14th Annual Meeting Agenda

14th Annual Meeting Agenda

Leadership and Innovation in a Time of Transition

Co-Hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Cocktail Reception and Special Presentation by College Factual

Monday, October 30, 2017
US Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags, Washington, DC
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Keynote Conversation: Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University and College for America

Hosted by Dr. James Baldwin, President, Excelsior College

Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30am

Keynote Address: 8:45 – 9:30 am

Interactive Round Tables: 9:30– 10:15 am

Break: 10:15 – 10:25

 Panel 1: Addressing Disruption: Comfort or Chaos, 10:30-11:30 am

Moderated by Dr. Richard Senese, President and Chief Academic Officer, Capella University

Online leaders, more so than their traditional counterparts, must continually assess and weigh the risks associated with trying to innovate in the face of a multi-layered and restrictive regulatory environment. This panel will address the leadership skills necessary to navigate this disruptive environment with a focus on prioritizing and managing emerging institutional risks and defining the talents required by the next generation of institutional leaders.

Panelists: Dr. Merodie Hancock, President, SUNY Empire State College; Dr. Diane Auer Jones, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute and President, AJsquared Consulting; Dr. Jill Buban, Senior Director of Innovation and Research, Online Learning Consortium; Greg Ferenbach, Attorney, Cooley LLP

Networking Break: 11:30- 12:00 pm

Panel 2: Technology Transforming Learning, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Moderated by Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University

 Technology and data collection is transforming the online learning environment and impacting student life in compelling ways. The panel will discuss how technology is deepening students’ connection with the institution and playing a role in persistence and completion.

Panelists: Dr. Carlos R. Morales, President, TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX; Cecilia Retelle Zywicki, Vice President of Strategic Partnership Operations, Wiley Education Services; Daniel Pianko, Co-founder and Managing Director, University Ventures; Deanna Raineri, Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera.

Lunch and Federal Update 1:00– 2:00 pm
Guest Speakers: Dr. Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education
Jennifer Blum, Senior Vice President, External Relations and Public Policy, Laureate Education, Inc.,
Special Presentation: Heavy Lifter Award, Presented to Dr. Paul Shiffman

Break: 2:00 – 2:15pm

Panel 3: Addressing the Affordability Crisis, 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Moderated by Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College

As leaders dedicated to increasing access for adult learners, we must continue to address the issue of affordability. The part-time working adult student often falls through the cracks of student financial aid eligibility but comes to us with knowledge, skills and abilities that can, if recognized, decrease cost and speed time to credential.  Innovative pathways and exemplary models exist, but we must find collaborative ways to scale these efforts if we are serious about access, affordability and completion.

Panelists:  Dr. Kimberly Pearce, AVP, Academic Quality and Effectiveness, Capella University; Steven Taylor, Associate Director of Academic Innovation, American Council on Education; Dr. Brent R. Keltner, Vice President, Partnerships, Credo Education; Scott Virkler, Chief Product Officer, McGraw-Hill Education.


Setting the Forum Agenda, An Audience-Interactive Summary Discussion, 3:15- 4:00 pm

Facilitated by Dr. Leah Matthews, Executive Director, Distance Education Accrediting Commission

What have we learned from the day’s dialogue? Are there areas of interest for future Forum inquiries? How can the Forum strengthen its efforts for developing dialogue and policy that benefits our sector?

Panelists: Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak College & Chair, Presidents Form;  Dr. Richard Senese, President and Chief Academic Officer, Capella University; Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University; Dr. James Baldwin, President, Excelsior College



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