Annual Meeting Workshops


Workshops At A Glance


Every leader knows the value of learning. Every sword needs sharpening. With that in mind, the following venue of 36 Annual Meeting workshops is offered for all of the chief officers of ABHE institutions. Each workshop denotes the target audience. Check out the ones most applicable to you and be enriched.

We are grateful for the growing corps of workshop presenters, leaders from across the Association and higher education who have prepared invigorating presentations that we trust will expand your capacity and sharpen your competency as a leader at your institution. May God grant you keen insight and enriched ideas that will help you serve Christ at your best.

Thursday Morning Workshops:


Implications of the Recent and Upcoming Tax & Accounting Rule Changes for your Institution

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Presenter: Dave Moja, Partner, CapinCrouse
Location: Salon 3

Overview: What should you know about the recent changes in the Tax and Accounting rules? How will this new legislation and required rule changes affect your institution? Operating in the dark is too dangerous! Allow an expert to shed light on what you should know and how you should prepare.

  • Consider the implications of these changes and how they can impact your institutional operations
  • Drill into the recent tax and accounting rule changes to make sure your operation is compliant
  • Explore opportunities these changes present for your institution

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Prudent Preparation for the Recent Changes in the Tax Code

Overview: For those who will never read the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” or newer legislation . . . or understand its fine points, this session will highlight the details pertinent for institutions of higher education.

  • Review the primary details of the new tax rules that affect higher education
  • Planning for the best . . . and worst, understanding the implications
  • Thinking through your current documents and processes
  • Hands-on, real-life examples that you can take back to your institution

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Staying Abreast of Current Accounting Rules and Regulations

Overview: Is your institution keeping up with the recent changes to the accounting rules? Are you compliant with relevant regulations? Discover:

  • The primary compliance issues under the new rules
  • Likely areas of scrutiny and risk – including “Liquidity & Availability” reporting
  • New opportunities you should consider
  • Working examples and models that you can take back to your institution

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Board Governance — Legal Responsibilities and Chairmanship

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Presenters: John Wylie, Member, Sherman & Howard & Phil Clemens, Board Chair, Lancaster Bible College| Capital Seminary & Graduate School
Location: Salon 4

Overview: Effective board governance includes a keen understanding of the legal fiduciary responsibilities of the board as well as capable leadership by the chair. Consider these two important facets of effective institutional governance including . . .

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — ‘The times they are a-changin’: The Legal Duties of Directors in our Evolving Legal Landscape

Presenter: John Wylie, Member, Sherman & Howard

Legal duties & responsibilities of directors/trustees of a Bible college
  • What are they, and what do they mean practically?
  • How can your board (and individual members) get into trouble
  • How can that risk be minimized?
  • What should you do when it happens?
The importance of understanding legal risks – a look at the collision of religious liberties and sexual liberties in the law
  • Where are we?
  • How did we get here?
  • What steps can a Bible college take to position itself most favorably going forward?

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Mastering the Art of Chairmanship

Presenter: Phil Clemens, Board Chair, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School

Overview: What is the essential role of the board chair for an institution of biblical higher education? What are the major responsibilities? Learn from a distinguished board chair of one of ABHE leading institutions the insights he has gained from years of experience. Consider his keen observations on the board chair’s wide range of engagement, including . . .

  • Fulfilling the board chair’s role and responsibilities
  • Leading for institutional mission fulfillment and nurture of institutional culture
  • Cultivating a strong partnership between the board chair and president
  • Leading and developing a strong board
  • Providing effective board meeting chairmanship

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Preparing Spiritual Leaders in Digital Babylon

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[CEP 106 – 4 Points]
: David Kinnaman, Barna Group 
Location: Salon 5 

Overview: ABHE institutions have a long and distinguished history of preparing spiritual leaders. However, the profound range of adaptive changes that will be necessary in the new cultural realities could seriously threaten this legacy. Learn from one of America’s leading research voices on faith and culture . . . and consider the significant implications his findings have on a core part of our movement’s mission.

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Grasping the Implications of Digital Babylon on Spiritual Formation

Overview: As the millennials give way to Gen Z on our campuses, what are the implications of the culture that has shaped them? Learn about:

  • The distinguishing characteristics of digital Babylon
  • A data-based profile of the key characteristics of Gen Z, compared to Millennials
  • The implications of modern culture on authentic Christian spirituality
  • An honest appraisal of positive and negative cultural influences
  • Assessing the risks and opportunities for Christian education in the current climate

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30     Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — The Modern Making of Disciples

Overview: How does the Church effectively cultivate disciples in an anti-Christian culture? Can we overcome past liabilities and mentor strong spiritual leaders? Discover:

  • Ways to nourish a deep and authentic walk with God in a culture of shallow social media relationships
  • How hope and faith can be cultivated in a generation marked by anxiety, despair and doubt
  • Paths to create biblical assurance in an age of truth relativism
  • Lessons to be learned from the success and failure in current discipleship efforts
  • Ideas on how to form a generation for spiritual depth and missional impact

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Jonathan Edwards and the Birth of the American Revival College: Lessons for the 21st Century

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Presenter: Gary Stratton, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences | Professor of Spiritual Formation & Cultural Engagement, Johnson University | ABHE Senior Fellow
Location: Salon 6

Overview: Is it true that understanding our history is the best guide for finding our way forward? Sharpen your own capacity for strategic leadership – consider how the three-week Princeton presidency of America’s theologian sparked what Mark A. Noll calls, “the great age of Christian higher education.” Learn from this major inflection point of our past and gain better understanding how we might participate in God’s fresh moving today. 

 8:30 – 9:30       Session 1 — Spiritual Awakening & the Biblical Higher Education Movement

Overview: Step into the exciting days when God used Jonathan Edwards brief presidency at Princeton to spark an incredible surge in Christian higher education. Consider:

  • How Jonathan Edwards’s synthesis of spiritual awakening and ‘spiritual formation’ shaped the early evangelical movement
  • The relationship between this movement of God and the surge of Christian Education
  • The transformational impact of this spiritual awakening season on American society

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Spiritual Awakening, Lessons for New Days

Overview: How can and should we learn from this distinctive part of our heritage? What are the implications of these lessons for our campus culture and missional posture? Could God favor this generation with another awakening and if so, how can we prepare?

  • Why campus ‘spiritual formation’ efforts often fail without spiritual awakening (and vice versa)
  • Why to channel spiritual formation and awakening toward intellectual maturity, cultural transformation and social justice
  • How board members, executives, staff, faculty, and student leaders can help foster a campus environment conducive to planting seeds of spiritual awakening

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Veteran Commission Evaluator Team Training

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Location: Salon 7

Overview: Designed for team evaluators to keep up to date on changes in standards, policies, and procedures. Veteran evaluators should consider this refresher workshop a vital part of their continued preparation. This workshop will help strengthen an evaluator’s understanding and expertise.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1 — Preparing for an Evaluation Team Visit — The Chair’s Role

Presenter: Joel Wilson, Accreditation Liaison, Southern Bible Institute

Overview: How can you help your team get ready for a visit? This session will explore strategies and tools to make the pre-visit work of an evaluation team easier and more effective. Including:

  • Working out logistics with the host institution
  • Confirming travel options
  • Contacting the team
  • Organizing for the visit
  • Arranging interviews
  • Primary Challenges Team Chairs Face (survey results)

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

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

Presenters: Ron Kroll & Shane Wood, ABHE Commission on Accreditation

Overview: Standards, policies, and procedures change over time. This session will cover the major changes that have occurred over the past few years to help evaluators plan for those changes during visits. Also helpful for institutions preparing for an evaluation team visit.  Review:

  • Recent changes in Standards and policies
  • Procedural changes for evaluation teams
  •  New tools and resources for visits

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00                  Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


New Commission Evaluator Team Training

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Location: Salon 8

Overview: The peer-review evaluation team process is at the heart of the accreditation quality assurance system. Well-prepared team members are the essential part of this time-honored system. This annual workshop is ABHE’s high-value experience to help new evaluation team members become proficient.

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

Presenter: Jim Lanpher, Provost, Columbia International University

Overview: Learn what you need to do to prepare for serving on an evaluation visiting team. Much of the work of a team is completed before going to campus. Learn about each of these steps on the preparation process:

  • 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 interview, missing materials

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

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

Presenter: Brian Smith, President, Dallas Christian College

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

  • Asking probing interview questions
  • Managing your time
  • Engaging team meetings and executive sessions
  • Securing missing materials
  • Writing the team report
  • Writing commendations, suggestions, and recommendations

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up
12:00                  Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Recapturing Your Edge – Conducting A Website & Social Media Audit

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Presenter: Bart Caylor, Caylor Solutions
Salon 9
[CEP 104/105 – 4 Points]

Overview: In the fast-paced high-pressure world of enrollment management, it’s easy to let your website and social media strategy grow old and worn. Maybe it’s time for a spring cleaning and taking a fresh look. Dig deep into what you should review during this all-day exercise of conducting a professional audit of your website and social media program by a leading professional serving many ABHE institutions.

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Mirror Mirror on the Wall – What’s the most Beautiful Website of All

Overview: What makes for a great website? Take a fresh look under the hood to see what should be considered, what should be changed, what should be updated. Consider . . .

  • The philosophy of a professional, best-practices website analysis

  • A critique methodology that will ensure results

  • What appeals to various generations (X, Y, and Z)

  •  Helpful insights for a sharper edge

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30  Session 2 — Social Media – Then & Now; Keeping Up, Not Falling Behind

Overview: How can an institution stay abreast of the fast-paced, ever-changing world of social media? What is the right rhythm and pace for change? Learn from a distinguished expert how you can keep up and move ahead. Discover:

  • Current trends that are shaping the market
  • Best practices and tools for effective results
  • What appeals to various generations (X, Y, and Z)
  • Secrets that could make a big difference

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Strategic Enrollment Growth

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Presenter: Tim Fuller, Senior Vice President/Owner, CREDO
[CEP 101-106 | 4 Points]
Location: Salon 10

Overview: How do institutions develop an effective strategy for growth? What are the essential pieces that must be in place? How does an entire campus work together to maximize their recruiting efforts? Learn from a distinguished leader who has helped dozens of ABHE institutions and beyond to reshape their strategy and become a campus designed for growth.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1 — The Making of an Effective Strategy for Growth

Overview: Strategic planning starts with strategic thinking. How does a smart institution think through an effective strategy for growth? What are the questions to be answered? Changes to be made? Where do you start? Learn about:

  • The essential elements of a strategic plan for growth
  • Conducting an enrollment growth audit
  • Crafting a next steps plan to start the process

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Assessing Your Enrollment Strategy – Enrollment Growth Initiative (EGI)

Overview: Walk through the process of conducting an enrollment strategy audit and designing a plan to help your campus grow. Hear from an expert how this process could work for your institution, what you can expect and how you could engage. Discover:

  • What is the design and purpose of the enrollment growth initiative
  • How does the process work on a campus
  • What are the expected results

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


The Extraordinary Potential of Highly Effective Retention to Change Your Campus

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Presenters: Matt Boisvert & Rachel Phillips-Buck, Pharos Resources
Location: Salon 11 
[CEP 107 – 4 Points]

Overview: Increased retention is a result of an investment in data directed student success- and student success is at the heart of what we do! In this session, learn from seasoned experts about the secrets and best practices of institutions that have dramatically increased their retention. Revisit your current retention strategy and assess its effectiveness and discover how a focus on retention and student success with allow your institution to grow and fulfill its mission.

8:30 – 9:30       Session 1 — The Art of Effective Retention and Student Success

Overview: Consider the underpinnings of an effective retention system and how to implement a retention plan on your campus. Learn about:

  • Review the essential elements of a comprehensive retention system.
  • Identify low-hanging fruit that will make a difference on your campus immediately.
  • Best practices for student success and engagement that will move the retention needle.

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Retention Intelligence and Predicted Interventions

Overview: Using data to shape your student success initiatives is a proven way to identify your most at-risk students and create interventions for them that will lead them to success. Discover:

  • How leading institutions use data to inform their retention plan.
  • How to measure your own effectiveness and target your biggest retention problems.
  • Predicted interventions that will dramatically improve retention for your most at-risk students.

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


Turning Dreams into Reality with Major Donors & Capital Campaigns

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Presenter: Pat McLaughlin, The Timothy Group Location:
Salon 12
[CAP – 4 Points]

Overview: Successful campaigns follow four fundamental rules: 1) The top ten gifts set the standard for the entire campaign, 2) If the top ten gifts are lower than expected, other donors will lower their sights, 3) Extending the campaign doesn’t make up for the loss of lead gifts, and 4) If the big-gift-first sequence is violated, the campaign is in serious jeopardy. These four rules emphasize that you must amplify your major donor efforts to prepare for your next campaign.

8:30 – 9:30   Session 1 — Finding Where God is Hiding Money

Overview: God is not having a cash flow problem. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and can fully fund your ministry. The key is developing an effective major donor strategy. Learn about:

  • How to mine your data for potential major donors.
  • Network through your current donors and trustees.
  • Secrets to cultivating relationships and soliciting key donors.

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30    Session 2 — Creating Momentum for Success

Overview: Major donors are savvy businesspeople who are interested in funding plans that make sense and make and impact. Involve them in your dreams from the beginning and give them reasons to give and encourage their friends to join them. Discover:

  • Casting a compelling case for support.
  • Leveraging early gifts to motivate others to participate.
  • Challenging major donors to network on your behalf.

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


The Freedom of the Steward Leader and the Joy of Raising Kingdom Resources

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Presenter: Scott Rodin, The Steward’s Journey
Location: Salon 13
[CAP 101/105- 4 Points]

Overview: How does the Word of God shape and inform who we are as leaders and how we raise resources for institutional advancement? What are the distinctives and blessings of serving as a steward leader? What sets fundraising apart in the context of biblical higher education? Engage with a seasoned leadership trainer, resource development leader and prolific writer on biblical stewardship to discover the answers for you and your school.

 8:30 – 9:30       Session 1 — The Freedom of a Steward Leader

Overview: What makes someone a steward leader? What sets a steward leader apart? How do steward leaders create and successfully execute an advancement strategy? Learn about:

  • The seven marks of a steward leader
  • Why freedom is critical for leadership and fundraising success
  • The disciplines of a steward leader and how you can start the journey

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Raising Kingdom Resources Under the Pressure of Results

Overview: What does fundraising look like in a ‘one-kingdom’ worldview? How does a wise steward leader make the transition from fundraising to stewardship ministry? What is a workable blueprint for stewardship ministry as the heart of institutional advancement? Learn about:

  • Changes in the heart and head – when fundraising becomes ministry
  • Cultivating the core disciplines and practices of a steward leader fundraiser
  • Charting a successful course – what does it look like for my school?

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up 12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own


The Extraordinary Potential of a Smart Assessment Program

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Presenter: Verna Lowe, Senior Manager of Compliance For Educator Preparation, Western Governors University
Location: Salon 14

Overview: What makes the difference between also-run assessment programs that grind up professional energy and time while producing poor results – versus those that really work and produce extraordinary results in student learning? Consider the highly regarded insights from a distinguished leader in post-secondary assessment, insights that can help take your institution to a new level of excellence with extraordinary results.

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — The Philosophy and Methodology of Assessment

Overview: Superior assessment begins with the right understanding of desired ends and means. What is the right approach that creates a positive environment for successful assessment? Observe the benefits of a carefully constructed methodology for assessment and see how it works.

  • Understand the strengths of an advanced philosophy of assessment
  • Explore the structure of a sound assessment methodology
  • Weigh the pros and cons of various approaches
  • Know the key components of a superior assessment program

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall – Ballroom B

10:30 – 11:30      Session 2 — Crafting and Leading a Highly Effective Assessment Program

Overview: Move from planning to implementation with the right action plan. How do you launch and manage a highly effect assessment system that is workable, sustainable and highly effective. Learn from an expert who has done this well.

  • Building the right foundation – leadership buy in, policies, processes
  • Crafting a sound plan for a successful launch – when and how to start
  • Review the key components for assessment management
  • Avoiding common mistakes that can unravel your plans and wreck your results

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion & Wrap-up
12:00                   Adjourn – Lunch on Your Own

Thursday Afternoon & Friday 1-Hour Workshops:

The Board Chair and the President: A Vital Partnership

Presenter: Peter Teague, President, Lancaster Bible College
Location: Salon 4
Target Audience: Board Chairs, Trustees, Presidents

Overview: There’s no partnership at an institution with greater import than the one forged between the president and board chair. For strong and mature boards, how does this work? What are the respective roles, mutual expectations and practical advice on how to work most effectively in behalf of institutional thriving? Glean from the long journey of a distinguished leader in biblical higher education and board development consultant including:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the president and board chair
  • Developing synergy between the board chair and president
  • Practices of successful president and board chair relationships.
  • Impact of a strong president and board chair partnership

If I Was a College President . . . Leveraging Market Research for Real Adaptive Change

Presenter: David Kinnaman, President, Barna Group, ABHE Sr. Fellow
Location: Salon 5
Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Leaders, Trustees

Overview: Knowing all that he’s learned as one of the leading voices for research on faith and culture, how would he lead an institution of biblical higher education? What are the most essential and strategic adaptive changes that would be made? These issues probe the heart of how serious we are about reaching a new generation. Consider . . .

  • Compelling findings from faith and generational research
  • Greatest challenges to be faced for adaptive change
  • Most significant opportunities Christian higher education should seize
  • Honest appraisal of risks – what if we do not change?

To Serve the Present Age . . . Our Calling to Fulfill

Presenter: David Gyertson, Asbury Theological Seminary
Location: Salon 6
Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Leaders, Trustees

Overview: After graduating from a Canadian Bible college and serving as president of three leading Christian higher education institutions – what are the most compelling issues facing us for fulfilling our mission. What is the potential for adaptive changes, renewed vision, and a fresh movement of God starting in our own hearts. It’s the heritage of our movement. Will it be our legacy for this new season of ministry? Consider . . .

  • Inexorable changes that demand adaptive solutions to our methodology – the present age
  • Capturing a vision for engaging this new generation – hearing the call
  • Knowing the passion of God for global evangelization – the burning fire
  • Fanning the flames for authentic spiritual awakening – the game changer

Effective Preparations for an Accreditation Evaluation Team Visit

Presenter: Jena Dunn, Stark College
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience: Chief Academic Officers, Registrars, Academic Leaders

Overview: So you’re planning for an accreditation team visit. What do you expect? How do you prepare? What will be expected of you during the visit? Get prepared by hearing from a leader who’s demonstrated an exemplary grasp of the purpose, plan and details. Reduce your anxiety by understanding the experience and know how to be well prepared. Consider . . .

  • The purpose and nature of an evaluation team visit
  • The typical schedule and routine – what to expect
  • Handling the logistical details including appointments and meetings
  • Hospitality details that make a big difference
  • Getting ready in advance – a proactive planning schedule
  • Preparing the campus community

The Art and Science of Effective Outcomes Assessment

Presenter: Michael Jackson, Heritage Christian
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience: Academic Leaders, Institutional Effectiveness Officers

Overview: Every institution assesses the outcomes of their students and programs of study. Mature institutions do this well and the process provides a significant input into institutional quality improvements and strategic planning. Learn from an experienced leader how one institution makes this happen in an exemplary way. Discover some creative ways to take your outcomes assessment program to the next level including . . .

  • The best desired outcome of an outcomes assessment program
  • Designing a system that works and is workable
  • Effective management of institution-wide outcomes assessment
  • Integration of outcome assessment into the strategic planning process

Effective Marketing When You Have No Money

[CAP 104 & CEP 105 – 2 Points]
Presenter: Bart Caylor, Caylor Solutions
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Advancement & Enrollment Leaders, Presidents, Marketing Officers

Overview: Thanks to the cost-effective nature of social media, there are opportunities to seize for those who know where to look. What are the best means to get your message out? Where is the best place to engage your prospective students? How can you use the right tools to get the right results? Discover . . .

  • Marketing tools that will not break your wallet
  • A methodology for marketing that can fit your budget
  • Low cost ideas that work
  • Creative initiatives you can try now

Compelling Secrets for Comprehensive Student Success

[CEP 101 & 107 – 2 Points]
Presenter: Josh Beers, Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary
Location: Salon 10
Target Audience: Chief Student Development Officers, Retention Officers, Student Success Leaders

Overview: Student success is our passion. Upon completion, we celebrate! When poorly performing (students or institution), we wring our hands and look deeper. Hear from the heart of a passionate leader for student success at one of our leading institution. Learn what he’s discovered that is making the difference. Take your own journey of student success to a new level. Discover . . .

  • A working definition of student success that deeply motivates
  • How to conduct a frank assessment of institutional performance and identify the land mines
  • Insights on leading change, addressing difficult issues and cultivating accountability
  • Connecting the recruitment of mission-fit students with high graduation rates – the journey of success

The Power of Adaptability for Enrollment Success

[CEP 101 & 106 – 2 points]
Presenters: Kevin Bish, VP/Enrollment Management & Eric Currie, Assoc. VP for Enrollment Management, Asbury Theological Seminary
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience: Enrollment Leaders & Support Staff

Overview: We all know the definition of insanity: doing the same thing and expecting different results! But how well is your team doing at appropriately adapting to the changing landscape of higher education? Learn from a veteran enrollment leader who is passionate about being nimble and responsive to the big and small changes that are happening in enrollment. Participants will learn:

  • What it means to cultivate adaptability in your enrollment strategy
  • Several sound principles of enrollment adaptability
  • Creative ways to train your team to be nimble and responsive to enrollment changes
  • How to conduct an “Adaptability Audit” of your enrollment strategy

The Effective Management of Fundraising Events

[CAP 102 – 2 points]
Presenters: Dan Wood, Executive Director, NCCAA
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Advancement Officers, Presidents, Advancement Support Staff

Overview: Healthy institutions effectively engage their donors through a variety of special events. What are the secrets to a successful fundraising event? From banquets to golf classics, what are best practices and essential principles? Learn from a distinguished non-profit leader and highly successful events leader how to take your fundraising events to the next level. Discover . . .

  • Getting started right – purpose and donor pool focus
  • Organizational principles that will produce better results
  • Promotional ideas that will multiply your impact
  • Lessons learned the hard way . . . and mistakes you should avoid

What If Steward Leaders are the Only Ones Left Standing?

[CAP 101 – 2 points]
Presenter: Scott Rodin, President, The Stewards Journey
Location: Salon 13
Target Audience: Presidents, Advancement Officers

Overview: Why do Christian leaders fail? What is unique about a steward leader and how might it be the key to leadership survival and organizational flourishing? Join the conversation as we discuss:

  • The critical difference between owner leaders and steward leaders
  • How steward leaders lead in times of chaos and crisis
  • How to cultivate the heart of a steward leader

Mission Impossible: Recruit and Retain High-Caliber Faculty/Staff at Little to No Cost!

Presenter: Ellen E. Daniels, Jeff Jenness & Jim O’Bold, Servant Solutions
Location: Salon 14
Target Audience:  Chief Financial Officers, Academic Leaders, Presidents

Overview: Do you pay premium competitive salaries? Not an option in Christian higher education, right? In this competitive culture, is inherently caring about employees enough? Do one thing exceptionally well to keep high-capacity leaders: Offer a first-class retirement program and free certified financial planning. This speaks respect, appreciation, care & peace of mind. Consider how you can . . .

  • Help your faculty/staff plan a more secure financial future for their families
  • Allow faculty/staff to defer taxes on money thereby decreasing taxable income
  • Enable faculty to focus on teaching, instead of focusing on financial stress
  • Collaborate with a ministry whose mission is to improve financial security for servants of the church

The Essentials of a Sound Financial Audit

Presenter: Dave Moja, CapinCrouse
Location: Salon 3

Target Audience: 
Chief Financial Officers, Presidents

Overview: Is your institution being well-served through your independent annual financial audit? What do wise institutions look for from their auditor? What are smart ways to get the most out of the audit process. What are the common mistakes even good auditors make? Those engaging in this workshop will:

  • Learn what you should expect every year from your financial auditor
  • Review important criteria for selecting and reviewing your auditing services
  • Consider principles for the review of your auditor including what are reasonable fees
  • Understand the key purpose and process of a sound financial audit
  • Understand the know what an audit doesn’t answer or provide

The Purpose & Essential Elements of a Board Policy Manual

Presenter: Sherrill Babb, President Emeritus, Cairn University
Location: Salon 4

Target Audience: Board Chairs & Trustees, Presidents

Overview: A Board Policy Manual (BPM) contains the essential elements of the board’s role in governing the Institution.  What’s the purpose and why is this needed? Consider the key elements in developing this essential tool for effective board governance. This session considers the purpose, need, development, and monitoring of an effective BPM.

  • The purpose and place of a BPM
  • What constitutes an exemplary BPM?
  • How can a BPM be developed by using helpful templates?
  • What are practical tips that can be used in creating a BPM from scratch?

The Rise and Fall of Christian Higher Education Institutions

Presenter: Larry McKinney, McKinney Solutions, Former ABHE Executive Director
Location: Salon 5

Target Audience: Presidents, Academic Officers, Trustees, All Chief Officers

Overview: What can higher education leaders learn from the rise and fall of christian higher education institutions over the past forty years? Why have some institutions flourished while other institutions have struggled or closed? Learn from a career higher education leader/historian who has carefully studied the past commitments, present realities, and future opportunities of biblical higher education.

  • Impact of board and presidential leadership
  • Factors that influence enrollment
  • Financial management and business model
  • Academic programs & delivery

Making Your Athletic Programs a Mission-Fit Ministry

Presenter: Dan Wood, Executive Director, NCCAA
Location: Salon 6

Target Audience:
Chief Student Development Officers, Presidents

Overview: What causes the athletic programs of some institutions to synergize so well with the mission and ministry of the institution? What causes others to constantly struggle is the management of the athletic programs? Hear from the heart of a mission-driven leader of collegiate athletics how you can steer your institutional ship away from the rocks of a program gone awry. Consider . . .

  • Examples of the best . . . and worst in synergistic engagement
  • Time-tested insights on the core issues to be addressed
  • Practical steps for getting it right and ongoing accountability
  • Telling signs that help is needed

Lessons Learned from Conducting an Institutional Self-Study – Panel Discussion

Panelists: Bobby Mercer & Sandra Duncan, Tri-State Bible College, Allan Henderson, Brookes Bible College, Derek Holser, Wave Leadership College
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience:
Academic Officers, Institutional Effectiveness Officers, Registrars

Overview: Every strong institution has an effective plan for conducting an effective self-study as part of their quality assurance/accreditation process. What are exemplary plans and creative ideas from those who have recently demonstrated excellence this vital accreditation experience. Discover . . .

  • Ideas about getting organized – developing a good plan
  • Insights on total campus engagement – getting broad buy in
  • Practical plans for gathering important data – a good system
  • Keen advice on writing the report – experienced advice

Accreditation Challenges for Serving Under-Prepared/Resourced Minority Students – A Roundtable Discussion

Panelists: Jason Koppen, Indian Bible College, Marty Harris, Latin American Bible Institute, Kevin Cosby, Simmons College of Kentucky
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience:
Presidents, Academic officers, Institutional Effectiveness Officers, Student Development Leaders

Overview: What are the unique issues and challenges facing institutions serving minority students? What insights have been learned and systems developed to enhance the effectiveness of institutional programs and services? Learn from each other during this invigorating discussion of these pertinent issues including . . .

  • Student preparedness and remedial assistance
  • Retention initiatives that make a difference
  • Campus environment initiatives that enrich student life.
  • Measuring outcomes assessment within a minority culture

Critical Questions An Effective Leader Asks Their Marketing Stakeholders

[CEP 105 – 2 Points]
Presenter: Steve Wolgemuth, CEO YDOP
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience:
Enrollment Leaders, Advancement Leaders, Marketing Officers

Overview: The fast-changing and complex landscape of digital media are making it increasingly complicated for leaders to direct their marketing teams. How can a leader provide excellent oversight and institutional direction when they lack confidence and expertise in this critical area? Attendees of this session will come more empowered equipped to direct their marketing stakeholders to new standards of excellence, by

  • Learning key questions that direct focus and create accountability
  • Recognizing the three problems that every good marketing strategy addresses
  • Gaining insights on how to structure the institution’s ideal marketing team
  • Catching a high-level vision for your future digital marketing framework

If I Had $100,000 . . . Making an Institutional Impact Through Strategic Thinking

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Sr. Partner/Owner, Credo; ABHE Sr. Fellow
Location: Salon 10

Target Audience: Presidents, Chief Academic Officers, Academic Leaders

Overview: A common refrain heard from ABHE campus leaders is “if we only had more resources, we could turn this place around.”  Suppose several of the cattle on a thousand hills are sold on your behalf . . .  what would you do first and how would you make your decisions? This workshop will explore strategic thinking, prioritizing and focusing on initiatives which are most impactful in accomplishing your mission through presentation and engaging conversation. Including . . .

  • The vital role in strategic thinking – the prelude to good strategic planning and execution
  • The process of strategic prioritizing and focus – weighing the likely most leveraged impact
  • Observations from a case study that has worked – and could work for you
  • Insights about the typical mistakes institutions make – lots of talk and weak on serious thinking

Practical Tactics for Effective Financial Aid

[CEP 104 – 2 points]
Presenter: John W. Dysart, President, The Dysart Group
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience:
Enrollment Leaders, Financial Aid Officers, Registrars

Overview: Concerned about rising costs of financial aid? Struggling to control your discount rates? Unsure if your current financial aid structure and process support your recruitment and financial aid goals? Learn from an expert about the drivers of financial aid expenditures and learn real initiatives that can enable you to better use scarce financial aid resources. Consider these . . .

  • Definition of discount rate
  • Drivers of institutional financial aid expenditures
  • Data informed packaging options
  • Process & tactics to control expenditures
  • Sample reports for effective tracking

Handling Sexual Identity Issues with Compassion & Understanding

Presenter: David Agron, Christian Academia Press
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Academic leaders, Faculty

Overview: In the highly charged current atmosphere surrounding sexual identity issues, how can an institution of biblical higher education teach biblical values with compassion and understanding? Consider important principles and valuable resources for inclusion in your curriculum and campus ministry. Participants will:

  • Review the current trends in higher education regarding SOGI issues
  • Explore ways to teach a biblical approach to sexual identity
  • Evaluate the importance of compassion and understanding in your approach
  • Review potential curriculum resources for a biblical perspective

$41 Trillion – Accessing this Unprecedented Transfer of Wealth

[CAP 102, 103 & 105 – 2 points]
Presenter: Terry Munday, Retired VP Advancement, Indiana Wesleyan University
Location: Salon 13
Target Audience: Advancement officers, Presidents

Overview: Over the next few years, North America will witness the greatest transfer of wealth to every occur in human history. Is your institutions poised to engage in this mammoth stewardship opportunity? Discover keen insights from a distinguished fundraising expert how you could position your advancement efforts for significant gains including . . .

  • Grasping the sheer magnitude of the numbers
  • The role boomers and millennials will play in this transfer
  • The unique donor characteristics of male and female donors
  • Donor motivations and relationship development
  • Practical steps to get engaged

Conflict Resolution – Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Presenter: Mark Griffin, President, In His Name HR
Location: Salon 14

Target Audience: Chief Officers and Academic Leaders, HR Officers

Overview: While never preferred, conflict seems a part of most every organization. What are prudent principles for peacemaking? What do expert HR leaders understand that makes resolution positive and developmental? Participants will learn from a veteran consultant:

  • Principles for positive conflict resolution
  • Insights gained from experience and research.
  • Warnings to heed and mistakes to avoid

Budgeting/Forecasting: Best Practice

Presenter: Joe Spiteri, 2i EDC Technology
Location: Salon 3
Target Audience: Chief Financial Officers, Chief Officers

Overview: Budgeting/Forecasting is difficult and demanding for department/section heads and their leadership. Best practices still rely on extensive and complicated Excel spreadsheets. Fortunately software and communication technology has started to assist this process:

  • Linear regression and other mathematical techniques use history for projections
  • Financial modelling tools use “what-ifs” that tests future scenarios under different assumptions
  • Performance and variance analysis tracking is facilitated by many prepared comprehensive reports
  • Dedicated multilevel and multi-persons specialized communication tool ties the community of budgeters and controllers together
  • Communication is not only facilitated but also recorded and searchable with suitable permissions and restrictions

Major Mistakes Boards Must Avoid

Presenter: James Barnes, President Emeritus, Indiana Wesleyan University
Location: Salon 4

Target Audience: Board Chairs, Trustees, Presidents

Overview: As boards guide the overall direction of the institution, there are perils common to this journey that prudent boards will avoid. Learn from a veteran president and leader in higher education board governance what has been garnered from the experience of many institutions that can safe guard your institution’s path forward. Consider these vital topics to be covered:

  • Ineffective recruitment of new trustees
  • Lack of systematic trustee development program
  • Non-existent or ineffective board governance committee
  • Weak or non-existent evaluation systems
  • Failure to exhibit culture of continuous improvement

What the World Needs from Biblical Higher Education

Presenter: Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance
Location: Salon 5

Target Audience:
Presidents, Trustees, Academic Leaders

Overview: Given the significant cultural, political and spiritual changes happening around the world, how should North American biblical higher education engage with the global Church? What are the new realities and opportunities. Hear from a global ambassador with World Evangelical Alliance and former president of a leading ABHE institution in Canada. Discover . . .

  • The most pressing needs of the global Church
  • The greatest opportunities biblical higher education could seize
  • Major shifts underway and trends to be followed
  • Changes to be considered by biblical higher education to better engage with the world

Survey of Youth Ministry Degrees in Higher Education

Presenter: Ron Belsterling, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary
Location: Salon 6

Target Audience: Chief Academic Officers, Registrars

Overview: What are the trends in youth ministry programs across higher education? Consider the hard data from an extensive survey and consider the implications these findings have for those who oversee both undergrad and graduate youth ministry programs. Discover . . .

  • The picture of youth ministry programs based on hard data
  • The trends and future directions indicated by this research
  • Insights on youth ministry program oversight
  • Cautions about elimination, adding, or renaming YM programs of study

Open Forum with Commission Chair & Director

Presenters: Stephen Roy, Chair, Commission on Accreditation; Ron Kroll, Director, Commission on Accreditation
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience:
Academic Officers, Presidents, Accreditation Liaisons

Overview: Learn what’s happening in the ABHE world of accreditation during this open forum with the Commission on Accreditation (COA) leadership.  You’ll hear first-hand the changes that may influence your assessment and planning processes. Learn from the journey of most recently reviewed institutions.

  • Review the most common challenges for institutions reviewed this year by the COA
  • Recent changes in ABHE Standards, Policies, & Procedures.
  • Voice questions and concerns for the Commission on Accreditation

The Biblical Basis for Assessment

Presenter: Joel Wilson, Southern Bible Institute & College
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience:
Academic Leaders, Institutional Effectiveness Officers

Overview: Does our understanding of God include his role and work of assessment and demonstrated improvement? How does our theology relate to our work of biblical higher education assessment and quality improvement? Consider the findings of a doctoral research that may shed new light on this vital connection including . . .

  • Essential principles of our theology that relate to assessment and improvement
  • Implications from our theology for our professional work of quality assessment.
  • Insights from research data for improving institutional assessment

Sharpening the Edge of your Social Media Skills

[CAP 104 & CEP 105 – 2 points]
Presenter: Bart Caylor, Caylor Solutions
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Enrollment & Advancement Officers, Presidents, Marketing Leaders

Overview: Trying to communicate your message without engaging in social media is like losing your voice. You may be talking, but nobody’s hearing you. What are the current trends and best practices? Learn from a distinguished marketing leader how to take your social media skills to the next level. Learn about:

  • The leading social media platforms for your various audiences
  • Best practices for social media engagement
  • The typical mistakes institutions make and how to avoid them.
  • How to use your time most efficiently for maximum impact

The Golden Egg or the Golden Goose

[CAP 103 & 105 – 2 points]
Presenter: D. Clay Perkins, Executive Vice President, Financial Planning Ministry
Location: Salon 10
Target Audience: Advancement Leaders, Presidents

Overview: You have more major donors than you think! Learn a simple strategy to facilitate generosity through planned giving. By serving your committed and generous donors first, your faith-based college can have a pipeline of major gifts: a Golden Goose. An effective estate planning component in your university is a major part of building long term financial stability. Are you ready for the $9 trillion dollar wealth transfer? Learn from an experienced professional who has helped secure over $1.2 billion in gift expectations how you can take your planned giving strategy to the next level.

  • Ways to educate families and facilitate generosity through planned giving.
  • How to help your donors pass on their values, not just their valuables
  • The benefits of a turnkey system that empowers your donors to give from their assets

Mastering the Integration of Academic and Student Success

Presenters: Phil Dearborn and Josh Beers, Provost and VP of Student Success respectively Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience:  Academic Officers & Student Development Officers

Overview: Flourishing institutions know their students, meet them where they are, and take them to a place of their highest potential. The student experience represents an intentional integration of the academic, co-curricular, business, and personal needs of students. Learn from two distinguished institutional leaders how they are passionately pursuing this vital integration for student success including:

  • How learning represents a strong integration between academic and student affairs
  • Discover principles for transformative environments and engagement
  • Creative ways to identify, engage and connect students for overall success
  • What a high-impact experiential practices re-shaping student retention and success
  • Meaningful ways to assess your current strengths and weaknesses

Fishing for Foundations

CAP 103 & 105 – 2 points
Presenter: Ron Haas, The Timothy Group
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: 
Advancement Leaders and Support Staff, Presidents

Overview: There are more than 100,000 private foundations in the U.S. Should foundation grants be part of your advancement strategy or is it like looking for a needle in a haystack? What kind of expertise does it take? What are your chances of success? Is it worth the effort? Learn from an experienced fundraising expert what options you could consider and the wisest approach. Discover . . .

  • The various types of foundations
  • How to get started and choose the right approach
  • Principles for successful grant proposal writing
  • Secrets about successful grant solicitation

Research Report – What Happens When an Institution Loses Title IV Funds

Presenter: Kris Palmer, President, Heartland Christian College
Location: Salon 13
Target Audience:
Presidents, Academic Leaders, Chief Financial Officers, Enrollment Leaders

Overview: Everyone senses the looming economic threat posed by the loss of Title IV funds or other threats precipitated by compliance issues. Consider the insights gained from this doctoral research that surveyed top leaders at ABHE institutions. Learn what your peers have shared about their assessment of the current cultural climate and what paths might be found without compromise or extinction including . . .

  • Perceived impact from lost or disruption of federal funding
  • Contingency plans if and when funding is lost
  • Opportunities through cooperation and collaboration

Financial Performance Scorecard: Doing Things Right

Presenter: Jan M. Haas, Senior Consultant, CFO Colleague
Location: Salon 14
Target Audience:
Chief Financial Officers, Presidents

Overview: A former IBM CEO wrote: “…too often the executive does not understand that people do what you inspect, not what you expect.”  What should we “inspect”?  This interactive session will examine old and new financial performance scorecard measures, identify methodologies for selecting institution-specific criteria, and gain leadership participation in the development of and use of the scorecard in decision making for the school. Discover how to . . .

  • Develop an institution-specific financial performance scorecard
  • Recognize measures in addition to just revenue and expenses
  • Expand upon the CFI and DOE ratios and traditional scorecard measures
  • Identify the benefits of embracing GAAP criteria
  • Create leadership team “buy-in”