Annual Meeting Workshops


Annual Meeting Workshops

In addition to the seven Pre-Convention Forums, there are over 50 workshops offered during the regular Annual Meeting schedule – all designed to sharpen your leadership skills and expand your leadership capacity. Consider the wide array of issues to be addressed and topics to be covered. These are all designed as part of the Executive Training Program for each of the six chief officer positions of an institution and those who would like to prepare for these roles of service.


Look through these as you register for Annual Meeting and choose the most relevant workshops for your growth edges and responsibilities.  Admission to workshops will be first for those who sign up through registration. Let’s grow together for the glory of God.

Thursday Morning Workshops:

Risk Assessment and Crisis Management – A Clear & Compelling Danger

Risk Assessment and Crisis Management – A Clear & Compelling Danger

Presenter:  John Derry, President Emeritus, Hope International University (CA)
Location: Salon 3
Target Audience: Trustees & presidents

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Board Governance Risk Assessment

Overview: The truth is clear – the heavy weight of risk assessment ultimately lies with the board. And we live in an era of growing risks with higher penalties that threaten the viability of institutions. What are practical ways a board can work with administration to assess the risks facing their college, including . . .

  • Understanding the nature and magnitude of risk
  • Conducting a risk inventory
  • Practical plans for risk mitigation
  • Reviewing the world of compliance

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Prudent Principles of Crisis Management

Overview:  Veteran leaders know that it’s not IF there will be a crisis but WHEN AND WHAT. Preparation is both wise and vital to minimize the negative impact and weather serious storms. What does this look like at the board level and their dynamic partnership with the administration? Consider . . .

  • Surveying the range of crises
  • Crafting effective crisis communication protocols
  • Crisis preparations – the path of wisdom

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A 

The Vital Intersection of Comprehensive Institutional Planning

The Vital Intersection of Comprehensive Institutional Planning

Presenters: Tim Fuller, Founder; Fuller Higher Ed Solutions; ABHE Sr. Fellow & Jeff Spear, Founder, CFO Colleague (IN)
Location: Salon 4
Target Audience: Presidents, chief academic officers

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — The Nature of Comprehensive Institutional Planning

Overview: Every college needs a strategic plan. Accreditors require them. Board members and donors expect them as a window into where the institution is heading. Faculty and staff are looking for focus and direction; to know there’s a plan behind their daily activities. But what about your campus master plan, strategic enrollment plan, budget plan, operational plan . . . how do they all fit with your comprehensive strategic plan?

  • Understanding the various types and parts of institutional planning
  • Learning the key elements of each type of institutional planning
  • Knowing who does or should do what planning

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Weaving Institutional Planning into a Sound Matrix

Overview: The distinct and necessary parts of comprehensive institutional planning don’t automatically mesh into an integrated system. How do mature institutions weave this into a coherent, coordinated, and effective planning culture?

  • Considering models of comprehensive institutional planning
  • Learning from common dysfunctions and disconnects
  • Exploring next steps for building the total planning system

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A 

Weaving Together an Effective Enrollment Strategy with Successful Execution

Weaving Together an Effective Enrollment Strategy with Successful Execution

Presenter: Keith Mock, Associate VP – Enrollment Marketing Consulting (AL)
Location: Salon 5
Target Audience: Enrollment leaders

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Building a Sound Enrollment Strategy with Reachable Goals for Growth

Overview: How does an effective enrollment team create a sound enrollment strategy with clear and reachable goals for each phase of the admission funnel? Where do you start and how do you organize the strategy into a team plan with clear accountability? Carefully review all of the important parts of a comprehensive enrollment strategy and understand more clearly how these should work together, including . . .

  • Using your historical data to set reasonable and stretching goals
  • Breaking down cumulative enrollment numbers into admissions funnel goals
  • Setting goals for each admissions team member and putting it all together
  • Weaving all the parts together for communicating with institutional leadership

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Effective Management of the Enrollment Team for Strategy Execution

Overview: The best enrollment strategy is worthless without effective management of the team that makes it happen. Consider practical ideas on how to translate your strategy into team ownership and implementation.  Explore the secrets for leading your team to consistent achievement and enrollment growth, including . . .

  • Establishing clear expectations for effective performance
  • Balancing team accountability with motivation
  • Empowering your team with the tools and support needed for success

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A

Creating an Exemplary Self Study Document – Essentials & Examples

Creating an Exemplary Self Study Document – Essentials & Examples

Location: Salon 6
Target Audience: Academic & institutional effectiveness leaders, accreditation liaisons

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Understanding the Purpose & Essential Nature of an Institutional Self Study Document

Presenters: Ron Kroll, Commission Director & Shane Wood, Commission Associate Director
Overview: At the heart of an institutional accreditation process stands the official Self Study document. What is required by the Commission? What is its purpose and how should an institution execute a comprehensive and integrated process that leads to an exemplary Self Study? Review the essential components and process, including . . .

  • Understanding the purpose and process of creating the Self Study
  • Reviewing the essential parts of the Self Study document
  • Formatting the documents and exhibits

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Learning from Exemplary Self Study Documents Prepared by Member Institutions

Presenters: Brian Tomhave, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness; Life Pacific University | Alicia Carrasco, VP of Academics & Monte Madsen, President; Christ Mission College
Take your understanding of Self Study preparations from theory to practice as you listen to two institutions share their story of how they prepared for and crafted their own Self Study documents, including . . .

  • Setting up the process for broad engagement and timely data collection
  • Assigning responsibilities and effective management/accountability
  • Collating the reports and merging these into a well-written final Self Study document

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A

Facing the Challenge – Fidelity to Faith & Cultural Relevance

Facing the Challenge – Fidelity to Faith & Cultural Relevance

Presenter: Michael Jackson, Provost,  Heritage Christian University
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience: Academic leaders & presidents

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Balancing Fidelity to Faith Traditions with Academic Freedom

Overview: Every institution his highly committed and engaged in being faithful to their faith tradition with biblical orthodoxy and integration. At the same time, the academy is committed to ensuring appropriate academic freedom to its faculty. How do prudent CAO’s maintain the right balance and achieve both? What are the right principles and practices?  Consider . . .

  • Owning the responsibilities for transmission of faith – making disciples
  • Ensuring academic freedom in the classroom . . .  and in faculty communication
  • Addressing the rubs and tension points – creative ideas that work

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Keeping Your Faculty Culturally Relevant

Overview: While one responsibility for all faculty relates to the transmission of faith, another clear expectation relates to keeping the academy culturally relevant. On a good day. faculty exegete both scripture and culture.  So how does the effective CAO help their faculty stay culturally relevant and biblically sound? How is this constant challenge best addressed and nuanced? Discover . . .

  • Creative ways to engage faculty with current culture
  • Equipping faculty to exegete cultural issues through the lens of Scripture
  • Effectively addressing areas divergence of perspective and opinion

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A

The Crafting & Delivery of Exemplary Online Education

The Crafting & Delivery of Exemplary Online Education

Presenter: Eric Brandt, Dir of Digital Learning & Justin Harbin, Dir. of Center for Teaching & Learning Lancaster Bible College | Graduate School & Seminary
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience: Academic leaders & faculty

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Creating Distinctive Online Courses

Overview: With the massive shift to online courses due to the pandemic, there is now a compelling call to look more carefully into their design and unique nature of online education. What is different and essential about the crafting of online courses – from learning objectives, course work, collaborative learning and outcomes assessment? Explore this virtual environment and shape your courses for excellence in online delivery, including . . .

  • Understanding the distinctive nature of online courses – from design to delivery
  • Thinking through the entire process of an online course
  • Avoiding common weaknesses and dangers

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Learning to Teach Online Courses – With Excellence

Overview:  The horror stories are being told across higher education – where traditional courses moved online but the professors knew little about teaching in this new virtual environment. The need is apparent; we must pivot and learn how to bring excellence into the virtual classroom and make this a highly attractive option for our students.

  • Exemplary teaching methodologies for online courses
  • Delivering content in the new virtual reality – creative ideas that work
  • Conducting effective course assessments – virtually

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A

The Art & Science of Digital Marketing

The Art & Science of Digital Marketing

Presenter: Bart Caylor, CEO; Caylor Solutions
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Enrollment leaders

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Sharpening Your Digital Marketing Edge

Overview: Whether you were trained in digital marketing or not – you must make this an ace. It’s key to your institution’s growth and your success. Consider the basics along with emerging trends you should know. Broken down to a level you can manage but geared to take you further into this exciting field that can make or break you and your enrollment strategy including . . .

  • Grasping the basic principles of marketing – knowing how it works
  • Organizing your digital marketing to make it work for you
  • Knowing the insights from marketing trends – riding current marketing waves

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Making & Remaking Your Website for Maximum Effectiveness

Overview: The maxim is truer than ever – your website if the most effective portal for your admissions efforts. So, what will make your website more effective? From the first impression to preparedness for matriculation, the website must be your highly valued friend. This session will help you move to the next level including . . .

  • Conducting a website effectiveness audit – focus, navigation, emotional content
  • Connecting an effective and mobile optimized social media strategy
  • Creating content that is user focused to answer the right questions

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A 

The Art & Science of Effective Fundraising

The Art & Science of Effective Fundraising

Presenter: Brad Layland, CEO; The Focus Group
Location: Salon 10
Target Audience: Advancement leaders & presidents

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Understanding the Fundamental Framework for Effective Fundraising

Overview: Fundraising 101 includes at its core, a clear understanding of how this ministry works.  Explore the essential framework for fundraising and think through how the various steps create an effective synergy.  Whether new to the field or a veteran – sharpen your grasp of these fundamentals and take your leadership to the next level.

  • Grasping the big picture and the essential components
  • Understanding how to strategically care for your donors
  • Putting a comprehensive fundraising plan together that works

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Five Essentials for an Effective Case Statement for Major Donor Fundraising

Overview: Every donor appeal is based on a sound case statement – an organized plan that answers key questions. What are the essentials of this cornerstone document and how is this adapted for various applications? Review the principles of an effective case and refresh your own documents, including . . .

  • Reviewing the Five Essentials and how they work together
  • Understanding the key questions to be answered
  • Putting together an effective case

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A

Racism & the Character of Christ

Racism & the Character of Christ

Presenter: Whitley Phipps, Renowned Concert Artist, Author, Annual Meeting Worship Leader (FL)
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience: Student development officers, presidents, academic and other institutional leaders

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — The Roots & Reality of Racial Prejudice

Overview: Along with the pandemic, our culture has been rocked by strife arising from racial conflict. For leaders of biblical higher education, it is vital that we understand the history of racial prejudice and injustice that forms the background for today’s animosity. Discover valuable insights that shed gospel light on our current cultural divide, including the . . .

  • Threads of slavery and racism that influence today’s attitudes and values
  • Use and abuse of power that sustains racial oppression
  • Conflicted role of the church in the history of slavery and racism
  • Current disconnects in the church’s role of reconciliation

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — Forming the Character of Christ in an Emerging Generation

Overview: Beyond our historical narrative and cultural realities, the call of Christ beckons his followers to be transformed into his likeness. So how does the character of Christ inform the spirit of our age on all sides of racial conflict? What is the Christ-centered biblical response to these contentious issues? Look into the core nature of Christ’s character and let his light shine on how we should think, act, and be a beacon of hope in a despairing culture. Consider . . .

  • How the nature of the character of Christ directly addresses racism
  • An honest look at blind spots regarding racism on much of current Christianity
  • Pursuing afresh the heart of God seen in Christ that can transform relations, language, and values
  • Prompting this generation to seek the character of Christ as the path forward

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A 

The Art & Science of Institutional Financial Management

The Art & Science of Institutional Financial Management

Presenter: Fred Johnson, CEO/CPA; Telecom Communications; Former ABHE Commission Member
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Chief financial officers

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — The Essential Roles & Responsibilities of an Institutional CFO

Overview: While the tumult from the pandemic pulls a CFO in a myriad of directions, its vital that the main things stay the main things. So, what are these for the institutional CFO?  What are the essential responsibilities? What are the most important roles that the CFO must fill with diligence?   Walk through this subject and hear the perspective of an experienced CEO and former CFO on the following:

  • Knowing the irrefutable responsibilities of the CFO
  • Understanding the various roles and their purpose
  • Considering common mistakes and blind spots
  • What you should expect from your CEO

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

10:30 – 11:30   Session 2 — The Nuances of Distinguished & Enduring CFO Leadership

Overview: Building a distinguished CFO career is more than checking the boxes of roles and responsibilities. Judgment is absolutely essential as the CFO gives important financial counsel that protects and leverages the assets of the institution and empowers wise accomplishment of the institutional mission. How does this operate in the normal life of the CFO? What are creative ideas and best practices that can take your service as CFO to the next level? Consider . . .

  • Understanding & interpreting key financial ratios and reports
  • Seizing the right opportunities to give counsel, warnings, and timely information
  • Building relationships of trust that enrich your counsel
  • Knowing the right questions to ask; when, with whom, and how

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A

Thursday Afternoon & Friday 1-Hour Workshops:

The President & Board – Enhancing the Partnership

Presenter: David Gyertson, Former President – Taylor, Regent and Asbury Universities (KY)
Location: Salon 3
Target Audience: Trustees & Presidents

Overview: No relationship is more important within the institution than that of the president and board. The board’s selection, evaluation and care of the president is one of its highest responsibilities. Consider essential principles and wise counsel of how strong boards fulfill this calling with excellence including . . .

  • Key principles of a president’s partnership with the board
  • Basic insights for presidential selection and evaluation
  • The steward of caring for the president

Tapping the Potential of an Online Course-Sharing Consortium

Presenters: Nathan Green & Rick Ostrander; Acadeum (IN)
Location: Salon 4
Target Audience: Presidents & Academic Leaders

Overview: The rush to online course delivery last year was propelled by the pandemic, but the reality and benefits of significant engagement in online course delivery are here to stay. This has also prompted ABHE partner organizations such as Acadeum to create online course-sharing consortia that significantly expand the academic and financial potential of ABHE institutions. Learn how the ABHE course-sharing consortium works and how you can tap its potential for your school. This session will enable you to . . .

  • Understand how the online course-sharing process works
  • Understand how revenue is shared between partner institutions
  • Bring the benefits of course sharing to your students, faculty, and institution

Managing Admission KPI’s for Enrollment Growth

Presenter: Eric Currie, Assoc. VP of Enrollment & Kevin Bish, Assoc. Provost/VP of Enrollment Mgt. Asbury Theological Seminary (KY)
Location: Salon 5
Target Audience: Enrollment Leaders & Presidents

Overview: Every leader measures what matters. Smart enrollment leaders know what number to watch – numbers that are key indicators of enrollment growth and how to manage these well for overall team effectiveness. Sharpen your grasp of the right KPI’s and strengthen your leadership gifts for keeping the focus keen including . . .

  • Identifying the right numbers that are your Key Performance Indicators
  • Breaking down the KPI’s across the recruiting calendar
  • Managing the team with a sharp focus on the right KPI’s

What’s New in the World of Accreditation Standards & Policies

Presenters: Ron Kroll, Director, Shane Wood, Assoc. Director; ABHE Commission on Accreditation (FL)
Location: Salon 6
Target Audience: Institutional Effectiveness Leaders, Accreditation Liaisons, & Academic Leaders

Overview: For academic leaders relating to the world of accreditation, keeping informed about changes in Standards and Policies provides vital insight for institutional accreditation issues. Enjoy this conversation including Q & A with the Commission leadership to gain up to date information and fresh perspective on important changes. Consider . . .

  • A review of changes to accreditation standards
  • An explanation of new or revised accreditation policies
  • A look ahead at likely changes in the near future

Empowering Meaningful Faculty-Student Relations

Presenter: Alan Ehler, Dean, College of Christian Ministries & Religion; Southeastern University (FL)
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience: Academic Leaders & Faculty

Overview: One of the core values and distinctives of biblical higher education is the personal engagement of faculty with students. But is this a true statement for all of your faculty . . . or simply aspiration? We know some faculty are not especially wired for relational engagement; others are simply introverts. So how does the CAO stimulate their faculty to make this engagement a reality? What are creative ideas that can effectively motivate all of your faculty to enhance student relations, including . . .

  • Setting the right purpose & goals for faculty-student relations
  • Establishing broad ownership of the process
  • Affirming and rewarding proactive engagement

Understanding Learning Objectives & Curriculum Design for Online Education

Presenters: Verna J. Lowe, Senior Manager of Academic Compliance & Engagement for Educator Preparation; Western Governors University (UT) & R. Dale Hale, Director of the Center for Digital Instruction; Christian Brothers University
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience: Institutional Effectiveness Leaders, Academic Leaders & Faculty

Overview: In the brave new world of online education, there is often a gap, even misunderstandings about learning objectives and course design. Online courses especially demand that course design and development are created with the user experience in mind. What does this mean? How is this accomplished? Hear the time-tested principles and steps for crafting excellent learning objectives and courses from a distinguished expert, including . . .

  • Knowing the distinctives of online learning objectives
  • Reviewing the vital steps of excellent curriculum design – a clear plan
  • Crafting both objectives and course design with assessment in mind

Pathways to Persuasion: Boost Yield with a Sales Forward Approach

Presenters: Brandon Mitchell, VP Inroads Analytics & Erin Burkholder, Enrollment Consultant (IN)
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Enrollment Leaders

Overview:  Today’s competitive environment requires both a proactive recruitment approach and a high-impact enrollment team to meet your institutional revenue goals. Learn the strategic selling skills that frontline admissions counselors need to be successful in persuading prospects to move through the funnel.

  • Understand how prospective students arrive at decisions
  • Identify the red flags and opportunities with each prospect
  • Cultivate accountability and responsiveness in every interaction

Secrets of Maximum Major Donor Engagement

Presenter: Pat McLaughlin, CEO; The Timothy Group (MI)
Location: Salon 10
Target Audience: Presidents & Advancement Leaders

Overview: While all donors are precious to our institutions, we have a special responsibility to nourish our relationships with friends in whom God has entrusted significant resources. What are practical and creative ideas for major donor relationship cultivation? What are meaningful ways to enhance their engagement and ownership of the institution’s mission? Consider . . .

  • Understanding the roles and relationships of major donors
  • Exploring creative and meaningful venues of engagement
  • Taking major donor relationships and engagement to the next level

Institutional Athletic Programs – Playing Safe in a Pandemic World

Presenter: Dan Wood, Executive Director, NCCAA (SC)
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience: Student Development Leaders & Presidents

Overview: Among many disruptions for students created by the pandemic, few rival the shock of the COVID crisis like that on collegiate athletics. How are institutions responding – keeping students safe, re-engaging in sports, and finding a path forward. Hear keen observations from the leader of Christian college athletics with ideas that can help your campus, including

  • The overall current status of collegiate athletic programs
  • Lessons being learned about athletic program changes and student health & safety
  • Creative ideas being used to continue student athletic engagement

Preparing for and Responding to Government Notices

Presenter: Dave Moja, CEO; Moja & Company (GA)
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Chief Financial Officers & Presidents

Overview: There are few notices that cause such angst for the finance department like the word of an eminent federal or state audit. The immediate lesson being learned is that the time to prepare is not after the notice – but before. So, what are prudent preparations for the typical government audit? Hear the wise counsel of an audit response professional that will give you clear directions to your response; information that can be priceless as you walk through this distressful experience, including . . .

  • Understanding the nature and typical experience of a government audit
  • Thinking through prudent preparations that can make a big difference
  • Noting the insights from professional counsel for how your respond

The Calling of a Steward Board

Presenter: Scott Rodin, Senior Consultant, The Focus Group; ABHE Sr. Fellow (OR)
Location: Salon 3
Target Audience: Trustees & Presidents

Overview: Boards of institutions in biblical Higher education live with  an eternal compass under the canopy of a higher calling. We are stewards serving the living God. What are the implications of such a calling? How does this look in the boardroom and influence a board’s ethos and decisions? Look carefully into the DNA of a board’s calling and help your board live up to its calling, including . . .

  • The nature and power of a steward board
  • Thinking through the distinction between owner and steward board
  • Embracing our spiritual heritage and calling

Prudent Personnel Practices During Cultural Change

Presenter: Roy Peterson; Retired President of Wycliffe Bible Translators and American Bible Society (FL)
Location: Salon 4
Target Audience: Presidents, CFO’s & Other Chief Officers

Overview: Do the founding documents, bylaws, and personnel policies of your institution contain language clear enough for our social and cultural context? Learn some critical leadership lessons from a seasoned executive of a premier international Christian organization – lessons from a public process to help you clarify and update ministry policy language. Consider . . .

  • Embracing biblical values while caring for the staff
  • Navigating media attention while managing personnel issues
  • Best practices for well-crafted governance and personnel policies

Mining the Gold from ABHE,  NACCAP & Institutional Admissions Data

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Founder; Fuller Higher Education Solutions; ABHE Sr. Fellow (IN)
Location: Salon 5
Target Audience: Enrollment Leaders

Overview: In times of rapid change like today, knowing important,  timely insights from research is more important than ever. Consider key findings from the ABHE Annual Admissions Report along with NACCAP research across all of Christian higher education. Learn how to conduct important research for your own institution. Consider . . .

  • Reviewing comparable data from the ABHE Annual Admissions Report
  • Digging into emerging admissions trends across Christian higher education
  • Crafting institutional admissions research to better understand your own reality

Weaving Effective Assessment into Real Quality Improvement

Presenter: Joshua Fischer, CEO; Interlearn (OK)
Location: Salon 6
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Faculty

Overview: Every institution is engaged in assessment .  .  . at all levels. But only a few really turn the insights found in a good assessment strategy into an ongoing quality improvement system. What makes the difference? What are practical ways to get started? What are the key principles for institutional quality improvement? Consider the insights from a professionally trained QM leader including . . . .

  • Catching the vision for the continuous quality improvement
  • Building the bridge to quality improvement from assessment
  • Executing an action plan to begin the process

Basic Principles of Conflict Resolution & HR Effectiveness

Presenter: Mark Griffin, CEO; In His Name HR (PA)
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Faculty & CFO’s

Overview: Perhaps it’s inevitable. Where there are people, there will be differences of opinion that can lead to conflict. Blessed are the peacemakers! The CAO carries a unique weight for HR effectiveness as typically the leader of the largest group of institutional staff. Explore key principles for effective HR leadership and conflict resolution that are vital when conflicts arise, including . . .

  • Unpacking the nature of personnel conflicts and administrative response
  • Understanding the principles of conflict resolution
  • Initiating exemplary practices for HR effectiveness and conflict prevention

Case Study: How KMBC Brought Remote Students into Classrooms using 360 Degree Technology (Live Demo)

Presenter: David Lorimer, Dir. Of Admissions & Kirk Bagby, IT; Kentucky Mountain Bible College (KY)
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience: Academic Officers & Faculty

Overview: With a school ethos that values classroom interaction and peer influence along with nearly 50% of their students choosing to study remotely this Fall, KMBC created classrooms that bring online and in-person students together. Enjoy this live demonstration and experience for yourself how they implemented interactive hybrid classrooms using 360-degree technology, including how . . .

  • Remote students can participate in class discussion and make live in-person presentations
  • The options that a 360-degree technology allows for remote and in-person interaction
  • Students even in quarantine are still able to participate in the in-person classroom experience

Re-imaging a Collaborative World for Biblical Higher Education

Presenter: Darren Campbell, CEO; CampusEdu (IN)
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Academic leaders & presidents

Overview: We are in a time of unprecedented disruption within higher education which begs the question, “What collaborative and innovative opportunities do we have in front of us to further Biblical Higher Education?” CampusEDU is pioneering a groundbreaking solution to meet the challenges of today. Specifically, CampusEDU is building a software platform to connect institutions together and share world-class online courses. Join CEO, Darren Campbell, as he highlights incredible opportunities for you to take advantage of including . . .

  • A new type of online course to reach this generation of learners
  • YouTube style videos to promote your academic offerings
  • A modern platform to schedule and share your courses

Tapping the Potential of Planned Giving

Presenter: Terry Munday, Retired VP for University Advancement; Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
Location: Salon 10
Target Audience: Advancement Leaders & Presidents

Overview: The reality is stunning – We’re living through the largest transfer of wealth in human history. Wise advancement leaders are fully engaged in these phenomena, especially through effective planned giving ministry with their donors. How do mature institutions make this vital ministry work, including . . .

  • Creating your case for planned giving
  • Understanding your market for planned giving conversations
  • Reviewing the basics of planned giving – getting starting now

Maximizing Student Aid to Enhance Enrollment & Retention

Presenters: Rocky Christensen, Director of Financial Aid; Johnson University (TN)
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience: Student Development Officers, Enrollment Leaders & Financial Aid Officers

Overview: One of the most important factors for both new and returning students is the level of financial aid they receive to offset rising educational costs. How do some institutions stretch their financial aid dollars to strengthen recruiting efforts as well as addressing retention concerns? Explore this vital customer service role and make your financial aid department the solutions desk for your students, including . . .

  • How to balance the needs of both recruiting and retention
  • Ways to tap more resources and help more students
  • Keys to leading a user-friendly & highly effective financial aid program
  • Important practices for meeting compliance and regulatory expectations

Choosing a Preferred Future – Principles of Personal Financial Planning

Presenter: Jim O’Bold, President; Jeff Jenness, Chief Strategy Officer; Ellen Daniels, Director of Engagement; Servant Solutions (IN)
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Presidents, CFO’s, Academic & Other Institutional Leaders

OVERVIEW:     Proactive planning helps minimize surprises in retirement. The answer to ‘how much is needed’ is an elusive target due to all the variables. But there are sound biblical principles to practice now that can hugely impact retirement. Consider your current lifestyle, inflation, your family history of longevity and you can see why prudent planning is a must! Come learn practical tips to set your retirement years on a positive trajectory. Consider . . .

  • Practicing biblical principles that can make the difference
  • Reviewing your financial planning in light of your lifestyle
  • Choosing a positive trajectory to accomplish your financial planning goals

Living as a Spiritual Movement – Stewards of Our Heritage

Presenter: Ralph Enlow, Former President, ABHE (SC)
Location: Salon 3
Target Audience: Trustees & Presidents

Overview: The truth is compelling; biblical higher education was born in the heart of widespread spiritual renewal and we continue to by-products of and catalytic for fresh movings of God’s Spirit. What does this mean for the cause of Christ today and specifically for biblical higher education? Consider in the richness of our heritage and steward this for an anointed future including . . .

  • Knowing the DNA markers of our birth and maturation
  • Learning from our history – lessons to repeat and avoid
  • Leaning into the fresh movement of God – stewarding our heritage for the future

Strategic & Scenario Planning

Presenter: Drumm McNaughton, CEO/Founder; The Change Leader (AZ)
Location: Salon 4
Target Audience: Presidents & Other Institutional Leaders

Overview: Every strong and mature institution is engaged in robust and effective strategic planning. However, the pandemic has created a new urgency for institutions to also move into scenario planning. So, what is the difference between these two types of planning and how can they benefit your preparedness within this crisis? How does scenario planning give you poise for multiple options depending on changing conditions, including . . .

  • Understanding the nature and benefits of scenario planning
  • Gathering the necessary data for clarity and precision
  • Getting started with the process – organizing for nimble response

Creating Wins with Big Data & Predictive Analytics

[This workshop is replacing cancelled workshop: The Benefits of an Institution-Wide Audit from the Perspective of Enrollment Growth]

Presenter:  Gerald Stanley, President/CEO; Inroad Analytics
Location: Salon 5
Target Audience: Enrollment Leaders, Presidents & Other Institutional Leaders

Overview: Big Data has arrived in higher education. It can be overwhelming. Many institutions are utilizing their data to gain insights on markets, prospects, offerings and more. We will explore how to strategically build a robust data strategy and apply predictive analytics to maximize this valuable asset. Learn about…

  • Implementing a data plan
  • Building predictive models
  • Integrating predictive insights

Gap Year Programs & Partnerships

Presenter: Josh Beers, President; One Life (PA)
Location: Salon 6
Target Audience: Academic Leaders, Enrollment & other Institutional Leaders

Overview: What is the appeal of gap year programs that explains their growth and popularity? How do they work and how are proactive institutions crafting win/win partnerships that serve this bridge year academic experience? Explore this phenomenon and consider creative ways your institution might profit from collaboration, including . . .

  • Knowing the purpose and nature of gap year programs
  • Understanding the potential of academic credit collaboration
  • Crafting partnerships with exemplary gap year programs – clear steps

Top 10 Lifetime Lessons from a CAO’s Journey

Presenter: William Hackett, Provost;  Southeastern University (FL)
Location: Salon 7
Target Audience: Academic Leaders

Overview: There are priceless lessons that are only gleaned from years in the trenches of CAO leadership. Insights on positive and negative changes in Christian higher education. Warnings about dangers ahead. Encouragement about opportunities to be seized. Drink from the deep well of a distinguished CAO’s wisdom, including . . .

  • Important lessons learned from mistakes and successes
  • Surprising insights about the role and responsibilities of CAO
  • Reflections over precious memories and sincere regrets

Effective Creation and Use of Academic Dashboards & Metrics

Presenter: Jena Dunn, Provost;  Stark University (TX)
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience: Academic Officers & Presidents

Overview: Academic leaders instinctively know that without timely accurate data, planning is adrift. Whatever matters must be measured. This should lead to an effective dashboard system that provides a current snapshot of the institutional academic program. So how does the CAO put this together and make it work for effective management? What are the basic principles to guide this and practical ideas for dashboard metrics insights? Consider . . .

  • A survey of key performance indicators for typical academic institutions – what they measure
  • The creation and practical use of an academic dashboard
  • Exemplary CAO leadership informed by effective metrics and dashboards

COVID-19:  Its Impact on Biblical Higher Education

Presenter: Larry McKinney, former ABHE Exe. Dir.; President of Simpson Uni. & Providence Uni College & Sem. (FL)
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Presidents & Other Institutional Leaders

Overview: No one would have imagined the tumult resulting from the 2020 pandemic . . . and the profound impact is still unfolding. What have we learned thus far about the pandemic’s impact of biblical higher education? Consider the findings of interviews with many ABHE leaders and a panel discussion about insights and discoveries, including . . .

  • Assessing the broad strokes of the pandemic impact
  • Hearing the stories of turning crisis into opportunity
  • Learning important leadership lessons for risk assessment and crisis response

Preparing for a Capital Campaign – Essential Steps

Presenter: Brad Layland, CEO & Scott Rodin, Chief Strategy Officer; The Focus Group (FL)
Location: Salon 10
Target: Advancement Officers & Presidents

Overview: No advancement initiative requires such careful planning as a major capital campaign, and nothing will test the capacity of your advancement team like such an effort. This calls for a keen understanding of the essential steps for a campaign but the rewards for extraordinary campaigns are more than worth the effort, including . . .

  • Understanding the structure and normal timetable of a capital campaign – campaign plan
  • Knowing how and when you’re ready – feasibility study
  • Getting organized and leading well – campaign execution

Discovering the Potential of Self-Directed Middle Management Teams

Presenter: Scott Cawood, Senior VP for Student Affairs; Cairn University (PA)
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience: Student Development Officers & Other Institutional Leaders

Overview: Consider a case study of a model put in place at Cairn University to confront institutional dynamics that never reach the president’s leadership team and as a means of developing middle managers. Consider the treasure such a team can discover and the unusual insights you can gain. Discover the . . .

  • Research and historical development of self-directed teams
  • Strategic selection of the team and what empowerment can really mean
  • Discussion style, record keeping and leadership
  • Team dynamics that have to be present for effectiveness and success

Making Space to Form the Next Generation – Research Insights

Presenters: Jack Strong & Derek DeGroot; The Aspen Group (CO)
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Presidents, CFO’s, Student Development & Other Executive Officers

Overview: Building trust between people and institutions requires re-envisioning our spaces as a critical part of formation. To create a counter-cultural community, we need to create space that forms people in response to the dominant concerns of the rising generations—Millennials and Gen Z. The Aspen Group will lead us through insights from Barna Research studies and the impact for spaces we create. Review the implications for you, including . . .

  • Creating physical space in an increasingly digital world
  • The interplay of different generations and ideas in physical space
  • Ideas for making spaces to form the next generation

The Reality & Risks of Institutional Mission Drift – A Board’s High Calling

Presenter: David Gyertson, Former President – Taylor, Regent and Asbury Universities (KY)
Location: Salon 3
Target Audience: Trustees & Presidents

Overview: The truth is simple – boards are entrusted to safeguard and fulfill the institution’s mission.  What does this high calling mean and how do boards effectively  guard against the bane of mission drift? What are early warning signs of mission drift and how do wise boards protect the integrity of their mission focus and keep their compass bearings set on true north? Consider . . .

  • Making mission fidelity a priority at the board level
  • Understanding the various risks of mission drift – a reality check
  • Balancing mission accountability within governance parameters

The Fight Against Grace

Presenter: Scott Rodin, Senior Consultant, The Focus Group; ABHE Sr. Fellow (WA)
Location: Salon 4
Target Audience: Institutional Leaders, Financial Officers, HR Officers

Overview: One of the poorly understood battles being waged in North American culture is the aggressive and systemic attack on grace. While this basic tenet of our faith is often considered such a comforting and benign gift, it’s easy to miss how grace is increasingly considered a vile, hated, and insidious evil. Consider carefully . . .

  • How the modern understanding of critical theory collides with grace
  • Why the emerging ‘Cancel Culture’ denies grace and robs us of learning from the past
  • How the current political system has no place for grace
  • Ways we can recover this rich heritage and breathe the life-giving gift of grace back into our culture

Creating Campus Mobile Apps That Enhance Retention

Presenter: Jamie Giblett, Digistorm, (IN)
Location: Salon 5
Target Audience: Presidents & Trustees

Overview: It’s no secret that the world of mobile apps is thriving, especially for apps that support enrollment and campus life! Tertiary enrollment leaders are discovering the power of custom-designed campus apps and how they can strengthen their enrollment and retention strategy. Explore the potential mobile apps could have for your campus, as I touch on:

  • How mobile apps work for a campus setting
  • How mobile app technology can be implemented into your enrollment strategy
  • The pros and cons of mobile app options

Leveraging Win/Win Academic Partnerships Between Accredited and Unaccredited Institutions

Location: Salon 6

Overview: Learn how Lancaster Bible College (LBC) and Cornerstone College of Virginia (CCV) forged a partnership that is resulting in mutual institutional benefit.  Often there is a perception among accredited institutions that unaccredited institutions are viewed as competition or a drain on their potential student pool.  LBC and CCV have risen above these perceptions to craft a vibrant partnership that is mutually beneficial.

  • Learn how the LBC/CCV partnership model works
  • Consider the benefits of how this partnership has helped CCV in its journey towards ABHE accreditation
  • Review the benefits of how this partnership has helped LBC in identifying an enrollment stream

The Benefits of Using a Scalability Audit to Establish a “Road Map to Scalability”

Location: Salon 7

Overview: To ensure the longevity of their mission, institutions must progressively increase their ability to grow enrollment and serve more students without increasing staff levels. This session will provide insights from a scalability audit, including the development of a road map to future scalability:

  • Understanding a scalability audit and its role in establishing multi-year strategic objectives
  • Gaining insight from mapping the student journey relative to work and communication flows
  • Exploring how efficiency of business operations enhances student services and personal relationships
  • Lowering per-student NTR (Net Tuition Revenue) while simultaneously increasing overall profitability

Open Forum with Commission Chair & Director

Presenters: Kevin Hester, Commission Chair & Ron Kroll, Commission Director; ABHE (FL)
Location: Salon 8
Target Audience: Academic Officers, Accreditation Liaisons

Overview: Do you have questions about the work of the Commission on Accreditation? Questions about upcoming accreditation an evaluation or visit? Expectations for Accreditation Standards or Essentials? Even about most recent events in the world of higher education accreditation. Engage with the Commission Chair & Director to get the answers you need and stay up to date, including . . .

  • Recent news from government accreditation agencies
  • Insights about accreditation changes and issues
  • Information about how the Commission can serve you

Creating & Managing an Effective Online Ed Recruiting Strategy

Presenter: David Church, VP of Enrollment Management; Nazarene Bible College (KS)
Location: Salon 9
Target Audience: Enrollment Leaders & Presidents

Overview: With the massive shift to online education, many institutions are struggling to shift their enrollment strategy to match this new reality. Learn some proven methods from a distinguished veteran leader of online ed enrollment about how to craft and manage an effective online recruiting strategy. How is this different from traditional enrollment? What works . . . and what doesn’t? Consider . . .

  • Nuances of the online ed market and how a recruiting strategy should work
  • Essential data and components of a comprehensive online ed recruiting strategy
  • Basic principles of effective online ed management – data driven decisions

Tapping the Potential of Moves Management for Growing Resources

Presenter: Clark Vandeventer, Head Fundraising Coach – Major Gifts, Inc. (CA)
Location: Salon 10
Target Audience: Advancement Leaders & Presidents

Overview: A sound fundraising strategy includes a comprehensive plan for enhancing your donors’ engagement and investment – a moves management process. How does this process work and how do you get started? What information is moves management based on and what can you expect? Consider weaving this into your strategy, including . . .

  • Understanding the science of moves management
  • Gathering the right data and getting organized
  • Executing an effective plan and honoring the results

Leading Student Development Services Through Accreditation and Toward Excellence

Presenter: Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life; Columbia International University (SC)
Location: Salon 11
Target Audience: Student Development Officers, Accreditation Liaisons

Overview: Accreditation standards provide a clear benchmark for quality assurance in student development. This provides a solid foundation for proactive SDO’s to lead a well-organized and effectively trained team to deliver on the institution’s promise. This in turn can lead to excellence and make all the difference for you and your students. Consider the standards, essential elements and indicators of excellence in exemplary student development departments, including . . .

  • Overview of accreditation standards, essentials & expectations for student services
  • Review of student development policies and best practices
  • Hallmark indicators of excellence

Essential Financial Policies for your Policy Handbook

Presenter: Jan Haas, Partner; CFO Colleague (PA)
Location: Salon 12
Target Audience: Chief Financial Officers & Presidents

Overview: Institutional financial decisions and behaviors that are repeatable should be reflected in sound policies that are organized into an effective Financial Policies Handbook. What are best practices for the creation of such policies? What range of financial operations should these policies address? What are common mistakes, errors or omissions that you should know. Review or begin creating your Financial Policies Handbook with this professional counsel, including . . .

  • A review of the range of basic financial policies to be included
  • Understanding how sound policies are crafted – design and purpose
  • Getting started or conducting a policy audit to identify weaknesses or gaps