2017 CAP Conference, Denver

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16th National Conference for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education

Students First: Why Accelerated Teaching Modalities are the Future of Higher Education

SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSUD

Pre-Conference Events: Tuesday, July 18th
Main Conference: July 19th & 20th

Main Conference Speakers

Opening Keynote

The Cave, The Cloud and The Friction of Terrain: Why Change in Higher Education is So Difficult to Achieve

Why, with all the discussion of the changes occurring in higher education, as well as a broadly shared conviction that even more change is needed, are institutions so slow to adapt? What accounts for this situation? My exploration of the situation is based on almost 30 years experience working higher education in positions as varied as professor, dean, provost and acting president, as well as additional experience as a C-level officer for a third party academic services provider.

I explore the issue using three themes:

* The Cave – a brief explication of the intellectual and cultural assumptions of the academy
* The Cloud – the constellation of technologies that are contributing toward both the need for and opportunity to change
* The Friction of Terrain – the cultural and institutional dynamics in higher education that make change so difficult to achieve.

John DonohueJohn Donohue is a higher education professional with an outstanding record in teaching, administration and leadership. He has worked in two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, and has designed, implemented and taught in programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. With a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stony Brook University, he has served as tenured professor, dean, vice president, provost and acting president. He is an expert on curricular design and program development and brings more than 25 years of experience in these areas to Synergis Education.


Plenary Panel Discussion: Considerations When Transitioning LMS Platforms

Are you thinking of changing Learning Management platforms in the future – or do you just want a sense of factors to consider? Join us for this panel discussion with representatives from Instructure (providers of the Canvas LMS) and members of the CAP Board as we highlight the various priorities and considerations involved. This discussion will be as comprehensive as possible, covering issues ranging from selecting the new platform and integrating it with a Student Information System – through training faculty, staff, and students on the new platform.

David LyonsDavid Lyons has been working in academic technology since 2006 and has served at four different institutions of higher education as LMS administrator, faculty trainer, adjunct instructor, and often all three at once. Currently he is a Sr. Solutions Engineer for Canvas by Instructure. When not behind a keyboard he can be found behind a controller, hiking, or practicing Kung fu.


Closing Plenary

A Higher Education SWOT Analysis

The higher education industry is experiencing more competition, declining revenues, and public concerns over cost, access, and the value of a college degree. In these turbulent times, Doug Lederman, Editor of Inside Higher Ed, provides keen insights into the current state of affairs in higher education. In his forward written for the book, A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (Ruben, De Lisi, and Gigliotti, 2017), Doug framed these issues in the form of a higher education SWOT analysis. In this plenary session, Doug will share his insights regarding the strengths and weaknesses within the current higher education industry, as well as the threats and opportunities we all face.

Doug LedermanDoug Lederman, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site’s editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his family in Bethesda, Md.


Plenary Workshops:

The New Normal: Contemporary students are here to stay

Statistical data demonstrates the number of traditional or classic students is diminishing. Up to 73 percent of students are what higher education categorizes as non-traditional/post-traditional in at least one element. However we still label these “contemporary” students as “not traditional.” This workshop will focus on creative opportunities and innovations that open when we re-image our definition of this demographic.

Dr. Elisa RobynDr. Elisa Robyn is the Dean of the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining Regis she was the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Community College of Denver. She has also served as the Academic Vice President at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver Colorado. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology, and two Masters Degrees, one in Geology and one in Jewish Studies.  Dr. Robyn has over 20 years of experience in higher education, which includes leadership positions, online and ground based instruction, and curriculum and program design. Her research focus is innovation in higher education and leadership.  She has published one leadership book, Pirate Wisdom and one novel, The way of the Well and several articles including Call them What They are: the new contemporary student (http://evolllution.com/attracting-students/todays_learner/call-them-what-they-are-the-new-contemporary-student/)

CAP Quality Standards and the Definition of a Credit Hour

In this time of accountability and scrutiny by many agencies, the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) created its Quality Standards for Accelerated Programs from its research and documentation of best practices. These standards provide a touchstone in the continuing quest for the highest possible quality in the programs provided in an accelerated format. This workshop will discuss each of the nine standard areas in detail with suggested documentation for institutions, and the definition of the credit hour in accelerated programs will be discussed.  CAP’s Model for Good Practice of Accelerated Programs in Higher Education, which was ratified by the CAP Executive Board in December 2011, will be shared and explained. The accelerated program leadership for any institution who is planning for a regional accreditation visit within the next year or wanting to compare their program to others across the U.S. should attend this session.

Tammy SheltonTammy Shelton has over 20 years in Adult Higher Education with varied academic, admissions, and marketing background. Her knowledge and experience includes working in both Proprietary and Private Non-Profit higher education institutions. Her experience includes creating and facilitating non-traditional educational delivery models that support both student learning and recruitment.
Ms. Shelton has presented at many conferences and facilitated webinars on a variety of topics including: Managing the Recruitment Funnel, The Council for Accelerated Programs Standards for Successful Delivery of Accelerated Programs, Successfully Moving On-ground Accelerated Programs into Hybrid and Online Deliveries, and Marketing and Strategic Planning for Adult Students for CAP, CAEL, ACHE, UPCEA, and other organizations.
Tammy participates on many fronts in the Higher Education Community. She currently serves on The Texas Women in Higher Education and is the National Chair for The Council for Accelerated Programs. Her experience also includes consulting in the areas of admissions, marketing, and curriculum design for Higher Education Institutions.
Ms. Shelton currently is a higher education consultant and Client Services Manager for Capital Education serving previously as the Vice Provost for Remote Operations (Non-traditional programs) at Concordia University Texas. She received a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Texas with her thesis focused on Differentiated Instruction and Adult Learners and a Doctoral student at Concordia University Portland.


NEW! CAP Faculty Development Certification Course

For the first time, CAP is offering a Faculty Development Certification Course for those teaching in accelerated programs. This course includes research-based techniques that are based on the CAP Quality Standards, and includes training for classroom-based and online courses. This all-day course will provide faculty tools and skills that CAP has identified as the most critical in teaching accelerated courses. EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETING, AND WILL BE LISTED ON CAP’S WEBSITE AS BEING CERTIFIED IN CAP FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES.

• Accelerated Programs 101 (For those newer to accelerated learning)
• The benefits of Utilizing Open Educational Resources (OERs) in an Accelerated Program
• Should You Consider Using and Online Service Provider?

Roundtable Session Topics:

• The Development of a Seamlessly Integrated Accelerated Doctoral Degree Program
• Saving and Growing a Program by putting it in an Accelerated, Cohort-based Program (the Fast Track program at Harper College)
• Counseling Case Management to Improve the Student Experience from Admission through Completion
• Sharing Ideas to Rise Above Faculty Resistance to Newer Teaching Modalities in Higher Education
• Loyola University Success and Practices
• Open Table Discussion: Themes & Trends in Accelerated Programs Today