Centennial Conference Sessions

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The 2012 Professional Development Conference will explore:
    •   Academic Sessions 
Career Services Sessions 
Faculty Sessions 
Financial Aid Sessions 
Recruitment Sessions  




 Academic Sessions

Enhancing Student Success through Problem-Based Learning
Dr. David Hyslop, Professor of Business Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at Bowling Green State University
Dr. George P. Blount, Vice President of Global Business Institute and President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Career Institute
This presentation will describe the benefits of using Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as an instructional strategy to enhance student learning and maximize student engagement in the learning process.  The focus will be to provide participants with knowledge of the components of the PBL approach, identify the steps to implement this approach, and help participants be able to create PBL activities for students.

Teaching Professionalism in Career and Technical Education
Dr. Glenn R. Mack, President of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta
Many schools struggle to train, measure, and instill professional attitudes and values in students. Graduates can torpedo even the best technical training with poor interpersonal skills or work ethic on the job. Lack of professionalism in the workplace accounts for a reduction in productivity and revenue, misunderstandings among coworkers and clients, and difficulties in attracting and retaining high-performing talent. This interactive workshop reviews critical areas for improvement of professionalism standards based upon quantitative and qualitative data. It also makes recommendations for specific training in the workplace and in the classroom to address specific inadequacies of professional values, attitudes, or behaviors.

ACICS Criteria and the Noel Levitz Satisfaction Instruments: Mapping a 360 degree measure of stakeholder satisfaction to ACICS criteria and Institutional Effectiveness standards
James Wilde, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Brown Mackie College System
The Noel Levitz satisfaction surveys of students and higher education personnel paint a picture of stakeholder perceptions that covers the full range of the student experience.  Many regard the results as applicable only to ACICS’ concerns regarding retention.  This session will showcase a mapping of the full set of Noel Levitz statements to ACICS criteria, as well as to the five major areas of accountability: retention, placement, learning outcomes, graduate satisfaction, and employer satisfaction.

Managing Satisfactory Academic Progress at Your Campus
Janet Sabri, Vice President of Academic Support Services at Career Education Corporation
Dr. Kitty Kautzer, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Career Education Corporation
On July 1, 2011, the new Program Integrity rules for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) went into effect. This presentation will discuss how our institutions developed a clear, student­ centric policy that met the new requirements as well as the existing ACICS standards.s

Service Learning: An Integrative Approach to Academic and Community Support
Joseph Aranyosi, MFA, Director of Curriculum Development at Career Education Corporation
Trent Bartholomew, M.Ed., the Director of Faculty Development at Career Education Corporation 
Service learning is a method of instruction that integrates academic training with social awareness and public service by providing students with the opportunity to actively apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom toward the completion of community projects related to the student’s program of study.  In this presentation we will review principles and processes involved in the design, delivery, and assessment of service learning programs; and we will discuss the numerous benefits that service learning provides in relation to student learning outcomes, professional growth, community outreach, gainful employment, and continuing education.

Assessing the Effectiveness of Academic Programs: Using Scorecards for Program Review
Jeanne Herrmann, MBA, Chief Operating Officer for the Globe Education Network
Dr. Mitchell H. Peterson, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Globe University and Minnesota School of Business in Woodbury, MN
The current higher education landscape requires institutions to be increasingly in-tune to assessing and improving the effectiveness of the academic programs they offer. While many institutions have access to a variety of data sources relevant to the performance of their programs, summarizing such data and establishing a process for their review and utilization can be challenging. This session will present a case study of the development and implementation of a scorecard approach to assessing program effectiveness from the perspective of a consortium of institutions with common ownership and common curriculum. 

Designing General Education Courses to enhance Core Programs in Career Colleges
Dr. Kimberley M. Jones, Program Chair for General Education, Westwood College-Annandale Campus, Virginia


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Career Services Sessions

Meeting Retention and Placement Rates: How to Improve and Bring Change in Your Schools
Dr. Ruth Shafer, ACICS Commissioner, Professor, Lindenwood University, and Education Consultants, LLC
Dr. Burt Kaliski, ACICS Evaluation Team Chair, IRC member 
This presentation will discuss an innovative process where faculty and Career Service collaboration can improve Retention and Placement rates in schools, to ensure academic success.  In Part I an interactive activity to identify current practices, and the concept of Professional Learning Communities will be introduced.  The concept will be explored to draw the analogy of current practices that can be enriched through better alternatives through collaborative effort.  Part II will discuss the POWER of collaborative teams and through an activity, participants will see the rich value when synergy occurs, productivity increases, and students excel.  A discussion of establishing PLC’s in schools will be presented with ideas on how to sustain momentum in a change initiative. There will be allotted time for audience questions and answers.

Best Practices for Student Career and Financial Planning – Maintaining a Low Default Rate
Anne Kellett, ASID, CAPS, Career Development and Internship Advisor at the Design Institute of San Diego
Jackie Gloria, Director of Financial Aid at the Design Institute of San Diego
Dr. Denise Homme, Interior Design Program Director at the Design Institute of San Diego
Margot Doucette, J.D., Director at the Design Institute of San Diego
Design Institute of San Diego improved its placement rate 19.2 percentage points from 2009 to 2011 and reports a current three year default rate of 9%.  This panel discussion will present the career development and financial aid strategies the administration of Design Institute developed and implemented to achieve this improvement in spite of a challenging economy. 

Oh The Places You’ll Go:  The Power of Networking
Beth Taylor, BCC, NCC, Campus Director of Career Services at International Academy of Design & Technology
The old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” is just as relevant today as ever when building a career.  Personal NETWORKING is simply the lead tool for enhancing one’s career.  Networking is a skill.  As career coaches, counselors and mentors, we teach this skill to help develop personal networking into a natural and fluid process that eventually becomes second nature. This in turn leads to greater opportunities -- leading people to places they never thought possible.  This workshop outlines the steps and tools to help individuals reach their full potential with the proven power of networking.

Understanding the Benefits and Strategies of Social Media in Your Career Services Division
Julie Warden, Regional Director of Career Management at Vandalia Consulting – West Virginia Junior College, Ohio Valley College of Technology, Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology
Understanding the Benefits and Strategies of Social Media in your Career Services Division gives an in-depth look into the current free tools in the social media market that our students are utilizing and how we can use these tools to brand and promote our students professionally. In addition to using the programs for student success, this presentation also reviews how Career Services Divisions can use social media sites to implement new placement strategies, extend employer and company outreach, improve alumni relations, promote professional networking and highlight beneficial community involvement events.

Building Credibility through Community Engagement
Robert Trewartha, M.M., Community Relations Director, BEAU: Broadview University
Tiffany Morrin, Communications and Community Relations Specialist, Broadview University-Boise, Idaho
Rachel Jensen, Communications and Community Relations Specialist, Broadview University-West Jordan, Utah
Peter Tomala, Communications and Community Relations Specialist, Broadview University-Layton, Utah
It has never been more important to show the world the contribution our colleges bring to the community. We will explore ways to use community involvement to improve the credibility of the college. In addition, we will look at ways to use your community involvement to improve the ‘brand’, promote positive media relations, attract good students, find employment  opportunities and have some fun with results.  Bring your engaging attitude and be prepared for an interactive session that will give you practical ideas to on the importance of community.   

Placement Verification: Exploring New Frontiers
Kirah Rahill, National Director of Career Services at Medtech
Elaine M. Neely, Chief Regulatory Excellence Officer at Medtech
Historically, career schools have taken a "cookie cutter" approach to placement verification; placement personnel contacted hiring managers to obtain verbal verifications of employment, usually accompanied by signed verification forms, thus substantiating and documenting placements. As the number of career schools has increased significantly and rather quickly over the past few decades, so have the number of graduates. Consequently, this approach to verification has become more difficult to see through to fruition. Join Kirah Rahill, National Director of Career Services for Medtech, to discuss innovative ways to obtain verifications that are more reliable and efficient, thus benefitting schools, graduates and employers.


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Faculty Sessions

Tuning into ‘WIIFM?’ Delivering Compelling Content With Real-World Relevance (WIIFM=What’s in it for me)
Tom Leu, M.S., Distance Learning Department Chair, Rockford Career College
This multi-media and interactive session explores the practical applications of harnessing “selfless-selfishness” strategies to meeting your individual goals by understanding and meeting the needs of others first. Attendees of this talk gain an impactful and entertaining understanding of powerful persuasion and influence techniques that foster learning inside and outside of the classroom or conference room. Participants learn proven strategies that encourage subject-matter buy-in to aid in student satisfaction, retention, and recruitment. Session information empowers attendees to take a macro-view of their messages’ impact and long-term relevance. This session is geared for instructors and administrative personnel.

The Evolving Science of Management: Human Resources in the 21st Century
Jim Tolbert, CEO, Education Futures Group, Vista College
This session focuses on the evolution of management and how a collaborative relationship between employer and employees is the key to success.  The presentation takes an analytical approach to identifying the impact of best practices in human resources on operational excellence and how employee satisfaction drives outstanding performance by using management science, not guesswork.  This will help schools become the employer of choice in their communities. This presentation addresses management of the faculty and the academics department, and can be applied to every department in the school.  The presentation examines the HR process prior to employment and after employment.

One Classroom, Multiple Generations
Adriene K. Hobdy, MSF, Educational Consultant/Director, Planning and Assessment at INSPIRED Leadership Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Today’s college classrooms represent some of the most diverse learning settings in the practice of education.  For the first time in American history, we have four different generations sitting side-by-side in the same classroom. Each generation has its own set of values, ideas, expectations, ethics, beliefs, and learning styles. This presentation will describe the context, characteristics, and learning styles of each generation and provide suggestions for enhanced teaching and learning across multiple generations. Using generational diversity as a teaching tool and learning opportunities in the classroom is also discussed.

Developing Faculty Skills in Student Retention
Gary Meers, Vice President of Education at MaxKnowledge
Faculty members engage in key roles that significantly affect student retention.  These roles will be discussed and strategies shared to support successful student outcomes as well as foster mutual respect and rapport among students and instructors.

Measuring Learning Outcomes and Faculty Performance with Interactive Performance-based Assessments
Dr. Fawzi BenMessaoud, Director, Wonderlic Inc.
Dr. Gary Carlson, President, gCarlson Inc.
This presentation shows how to use interactive Performance-Based Learning Outcomes Assessments mapped to industry-defined competencies and skills to measure student and faculty performance, evaluate teaching effectiveness, prescribe individual learning paths, diagnose issues to improve teacher performance, and determine gaps and deficiency where timely adjustments can be made. The result is students who are better prepared to take on jobs, teachers who are better instructors, and curricula that are aligned to industry and employer needs.

Using laughter to Increase Student Motivation, Attention, Retention, and Academic Performance
Gene Haynes, MBA, Professor of Business at Briarcliffe College and Mildred-Elley College
In this seminar, the author will examine new research that confirms laughter as an alternative means for better health, increasing retention, student motivation, and academic performance. Audience member will engage in fun new exercises and ice breakers, proven to not only boost the immune system and improve health.  Critical thinking, test scores, student motivation and keeping students attention have all shown improvements as a result of simply laughing .The exercises consist of laughing and breathing without jokes, humor or comedy. The laughter yoga trend recently had media coverage by CNN and The Discovery Channel. Audience members will learn how to incorporate laughter into the classroom and workplace. Dr. Kataria has researched laughter in the work place and has some studies that prove changes in academic performance of students.

Innovative Solutions for the Admins/Faculty/Students for Practical Examples of Technology and Social Networking in Education
Dr. Jane Legacy, Associate Professor-Technology, Leadership, Arizona State University 


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Financial Aid Sessions

Referrals to the Inspector General: Practical Guidance about What Must be Reported and When
Peter S. Leyton, 
ESQ., MPA,  President, Ritzert & Leyton, P.C. (R&L)  
Steven M. Gombos, JD, S  enior Litigator, Ritzert & Leyton, P.C. (R&L)   
Charles P. Elliott, CPA, CFE, CFF
This presentation will provide the audience with a practical understanding of the administrative  capability regulations under 34 C.F.R. 668.16 that require institutions, as a condition of an institution starting or continuing participation in a Title IV financial aid program, to refer to the Department of Education's  Office of Inspector  General (OIG) any credible information about fraud or misconduct involving an applicant for financial assistance, employee,  third party servicer or other agent of the school that is related to the eligibility and funding  of the institution and its students through Title IV programs. The presentation will present case studies and factual scenarios. The panel includes an investigator with considerable practical experience with student financial aid fraud detection issues.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A New Sheriff in Town
Yolanda R. Gallegos, J.D., LLM, Gallegos Legal Group
On July 1, 2010 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to monitor and regulate a broad array of financial products and services, including private education loans offered by private sector colleges and universities.   The CFPB has the potential for staggeringly broad influence over private sector schools.  It is free of Congressional and almost all Presidential oversight; it has expansive investigative powers with the power to impose penalties of up to $1,000,000 a day; and it has the power to limit otherwise valid arbitration agreements with students. This presentation will discuss strategies schools may employ to ensure they are prepared for the increased oversight over their private lending practices.

The Impact of Successful Student Retention on Default Prevention and Gainful Employment
Elizabeth Keifer Herron, Vice President, Collegiate Admissions and Retention Solutions
Increased scrutiny on outcomes has changed the climate of post-secondary education, where admissions, education, student services and loan management must work together seamlessly to serve students and move them toward reaching their goals.  In this session, we will explore a holistic approach to student services and how that can decrease attrition, increase repayment and employability, and drive down defaults.

Preparing for a U.S. Department of Education Program Review – A Campus Perspective
Elaine M. Neely, Chief Regulatory Excellence Officer for Medtech
Sooner or later, you ma y have a visit from the U.S. Department of Education for a Program Review, as it can be overwhelming. From staff and student interviews to detailed file reviews, you’ll need to be prepared to ensure a smooth, problem-free assessment of your campus. Elaine M. Neely, Chief Regulatory Excellence Officer for Medtech, knows the process inside and out and she'll give you tips for the most productive U.S. Department of Education review you’ve ever had! Come ready to take notes and ask questions

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Recruitment Sessions

Training is not the Finish Line
Jennifer Foss-Wille, Corporate Trainer at Globe Education Network (GEN)
How do you recruit, train and retain your top talent? Do you offer training that generates excitement, recharges and ignites success? This training is designed to outline ways you can implement training that strengthens your recruiting efforts, provides value to your participants and their managers as well as increases retention of your top talent. There are opportunities to learn from best practices that maximize training performance outcomes, share ideas and map out a personalized plan to implement upon return to your respective college. Learn how to take your training to the next level!

Partnership between Admissions and Academics to Increase Enrollment
Ivan Nikwlaeff, MBA, Academic Dean of Everest College, Aurora, Colorado
Today's admissions environment relies heavily on the reputation of an institution, but more importantly each admissions start must have a foundation of student referrals that will not only attend, but continue through graduation and into their employment field.  Now more than ever, it is important to build a campus community that fosters not only an excellent learning atmosphere, but an environment that students feel proud of and even brag about to their families.  Surprisingly, this opportunity is not a function of your admissions department, but academics, and must be driven as so in order to build credibility and trust among all of the stakeholders.  This presentation looks at the different opportunities to turn leaning experiences and hands on classroom activities into referral and recruitment activities, where all parties involved gain from each experience.  Some of the presentation actives include: Running a successful open house, recruiting big time guest speakers for the students and community, developing relationships with high profile companies, the government, and local personalities.  By fostering relationships, and through a little planning, enrollments through referrals can increase 20% to 30% over current numbers.

Current Compliance Issues in Marketing – What you should be asking your Agent of Record, or other vendor providing marketing and advertising for your school
Audrey B. Kaplan, Vice President of Compliance at Education Corporation of America
Jeri Proshaska, Vice President of Regional Sales at Plattform
Dennis Cariello, J.D., Attorney, DLA Piper

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