The Accreditation Journey

The Accreditation Journey | September 21-22, 2017
Member: $399 per person
Non-Member: $499 per person

  • Location: ABHE Weber Center for Leadership Development, Orlando, FL
  • Full two-day program
  • Includes 3 night’s lodging
  • 7 meals, all snacks and beverages
  • Program costs

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As you well know, the art & science of accreditation is a journey, not a punch list. At its heart, this represents significant leadership capacity to enhance and verify the quality of the academic programs and the overall excellence of an institution. It’s not a peripheral nuisance. It’s what great institutions do very well.

This conference – The Accreditation Journey, is specifically designed for those at your institution who lead this process. Consider these carefully prepared sessions:

  • The Purpose & Spirit of Accreditation – Ronald Kroll, Director, ABHE Commission on Accreditation
    • The role of accreditation: quality improvement vs. quality assurance
    • Elements of the accreditation journey
    • ABHE accreditation resources
    • Developing a healthy spirit of accreditation
  • Parlez-Vous Accreditation? – Shane Wood, Associate Director, ABHE Commission on Accreditation
    • Common terms in accreditation
    • Names of accreditation documents
    • Words with unusual meanings
  • Documenting the Conditions of Eligibility – Shane Wood
    • Foundations of the accreditation process
    • Structural requirement for initiating the process
    • My institution is ready; how do we begin?
  • Getting Started in Assessment – Cliff Churchill, Academic Dean, Hobe Sound Bible College
    • Mission
    • Objectives
    • Assessment
    • Outcomes
  • Understanding the Accreditation Standards – Elaine Phillips, Academic Dean, Family of Faith University
    • Interpreting the language of standards and essential elements
    • Reviewing relevant policy statements related to standards
    • Achieving shared understanding of the Standards on your campus
  • Demonstrating Compliance with the Standards/Essential Elements – Cliff Churchill
    • Evidence
    • Analysis
    • Action Plans
  • Top Ten Challenges in Getting Started – Elaine Phillips
    • Which standards/essential elements are hardest to meet?
    • Which standards/essential elements take the longest time to meet?
    • How do I get this thing moving and who should do what?
  • Preparing Progress Reports – Ronald Kroll
    • What should a progress report include?
    • Responding to Commission concerns
    • Describing actions taken/yet to be taken
  • The Accreditation JourneyPanel Discussion Wrap-Up

These sessions are led by distinguished senior leaders who have counseled hundreds of institutions through accreditation, both initial and reaffirmation. Learn from their experience and expertise. Sharpen your competency and expand your capacity as you lead your institution forward in assessment, strategic planning, compliance documentation and goal achievement.

Cliff Churchill

Churchill-CliffCliff Churchill has served for 21 years as Academic Dean of Hobe Sound Bible College and over 40 years in education.  This has included high school science teacher, Christian school principal, Bible college professor and college administrator. He served for four years on the ABHE Commission on Accreditation and currently is on the Appeal Board for the Commission. He has chaired a number of ABHE accreditation evaluation team. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) and is a member of his local church Board. Dr. Churchill teaches online for several Christian universities and has written a number of graduate education courses.

 Ronald Kroll

Ron joined the ABHE team in January 2012 after serving as an administrator and professor at Columbia International University for 11 years. His background includes experience as a college faculty member and department chair, student services administrator, chief academic officer, distance education dean, doctoral program director, regional accreditation liaison, and accreditation board member and commissioner. He has three decades of experience in Christian ministry and higher education. Ron has a Bachelor of Music degree from William Tyndale College (formerly Detroit Bible College), a Master of Arts degree in music theory-literature from Eastern Michigan University, and a Doctor of Education degree in higher education from Nova Southeastern University. Ron and his wife Kathy have two adult children and four grandchildren.


Elaine Phillips

Elaine received her BA in Christian Education at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, and her MA Christian Education at Oral Roberts University.  After this, she and her husband spent five years in Aberdeen, Scotland, in ministries, studies, and reunions with their Scottish relatives.  In 1995, a clear call of the Lord brought them back to fulfill their callings to train laborers for the Kingdom of God with what was then a two-year old college: Family of Faith College.  Elaine joined the administrative team as Registrar and has since served as Vice-President of Student Affairs, as Academic Dean, and now as Provost.  With each position, she also oversaw assessment and accreditation and has walked the college through its accreditation journey.  She has served on many ABHE evaluation teams, and she has a special place in her heart for the younger ABHE colleges that are navigating the accreditation waters.  Elaine enjoys reading, walking and gardening with her husband, and trying to keep up with her three daughters who are very active in international missions.  She volunteers with her local Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors committee and is a member of the leadership team of the Shawnee Blue Zones project.

Shane Wood

Shane has served at three ABHE institutions over the past 15 years. Dr. Wood has earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership (Regent University), M.Div. in New Testament (Lincoln Christian University), and a B.Th. in New Testament (Ozark Christian College). His service at ABHE member institutions includes Program Director for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Dean of the Hargrove School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Lincoln Christian University; Chair of the Christian Ministries Division at Florida Christian College; and Chief Academic Officer at Nebraska Christian College. His teaching experience includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses in organizational leadership and Christian ministry, and dissertation committee chair for the Ph.D. program in Organizational Leadership at Johnson University. Dr. Wood has a background in pastoral ministry, and has also served in an interim capacity as a college chief financial officer. Shane and his wife, Gayla, have three children.


SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Dr,
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 816-5533



SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport is an all-suite hotel offering you first class service, located minutes away from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), and features amenities, including free Internet access and on-site dining. 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 SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • 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 Medders
Executive Vice President

Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events

Stacey Greene
Communications & Events Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?
YES, 3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.


Are meals included in the registration fee?
YES, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.


Can my spouse participate in some or all of the conference?
Participation in the conference by spouses requires their own separate registration.  In light of shared housing, there is a $200 discount for spousal registration.  If a spouse does not attend the conference, they may join in the evening meals for $25 per meal paid in advance through your registration.
Are scholarships available?
YES, limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to with an explanation of your financial need.


Is airport shuttle service available?
YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • 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 ABHE Weber Center is located in the Citadel I Building, less than a mile away from the Orlando International Airport and a short walk from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to the conference center.


What is your Cancellation Policy?

In the event of 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 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, etc.