8:30 am
Bridges Out of Poverty

Kirstie DeBiase
As the Manager of Instructional Quality for the 12 campuses of Charter College, Kirstie DeBiase is recognized for her expertise on the topics of classroom management, teaching modalities, differentiation of instruction and Bridges Out of Poverty. She works with teachers and administrators to improve student achievement and retention.Based on the book, “Bridges Out of Poverty” by Ruby Payne, Ph.D., you will gain an understanding of under-resourced students, as well as effective student engagement and teaching strategies to improve instruction for adult learners from all economic classes.

10:00 am
Regulatory Panel and Q&A
Hear updates and have your questions answered from each of the key sector regulatory agencies including: Mark Majek, Nursing Board; Hope Andrade, Texas Workforce Commission; Rex Peebles, The Higher Education Coordinating Board; Brian Francis (invited) Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation

10:50 am
Accreditation Panel and Q&A

Learn about the latest news from each of the accreditation agencies, with time for audience questions and answers. Agencies confirmed include: Tony Bieda, ACICS; Christopher Lambert, ACCSC; Representatives from NACCAS, ABHES and COE have been invited


1:30 pm
Creating a Culture of Measured Excellence in Financial Aid

Chris McCool, Regional Director of Financial Aid, Southern Careers Institute
Explore a new paradigm built around the customer experience process for admissions and financial aid involving best practices for reducing paperwork, creating efficiency, and improving the quality of financial aid. Challenge the way your financial aid department serves your students by creating a culture of measurable and quantifiable excellence. 

Career Services: Graduates Entering the Workforce
Carla Williams, Director of Career Services, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts; Dr. Pearl Dominguez, Lamson Institute; and Kambry Hernandez, Director of Career Services, ITT Technical Institute-San Antonio West 
Join Career Service personnel from various programs across Texas to discover best practices and trends on placing graduates in jobs and the feedback our sector receives from employers on what they are and are not looking for in a job candidate. 

The Mental Technology of Peak Performance
Dr. Joe Pace, Chairman of The Board of Global Education, The Pacific Institute Education Initiative
Author of the best selling textbook, Thought Patterns for a Successful Career, used in over one thousand colleges and schools worldwide by over one million students will uncover how individuals and organizations can reach peak performance, effectively meet major challenges and implement change, think strategically, and ultimately change lives in our campuses.

3:45 pm
New Innovations for Financial Literacy in The Net Generation 

Andrea Spisak, Director of Strategic Development, ImagineAmerica
With default rates on the rise, most schools have implemented a financial literacy program, but do these work for the Net Generation student? Share results, compare results to other research, and discuss how to determine a successful financial literacy program for this new generation of students.

Are You Competent? How to Create and Sustain a Competency-Based Education Program at Your Institution 

Gerry DiGiusto, Ph.D., Director Consulting Services North America, Pearson

Competency-based education is an emerging model that is building a foundation for achievement by allowing institutions to serve more students in less time, at a lower cost, with a focus on real learning that leads to greater employability. Discover a framework for creating and sustaining successful competency-based education programs.

Living Ethically in an Unethical World
Dr. Tom Sechrest, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Director, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics Program, St. Edward’s University
How do we remain ethical in a world filled with temptation? How do we assure that our campus leadership goes beyond “codes of conduct?” Join in an interactive conversation about ethics that will help to better understand how we deal with the whims and vagaries of modern life.


Defining Military- Friendly and Veteran-Friendly, and Clarifying Ill-Defined Terms
Michael Dakduk, Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs, APSCU
When the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect in 2009, many military veterans and service members sought to take advantage of the educational and financial opportunities the new law offered. Consequently, colleges and universities of all types recognized the opportunity to expand their enrollments and some suggested their policies, programs, and campuses were “military-friendly” or “veteran-friendly.” In the ensuing years, veteran advocates and higher education stakeholders have searched for common ground on what, exactly, the terms mean. This session delves into a recently released white paper “Defining Military-Friendly and Veteran-Friendly for Higher Education: Clarifying Ill-Defined Terms. Join Michael Dakduk as he discusses his former role as executive director for Student Veterans of America, and learn his perspective as campuses across Texas work to develop programs, services and policies that support our growing military enrollment.

THURSDAY FEATURED WORKSHOPS - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

What's Happening on the Legislative and Regulatory Fronts? - Sally Stroup
Join a discussion of legislative and regulatory matters ranging from Congressional action on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the Department’s regulatory agenda, and the President’s rating system. Will this mishmash of activity ever come together to produce a comprehensive and improved framework for higher education? As APSCU’s Executive Vice President for Government Relations and General Counsel, Sally brings twenty-five years of combined state and federal government legislative and executive experience, including 14 years on Capitol Hill and four years as Secretary for Postsecondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education. 

Self-Assessment Isn't Ugly - Dr. Tami Erickson
Learn what your campus is doing well, so that self-assessment can be a positive experience. Discover the key role you play in self-assessments, why self-assessment is important, and how to design and implement a self-assessment for your department. Tami Erickson, Ph.D has 16 years experience in higher education. As Executive Director of Education and Compliance with Southern Careers Institute, Dr. Erickson has experience in academics, admissions, student services, teaching and compliance. She is involved in APSCU, a variety of Advisory Boards, Texas Historical Associations, ACCSC, ACICS, ABHES and has cultivated relationships with many Texas agencies that impact the career school sector.Tara Piantanida-Kelly, USA Funds 

Growing a Successful Nursing Program - Mark Majek
Learn the best way to complete the required criminal background checks for nursing students during the admissions process to minimize negative consequences for students and the program. Mark Majek has served as the Director of Operations for the Texas Board of Nursing for the past 27 years. His duties include oversight of finance, information technology, licensing, customer support and publications.