Leadership and Innovation in a Time of Transition

14th Annual Meeting of the Presidents’ Forum October 2017 Co-Hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University and College for America Audio Recording Part 1 (01:43:40) Audio Recording Part 2 (05:41:14)...  [Read More]

Collaborative for Quality in Alternative Learning (CQAL)

The Collaborative for Quality in Alternative Learning (CQAL), an effort spearheaded by the Presidents’ Forum and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) with initial funding from the Strada Education Network, is an initiative aimed at  providing guidance and thought-leadership on quality assurance practices...  [Read More]

Measuring Progress: Catching Up with Innovation

On October 19, 2016 the Presidents’ Forum and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) hosted “Measuring Progress: Catching Up with Innovation”. This event was the 13th annual meeting of the Presidents’ Forum. Topics: Read the Program (PDF)...  [Read More]

Challenging Innovation, Oversight and Accountability

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Unshackling Innovation: Regulation vs. Innovation

On November 18, 2015 the Presidents’ Forum and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) hosted “Unshackling Innovation: Regulation vs. Innovation”. This event was the 12th annual meeting of the Presidents’ Forum. Download the Program (PDF) Part 1 Audio Part 2 Audio  Part 3 Audio ...  [Read More]

The Quest for Quality Assurance in Distance Learning

On October 23, 2014 the Presidents’ Forum and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) hosted “The Quest for Quality Assurance in Distance Learning”. This event was the 11th annual meeting of the Presidents’ Forum. Download the program and the The Commission on Quality...  [Read More]

Transparency by Design

The Transparency by Design initiative was a collaborative collection of regionally-accredited, adult-serving, distance education institutions with a mission to help adult learners become informed consumers of distance education. A project of the Presidents’ Forum of Excelsior College, in 2008,WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) was...  [Read More]

Access to Learning

Online learning provides an opportunity for students to learn across distance and time. Students can attend a course anytime, from anywhere. The goal of Access to Learning is to increase the awareness of the key role online learning plays in helping our...  [Read More]

Multi-State Reciprocity in Postsecondary Approval and Regulation

In September, 2010 higher education officers of sixteen states, and observers from several national organizations and the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors of higher education, met to comment on the Presidents’ Forum task force report Aligning State Approval and Regional Accreditation for Online Postsecondary...  [Read More]

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Progress Report

With support from the Lumina Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Forum initiated the Multi-State Reciprocity in Postsecondary Approval and Regulation project to create a common template for the substance and processes of state approval, and, with the assistance of the Council...  [Read More]