Room of people at a FLVC 2020 conference

AGENDA 

 

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 19, 2020


8:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast

Table Discussion

9:00-9:15 AM

Dr John Opper

Welcome - Opening Remarks

Brief introduction and welcome of attendees to include conference logistics and accommodations.

Dr. John Opper
FLVC Executive Director - Distance Learning & Student Services

9:15-10:15 AM

Doug Lederman Headshot

Session I

The Higher Ed Landscape: Opportunities and Threats

Doug Lederman 
Editor and Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed

What does the current context for higher education look like? What are some of the pressures on the current business model and how are institutions dealing with them?

10:15-10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:30-11:30 AM

Eric Kelderman

Session II

The Looming Enrollment Crisis

Eric Kelderman 
Senior Reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Postsecondary education is experiencing a massive slow-moving storm, threatened by years of financial strain, a downturn in the nation’s birthrate and growing skepticism about price and value of a college degree. In just a few years, the pool of likely college students is expected to become much smaller and more racially diverse. Charting the way forward will require planning and some difficult decisions.


11:30-12:45 PM

 

Lunch

12:45-1:45 PM

Elijah Scott Headshot

Session III

How Did Online Learning Become Strategic? Gradually, then Suddenly

Phil Hill
Co-Founder, MindWires

As online and hybrid education enters its third decade, there are significant efforts to move beyond the virtualization of traditional face-to-face classroom and to also move beyond earlier business models. This shift has the potential to be more significant than just the number of learners in online programs. What is the current state of online learning and will the growth continue? Have some specific online programs become saturated in the market? How has the management of online learning initiatives changed in recent years? This talk will explore how the influence of online learning and new technologies are impacting the future of higher education.

1:45-2:00 PM

Afternoon Break

2:00-4:00 PM

Panel I

Alternative Credentials and Providers

What does the landscape of new providers of educational programs look like? Is the traditional degree giving way to new forms of credentials or is this a natural evolution? What has been the response or involvement of business and industry? How should colleges and universities plan for and strategically engage in any long-term trends?

Scott Cheney Headshot
Scott Cheney,
Executive Director, Credential Engine
Eric Kelderman
Eric Kelderman 
Senior Reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education
Burck Smith Headshot
Burck Smith
CEO and founder of StraighterLine
Dr Leah Matthews
Dr. Leah Matthews
Executive Director, Distance Education Accrediting Commission

 

 

4:30-6:00 PM

Evening Reception

 

Day 2 - Thursday, February 20, 2020


8:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast

Table Discussion

9:00-9:15 AM

Dr John Opper

Opening Remarks

Dr. John Opper
FLVC Executive Director - Distance Learning & Student Services

9:15-10:45 AM

Terri-Lynn Thayer

Session IV

Higher Education Scenarios

Terri-Lynn Thayer
Vice President, Team Manager in Gartner Research and Advisory

What are some of the likely scenarios for colleges and universities in the future? How might they differ in terms of mission, student enrollment and programs?

10:45-11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00-12:45 PM

Panel II

The Federal Environment Implications for Higher Ed

The U. S. Department of Education recently revised many of the regulations that govern online learning, education innovations, and accreditation. All have an impact on financial aid eligibility and there are more regulations to come. How will these revised regulations affect the business of higher education? What are some of the opportunities and constraints? What are the key points to keep in mind moving forward?

Dr Leah Matthews
Dr. Leah Matthews
Executive Director, Distance Education Accrediting Commission
Russ Poulin Headshots
Russ Poulin
Executive Director, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies

 

 


12:45-2:00 PM

Lunch

2:00-3:15 PM

Dr Belle Wheelan Headshot

Closing Keynote

Future Outlook

Dr. Belle Wheelan
President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Dr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans over 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities. Join us as she provides her perspective on the future of higher education in what has proven to be a very dynamic environment.

3:15-3:30 PM

Dr John Opper

Closing Remarks

Dr. John Opper
FLVC Executive Director - Distance Learning & Student Services