The Accreditation Journey

September 24-25, 2018


Early Bird pricing ends September 1, 2018

Member & Affiliates: $429 per person ($399 Early Bird)
Non-Member: $479 per person ($449 Early Bird)

  • Location: ABHE Weber Center for Leadership Development, Orlando, FL
  • Full two-day program
  • Three night’s lodging at the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • Refreshments and 7 meals
  • Conference resources

Download Program Schedule

Quality assurance through the time-tested process of accreditation is one of the vital services offered by ABHE. Through her Commission on Accreditation, scores of institutions have received the gold stamp of institutional accreditation.

This 2-day conference, The Accreditation Journey, is uniquely designed for institutional leaders who are charged with leading their institution through the process of accreditation. Check out the Program Schedule and Faculty line up.

Tap the wisdom of our leaders in accreditation and chart a prudent path forward for your institution. Plan now to be part of this fall’s exciting conference. Vital topics are covered including:

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? – Elaine Phillips, Academic Dean, Family of Faith University

  • Names of accreditation documents
  • Key terms in accreditation
  • Words with unusual or technical meanings (accreditation jargon)

Documenting the Conditions of Eligibility – Shane Wood, Associate Director, ABHE Commission on Accreditation

  • Overview of the requirements
  • Suggestions on writing the narrative for each COE
  • Suggestions for documenting each COE

Getting Started in Assessment – Aaron Profitt – VP for Academic Affairs, God’s Bible School & College

  • Defining mission, objectives, measurable outcomes
  • Gathering and analyzing data
  • Acting on results
  • Celebrating: Making outcome results public

Completing the Application & COE Document  – Ron Kroll

  • Application overview
  • Formatting the COE document
  • Creating and compiling exhibits

Writing Progress Reports – Aaron Profitt

  • What is satisfactory progress?
  • Tell and show: narrative description and evidence to support
  • Focusing on results
  • Identifying next steps and implementation targets

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?
  • Identifying next steps and implementation targets

What’s Next? – Shane Wood

  • Sequence leading up to applicant status
  • Planning and timelines
  • When am I ready for a team visit?

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.

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.


Aaron Profitt

Aaron Profitt is a college teacher and administrator with teaching experience in both public and private sectors. He is interested in issues in Biblical higher education, higher-education accountability/assessment, faculty development and higher-education accreditation. Aaron serves as an evaluator for the Association for Biblical Higher Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?

YES, 3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.

Can I request for additional hotel nights?

YES The ABHE group rate is $115/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 with any questions or updates to existing reservations.

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.