EAB Approved Schools Conference

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE EAB WILL NOT BE HOLDING A CONFERENCE IN 2013.

For the past 14 years, the EAB has held a conference for approved school officials and other interested persons. The conference has provided an opportunity for EAB staff, school officials and other interested persons to discuss and learn about best practices and policy issues affecting for-profit and non-profit higher education institutions. As noted below, the 2012 conference focused on the EAB's policy agenda to hold schools accountable for student outcomes by establishing minimum performance standards for program completion and graduate placement in employment. Due to concerns raised earlier this year about establishing such performance benchmarks, this policy agenda has been indefinitely suspended. Given the absence of a defined policy agenda for the EAB to advance at the conference, a decision has been made to cancel the 2013 approved schools conference.

Prior Year Conference Information

Special Note: Webcasts of the conference sessions and copies of corresponding PowerPoint presentations are available using the respective links. To facilitate viewing, each session's presentation is listed separately.

2012 "Being Accountable for Results" - The conference explored the establishment of minimum performance standards for program completion and graduate placement in employment. Michael Cooney, former EAB Board Chair, began the day with a presentation on the state of career education. Steve Gunderson, President and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities, was the keynote speaker and discussed the role outcomes play in today's regulatory environment. He was followed by Michael D. White, Director of Regulatory and Legal Affairs for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, who discussed the importance of results; and Gary Carlson, former VP for Academic Affairs at ITT Technical Institute, presented on accountability in action. The day concluded with a discussion led by EAB staff on its plan to establish minimum performance standards for completion and placement rates.

Webcast Video Links
>The State of Career Education
>The Role of Outcomes in a Regulatory Environment
>The Importance of Student Outcomes: Will You Be Here Tomorrow?
>Accountability in Action
>Establishing Performance Standards

PowerPoint Presentations
>The State of Career Education
>The Importance of Student Outcomes: Will You Be Here Tomorrow?
>Accountability in Action
>Establishing Performance Standards

2011 "Listening to Employers Benefits Students" - The conference explored why it is important for all institutions to use employer advisory committees and how students benefit from the advice and expertise of employers. Michael Cooney, EAB Board Chair, started the day by giving a presentation on the "State of the Career Education Sector". Keynote speaker, Rob Curtain, Chief Applications Officer for US Education at Microsoft discussed how social and cloud computing are shaping consumer expectations for learning. He was followed by Jay Hollowell, Vice President and Training Manager, MaxKnowledge, Inc. whose presentation about the "Role of Employer Advisory Committees" provided practical information on creating and using employer input to improve programs, externship experiences and job placement for students. Two afternoon panels will be moderated by Michale McComis, Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) - one panel of school officials who currently use advisory committees and another of employer representatives who are active advisory committee members.

Webcast Video Links
>The State of Career Education
>How Social and Cloud Computing are Shaping Consumer Expectations for Learning
>The Role of Advisory Committees
>School's Panel
>Employer's Panel

PowerPoint Presentations
>The State of Career Education
>How Social and Cloud Computing are Shaping Consumer Expectations for Learning
>The Role of Advisory Committees

>Technology is the Future of Higher Education - Career Education Review Atricle

2010 "Quality Schools = Student Success" - The conference examined the important relationship between quality-focused schools and positive student outcomes. It featured morning presentations from Anthony Bieda, Director of External Affairs for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; and Robert Pavlik, Assistant Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning located at Marquette University. The afternoon consisted of a series of operationally-targeted workshops led by school officials focused on the topics of admissions (specifically compliance and best practices); teaching and learning; student academic progress and retention; and, externships and employment.

Webcast Video Links
>Opening Remarks - Assessing the Regulatory Landscape
>For-Profit Sector Concerns
>Focusing on Quality for Student Success

PowerPoint Presentations
>Opening Remarks - Assessing the Regulatory Landscape
>For-Profit Sector Concerns
>Focusing on Quality for Student Success
   -- Handout 1
   -- Handout 2
   -- Handout 3
>Admissions: Compliance & Best Practices
   -- Handout 1
   -- Handout 2
>Teaching & Learning
>Student Academic Progress & Retention
>Externships & Employment

2009 "Success for Students and Schools in a Challenging Economy" - The conference featured Terry Ludeman, retired chief economist for the State of Wisconsin who shared his perspective on the status of the state's current economy and its implications on jobs of the future, particularly as it relates to education and training at the postsecondary level.  Roger Williams, executive director of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) discussed the importance of well-designed institutional systems, and the critical role they play in determining an organization's success in a challenging economic environment.  The afternoon consisted of a series of workshops led by various school officials from accredited and non-accredited, and large and small institutions at each workshop and discussed best practices in the areas of student enrollment, student retention, student support services, and graduation and employment.

Webcast Video Links
>Opening Remarks - Accountability & Outcomes
>The Current Economy & Future Trends
>Surviving in the New Economic Reality

PowerPoint Presentations
>Opening Remarks - Accountability & Outcomes
>The Current Economy & Future Trends
>Surviving in the New Economic Reality
>Student Enrollment
>Graduation and Employment 1
>Graduation and Employment 2
>Student Support Services
>Student Retention 1
>Student Retention 2

2008 "Planning for Success" - The conference featured Dr. Richard Oliver, CEO of American Sentinel University who spoke on "The Power of Planning," and Joan Gillman, Director of Special Industry Programs at UW-Madison, who discussed methods for schools to develop an institutional plan. Ms. Gillman also lead a panel discussion of EAB schools about developing and using institutional plans. Attendees also heard a panel of EAB schools on lessons learned from the employment verification process.

Webcast Video Links
>Opening Remarks - Another Way to Win
>The Power of Planning
>Developing an Institutional Plan
>Institutional Plans: Lessons Learned
>Employment Verification: Lessons Learned
>The EAB: Past, Present & Future

PowerPoint Presentations
>Opening Remarks - Another Way to Win
>The Power of Planning
>Developing an Institutional Plan
>Employment Verification: Lessons Learned
>The EAB: Past, Present & Future

2007 "Moving Forward" - The conference theme reflected the changes being implemented as part of the EAB's modernization agenda. The keynote speaker featured John Lee, president of JBL Associates. He addressed demographics, accountability and the economic impact of career schools from a national perspective. The afternoon workshop presenter featured Chris Lambert, the associate director of commission relations for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). He talked about developing and using institutional plans.

The conference also provided EAB staff an opportunity to discuss the status of other changes that are being made as part of its modernization agenda. Information was shared about our efforts to redesign the school visit process. In addition to discussing the way school visits will be conducted beginning in 2008, EAB staff shared important information about data verification issues that will affect the annual school renewal process for 2009. Specifically, there was a discussion about the need for schools to provide information as part of the renewal will allow the EAB to verify employment data.

The conference also included a morning session state Representative Stephen Nass, one of the legislative authors of the EAB's modernization bill, who discussed its status and the legislative process.

Webcast Video Links
>Welcome & Opening Remarks
>National Perspectives: Demographics, Accountability & the Economic Impact of Career Schools
>EAB Modernization Update
>Legislative Update EAB's Modernization Bill - AB 281/SB 174
>Developing & Using Institutional Plans
>Implementing EAB's Modernization: Employment Verification, School Visit Redesign & Institutional Planning (at 1hr 27min of presentation)

PowerPoint Presentations
>Opening Remarks
>National Perspectives: Demographics, Accountability & the Economic Impact of Career Schools
>Developing and Using Institutional Plans
>Implementing EAB's Modernization: Employment Verification, School Visit Redesign & Institutional Planning

2006 "Schools that Work" - The conference underscored schools' primary purpose: educating and training Wisconsin residents for employment, and for career enhancement and advancement; reinforced the EAB's emphasis this year on the "employed" category of student outcomes as part of the school renewal process; and showed EAB's commitment to help all schools be more effective for students.

PowerPoint Presentations
>EAB Modernization Update
>Setting the Context: Accountability & Transparency
>Data Driven Schools
>Lessons Learned: Employed & Satisfaction Outcomes
>Best Placement Practices
>EAB Effectiveness Survey

2005 "Student Outcomes and Ethics" - Over 70 people attended the conference on November 10, 2005.  The keynote speaker was Denis Collins, an associate professor of business at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin.  In his address, "The Role Ethics Plays in Reporting Results," Dr. Collins explored the relevance between ethical theory and student outcomes reporting.  Dr. Collins is also the author of the book Behaving Badly:  Ethical Lessons from Enron where he provides advice on creating and sustaining an ethical culture in any company.

2004 "Becoming Your Best" - Elaine Beaubien, who for the past 25 years has occupied the position of associate professor of business at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, delivered an energetic keynote address. In her address, "Foundation for Legendary Leadership: Capturing the Essence of Excellence", Ms. Beaubien challenged participants to cultivate their leadership potential.  The EAB also held a pre-conference workshop lead by Jacqui Sakowski owner of Sakowski Consulting LLC.  Ms. Sakowski used "Twelve Essentials to Providing Educational Excellence" to set the stage for the conference presentations.

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