, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Faculty
Overview: Initial Accreditation and Reaffirmation bring their own sets of demands and expectations. A vital piece is the institutional Self Study document. Learn from one of ABHE leading institutions how they completed this process for their own reaffirmation.

  • Understanding the purpose of the Self Study process and document
  • Organizing the campus team for maximum input and results
  • Providing compelling evidence of compliance
  • Writing the Self Study document – who and how

Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

Presenter: Bart Caylor, President, Caylor Solutions
Target Audience: Enrollment Officers, Marketing Leaders
CEP: 2 points credit (marketing)
Overview: Today’s technology and access to resources on the Internet have provided access to marketing methods that were formerly only for the big players. Learn how even a small budget can get you tremendous impact on your content marketing.

  • Learn how to leverage content marketing to stretch your budget
  • How to take a $2,000 budget (or less) to
  • Learn how to work smarter, not harder
  • Three tips to take back to campus for immediate implementation

The Biblical Basis for Asking

Presenter: Pat McLaughlin, President, The Timothy Group
Target Audience: Development Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (Biblical foundations for stewardship)
Overview: Some struggle with the idea of asking for money: “I’m not comfortable with asking” “We’ve never done it this way before.” And the big one, “I’m not even sure asking is scriptural!” Asking isn’t just a secular method for raising funds for your institution – it’s biblical!

  • Make the biblical case that it’s OK to ask.
  • Gain confidence you and your team to ask with boldness.
  • Encourage others who are reluctant to ask.

The Effective 21st Century Library

Presenters:  Nancy Olson, Director of Library Services, Lincoln Christian University; Carol Reid, Librarian, Welch College
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Library Services Leaders, Faculty
Overview:  What changes are happening to the shape, ambiance and services of the 21st century library?  How is this core institutional resource serving the on campus and online student?  What is the right mix for these digital natives?  Learn from two experts about the future that’s arrived.

  • Developing the right mix of holdings – hard copy, digital, media . . .
  • Tapping into open access learning resources
  • Creating the right ambience
  • Designing student-friendly learning spaces – solo and small group

What Does Academic Freedom Mean at a Christian Institution of Higher Education?

Presenter: Kent M. Keith, Pacific Rim Christian University
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Presidents, Faculty
Overview: Universities and Bible colleges are founded on religious beliefs. Campus communities are built around a statement of faith. What does academic freedom mean in this context?

  • Review 3 historic types of academic freedom
  • Gain insights from Christian scholars on relationship between faith and search for truth
  • Examine statements of academic freedom
  • Apply your definitions of academic freedom to hypothetical cases

What Presidents and Boards Need to Know about Enrollment

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Principal/Owner, CREDO
Target Audience: Presidents, Trustees, Enrollment Officers
CEP: 2 points credit (enrollment strategy & management)
Overview: Achieving enrollment goals matters, both for business plan purposes as well as for fulfillment of mission and Kingdom goals.  This session focuses on the highest level strategies and metrics to which ABHE presidents and board members should pay careful attention.

  • Finding and keeping a strong enrollment team
  • Balancing machinery and shoe leather
  • 7 data points to watch
  • It takes a campus to recruit (and retain a student)
  • 4 key strategies

Accelerating Your Donor Relationships Through Research and Data

Presenters: Paul Virts, Linda Cunning, Advocace
Target Audience: Development Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (major donor development strategy)
Overview: You’d like to get to know every one of your donors personally but for various reasons that’s probably impossible. In this workshop, we’ll show how to increase gift income by surveying a sample of donors and assessing their capacity to give using readily available tools.

  • Review recent research that demonstrates the need for donor research
  • Explore answers gained via donor surveys
  • Consider actions to take based on data
  • Learn how to conduct giving capacity screening for all your donors
  • Consider how to use data to formulate a giving request to one donor

Assessing Both Student and Program Goals – A Unified Approach

Presenter: Carl Johnson, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Arlington Baptist University
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Assessment Leaders, Faculty
Overview: Assessment is not a matter of what you know, but what you can prove, and accomplished outcomes are more important than acquired information. Incorporating outcomes assessment into each college course provides for ongoing assessment both within and across departments with more and better data. This course is an update and expansion of a 2016 workshop on student goals assessment which includes the tracking of Program outcomes.  Inputting results into a single database allows for easier access and year to year or cohort to cohort comparisons that would otherwise be very difficult. However, implementation will require faculty and administrative buy in.

  • Assessment is difficult but doable.
  • Measurable outcomes trump noble goals.
  • Both student goals and program goals need to be examined in terms of outcomes.
  •  Most student and program goals are accomplished at the course level.
  • Outcomes tracking provides for better and more consistent instruction.

 Best Practices for Website and Social Media

Presenter: Bart Caylor, President, Caylor Solutions
Target Audience: Enrollment Officers, Marketing Leaders
CEP: 2 points credit (marketing, prospective students relationships)
Overview:  Look how website and social media can impact your school’s enrollment and development efforts. Walk away with practical knowledge and insights to implement immediately.

  • Explore best practices for enrollment-focused websites
  • Move your social media beyond just a megaphone for your events and news to a valuable resource for prospects
  • Grasp how automation can help you achieve more with a limited staff and budget
  • Walk away with practical, inexpensive steps that you can implement to impact your digital marketing now

Effective Library Leadership

Presenters:  Nancy Olson, Director of Library Services, Lincoln Christian University; Carol Reid, Librarian, Welch College
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Library Services Leaders, Faculty
Overview:  How can the librarian lead from unique strengths and passions in the 21st century?  Intentionality, relationships, productivity, joy in the workplace, vision, the pursuit of excellence, time management, communication, planning, and setting the tone of the library all depend upon excellent leadership.  The Academic Dean has an important role in developing this kind of leadership in the library.

  • Leading or managing
  • Leading from unique strengths and passion
  • Leading in service to both on campus and online students
  • Leading from mission into the future

Empowering Biblical Education with Cutting Edge Technology

Presenter: Carl Sanders, Professor, Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary and Graduate School
Target: Academic Leaders, Faculty, IT Officers
Overview: Technology has enormous potential to enhance and transform pedagogy. This session will explore how cutting-edge technology can empower the learning experience and academic journey of our students. Learn from one institution that is reaching forward to explore this exciting frontier.

  • Discover how technology enhanced learning is directly relevant to your educational mission.
  • Examine creative ways institutions are integrating technology into the classroom.
  • Explore how world-class biblical research technology empowers students’ learning.
  • Learn how to empower faculty with technology-enhanced pedagogy.

Exemplary Preparations for an Evaluation Team Visit

Presenter: Phil Dearborn, Provost, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Accreditation Liaisons
Overview: An indispensable part of an effective accreditation journey is a well-prepared evaluation team visit. Learn from one institution who just hosted their own accreditation evaluation team and did it right.

  • Understanding the purpose and flow of the visit
  • Receiving clear expectations from the evaluation team
  • Organizing appropriate documents and records
  • Setting up appropriate appointments and interviews
  • Providing for the team’s working space and lodging

Fundraising – Harnessing the Power of Execution

Presenter: John B Savage, EMBA – President, The Savage Group
Target Audience: Development Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (annual fund design & strategy)
Overview: College presidents, boards, and fund development teams are capable of envisioning the future, but ensuring a certain and timely arrival into “the promised land” often escapes them. Why? In this robust exchange, workshop participants will explore how and why to integrate Inspiration, preparation, and execution as the critical elements that move a college into its next era of impact and growth.

  • Learn how we discern the strategic direction God is giving us
  • Review the five key elements of preparation that lay the foundation for success
  • Discover how to cultivate and nurture a culture that values execution as a path to the promise!

Grace and Wisdom When Right-Sizing Your Staff

Presenter: Mark A. Griffin, Chief Consultant, In HIS Name HR
Target Audience: Operations Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Academic Leaders
Overview: Right-sizing – an organizational lifesaver . . . or toxic solution to financial difficulties? But when layoffs are not well thought out and used repeatedly without a graceful strategy, right sizing can destroy an organization’s effectiveness. How you treat people really matters – to the people who leave and perhaps most critically, to the people who remain.

  • Taking steps – simple, impactful, and timely to make the process gracefully effective
  • Executing a comprehensive communication plan – to students, faculty, employees, alumni and community
  • Supporting displaced employees
  • Caring for employees who remain
  • Avoiding common pitfalls observed in other organizations

Leading Your Faculty Through Change

Presenter: Kim Pilieci, Provost, Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids, MI
Target Audience: Academic Leaders, Faculty
Overview: What are the secrets of creating a climate for change in your faculty? How do you lead this core part of your institution to adapt as your institution grows and changes happen? Learn from a gifted faculty leader how she has developed trust during times of significant uncertainty.

  • Creating a climate for accepting change
  • Conveying value during transitions
  • Nourishing relationships that build community
  • Cultivating trust in the middle of uncertainty

Making Christian Higher Education More Affordable: Variations on the Bible College Model

Presenter: Kent M. Keith, Pacific Rim Christian University
Target Audience: Enrollment Officers, Academic Officers, Presidents
Overview: How do you deliver high quality education and mitigate the rising costs? As the price of higher education increases, variations on the Bible college model have become more attractive. Let’s pursue attractive ways to provide quality Christian education at a low cost.

  • Consider ways Bible colleges have made their tuition competitive with local state universities
  • Explore the model adopted by Pacific Rim Christian University
  • Evaluate your efforts to make your business model sustainable long-term 

The Student is Our Customer: The Impact of Student Satisfaction on Retention at Bible Colleges

Presenter: Rick Cramer, Professor, Davis College, Johnson City, NY
Target Audience: Academic Leaders, Retention Officers, Student Life Officers
Overview:  Do you know why students leave your college?  Consider the findings of this dissertation study of secondary findings from 75 Bible colleges who participate in the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory. Explore the implications and discuss possible ways to serve your students better . . . and keep them.

  • Do you know why students leave your college before graduation?
  • Understand the correlation between your retention rate and your student satisfaction inventory
  • Look into the deeper findings of this doctoral dissertation on retention among Bible colleges
  • Join with colleagues to explore creative solutions to highly effective student services

What Disruptive Innovation Means for ABHE Schools

Presenter: Andrew Sears, President, City Vision University
Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Leaders, Trustees
Overview: Beyond the hype about disruptive innovation in higher education, what does it mean for ABHE schools? Learn from a cofounder of MIT’s Internet Telephone Consortium and one of the fathers of the Internet whose dissertation focused on disruptive innovation in higher education.

  • Review strategies like Lean Startup, Blue Ocean Strategy, & Bottom of the Pyramid
  • Explore the new unbundled/re-bundled business models
  • Consider the possibilities presented by 137 million new students in the majority world

Applying a Biblical Worldview to the Assessment Planning Process

Presenter: Joel Badal, Dean of Educational Services, Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, IN
Target Audience: Academic Leaders, Assessment Officers
Overview:   Is your assessment program integrated with a biblical worldview? Do you have a comprehensive methodology for doing this? Consider these principles to sharpen your assessment strategy.

  • Targeting learning verbs for student learning outcomes
  • Using the Standards to guide degree focus
  • Building a biblical worldview into general studies courses
  • Implementing learning taxonomies as helpful models for learning
  • Using assessments to target learning

Creating Optimum Synergy Between Library Staff and Faculty

Presenters:  Nancy Olson, Director of Library Services, Lincoln Christian University; Carol Reid, Librarian, Welch College
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Library Services Leaders, Faculty
Overview:  The best vision for full use of learning resources is through maximizing collaboration between the library staff and the faculty.  How is this achieved and maintained?  Consider creative ideas that can take your team synergy to the next level.

  • Engaging faculty in library resource development and analysis
  • Participating with faculty in curricular planning
  • Involving faculty in the promotion, use, and assessment of library services
  • Partnering with faculty in developing information literate students

Ensure Financial Sustainability by integrating Resource Development & Financial Management

Presenter: John Curtis, Founding Partner, Integrated Organizational Development, Inc. (IOD.Inc),
David Sayers, Financial Services Practice, IOD.Inc
Target Audience: Advancement Officers, Chief Financial Officers
CAP: 2 points credit (resource development strategy)
Overview: Many Christian institutions understand the need to expand resource development to better control their financial destiny . . . but few know exactly how to do it. This workshop will detail the principles, strategies and power of synergy that happens when financial management and resource development move beyond silos and stop working at cross-purposes. Consider how CFO and CDO joint planning and implementation can greatly impact financial viability and build major donor confidence.

  • Identify the common financial “agenda” that drives all financial management and fundraising planning
  • Learn how to collect data and results to ensure shared measurement for alignment and accountability
  • Consider administration and board roles in integrating financial planning and resource development
  • Explore ideas for creating open communication across the institution to build trust, assure mutual objectives and create common motivation.
  • Recognize the value of a culture of philanthropy and how to create an integrated team working on a shared set of financial priorities.

Fundraising – Your Next 100 Days

Presenter: Pat McLaughlin, President, The Timothy Group
Target Audience: Development Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (Annual fund design and strategy)
Overview: Many Christian development departments are staffed with professional visitors, not professional fundraisers. What fundraising priorities should you make to be a top producer in the next 100 days?

  • Focus on the activities that will produce fruit
  • Eliminate distractions that divert your attention
  • Evaluate how you spend your time
  • Major on activities that will result in the highest ROI

Goodness Isn’t Good Enough: Quality in Adult and Online Education

Presenter:   Joshua Fischer, President – Education Management Services & Progressus Education Services and Larry Kennedy, President – Quality Management Institute
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Online Education Leaders, Faculty
Overview: In Christian Higher Education, nearly all of us have good intentions for what we do. It’s ministry of the highest order, a sacred calling, quality education. However, too often, our goal of having quality programming is excused because of our stated or perceived intentions and “goodness.” Quality education must be more than our intentions.

  • Quality is Free
  • Visualizing the Customer and Keeping the Promise
  • Retiring Mr. Guessinwhat
  • Creating Systems of Systems
  • Actually Looping the Evaluation
  • The Benefits of Quality

Harnessing Technology to Empower Your Advancement

Presenter: Dan Flatt, Blackbaud
Target Audience: Advancement Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (Donor Records & Communications)
Overview:  Do you take advantage of modern technology to organize and empower your advancement strategy? Learn how a communications plan can smoothly flow out of a well-developed CRM database? Let technology empower your fundraising, not drain the energy of your team?

  • Review the basic components of a good donor software program
  • Learn how donor software and a CRM database can serve your advancement strategy
  • Consider the pros and cons of donor software and your ROI in current technology
  • Gain insights from what the best are doing to maximize results

Improving Retention Outcomes

Presenter: John W. Dysart, President, The Dysart Group
Target Audience: Enrollment Officers, Academic Officers, Student Life Officers
CEP: 2 points credit (retention strategy)
Overview: Every college is concerned about enrollment. Retention is often missed. Review the history, strategies and tactics of retention in the higher education marketplace Consider specific recommendations on proven retention initiatives that are effective at small institutions.

  • A Brief History of Retention
  • Common Retention Approaches
  • The Problem with Traditional Approaches
  • What Really Works
  • Structure, Accountability and Costs

Navigating Employee Benefit Non-Discrimination on Rules in Higher Education

Presenter: Jeff Jenness, Jim O’Bold, Servant Solutions
Target Audience: CFO’s, HR leaders, COO’s
Overview: Is your HR team abreast of the non-discrimination rules in Christian colleges and universities? Engage with expert leaders to review the rules primarily affecting retirement plans and health insurance plans provided for employees. Take advantage of a Q & A interview with a prominent benefits attorney from the Washington D.C. firm of Conner & Winters.

  • Stay abreast of important non-discrimination rules affecting your institution
  • Understand the Qualified Church Controlled Organization (QCCO) rules versus Non-QCCO rules
  • Review the latest case rulings and legislation impacting non-discrimination rules affecting higher education institutions

Open Forum with Commission Chair & Director

Presenters: Lori Jo Stanfield, Chair, Commission on Accreditation; Ron Kroll, Director, Commission on Accreditation
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Presidents, Accreditation Liaisons
Overview: Gain a better perspective on what is happening in the ABHE world of accreditation during the open forum with the Commission leadership. Review changes that may influence your assessment and planning processes. Learn from the most recently reviewed institutions.

  • Recent changes in ABHE Standards, Policies, & Procedures
  • Most Common challenges for institutions reviewed this year by the Commission on Accreditation
  • Questions and concerns for the Commission on Accreditation

Planning Isn’t Strategic Unless Something Happens

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Principal/Owner, CREDO
Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Officers, Enrollment Leaders
Overview: Every ABHE institution needs a strategic plan.  How do you turn the process of strategic planning and the plan itself into an effective focal point for your campus, driving action toward institutional health?  In this session we’ll review best practices in strategic planning process, campus mobilization and implementation.

  • Best practices in strategic planning
  • Focus on implementation, not just plan creation
  • Strategies for engaging and motivating your team

Retention Practices among ABHE Colleges: What Institutional Responses to Standard 7D Tell Us

Presenter: Michael Jackson, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Heritage Christian University
Target Audience: Enrollment Officers, Academic Leaders, Faculty, Student Development Leaders
CEP: 2 points credit (retention strategy)
Overview: Find out what kinds of retention activities are taking place on campuses across ABHE. Review the latest research on institutional responses to Standard 7D. Learn what the aggregated data from over half of all ABHE accredited and candidate Bible colleges tells us about the types and subtypes of retention activities that are taking place at ABHE colleges.

  • Review the environmental surveys that ABHE colleges are using for retention
  • Survey the types of retention programs that ABHE colleges report
  • Study the aggregated data regarding common recommendations given for Standard 7D
  • Consider suggestions for the road ahead with pathways toward improvement

Secrets of Presidential Resource Development

Presenter: Terry Munday, Retired VP of Advancement, Indiana Wesleyan University
Target Audience: Advancement Officers, Presidents
CAP: 2 points credit (Major donor development strategy)
Overview: What are the secrets of presidents who are highly effective in resource development? Why do some presidents do so well and others . . . well it could be better! Listen to a veteran advancement office who has helped many presidents expand their fundraising capacity.

  • The discipline of resource development – owning the responsibility
  • The art of relationship cultivation – It’s all about people
  • Getting into the habit of asking well – it’s the greatest liability of most presidents
  • Leading by example – what does a successful presidential fundraiser look like?
  • Sharing the load – engaging the board in your highest fundraising efforts