Concurrent Sessions

Sunday, November 2
Monday, November 3
Tuesday, November 4



Sunday, November 2
 
10:30–11:45 a.m.
(Sponsored by Campus Labs)
 
Adjunct Unionization: Coming Soon to a Campus Near You?
Adjunct Action is a campaign that brings full- and part-time adjunct faculty members together to form a union for the purposes of bargaining over issues of compensation, benefits, evaluation, institutional support for scholarship and research and participation in institutional governance. Efforts in Boston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Seattle have resulted in adjunct unionization and/or legislation that shapes the relationship between adjuncts and the institutions that employ them. Similar movements are underway in 12 other metropolitan areas. How can colleges and universities address the major concerns of adjunct faculty members in advance of a movement to unionize? How do issues of social justice influence the discussion on campuses? An attorney with experience handling the legal aspects of this issue will lead the session.
 
Natasha J. Baker, Partner, Hirschfeld Kramer LLP
Chair: Kathleen Light, Provost, University of the Incarnate Word
 
Balancing the Quantitative and Human Sides of Curriculum Analysis
Although numbers often don’t tell the whole truth, they usually don’t lie, either. This session will present a method of curriculum analysis that considers prospective student information (external demand), graduation information (internal demand), and cost per student credit hour by program to identify programs that, from a cost-benefit perspective, should receive more funding, that are healthy at current levels of funding, that need to be more efficient, and that may no longer make sense for the institution. Discussion about how quantitative data can be used to achieve a strong, viable array of academic programs will follow the presentation.
 
Cheryl Brandsen, Provost, Calvin College
Thom Davis, Vice President for Business and Finance, Averett University
Michael Williams, President, Austen Group, A RuffaloCODY Company
Chair: Helen Whippy, Provost, Chaminade University of Honolulu
 
Conflicting Realities: Bridging the Gap between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants
Participants will meet informally with Arthur Levine to discuss the ideas offered in his keynote address.
 
Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Chair: B. Connie Allen, Provost, Saint Augustine’s University
 
Non-Traditional Scholarship and the Tenure and Promotion Process
Non-traditional scholarship, including digital and public scholarship, is becoming mainstream for faculty members at liberal arts colleges and universities. Many faculty members see opportunities in non-traditional scholarship to collaborate seamlessly with colleagues, including students and community members, and to develop innovative teaching methods to enhance student learning. But faculty members also have concerns about how non-traditional scholarship will be evaluated and credited. How are publications in digital journals and other forms of non-traditional scholarship considered in tenure and promotion evaluations? What new forms of scholarship are being created through digital media? The presenters will discuss effective evaluation guidelines and examples of institutional processes.
 
Kristine M. Bartanen, Academic Vice President and Dean of the University, University of Puget Sound
R. Joseph Dieker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Cornell College (IA)
Dale H. Simmons, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aurora University
Chair: John Ottenhoff, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, The College of Idaho
 
Undergraduate Research Consortia—Great Lakes Colleges Association
The Council on Undergraduate Research recently concluded a project designed to bring together institutional leaders from college and university consortia or state systems to explore ways to cooperate in the provision of deeper, richer undergraduate research opportunities for students. The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) was selected as one of six groups of institutions for this national project. Representatives of GLCA institutions will discuss the impact of the project on member campuses, lessons learned, and future directions for exploration.
 
Linda C. DeMeritt, Provost and Dean of the College, Allegheny College
Simon Gray, GLCA Program Officer and Associate Professor of Computer Science, The College of Wooster
Carolyn R. Newton, Provost, The College of Wooster
Charles Stinemetz, Provost, Ohio Wesleyan University
Chair: Wenying Xu, Provost, Jacksonville University (FL)
 

1:30–2:45 p.m.

“Big History” as General Education
Big History applies a multi-disciplinary approach to history from the Big Bang to the present, weaving studies of the cosmos, Earth, life, and humans together. Faculty members and administrators at Dominican University of California, based on the framework of Big History, developed a common intellectual first-year experience for students that is writing-intensive, develops information literacy, uses active learning techniques, and invites students to explore their own roles in shaping their future. The content of the one-year course sequence provides a foundation for the general education program. Administrators at Dominican will sketch the development of this project and report on results of four years of implementation and evaluation.
 
Mojgan Behmand, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dominican University of California
Nicola Pitchford, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Dominican University of California
Chair: Caroline J. Simon, Provost and Executive Vice President, Whitworth University
 
College-Owned Housing for Faculty and Staff Members
Some institutions build community by providing college-owned housing for faculty and staff members and their families. Should available college-owned housing be set aside for new faculty and staff members or used as a reward for long-serving employees? What limits on how long a faculty or staff member can live in college-owned housing best serve the college’s objectives? This session will focus on the advantages and challenges of distributing college-owned housing in various ways.
 
David R. Evans, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Buena Vista University
Valerie D. Lehr, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs, St. Lawrence University
Chair: Hans van der Giessen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Bridgeport
 
Enrollment Management
Recruiting, enrolling, and retaining students have become more challenging for many colleges and universities in today’s competitive environment. Expert consultants and refined uses of technology both can be helpful. Indeed, enrollment management tools are available to help institutions target recruitment, evaluate applicants, and improve yield among accepted students—not to mention tracking students as they progress through the curriculum, flagging students who need additional support, and establishing alumni relations after graduation. How are private colleges and universities using the available tools to shape the student body and improve retention and graduation rates? Which aspects of the tools are most effective? How can institutions engage faculty members in this process?
 
Jayne W. Edge, Vice President for Marketing, Jenzabar
Regina Robinson, Dean of Student Affairs, Cambridge College
Chair: Alan Woolfolk, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Flagler College
 
Sustainable, Affordable Models for Campus Internationalization
Campus internationalization must provide ways for students and faculty members to expand their views of the world and experience different cultures. Small but purposeful steps as a part of a campus-wide internationalization strategy can advance a more international vision, ethos, student population, faculty, curricula, and co-curricular programs. How can CIC institutions develop plans for campus internationalization that will make valuable international experiences affordable for students and faculty members and that will be sustainable for years to come? Experienced CAOs will discuss how they have approached cost-effective internationalization.
 
Richard Ostrander, Provost, Cornerstone University
Marc Roy, Provost, Goucher College
Thimios Zaharopoulos, Provost, American College of Greece
Chair: Malcolm Russell, Vice President for Academic Administration, Union College (NE)
 
Title IX: Compliance and Best Practices
Title IX concerns of colleges and universities have expanded from equal opportunities for male and female students in intercollegiate athletics to equal educational experiences, including freedom from sexual harassment for both men and women. What are the most effective Title IX educational initiatives? Which aspects of sexual harassment avoidance training work well? What kinds of investigations meet compliance requirements?
 
Natasha J. Baker, Partner, Hirschfeld Kramer LLP
Chair: Paula McNutt, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Carroll College (MT)
 

3:00–4:15 p.m.

Cooperating with Community Colleges: Innovative Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Transfer Students
Many talented students begin their undergraduate careers in community colleges. How can small and mid-sized four-year liberal arts colleges and universities effectively cooperate with community colleges to minimize barriers and maximize support for students through the transfer process? What are policies, processes, and services that help students navigate smoothly to college completion? CAOs at CIC colleges that have been successful in attracting and retaining transfer students and a representative from American Honors, a competitive honors program available at select community colleges across the country, will offer practical advice and innovative strategies.
 
Charlotte Borst, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Whittier College
David Finegold, Chief Academic Officer, American Honors
Sonya Stephens, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Stephen Stahl, Provost, Baldwin Wallace University
 
Crash Course: Crafting a Strategic Internationalization Plan
There is a renewed charge on many CIC campuses to become internationalized institutions that graduate global citizens who function effectively in an increasingly interconnected world. In this interactive session, a representative of American Councils for International Education (American Councils) and a CAO with successful experience in campus internationalization initiatives will take participants through a step-by-step process for developing an institution’s “strategic internationalization plan” that complements the institution’s strategic plan. The presenters will provide information on the dimensions of internationalization, building internal consensus, and establishing an institution’s internationalization goals.
 
Kirsten Brecht Baker, Chief Marketing Officer, American Councils
Michael A. McDonald, Provost, Kalamazoo College
Marci Sortor, Provost and Dean of the College, St. Olaf College
Sandra Wong, Dean of the College, Colorado College
Chair: John S. Miller, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pacific University (OR)
 
Facilities and Financial Modeling for the Sciences and the Fine and Performing Arts: Flashpoint Issues for the CAO and the CFO
Academic programs in the sciences and the fine and performing arts frequently attract the attention of both the CAO and CFO because of their high cost per student; intensive faculty involvement; need for expensive equipment, instruments, and maintenance agreements; need for specialized facilities; and safety issues. What principles should guide plans for new facilities for the fine and performing arts and sciences? How can the CAO and the CFO bring together faculty members, students, and staff members, including health and safety officers and maintenance supervisors, in the discussions and reach conclusions that most will support?
 
Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Seton Hill University
Kenneth M. Macur, Provost and Dean of the College, Bethany College (KS)
David P. Myron, Vice President for Finance and CFO, Seton Hill University
Chair: Sherry Fraser, Provost, Concordia College (NY)
 
Financial Aid Leveraging: Integrated Research Can Increase Enrollment and Net Revenue
Customized market research on prospective college students and their families can reveal perceptions of the value of a college education that lie at the heart of a family’s enrollment decision. Analysis of the data can highlight family price sensitivities and forecast enrollment results for the institution based on desired class size and financial aid distribution. In this session, presenters will explain predictive modeling and the use of behavioral data in enrollment management. The goal of this approach is to leverage financial aid to yield an increase in enrollment and net revenue.
 
Michele D. Perkins, President, New England College
Daniel A. Wubah, Provost, Washington and Lee University
David R. Wuinee, Senior Vice President, Maguire Associates
Chair: Christine De Vinne, OSU, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Notre Dame of Maryland University
 
Is It Time for the Next Step? The Presidential Search Process
When is the right time to start thinking about a presidency? How do you know when you are ready for the next challenge? This session will help CAOs and CFOs answer these questions and offer a view inside the sometimes mysterious presidential search process. An experienced search consultant will give practical advice on how to present typical professional achievements in ways that presidential search committees will find relevant and impressive and how to approach search consultants.
 
Andrea Warren Hamos, Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant, Academic Search, Inc.
Chair: Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Grand View University
 

4:30–5:30 p.m.
 
CAO-CFO Partnerships: Models of Good Relationships
It is essential to the success of a college or university that the CAO and CFO maintain a collaborative working relationship. But these two senior officers often approach issues and opportunities from different perspectives. What are best practices for working together productively? How can each senior officer help the other understand his or her point of view? How can these two colleagues build a relationship that will survive conflict?
 
Johnnella E. Butler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spelman College
Thomas Bylsma, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Hope College
Robert Flanigan, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Treasurer, Spelman College
R. Richard Ray, Provost, Hope College
Chair: Scott Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Brevard College
 
Higher Education Leadership: The Entrepreneurial CAO-CFO Partnership
Institutional growth occurs through new programs and new markets. Finding the funds to support new programs and market expansion requires that CAOs and CFOs analyze current program and course offerings, financial aid allocations, retention efforts, and the debt structure of the institution. The CAO and CFO of Becker College, in cooperation with the president, a higher education consultant, and faculty members, are implementing a plan for institutional transformation. The college is currently in a five-stage process that is intended to result in university status by 2020. Accomplishments thus far include improved retention and graduation rates, higher admissions standards, increased student enrollment, discontinuation of remedial courses, and new programs. The panel will present the framework they used to guide the process and lead a case-based discussion.
 
David Ellis, Senior Vice President and CFO, Becker College
John MacDonald, Vice President of Innovation and Interim CAO, Becker College
Heather McGowan, Consultant
Edward Sirianno, President, Creative Communications Associates
Chair: Kerry D. Fulcher, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University
 
Historical Overview of the Pacific Northwest
(Joint session with spouses and partners)
The Pacific Northwest is a region rich in history. This session will touch on major themes and topics including the roles of Native Americans, exploration, the fur trade, the establishment of missions, overland immigration, and the emergence of key industries. Often overlooked is the important role of the federal government in this region. Portland is the regional headquarters for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Corps of Engineers. The Pacific Northwest also has been a trend-setter through political reform and social legislation such as open access to all ocean beaches and the ban on aerosol sprays. An expert historian will lead participants on a tour de force of the rich history of the region.
 
Stephen Dow Beckham, Professor of History Emeritus, Lewis & Clark College
Chair: Jane Monnig Atkinson, Vice President and Provost, Lewis & Clark College
 
Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education
CIC’s public information campaign has progressed on numerous fronts this year. Following a quick update, CAOs and CFOs can learn of specific ways that they and others at their institutions can become more actively involved in campaign activities that disseminate key messages about the liberal arts and independent higher education to the public, prospective students, journalists, and policy makers. The campaign has changed the public discourse for the better, but more remains to be done. Examples of how a few colleges have used campaign materials and digital platforms to their advantage will be explored.
 
S. Georgia Nugent, Senior Fellow, CIC, and President Emerita, Kenyon College
Chair: Hadi Salavitabar, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of Saint Rose
 
Surviving Presidential Transitions
(Open only to currently serving CAOs and CFOs)
Presidential transitions at colleges and universities are times of both challenge and opportunity. Most campus constituencies are wondering: Which institutional values and traditions will remain constant, and which programs and processes will change? How can the CAO and CFO best adapt to changing priorities and new relationships among campus leaders? What can be done before, during, and after the transition to improve communication and build a strong working relationship with the new leader? Panelists will share their observations about presidential transitions.
 
John Beckford, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Furman University
Robert D. Haak, Vice President and Dean of the College, Hiram College
Elizabeth Tobin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Illinois College
Chair: Allen Bedford, Dean of Academics and Faculty, Bryn Athyn College
 

Monday, November 3
 
10:15–11:15 a.m.
 
Artful Collaborations: The Creative Campus
Collaborations among the fine and performing arts, other disciplines, and the co-curriculum can involve students in high-impact, engaged learning. The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Creative Campus Innovations program explored the connection between higher education and the arts and demonstrated the significant contributions the fine and performing arts can make to campus life, student engagement, deep learning, and innovation. Collaborations with guest artists and presenters can drive innovation, create an environment that supports risk taking, and help prepare students for employment that demands creative skills. Representatives from APAP and from campuses that have engaged the arts across the institution will present examples of how these initiatives energized faculty members and students and developed a distinctive campus identity.
 
Brian Jose, Executive Director, Fine Arts Programming, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University
Karen Kaivola, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Augsburg College
Rita E. Knuesel, Provost, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University
Scott D. Stoner, Director, Programs and Resources, APAP
Chair: Michael Selmon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Alma College
 
College Choice, Access, and Success for Low-Income, High-Achieving Students
Participants will meet informally with Caroline Hoxby to discuss ideas offered in her plenary address.
 
Caroline M. Hoxby, Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Chair: Marlene Moore, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Willamette University
 
Effective Endowment Management Practices
College and university endowments have faced both opportunities and challenges in recent years. How can endowments successfully weather volatile times? What are effective ways of working with the board of trustees on endowment issues? What are the pros and cons of partnering with endowment consultants or fully outsourced endowment managers? TIAA-CREF endowment specialists will join a CAO and CFO to lead an interactive discussion.
 
Bruce Arick, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Assistant Treasurer, Butler University
Michael Collins, Director, Endowments and Foundations, TIAA-CREF
Kathryn A. Morris, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Butler University
Kevin J. O’Leary, Managing Director, Individual Advisory Services and Trust Company, Fiduciary Services Business, TIAA-CREF
Chair: Tracy Stewart, Academic Dean, Alaska Pacific University
 
Hiring and Evaluation Part I: Best Practices for Hiring
Current social and economic trends require chief academic officers and chief financial officers to think more carefully about the legal risks campuses face when conducting searches for faculty and staff positions. An experienced higher-education attorney will discuss best hiring practices in drafting the position description, appointing and training the search committee, building the pool of applicants, checking references, completing background checks, and interviewing candidates.
 
Kathleen Rinehart, General Counsel, Saint Xavier University
Chair: Gail Summer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ferrum College
 
The Affordable Care Act: What It Means for the Institution, Adjunct Faculty, and Students
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is affecting how colleges and universities structure the workload and benefits for adjunct faculty members and graduate students and manage health care for undergraduates. An expert on ACA will define the most critical areas of campus impact and lead a panel of senior officers in a discussion of potential solutions to the challenges.
 
Brett Bradfield, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Sioux Falls
Tracy Espy, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pfeiffer University
Jeff Plyler, Chief Financial Officer, Pfeiffer University
Allen T. Steinberg, Attorney, Law Offices of Allen T. Steinberg, P.C.
Chair: Nancy Krippel, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Brenau University


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
 
First Year Undergraduate Enrollment: Fall 2014 Results and Analysis
For the second consecutive year the Chronicle of Higher Education, in cooperation with CIC, surveyed CIC institutions to collect information about fall enrollment. Information collected included progress toward first-year student enrollment and net-tuition revenue goals, financial aid awarded, discount rates, international enrollments, and strategies that were used to handle enrollment excess and shortfall. Scott Carlson of the Chronicle will present the survey results and lead a discussion with a panel of experienced CAOs.
 
Michael Brown, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, North Carolina Wesleyan College
Scott Carlson, Senior Writer, Chronicle of Higher Education
Patricia Draves, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, University of Mount Union
Jane M. Wood, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Westminster College (PA)
Chair: Chad Berry, Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty, Berea College
 
Hiring and Evaluation Part II : Best Practices for Performance Evaluation
Current social and economic challenges require CAOs and CFOs to think carefully about the legal risks campuses face when evaluating the performance of faculty and staff members, especially when dealing with unacceptable behavior or poor performance and the possible termination of employees. An experienced higher-education attorney will share best practices and tools that can help administrators manage meaningful evaluations while minimizing risk to the institution and themselves.
 
Kathleen Rinehart, General Counsel, Saint Xavier University
Chair: Jenifer Ward, Provost and Dean of the College, Centenary College of Louisiana
 
Open Mike for Chief Academic and Chief Financial Officers
(Open only to currently serving CAOs and CFOs)
CAOs and CFOs have the opportunity to seek advice from colleagues on specific issues and to share information about broader trends and practices.
 
Moderators: B. Connie Allen, Provost, Saint Augustine’s University, and Chris McAlary, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Mount St. Mary’s College (CA)
 
Preparing Students for National and International Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
Students typically have heard of the Rhodes Scholarship and the Fulbright Program, but many other opportunities for advanced or graduate study are available for college students in their senior year or immediately following graduation. How can students find out about national and international fellowships and scholarships that match their interests? What types of programming encourage students to plan and prepare successful applications for these programs? How early in their academic career should these activities begin? How can colleges and universities encourage faculty advisors to become more involved in preparing students for scholarship and fellowship competitions? CAOs from campuses that prepare students to apply for post-graduation support and a representative of one international program will lead the discussion.
 
David G. Brailow, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Franklin College
Stephen Gibson, Director of Programs, CIC, and Manager, Davies-Jackson Scholarship Program
Jonathan D. Green, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Illinois Wesleyan University
Chair: Bryan Le Beau, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Saint Mary (KS)
 
Where Have I Landed? Transitions between Institutions of Different Types
Moving from faculty or staff positions into administrative leadership roles often means moving to a new campus. Making the transition to a similar institution is already a challenge; there are new people, new processes, and new traditions to understand. Moving to a different type of institution—larger or smaller, public or private, elite or non-elite, single-gender or coed—can be a shock. What do CAOs and CFOs need to know before making a transition to an institution of a different type? How can the new leader avoid making decisions based on the culture and values of the former campus? Senior officers who have made successful major transitions will reflect on their experiences and offer advice to others.
 
Michael Frandsen, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Oberlin College
Elizabeth Paul, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stetson University
Glenn Sharfman, Provost, Oglethorpe University
Jeanine Silveira Stewart, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, McDaniel College
Chair: Jeffery Aper, Provost, Millikin University


2:00–3:15 p.m.
 
Reforming and Extending the Traditional Transcript: Toward a Postsecondary Achievement Report (PAR)
With the growth of new options for acquiring knowledge and skills, the conventional transcript—which documents only a fraction of the educational impact of a postsecondary education—needs to be reconsidered. How can institutions document and certify other types of achievements (such as competency-based skills and co-curricular activities)? The session will explore how the concept of PAR, a digital, extended transcript modeled after the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Achievement Report, can link experiences to present a more complete picture of the skills and knowledge students have achieved. Participants will learn about innovations and cost efficiencies through PAR’s use.
 
David L. Jamison, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Robert Morris University
Patricia A. Lynott, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern New Hampshire University
Matthew Pittinsky, Chief Executive Officer, Parchment
Chair: Stephen Coleman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Elmira College
 

Tuesday, November 4

9:00–10:15 a.m.
 
Adjunct Faculty: Issues of Support and Fair Treatment
Many colleges and universities have relied on larger numbers of part-time temporary faculty members in recent years to help deal with enrollment fluctuations, changes in student enrollment patterns, and institutional financial stress. As these contingent faculty members prepare to engage students in the classroom, what can be done to welcome them into the campus community, treat them as valuable resources, and provide them with the tools they need to be effective in their interactions with students? CAOs and CFOs will lead a discussion of supportive services and opportunities for adjunct faculty.
 
David Dauwalder, Executive Vice President and Provost, Woodbury University
Kenneth J. Jones, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Woodbury University
Mark D. Ward, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, University of Dubuque
Chair: Karen S. McIntyre, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Point Park University
 
Athletics: Finances and Supervision
Participation in athletics is an important part of the student life experience for many undergraduates. There are almost as many variations in the reporting structure and financing of athletics as there are institutions. What reporting structures effectively integrate athletics with other student activities for a complete co-curriculum? What structures tightly integrate athletics and academics? How are athletic activities supported financially? Do they contribute to the institution’s revenue stream, break even, or produce a drain on the budget? Panelists will present examples of reporting structures and athletic financing and discuss positive features and potential pitfalls.
 
Thomas Cornman, Academic Vice President, Cedarville University
Paul T. Davies, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Randolph-Macon College
William C. Deeds, Provost, Morningside College
William Franz, Provost, Randolph-Macon College
Chair: Susan S. Hasseler, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Augustana College (SD)
 
Competency-Based Education
Competency-based education is rooted in credit given for experience, proficiency, and documented capabilities. Some forms of competency-based education have been in place at liberal arts colleges for years—placement tests, challenge exams, internships, and project-based learning experiences. But a curriculum built on rigorous demonstrations of competencies recently has developed into a new model for higher education focused on student learning rather than classroom “seat time.” How are such models constructed? Are there particular advantages or disadvantages for certain types of students, campuses, and curricula? How is the quality of the educational experience assessed? CAOs from institutions that have adopted some competency-based education practices and a consultant expert will frame and guide the discussion.
 
Scott Campbell, Vice President, Higher Education, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning
Patricia A. Lynott, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern New Hampshire University
Kathleen O’Brien, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Alverno College
Chair: Jasper Lesage, Provost, Northwestern College (IA)
 
Retirement Transitions for Faculty Members
Retirement is a highly personal subject for faculty members, and it is fraught with concerns about change, loss of professional identity, loss of personal and professional networks, and fear of being forgotten. How can institutions develop a culture in which retirement is seen as a normal transition? What policies and programs can help ease the transition to retirement or make it more attractive? In what ways can retired faculty members continue to engage productively with the campus?
 
Laura Behling, Dean of the College, Knox College
Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Albright College
Barbara J. Perry, Vice President for Marketing and Membership, Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions
Chair: Perry Rettig, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Piedmont College
 
Strategies to Increase the Marketability of Academic Programs
Every college or university has distinctive programs of study and co-curricular opportunities for students. What are effective ways to inform prospective students about these programs and attract students who would be a good fit for the institution? How can institutions differentiate themselves from their competitors, attract more students, and increase revenue? Proven strategies to be discussed include conducting an academic program marketability audit, establishing a center of excellence program, repositioning the honors program, and setting tuition at an appropriate level.
 
Linda Samek, Provost, George Fox University
Robert A. Sevier, Senior Vice President, Strategy, STAMATS, Inc.
Chair: Edward E. Ericson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Brown University