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Conference Pricing

Early Bird Deadline: September 1, 2021

Members (On-Site): $475 per person ($425 Early Bird)
Members (Virtual Via Zoom): $150
Non-Members (On-Site): $675 per person ($625 Early Bird)
Non-Members (Virtual Via Zoom): $300

 

Virtual Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in two-day program, including Q&A
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Access to all conference resources

 

On-Site Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in two-day program, including Q&A
Networking/Fellowship with attendees & presenters
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Three night’s lodging at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn
7 meals & refreshments
Access to all conference resources

Program Overview

 

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 ARE WE ACHIEVING OUR MISSION? GETTING THE BIG PICTURE OF ASSESSMENT
Presenter: Lisa Beatty, Director — ABHE Commission on Accreditation (FL)
Overview: Developing and implementing an effective assessment plan requires a clear-eyed understanding of your unique mission and the overarching purposes of assessment. Assessment plans that demonstrate mission achievement fuel a culture of assessment and drive continuous improvement. What are the big picture issues that bring meaning and value to the work of assessment?

  • Understanding your unique institutional outcomes
  • Developing YOUR OWN assessment plan and process
  • Answering the big questions
  • Investing in a culture of assessment

 ARE THEY LEARNING WHAT WE SAY THEY ARE? ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING
Presenter: Verna Lowe, CEO — Strategic Assurance (KY)
Overview: Biblical higher education institutions aspire to teach and equip the next generation of Christian servants and leaders for God’s work in this world. How do we know how well we are doing? The process of learning outcomes assessment provides critical evidence of mission achievement.

  • Starting from scratch or starting over
  • Involving the right stakeholders in the process
  • Evaluating what matters
  • Developing a manageable process

ARE WE MEETING OUR INSTITUTIONAL GOALS? ASSESSING INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Presenter: Michael Jackson, VP of Academic Affairs — Heritage Christian University (AL)
Overview: While student learning rests at the core of institutional effectiveness, the complex environment of higher education demands careful and continuous attention to achievement of other institutional outcomes. What key performance indicators are critical to your institutional success, and how can you track your progress?

  • Articulating institutional goals relative to mission
  • Identifying your essential KPIs
  • Navigating definitions for retention, attrition, completion, placement and other important metrics
  • Involving non-academic personnel in the work of assessment

 WHAT RESULTS DO WE EXPECT? ARTICULATING MEASURABLE OUTCOMES
Presenter: Teresa Roberts, VP for Institutional Research & Effectiveness — Ozark Christian College (MO)
Overview: Effective assessment begins with the ends. What specific outcomes do you want to achieve? The articulation of clear and measurable outcomes provides the foundation for meaningful evaluation.

  • Describing your ideal graduate, what you want students to know, be, and do
  • Engaging academic and student life personnel in crafting student learning outcomes
  • Crafting institutional outcome statements
  • Making outcomes measurable and actionable

HOW WILL WE KNOW IF WE ACHIEVED OUR GOALS?
IDENTIFYING EFFECTIVE MEASURES AND BENCHMARKS
Presenter: Charles Faber, Academic Dean — Boise Bible College (ID)
Overview: Effective assessment requires the right tools, and there is no shortage of available measures to assess student learning and institutional effectiveness. How do you assess the value of various options and set meaningful achievement targets?

  • Identifying criteria for effective assessment measures
  • Matching measures with desired outcomes
  • Understanding the value of a well-crafted rubric
  • Making assessment interesting and valuable to faculty and staff

 HOW DO WE MAKE SENSE OF OUR EVIDENCE? COLLECTING AND ANALYZING DATA
Presenter: Brian Tomhave, Associate Academic Dean of Non-Traditional Studies — Life Pacific University (CA)
Overview: An effective assessment plan creates a systematic approach to data collection and management. But collecting evidence of achievement is the not the end game. The fun begins with meaningful analysis of the data with an eye to identifying achievement gaps and the actions needed to address them.

  • Developing systematic processes for gathering and managing data
  • Collecting and analyzing data at the right time to support institutional decision-making
  • Engaging the right stakeholders in collaborative analysis
  • Focusing on what matters

 HOW DO WE CLOSE THE ASSESSMENT LOOP? USING ASSESSMENT DATA TO DRIVE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Presenter: Aaron Profitt, VP for Academic Affairs — God’s Bible School and College (OH)
Overview: Institutional improvement lies at the heart of the assessment process. How do you take what you have learned and use it to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness outcomes? And how will you know if your changes made a difference?

  • Listening to the data and developing effective action plans for improvement
  • Deciding what to act on and what to watch
  • Implementing data-informed change and circling back to assess the effects
  • Connecting assessment to your planning and budgeting processes

 WHO NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT WE LEARNED? REPORTING YOUR FINDINGS
Presenter: Kevin Hester, VP for Institutional Effectiveness — Welch College (TN)
Overview: Sharing assessment results internally motivates change and provides a context for celebrating successes. Sharing your findings externally engenders public confidence and meets federal guidelines for transparency of institutional outcomes. So…what do you share, and how do you summarize your findings for public and regulatory audiences?

  • Communicating assessment results to the campus community
  • Finding ways to make assessment results meaningful to outside audiences
  • Meeting regulatory requirements to make institutional outcomes public
  • Highlighting strengths for institutional advancement

Conference Faculty

Lisa Beatty

LISA BEATTY

Director
Commission on Accreditation

ABHE 

James Lanpher

CHARLES FABER

Academic Dean
Boise Bible College

Kevin Hester

KEVIN HESTER

VP for Institutional Effectiveness
Welch College

Michael Jackson

MICHAEL JACKSON

VP/Academic Affairs
Heritage Christian University

Eric Brandt

VERNA LOWE

CEO
Strategic Assurance
Consulting

Aaron Profitt

AARON PROFITT

VP/Academic Affairs
God’s Bible School
And College

Joshua Fischer

TERESA ROBERTS

VP/Institutional Research
& Effectiveness
Ozark Christian College

Brian Tomhave

BRIAN TOMHAVE

Associate Academic Dean
Non-Traditional Studies
Life Pacific University

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?
YES, for on-site attendees3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.

Can I request for additional hotel nights?
YES The ABHE group rate is $110/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email conferences@abhe.org with any questions or updates to existing reservations.

Is airport shuttle service available?

YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). To request the complimentary shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-240-3725
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?
The Hilton Garden Inn is directly across the street from the ABHE Weber Center (located in the Citadel I Building – Suite 130).

Are meals included in the registration fee?
YES for on-site attendees, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.

Are scholarships available?
YES for on-site attendees – limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to conferences@abhe.org with an explanation of your financial need.

What is your Cancellation Policy?
In the event of either virtual or on-site registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail conferences@abhe.org to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.

How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?
You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, or contact conferences@abhe.org to have your registration cancelled.

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For those attending the Conference On-Site, the ABHE staff will make a hotel reservation for you.

Hilton Garden InnHilton Garden Inn – Orlando Airport
7300 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 240-3725

 

 

The Hilton Garden Inn is located 1 mile from the Orlando International Airport. The ABHE staff will make your hotel reservations for you.  Please indicate your room type/preference when you register for the conference.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the Hilton Garden Inn. To request the complimentary shuttle service:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-240-3725
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Conference Staff

David MeddersDavid Medders
Executive Vice President
david.medders@abhe.org

 

 

Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events
carol.dibble@abhe.org

 

 

Darby BlanchardDarby Blanchard
Digital & Administrative Services Coordinator
darby.blanchard@abhe.org