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2022 Conference Presentations and Handouts
2022 NASASPS Annual Conference Program

Presentations and handouts for the 2022 NASASPS Annual Conference will be posted here as they become available.

Monday, April 25
9:15 – 10:45 AM
Keynote Panel: Human Trafficking
– Lorna Candler – Chief Occupational Education Officer, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools
– Dr. Debra Persinger – Executive Director, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
– Matt Grady – Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
– Pam Hamilton, LCSW – Owner/Therapist, Hamilton Counseling & Consulting LLC
– Dr. Ellie Bruecker – Senior Research Associate, Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation
– Abigail Seldin – CEO & Founder, Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation

Noon – 1:30 PM
Welcome Lunch and State Updates Session
Complete Survey Results available on the Members Only Resource Page

1:45 – 2:30 PM
Overview of Post-Secondary Regulatory Framework
– Aaron Lacey – Partner & Chair, Higher Education Practice, Thompson Coburn LLP

2:45 – 3:30 PM
Washington Legislative and Regulatory Update
– Nicholas Kent – Senior Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Career Education Colleges and UniversitiesShape

Tuesday, April 26
9:30 – 10:15 AM
Improving the Initial Authorization Process: Best Practices from Georgia
– Michael Kaiser – Senior Regulatory Specialist and Initial Applicant Coordinator, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
– James Cheek – Senior Regulatory Specialist and Financial Assessment Coordinator, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
– Hannah Meeks – Regulatory Specialist, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
– Annelise Cantrell – Contract Regulatory Specialist, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
GNPEC At A Glance
GNPEC Initial Applicant Welcome Packet

9:30 – 10:15 AM
Realigning Professional Licensure within the 21st Century
– Kenneth M. Heard, III – Director, Department of State Authorization, University of Mississippi Medical Center
– Jennifer Lewis – Associate Director of Compliance and Ethics, University of Southern Mississippi
– Anne Klingen – Director of Online Design & eLearning, University of Mississippi

10:30 – 11:15 AM
What’s in a job title? New data forges new career connections in WA state
– Marina Parr – Communications Director, Washington Workforce Board

10:30 – 11:15 AM
Lessons Learned: Best Practices for Establishing an International Distance Education Research Process
– Cleston Murray – Manager of Compliance and Market Research, The University of Arkansas
– Patty Milner, PhD – Assistant Vice Provost for Student Outreach and Innovation, University of Arkansas | Global Campus

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
FTC, DOE, Marketing and Recruiting
– Aaron Lacey – Partner & Chair, Higher Education Practice, Thompson Coburn LLP
– John Carreon – General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Concorde Career Colleges

1:45 – 2:45 PM
Working with OPMs: an Update for State Regulators
– Gregory Ferenbach – Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, 2U, Inc.
– Phil Hill – Founder, PhilOnEdTech.com
– David Tandberg – SVP of Policy Research, SHEEO
– David M Smith, PhD – Associate Provost for Online Learning and Professor of Economics, Pepperdine University

3:15 – 4:15 PM
The Intersection of State Authorization and Accreditation
– Dr. Lori Williams – CEO, NC-SARA
– Karen Marcinski – Director of Commission Affairs, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
– Dr. Lisa Beatty – Executive Director, ABHE Commission on Accreditation
– India Y. Tips – Executive Director, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
– Beth Hepler – Senior Accreditation Coordinator, Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET)
Panelists in absentia
– Betsy Talbot – Manager of Institutional Registration & Licensing, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
– Dr. Kevin Sightler – Director of Substantive Change, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSOC)
– Zach Waymer – Government Affairs Officer, Higher Learning Commission

Wednesday, April 27
8:45 – 9:45 AM
Equity Essentials for Leaders in Higher Education
– Dr. Tanika Byrd – Co-Founder, Bloom Collaborative and Professor of Communication Studies, Cosumnes River College

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Licensure Disclosures and the Need for Collaboration Among Compacts, State Boards, and Accreditors
– Emily Woods – Senior Distance Learning Compliance Coordinator, University of Kentucky
– Dr. Matthew Smith – Director of Accreditation, George Mason University
– Dr. Ellen Drogin Rodgers – Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University

11:00 AM – Noon
Approving Agencies, Authorization Agencies – State and Federal Implications
– Cheryl Dowd – Senior Director, Policy Innovations, WCET – WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
– Cathie “Cam” Maeyaert – Director of Private Postsecondary Institutions, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
– Torrence Joseph – Educational Program Consultant, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, State Approving Agency
– Russ Poulin – Executive Director, WCET – WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies

2021 Virtual Conference Presentations and Handouts

2021 NASASPS Virtual Conference Program

Session recordings are available to NASASPS members via the Webinar Recordings webpage.

Wednesday, October 13
1:00 – 1:45 PM EDT
HLC Closed School Toolkit
– Betsy Talbot, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
– Karen Solomon, Higher Learning Commission
HLC Teach-Out Toolkit

2:00 – 2:45 PM EDT
NC-SARA 21st Century Guidelines
– Lori Williams, NC-SARA

3:15 – 4:00 PM EDT
2021 State Updates
– Cam Maeyaert, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Complete Survey Results available on the Members Only Resources Page

Thursday, October 14
1:00 – 1:45 PM EDT
The Growth of OPMs in Higher Education and Consumer Protection Concerns
– Russ Poulin, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
– Phil Hill, MindWires

2:00 – 2:45 PM EDT
Create New Roads to Training by Partnering with Local Business Owners
– Susan Schulz, Schulz School Advisors (Moderator)
– Brad Kuykendall, Western Technical College
– Robin Matusow, M.Ed., Disability Educational Consultants
– Dave Heiman, The Refrigeration School/ StrataTech Education Group

3:15 – 4:00 PM EDT
The Federal Regulatory Outlook for Postsecondary Institutions
– Aaron Lacey, Thomas Coburn LLP

2019 Conference Presentations and Handouts

2019 NASASPS Conference Program

Presentations and handouts for the 2019 NASASPS Annual Conference will be posted here as they become available.

Monday, April 15
11:15 a.m – 12 noon
States Helping Meet SARA Requirements
– Joan Bouillon, Director of Regulatory Compliance, Pearson
– Jeannie Yockey-Fine, State Regulatory Services Specialist, Hogan-Lovells
– Mary Agnes Larson, Associate Director for Student and Institution Support, NC – SARA
– Leroy Wade, Assistant Commissioner, Financial Assistance and Proprietary Certification, Missouri Department of Higher Education

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Presentation of State Updates

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
The Role of Receiverships, Bankruptcies, and other Restructuring Options in Higher Education
– Aaron Lacey, Partner, Higher Education Practice, Thompson Coburn LLP
– Craig Dean, Managing Principal, AEG Partners and AEG Capital

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
School Closures from the Institution and Regulator Perspectives
– Kim Walsh, Director of State Licensing, The Art Institutes International
– Lane Goodwin, Program Manager, Postsecondary Institution Licensing, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
– Chris Lambert, Associate Executive Director, ACCSC

Tuesday, April 16
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) Member Breakfast | Out-of-State Learning Activity Compliance Organizer and Checklist
– Sarah E Cheverton, Assistant Coordinator of Online Learning, James Madison University / Office of Vice Provost
– Cheryl E Carroll, Manager of Academic & Distance Education Compliance, Provost Office, University of Virginia

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Coding Bootcamps: Disrupters or Bridging the Digital Skills Gap?
– Lauren Ellisberg, Compliance and Government Relations Officer, Coding Dojo

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Communicating about State Authorization: Institutional Examples
– Lisa Siefker, State Authorization Program Manager, The Ohio State University
– Marcelle Jones, Program Accessibility and Compliance Specialist, Purdue University

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Misrepresentation of Career Eligibility in Advertising and Other Marketing
– Betsy Talbot, Manager of Registration & Licensing, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
– Kate McCartan, Institutional Monitoring Specialist, Minnesota Office of Higher Education

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon
NC-SARA Reporting – Institutional Approaches to Collect Supervised Field Experience Data | Part 1 | Part 2
– Allison Rogers, Communications Coordinator, Texas Woman’s University
– Alayna Schmeider, Compliance Specialist, The Pennsylvania State University

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Annual School Data Reporting Process–Data Collection, Reporting, and Future Uses
– John Ware, Executive Director, Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
– Jennifer Armour, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Kansas Board of Regents
– Laura Vieth, Deputy Director, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Creating a Culture of Compliance
– Rachel Durrance, Assistant Director, State Authorizations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– William Muldoon, Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Washington Potpourri: A Whirlwind Tour of the Legislative Landscape and the Department of Education Activities
– Sharon Bob, Higher Education Specialist on Policy and Regulation, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Professional Licensure Research, Compliance, and Disclosures – The Illustration of Three Institutions’ Processes
– Ronald Brownie, Director, Online & Continuing Education, Northern State University
– Tyson Heath, Manager of State Authorization and Accreditation, Western Governors University
– Bridget Beville, Associate General Counsel, University of Phoenix
– Mitchell Gilbert, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Western Governors University

Wednesday, April 17

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
International Online Programs – What’s New and What’s Not
– Gregory Ferenbach, Counsel, Hogan Lovells
– Megan Mason, Associate, Hogan Lovells

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
NC-SARA Update
– Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director, NC-SARA
– Marianne Boeke, Associate Director for Policy Research and State Support, NC-SARA
– Mary Agnes Larson, Director, Associate Director for Student and Institution Support, NC-SARA

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Federal Regulations-Negotiated Rulemaking 2019
– Russ Poulin, Director, Policy and Analysis, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
– Jeannie Yockey-Fine, State Regulatory Service Specialist, Hogan Lovells

2018 Conference Presentations and Handouts

NASASPS Conference Program

Presentations and handouts for the 2018 NASASPS Annual Conference will be posted here as they become available.

Monday, April 23  | 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
General Session | Washington Potpourri
– Sharon Bob, Higher Education Specialist on Policy and Regulation, Powers, Pyles, Sutter, and Verville, PC.

Monday, April 23  | 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Welcome Luncheon and Panel Discussion with Former NASASPS Presidents
Speech 1 by former NASASPS President, Bernell Cochran
Speech 2 by former NASASPS President, Bernell Cochran
Handouts: NASASPS History
List of NASASPS Officers 1972-2002

Monday, April 23  | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
General Session | Legal Considerations Before Offering Online Programs in Foreign Countries
– Greg Ferenbach, Attorney, Cooley LLP
– Paul Thompson, Attorney, Cooley LLP
– Joan Bouillon, Ph. D., Director of Regulatory Compliance, Pearson

Monday, April 23  | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
General Session | The Distance Ed Question: Measuring the Quality of Online Programs
– Joel English, Vice President of Operations, Centura College/Aviation Institute of Maintenance
– Chris Lambert, Associate Executive Director, ACCSC

Tuesday, April 24  | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session | A New Kind of Report Card: Tracking Private Career School Performance

– Marina Parr, Communications Director, Washington Workforce Board
– Randy Smith, IT and Research Specialist, Washington Workforce Board

Tuesday, April 24  | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session | Let’s Take the Lead in Bridging the Employability Skills Gap! But How?
– Jay Hollowell, Vice President – Training, MaxKnowledge, Inc.

Tuesday, April 24  | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session | Make It Work! Student Tracking & Disclosures With Institutional Examples
– Lisa Siefker, State Authorization Program Manager, Ohio State University
– Brandie Elliott, State Authorization Coordinator, University of Missouri – Kansas City
SANsational Awards 1 – Tracking Student Location
SANsational Awards 2 – Notifications & Disclosures
SANsational Awards 3 – Licensure Notifications

Tuesday, April 24  | 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session | Applying the Ethical Intent Matrix to For-Profit Institutions
– Paul Shuler, Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Handouts: Findable ActionsEthical Intent Matrix

Tuesday, April 24  | 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session | Use of Technology to Track Legislative and Regulatory Changes
– Mitchell Gilbert, Compliance Specialist, Western Governors University
– Allen Clarkson, Government Relations Manager, Western Governors University
– Dr. Roderick Willis, Compliance Specialist, Western Governors University

Tuesday, April 24  | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session | Competency-Based Education: The Basics, Myths, and Truths of CBE
– Brooks Doherty, Assistant Vice President, Academic Innovation, Rasmussen College

Tuesday, April 24  | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session | Navigating the Hurdles of Building a National Online Presence
– Jason Ruckert, Vice Chancellor, Online Education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– Bree Stansberry, Associate Director of State Authorizations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Tuesday, April 24  | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
General Session | Bridging the Gap Between Postsecondary Education Regulation and Professional Licensure
– Julie Woodruff, Assistant Executive Director & Lead Attorney, Division of Postsecondary State Authorization of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
– Robin Jenkins, Executive Director, Allied and Behavioral Health Boards, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, District of Columbia Department of Health and Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) Faculty
– Angela Lee, Executive Director, District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission

Wednesday, April 25  |9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
General Session | The Price of Higher Education: An Issue and A Solution
– Lucas B. Kavlie, Vice President, Compliance and Accreditation, Western Governors University
– Alton James IV, Compliance Specialist, Western Governors University
– Roderick C. Willis II, Compliance Specialist, Western Governors University

Wednesday, April 25  |11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
General Session | SARA: What’s new for 2018
– Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director, NC-SARA
– Wanda Barker, SARA SREB Director, Southern Regional Education Board
– John Lopez, SARA WICHE Director, WICHE
– Sandra J. Doran, SARA NEBHE Director, New England Board of Higher Education

Little Rock, Arkansas

Conference Presentations

Monday, April 28
Competency Based Education: What’s Next?
Evaluating Post-Graduation Outcomes
Washington Potpourri: Reauthorization, Regulations and Compliance Update
Ask the State Regulator

Tuesday, April 29
Compliance Audits and Data Verification
The Student Exchange and Visitor Program, Part 1
The Student Exchange and Visitor Program, Part 2
Streamlining State Authorization
Effective Closed School Teach-Outs
Building Bridges Between School and the Workplace: Preparing Students for a Career – and for Life
NASASPS SARA Discussion Forum

Wednesday, April 30
State Authorization Network Survey of State Websites, Instructions and Application
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Update

Sacramento, CA
Program Agenda

Presentations / Handouts

Monday
Keynote Address | Understanding the MOOC Phenomena and Implications for State Regulators

General Session 1 | A Progress Report on the Establishment of a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
General Session 2 | Legislating and Regulating Quality
General Session 3 | Survivor: State Authorization Island

Tuesday
General Session 1 | Potholes in the Road to State Regulatory Compliance
General Session 2 | The School Closure Experience, Coming Soon to a State Near You
Concurrent Session 1A | Federal Potpourri: A Washington Perspective
Concurrent Session 1B | Streamlining the Licensing and Credentialing Process
Concurrent Session 2A | Adding New Programs to Meet the Demand for Skilled Workers
Concurrent Session 2B | There is No “They” in Compliance: Operating in a Multischool System Within a Multistate Environment

Wednesday
General Session 1 | Successful State Agency and University Collaboration: Leveraging the Assets of a Large Research University to Meet State Higher Education Needs
General Session 2 | Simplify Your Life