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April 10, 2013

2013 USDLA Conference Keynotes: Martha J. Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education, Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor for eLearning and Mobilization, Tennessee Board of Regents plus a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Luncheon & Keynote Panel

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Martha J. Kanter

U.S. Under Secretary of Education



Dr. Robbie Melton

Associate Vice Chancellor for eLearning and Mobilization

Tennessee Board of Regents


Luncheon & Keynote
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

12:45PM –

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement:
Principles and Implementation Plan
Join us for an inside glimpse of the core principles and implementation plan for a new State  Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which has been advanced to the higher education  and policy making community. The Presidents’ Forum, Council of State Governments, regional  higher education compacts, and Commission on the Regulation  of Postsecondary Distance Education have collaborated to develop a practical framework to achieve interstate reciprocity in  the regulation of distance education.
Moderated by:
Paul Shiffman, Executive Director, The Presidents’ Forum

Crady deGolian, Director
The Council of State Governments
National Center for Interstate Compacts

James W. Hall
Consultant to the Presidents’ Forum

Dr. Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Nebraska

Russell Poulin, Deputy
Director, Research and Analysis
WCET – Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Day 3 - 4



Sunday, April 28, 2013

2:00PM – 5:00PM

State Chapter Leadership Workshop

Presented by: Kenn Conn (Data Projections & Senior Vice President for State Chapters, USDLA)

Join us at the second gathering of the state chapter leadership attending the National conference to network, share, plan, and learn with one another. We will focus on various aspects involved with state chapters that will provide knowledge, resources, momentum, and energy to take back to your local teams. Following this session it is expected that the attendee will (1) have knowledge of the active and forming state chapter leadership, (2) resources and strategies that other state chapters are using to maintain and grow their associations, and (3) a stronger network of individuals that they can collaborate with.


I Have the State Application. Now What Do I Do?

Presented by: Joan Bouillon (Pearson eCollege), Marianne Boeke (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems), and Jeannie Yockey-Fine (Dow Lohnes)

Completing the authorization applications for many of the states is a daunting task. The session will attempt to cover some of the difficulties in completing the applications. There will be answers to general questions such as how does an institution go about getting a surety bond? The refund policies differ from state to state; what can be done? How much will a site visit cost? The main objective will be to help answer particular questions about specific state applications.  The majority of the program will be a question and answer session for anyone

having problems completing applications.  This session is designed for individuals in higher education compliance and legal departments.


Pushing Interaction to Intersubjectivity: Tools for Powerful Online Discussions

Presented by: Janine Lim (Andrews University) and Barbara Hall (Ashford University)

A threaded discussion with vibrant participation is an exciting opportunity. Yet, such lively discussions occur less often than they should. This pre-conference workshop will engage designers, faculty, and administrators in understanding intersubjectivity within threaded discussions and how to design, facilitate, and assess for intersubjectivity within asynchronous discussion forums.


Essential Links in Grant Proposals: Problem Statements and Performance Measures

Presented by: Elizabeth Burton & Jeff Barlow (Polycom Grant Assistance Program)

Winning proposals contain compelling problem statements that form the foundation for the rest of the proposal. Well-defined problem statements enable organizations to clearly articulate a proposed solution to be funded, develop performance measures that assess impact of the proposed solution, and convince the funder to invest in the proposed project. In this interactive and dynamic workshop, participants will learn how to develop a well- defined problem statement by examining and discussing real-world problem statements from actual grant proposals. In addition, in group exercises, participants will develop a problem-statement using problem- mapping methodologies and a case study. Participants will also learn how to develop SMART performance measures for proposed solutions that address identified problems in grant proposals, and how those link to required project evaluations. Using previously developed problem statements, participants will work in groups to propose a hypothetical solution to the problem statement, and develop a set of performance measures. Groups will report out their results for discussion in the larger participant setting. Information about best practices in  aligning organizational priorities to those of the funder will also be discussed as a strategy for improving the likelihood of grant proposal success.

  Day 3 - 4



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