Conference Program 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

 6:30 AM -7:15 AM   Sunrise Stretch
Gentle stretches to start your day!
All welcome (no special attire, equipment or prior experience needed)
Instructor: Samantha Cameron

A welcome wakeup call for mind and body! Sweet stretches prepare your day by expanding breath and opening muscular intuitive forces. This short class offers a moment of bliss through easy stretching for those in a chair, and/or those on the mat. Emphasis is on connecting breath to expand and loosen necks, shoulders, backs, hamstrings and hips.

Biography: Cameron
Vineyard Room 4th
 7:00 AM-5:00 PM   Registration
 7:00-9:30 AM   Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Foyer 4th
 7:00 AM-5:00 PM
  Complimentary all day coffee service
Foyer 4th
 7:30-9:15 AM   Higher Education: Assessment Workshop A
Leadership for Meaningful Assessment
Presenters: Trudy W. Banta, Professor of Higher Education, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Evaluation, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN; Alicia M. Betsinger, Associate Provost, Institutional Research, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Maria Puente, Interim Dean, Division of Mathematics, Behavioral and Social Science, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA; Lori A. Catallozzi, Dean of Humanities and Learning Communities, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA; Peter J. Langer, Associate Provost, University of Massachusetts–Boston, Boston, MA, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

This workshop will provide experience-based examples of promising practices in leading and building capacity related to collecting, measuring, and using student, program, and institutional success metrics. In preparation, participants are encouraged to review Banta, T. W. & Blaich, C.  (2011). Closing the Assessment Loop.Change 43(1), 22-27 and consider their most pressing questions related to leadership and outcomes assessment.
Biographies: Banta, Betsinger, Puente, Catallozzi, Langer

Presentation: Banta et al.
 Salon E  4th
 7:30-9:15 AM   Higher Education: Assessment Workshop B
The Power of Information Literacy Skills

Presenters: Laura Saunders, faculty member, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA; Alan Carbery, Associate Director of Champlain College Library, Burlington, VT; Mary C.  MacDonald, Professor – Head of Instructional Services, University Libraries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; Jim Kinnie, Professor, University Libraries – Humanities Reference/Biographer Office, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; Thomas S. Edwards, Provost, Thomas College, Waterville, ME, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

Information literacy—the ability to locate, access, evaluate, and use information efficiently, effectively, and within ethical and legal guidelines—has been recognized throughout higher education as crucial to student success in school, work, and personal life. It remains an important focus of attention throughout the existing and draft revised NEASC accreditation standards. Despite agreement on the importance of information literacy, research shows that most colleges and universities are relying on stand-alone one shot sessions rather than integrating it into the wide curriculum. Even fewer institutions are assessing for learning outcomes related to information literacy. As a result reports suggest that college students may be graduating without the necessary information skills expected of employers or graduate programs. Practitioners from three Institutions will highlight and showcase their work in information literacy assessment, showcasing various approaches and findings for assessing outcomes in information literacy. This workshop will also include interactive activities related to integration of information literacy into the curriculum.

Biographies: Saunders, Carbery, MacDonald, Kinnie, Edwards

Presentations: Saunders, Carbery, MacDonald and Kinnie, MacDonald IL in Assignment

Handout: The Power of Information (pdf)
Salon F 4th
 9:30-10:45 AM   Higher Education: Keynote #1
News Flash

Presenter: Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed, Washington, DC; Patricia Maguire Meservey, President, Salem State University, Salem, MA, Chair, CIHE (moderating)

The evolving debate about accountability in higher education: new scrutiny for accreditors and colleges.

Biographies: Jaschik, Meservey
Salon E  4th 
11:00 AM-12:15 PM   Higher Education: Keynote #2
Innovation: Big Data & Analytics  

Presenter: George Siemens, Executive Director, Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK Lab) and faculty member, University of Texas, Arlington; Thomas Christopher Greene, President, Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

Higher education is changing. After decades of failed predictions (including notables like Drucker) and years of overhyped proclamations, real change is now happening on college campuses. These changes reflect a range of socio-economic trends, notably retraction of state support – accelerated since 2008, technological advances, increased competition, rising tuition debt, and expanding knowledge needs of all members in society. This presentation will evaluate two specific trends impacting the future of education: 1. Data & Analytics – a shift to data-informed teaching and learning practices and organizational decision, 2. Credentials – granular and flexible ways of communicating what students know and how they have come to know it.

Biographies: Siemens, Greene

Presentation: Siemens
Salon E 4th
11:00 AM-3:00 PM   NEASC Board of Trustees Meeting (by invitation only)    
Salon A-B 4th
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12:30-1:45 PM   Network Luncheon – Hot Topics  (attendees required to purchase network luncheon ticket)
Choose a table by its designated 'topic' and enjoy stimulating discussion with colleagues.

Hot Topics
  1. Strategic Planning – best practices
  2. General Education – new ideas
  3. Crisis Management – and responding to social media
  4. Part-time faculty in the Academy
  5. Balancing the Liberal Arts & Career Preparation
  6. Handling Title IX and other mandates
  7. Inter-institutional Collaborations
Moderators: Jeffrey R. Godley, CIHE Commissioner, Public Member, Groton, CT; Karen Muncaster, Vice President for the Rabb School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and CIHE Commissioner, Jon S. Oxman, CIHE Commissioner, Public Member, Auburn, ME
Biographies: Godley, Muncaster, Oxman
Salon G 4th
 2:00-3:15 PM   Higher Education: Panel #1A
Inclusive Excellence: Embracing and Assessing A Diverse Student Body

Presenters: Lynn C. Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, and CIHE Commissioner; Julia M. McNamara, President, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT; Sean P. O'Connell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT; Dawna M. Perez, Dean of Student Success, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA

This session will explore the trend of expanding diversity within the student body, how diversity is defined, and the challenges and opportunities that arise in relation to assessment of student learning. We will focus on best practices in student and academic affairs. 
Biographies: Pasquerella, McNamara, O'Connell, Perez
Profile of Albertus Magnus College

Presentations: Pasquerella, McNamara and O'Connell, Perez
Salon E 4th
 2:00-3:15 PM   Higher Education: Panel #1B
Strategic Planning in Driving Innovative Measures of Success
Presenters: Gregory W. LaPointe, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Planning, University of Maine at Augusta, ME; Charlotte Mandell, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and faculty member, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Wilfredo Nieves, President, Capital Communmity College, Hartford, CT, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

This session will share assessment approaches to inform the development and performance monitoring of institutional strategic plans at a selective urban public research university and rural public open access university in New England. The panelists will demonstrate how integrated strategic planning with effective assessment and tracking protocols can be a catalyst for institutional change and improvement. Specifically, the session will highlight the use of NSSE results, predictive-analytics, the Student Learning Progress Model, and course completion rates to track and evaluate performance, guide decision-making, and inform the campus community of strategy reasoning and goal progress. The panelists will share focused examples of student success assessment with gateway and developmental courses for strategic planning resource allocation and improvement strategies. 

Biographies: LaPointe, Mandell, Nieves

Presentations: LaPointe, Mandell
Salon F 4th
 3:30-4:45 PM   Higher Education: Keynote #3
University Quality Indicators: Rankings and the Emergence of New Forms of Accountability

International Presenter: Ellen Hazelkorn, Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) (2014-) and Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit, HEPRU (2008-), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and author, Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education. The Battle for World-Class Excellence (2nd ed. 2015) Palgrave MacMillan (; David Quigley, Provost and Dean of Facilities, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

As higher education becomes more essential for personal and societal success, attention has turned to holding universities and colleges more accountable. Traditional “self-regulating” academic quality assurance and accreditation are coming under scrutiny. From an external perspective, they lack rigour and the reports can be difficult to decipher. There is also a growing public interest in going beyond simply evaluating and supporting quality enhancement to linking performance and productivity to resource allocation. What’s Next? The depth of the economic crisis has focused attention on the capacity of HEIs to meet the needs of national economies, and to respond to concerns about graduate employability and affordability. There has been a noticeable shift to measuring teaching and learning outcomes that allow us to judge whether graduates have the threshold qualities we expect. Institutional and country-based evaluations are rapidly being overtaken by international efforts. Rankings initially filled this gap but they focus too narrowly on elite universities and research. This session will survey the quality and accountability landscape from an international perspective. It will look at rankings and new and emerging forms of accountability at the national and global level, such as the new College Scorecard, the Teaching Excellence Framework in the UK and Institutional Profiling in Norway and Ireland. The way in which higher education is measured, assessed and compared – and the implications of these developments – will be discussed.

Biographies: Hazelkorn, Quigley

Presentation: Hazelkorn – PowerPoint presentation

Presentation notes: Hazelkorn presentation as pdf document

Salon E 4th
 5:00-6:00 PM   Higher Education Reception
Salon F 4th
 6:00 PM   Dinner — on your own    
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Thursday, December 10, 2015



 6:30 AM-7:15 AM   Sunrise Stretch
Gentle stretches to start your day!
All welcome (no special attire, equipment or prior experience needed)
Instructor: Samantha Cameron

A welcome wakeup call for mind and body! Sweet stretches prepare your day by expanding breath and opening muscular intuitive forces. This short class offers a moment of bliss through easy stretching for those in a chair, and/or those on the mat. Emphasis is on connecting breath to expand and loosen necks, shoulders, backs, hamstrings and hips.

Biography: Cameron
Vineyard Room 4th
 7:00 AM-5:00 PM   Registration
 7:00-9:30 AM
  Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Foyer 4th
 7:00 AM-5:00 PM   Complimentary all day coffee service
Foyer 4th
 7:30-9:30 AM   CIHE Presidents Breakfast (invitees only)
The Washington Scene: Regulations, Reauthorization and the Election
Presenter: Terry W. Hartle, Vice President, American Council on Education, Washington DC; Paula M. Rooney, President, Dean College, Franklin, MA (moderating)

An update on what the federal government has done for and to higher education in the last year and what to expect as we head toward the 2016 presidential election. 

Biographies: Hartle, Rooney

Presentation: Hartle
Salon G 4th
 8:00-9:15 AM   Higher Education: Panel #2
Tracking Student Success Using Social Media
Presenters: Katharine Tracy Barnes, Director, Office of Institutional Research, Brown University, Providence, RI; Karen Anderson, Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Faculty Development, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Wesleyan University Career Center, Middletown, CT

Recent revisions to the Standards include enhanced emphasis on student outcomes following graduation. In this session, we will discuss the strategies and methods—including social media—that our career offices use to track student outcomes, analyze the information, and provide clear evidence of those outcomes to prospective students, current students, and for institutional planning.

Biographies: Barnes, Anderson, Castonguay

Presentations: Barnes, Anderson, Castonguay
Salon E 4th
 9:30-10:45 AM   NEASC Keynote Address
Innovation & Accountability in Social Learning
Presenter: Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Digital technology has transformed countless areas of life from healthcare to workplace productivity to entertainment and publishing. But education hasn’t changed a whole lot. EdX is a MOOC (massive open online course) initiative that aspires to reinvent education through online learning. EdX’s mission is to dramatically increase access to education for students worldwide through MOOCs, while substantially enhancing campus education in both quality and efficiency through blended online approaches. This talk will provide an overview of MOOCs and edX, and share student stories that reveal how they are increasing access to education worldwide. The talk will also discuss where MOOC technologies are headed, and how they can enhance campus education. Finally, the talk will provide some recent research results that will allow us to improve education online and on campus, and discuss how MOOCs might evolve in the future.

Biography: Agarwal

Presentation: Agarwal
Salon E  4th
11:00 AM-12:15 PM   Higher Education: Panel #3A
International Initiatives and Student Success: What Is Working?
Presenters: David P. Angel, President, Clark University, Worcester, MA, and CIHE, Vice Chair; John Lucas, Provost and Executive Vice President, SIT (School for International Training), Brattleboro, VT; David S. Graves, Managing Director of North America, Nord Anglia Education, Inc.

International initiatives continue to be an important way in which colleges and universities in New England fulfill their mission. In this session we examine best practices that have emerged to ensure student success with respect to different modalities of internationalization. The panelists will share their insights into what we have learned about ways to maximize student success in terms of learning outcomes, persistence, and accomplishment of educational goals in programs that have a strong international component. The session will cover three different modalities of international engagement. First, we will look at high impact experiences where students travel outside of the United States, either in short course or study abroad format. Second we will consider best practices that are emerging for ensuring the success of international students enrolling on our campuses here in the United States. And lastly we will look at student success in the context of branch campuses outside of the United States.  
In engaging with best practices, the panelists will also address the types of questions and issues that typically arise when evaluating international initiatives against the Commission’s standard of accreditation, and note the most relevant changes in the proposed revised standards of accreditation.

Biographies: Angel, Lucas, Graves      

Presentations: Angel, Lucas, Graves
Salon E 4th
11:00 AM-12:15 PM   Higher Education: Panel #3B
College and Career Competencies – They're Ready?!

Presenters: Camille Colatosti, Dean, Institutional Assessment and Graduate Studies, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA; Susan Ambrose, Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Experimental Learning, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Linda S. Wells, Professor of Humaniuties, Boston University, Boston, MA. and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

What students gain from their college education depends, in large part, on assessing their preparedness upon arrival and designing appropriate and individualized educational opportunities that facilitate their intellectual, professional and personal growth and development. In this session, we describe the ways our respective institutions help learners meet their goals. Additionally, we discuss the ways that we engage in program evaluation for institutional improvement and resource allocation

Biographies: Colatosti, Ambrose, Wells

Presentations: Colatosti, Ambrose
Salon G 4th
11:00 AM-12:15 PM   Providing Accreditation Services with International Partners
Presenters: Ms. Zhao Ye, Program Director Department of Cross-border Education Quality Assurance/Commission on Cross-border Education China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), Beijing, China; Ms Zodwa Modimakwane, Executive Manager: Quality Assurance and Monitoring, and Ms Mary-Louise Madalane, Senior Manager: Evaluation and Accreditation, UMALUSI, Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education, South Africa; Mark Stapleton, Director of External Relations, NEASC (moderating)

A conversation with NEASC international partners about quality assurance and school improvement in their home countries  

Biography: Stapleton
Salon H 4th
11:00 AM-12:15 PM
  K-12: Customize Learning
Presenter: Beatrice McGarvey, Senior Associate, Marzano Research Lab; Partner, Total Leaders Associates; and faculty trainer for International ASCD

Biography: McGarvey
Salon J-K 4th
11:00 AM-12:15 PM   K-12: Are Colleges Ready for Students/Are Students Ready for College?
Presenters: Sophia S. Meas, Director of College Counseling, CATS Academy, Boston, MA; Alyssa Frank, Director of Schawbel College Center, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA; Kecia Brown McManus, Founding President & Managing Director, Kingston Bay Group, LLC, Catherine Wong, Director, Urban Outreach Initiatives, College Bound & Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Led by a panel of practitioners in very diverse fields, with input from the audience, this session will grapple with the questions of college readiness. What is its definition? How do we support the students and prepare them for success in both college and career? What is the best predictor for college/career readiness? How do we prepare them for a career pathway not yet invented?

Biographies: Meas, Frank, McManus, Wong 
Salon I 4th
12:30-1:45 PM   Luncheon for New Schools (by invitation only)
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Salons A-D 4th
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12:30-1:45 PM   NEASC Keynote Address and Networking Luncheon  (attendees required to purchase ticket for event) Salon F 4th
    12:30-1:15 PM
NEASC Keynote Address
Intercultural Competence: Creating and Implementing High Academic Standards Globally for K-12 Students
Presenter: Siva Kumari, Director General, International Baccalaureate, Geneva, Switzerland

In any century, critical thinking is a necessity for those who create change in the world. The IB believes that today, more than ever, K-12 educators need to develop citizens who are multimodal and interdisciplinary thinkers, who can relate their learning to questions that matter locally and globally. Equally importantly, we believe that international-mindedness is a key attribute that must be nurtured in all children worldwide as only then can we function well in a hyper-connected world that is ever-shrinking, wherever a student may live and whatever they may choose to do post K-12.
Biography: Kumari
    1:15-1:45 PM
Networking – Hot Topics 
Choose a table by its designated 'topic' and enjoy stimulating discussion with colleagues

Hot Topics
  1. Competency Based Education
  2. Closing the Disparity Gap
  3. Dual Enrollment – lessons learned
  4. Supporting Innovation
  5. Crisis Management – and responding to social media
  6. Challenges of New England’s declining population
  7. Interdisciplinary Education

Moderators: Kassandra S. Ardinger, CIHE Commissioner, Public Member, Concord NH; Mary Ellen Jukoski, President, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT and CIHE Commissioner; Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and CIHE Commissioner

Biographies: Ardinger, Jukoski, Ortiz
Salon F 4th
 1:00-1:45 PM   Draft Revised CIHE Standards for Accreditation
Patricia Maguire Meservey, President Salem State University, Salem, MA and  CIHE, Chair; Barbara E. Brittingham, President, CIHE (moderating)

Presentation: Meservey and Brittingham
Salon E 4th
 2:00-3:15 PM   Higher Education Panel #4A
Where Are We After a Decade of Community College Reforms?

Presenters: Vanessa Smith Morest, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT; Katherine Hughes, Executive Director, Community College and Higher Education Initiatives, College Board; Robert L. Pura, President, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

After a decade of reform, success rates for community college students remain stubbornly low, especially for students deemed in need of remediation.  A focus on data has generated attention and resources, spurring numerous improvement initiatives. This session describes and takes stock of some of the major efforts, including changes to student intake processes, reform of developmental curricula and pedagogy, and restructuring of college offerings.  Katherine Hughes will share emerging data on effectiveness. Vanessa Morest will provide the campus perspective on this whirlwind of reforms, particularly the role of leadership in implementing change.

Biographies: Morest, Hughes, Pura

Presentations: Morest, Hughes
Salon G 4th
 2:00-3:15 PM   Higher Education: Panel #4B
Online Student Retention: Data Driven Challenges and Strategies

Presenters: Philip DiSalvio, Dean, College of Advancing and Professional Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA; Philip J. Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA; Jane M. Bailey, Provost, Post University, Waterbury, CT; David L. Levinson, President, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

This interactive session will explore institutional and pedagogical influences that affect online student retention. During this panel discussion, three leaders of online programs will share retention strategies, data and conclusions about online learner persistence and retention. The views and recommendations from these experts will provide implications for institutional policies, support structures, and pedagogy.

Managing retention for online learners is a multivariate problem with no single solution. Understanding the factors that contribute to online learner attrition is essential for institutions who seek to formulate appropriate retention strategies.

An attendee discussion/Q&A period will follow the panelist presentations.

Biographies: DiSalvio, Sisson, Bailey, Levinson

Presentations: DiSalvio, Sisson, Bailey
Salon E 4th
 2:00-3:15 PM

  K-12: Blended Learning: The New Disrupter
Presenter: Heather Staker, Senior Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Education, Lexington, MA

Biography: Staker
Dartmouth Room 3rd
 3:30-4:45 PM   Higher Education: CIHE Business Meeting and Update from the Commission
New 2016 Standards for Accreditation will be discussed.
Presenter: Patricia Maguire Meservey, President, Salem State University, Salem, MA and Chair, CIHE

Biography: Meservey
Salon E 4th
 3:30-4:30 PM   K-12: Delivering Opportunities to All Students: The New SAT and Khan Academy
Presenters: E. Edward Klotzbier, Vice President, New England Regional Office, The College Board, Waltham, MA; Clay Hensley, Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach, The College Board; Kate Gerbode-Grant, Educational Manager, Higher Educational Division, The College Board

With the launch of the new SAT in March 2016, this session will aid colleges and universities in making strategic decisions regarding the use of the new assessments. Participants will learn about the College Board’s partnership with Khan Academy to provide free and accessible resources to prepare students for the SAT. The panel will also outline how the new SAT will support universities seeking to engage and attract international students. All participants will leave this session with an understanding of how to play a key role in delivering opportunity to all students.

Biographies: Klotzbier, Hensley, Gerbode-Grant
Salons J-K 4th
 3:30-4:30 PM   K-12: STEM Education: How Do We Change the Gender Gap?
Presenters: Claire Duggan, Director of Programs and Operations, The Center for STEM Education, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Nadia Alam, Institutional Researcher, St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA; Meredith Monaco, founder, Girl Lab! and Manufacturing Program Manager, Raytheon, Andover, MA

Numerous studies point to the gender gap in STEM education. At this session, the panel will share how universities are supporting efforts to narrow the achievement gap in K-12 by targeting grant efforts and student engagement in outreach programs. You will also hear from one school’s research how they tried to change the gap in their STEM program and how other schools, both public and independent, address the issue of girls and STEM education. Finally you will see the challenges and opportunities afforded an engineer from Raytheon and her passion for getting more girls interested in engineering.

Biographies: Duggan, Alam, Monaco

Presentation: Duggan et al. – PowerPoint Presentation

Presentation notes: presentation as pdf
Salon I 4th
 3:30-4:30 PM   K-12: The Challenge of Leadership
Presenters: Bambi Betts; Director, Principals' Training Center for International School Leadership, North Bay Village, FL; Richard I. Melvoin, Head of Belmont Hill School, Belmont, MA; Michael G. Thompson, consultant, author, Supervising Psychologist, Belmont High School, MA

It's not breaking news that school leaders operate in a culture of challenge on many levels. In this session we will explore those challenges through two lenses: independent schools and international schools around the world. Are they changing? Are they context-specific? What psychological implications do they have for this chosen profession of leadership? And how might we move forward on meeting them. Join us.

Biographies: Betts, Melvoin, Thompson
Provincetown Room 4th
 5:00-6:00 PM   Reception and Entertainment (attendees required to purchase banquet reservation ticket)

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Atrium 3rd
 6:00 PM   NEASC Banquet and Keynote Address (attendees required to purchase banquet resevation ticket)
Imaginative Caregiving: Reaching My Son Owen
Presenter: Ron Suskind, Senior Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center of Ethics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and Pulitzer Prize–Winning Journalist

Biography: Suskind

Awards Ceremony:
Recipient of the Richard J. Bradley Endowment Award: William L. Burke III, Headmaster, St. Sebastian's School, Needham, MA, and Treasurer, NEASC Board of Trustees

Recipients of the Jacob Ludes III Leadership Award: the 67 members of four CPS [Commission on Public Schools] committees —  Accreditation Advisory Committee, Committee on Public Secondary Schools, Self-Study Redesign Committee, and the Future of Public School Accreditation Committee
Salon F 4th
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Friday, December 11, 2015

 6:30 AM-7:15 AM   Sunrise Stretch
Gentle stretches to start your day!
All welcome (no special attire, equipment or prior experience needed)
Instructor: Samantha Cameron

A welcome wakeup call for mind and body! Sweet stretches prepare your day by expanding breath and opening muscular intuitive forces. This short class offers a moment of bliss through easy stretching for those in a chair, and/or those on the mat. Emphasis is on connecting breath to expand and loosen necks, shoulders, backs, hamstrings and hips.
Vineyard Room 4th
 7:00 AM-12:00 PM   Registration
 7:00-9:30 AM   Complimentary Continental Breakfast/Coffee Service
 7:00-7:30 AM   Commission Business Meetings    
              International Schools, PS-12 (CIE) Salon B  
              Public Schools (CPS) Salon C  
              Independent Schools (CIS)
Salon D  
 7:30-8:00 AM   NEASC Annual Business Meeting of the Corporation
(open to all conference attendees)

Call and Notice for the 130th Annual Business Meeting

  1. To hear the reports of the Officers, the President/CEO, and the Commission Chairs and take action thereon.
  2. To receive written reports regarding initial and continued accreditation of institutional members.
  3. To receive a written listing of institutions approved for candidacy status.
  4. To elect a Treasurer and a Secretary for one-year terms through 2016.
  5. To elect Members-at-Large for three-year terms through December 2018 representing the Commission on Public Schools and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
  6. To re-elect a Member-at-Large for a three-year term though December 2018 representing the Commission on International Schools.
  7. To re-elect a Member-at-Large for a three-year term through December 2018 representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
  8. To consider and act upon any other business that may come before the meeting.

By Order of the Board Chair, Mary Lyons

Cameron C. Staples
President/CEO, NEASC

Call and Notice (pdf file)
Salon F 4th
 8:00-9:15 AM   Higher Education: Panel #5A
We Are Effective!?
Presenters: Len Charney, Dean of the Practice Department and faculty member, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA; Judith A. Robb, Faculty Fellow, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH; Jay V. Kahn, Vice President for Finance and Planning, Keene State College, Keene, NH, and CIHE Commissioner

What happens when educators from three colleges sit down in this interactive session to discuss how they each take the “long view” to measure the overall effectiveness of learning that students achieve at milestone moments while earning their degrees, and following graduation? The shared reflection and inquiry between these three institutions underscores a genuine desire for continuous improvement in curriculum, the quality of instruction, and how to best gauge student performance. Featured discussions include Boston Architectural College’s acclaimed narrative and graphic portfolio process which enables instructors to directly engage with students, to systematically unpack and recognize specific skills and competencies that shape successful professional careers in design.

UNH will inform attendees of its current work regarding methods for capturing and evaluating student outcomes as related to program goals and expectations, which in turn are linked to appraising overall institutional effectiveness. Keene State College meticulously measures successful student outcomes through capstone experiences, innovative tests and customized surveys to continuously take the pulse of their students, graduates and faculty. Collectively drawing on a broad range of examples, this thoughtful comparison of methods, metrics and analyses of data will enable attendees to decide for themselves which practices align closest with the missions and goals of their own programs.

Biographies: Charney, Robb, Kahn

Presentations: Charney (pdf), Robb, Kahn
Salon G 4th
 8:00-9:15 AM   Higher Education: Panel #5B
Risk and Innovation

Presenters: Janice M. Abraham, President and CEO, United Educators Insurance, Chevy Chase, MD; Thomas Dwyer, Vice Chancellor and Provost, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI, and CIHE Commissioner

This session will explore the importance of identifying, assessing and managing risk as an institution embarks upon developing innovative programs to address the evolving demand for accountability. Best practices in use at colleges and universities for identifying and managing risks will be shared, based on the book  Risk Management, An Accountability Guide for University and College Boards, AGB Press 2013. A case study will be presented on how senior administrators use risk management to support innovation and prepare for unexpected events that have the potential to disrupt the mission and strategic plans of the institution. 
Biographies: Abraham, Dwyer

Presentations: Abraham, Dwyer
Salon E 4th
 8:00-9:15 AM   K-12: Leaders Exchange Places: Valuable and Unanticipated Lessons
Presenters: M. Fran Bisselle, Head of Maple Street School, Manchester, VT; Trudy Hall, Head, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY; Karen Gross, former President, Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT

Three leaders from different sectors of the educational pipeline (k-8, 9-12, and college) switched places for a day to enrich their understanding of the educational pipeline. For two of the leaders, the swap involved moving to a feeder school while the elementary school head led the college. This enabled the college president to meet with 12th graders, anxiously engaged in the college application process and the high school head to meet with 8th graders nervously awaiting their move to high school. The elementary school head was able to witness students who were years beyond their early levels of education and probe what was important to them early in their education that allowed them to pursue and achieve their college dreams. Through this swap, we came to appreciate that regardless of the differences, the issues educational leaders confront are remarkably similar. We also saw the value of “stepping out” from our own institution and “stepping in” to another institution.

Biographies: Bisselle, Hall, Gross

Presentation: Bisselle et al.
Salon H-I 4th
 8:00-9:15 AM   K-12:  ACE Acreditation – A Transformational Approach
Presenter: Peter C. Mott, Director, Commission for International Education, PS-12

ACE Accreditation, NEASC’s groundbreaking new approach to accreditation, places the central focus of accreditation squarely on ‘learning’ – what good learning should look like and what its expected impact on the learner should be. The ACE acronym represents Learning Architecture, Culture, and Ecology, and its ten Core Learning Principles – supported by five Foundation Standards – reflect an interdependent and interrelated learning ecosystem. ACE shifts the focus from inputs and outputs to learner impacts and proposes a strength-based rather than deficit-oriented (‘meets/does not meet the Standard’) model. In fact, ACE aims to change the language and ‘grammar’ of schooling and accreditation.

Biography: Mott
Provincetown Room 4th
 8:00-9:15 AM   K-12: Session
What is New at CPS?
Presenters: George H. Edwards, Director, Commission on Public Schools; Edward J. Gallagher, III, Associate Director of the Committee on  Public Schools; Alyson M. Geary, Associate Director of the Committee on Public Schools; Kathleen A. Montagano, Associate Director of the Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools; and Bruce R. Sievers, Associate Director of the Committee on Technical  and Career Institutions

The Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools, the Committee on Public Secondary Schools, and the Committee on Technical and Career Institutions have all been involved in reform initiatives for their member schools. The purpose of this session is to provide an update on the progress being made by each of the Committees.

Biographies: EdwardsGallagher, Geary, Montagano, Sievers
Salon B 4th
 9:30-10:45 AM   NEASC K-20 Keynote Address
4-D Innovations in Curricula
Presenter: Charles K. Fadel, Global Education Thought Leader, Author, Founder and Chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, Boston, MA; Abdallah A. Sfeir, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Big Data, Biotech, Nanotechnology, etc. are redefining what it means to be human. The world of the 21st century bears little resemblance to that of the 19th century, so Education curricula must be deeply redesigned for versatility and adaptability, implying all of the four dimensions of Knowledge, Skills, Character and Meta-Learning, and the interplay between them. STEM disciplines matter increasingly, but Humanities & Arts remain absolutely essential – each borrowing from the other, for an education deep and broad. Both schools and higher education institutions have a unique opportunity – and a duty – to help humanity through this difficult transition, by revisiting What, not just How, they teach. Innovation is not an option, it needs to be a normal modus operandi as it is in other occupations.

Biographies: Fadel, Sfeir

Presentation: Fadel (pdf)
Salon E 4th
11:00 AM-12:00 PM   Higher Education: Keynote #4
2015: A Momentous Year for Accreditation – If Talk Becomes Action!

Presenter: Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Washington, DC; Jacqueline D. Peterson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and CIHE Commissioner (moderating)

Accreditation has taken center stage in federal policy discussions on higher education during the past year.  What are the issues?  What is the impact?  What does this mean for accreditation moving forward?

Biographies: Eaton, Peterson

Presentation:  Eaton (pdf)
Salon G 4th  
11:00 AM-12:00 PM   K-12: Lasting Impact of Exchange Programs on Students
Presenters: John E. Creeden, President, School Year Abroad; Sean P. Brennan, Head, Vermont Academy, Saxton River. VT;  Richardo Carreno, Global Programs Director, Vermont Academy, Saxton River, VT

What is the lasting impact of exchange programs on students? At this session you will see the data gathered from School Year Aboard regarding what they discovered helps students truly understand other cultures. Whether you have a year long program, a semester program or a week program, ideas will be generated on what we can all do to strengthen this impact.

Biographies: Creeden, Brennan, Carreno

Presentation: Creeden et al.
Salon B 4th
11:00 AM-12:00 PM   K-12: Dual Enrollment: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenters: Mary Snyder, Director, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord, NH; Jane Voth-Palisi, Lead Teacher, Dual Enrollment Program, Concord High School, NH; Ari M. Betof, Head of School, Boston University Academy, Boston, MA; Matt Folan, Principal, University High School of Science and Engineering, Hartford, CT; Suzie D'Annolfo, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of School Partnerships, University of Hartford, CT

Much has been said about dual enrollment programs in regard to their benefits and their drawbacks. In this panel session you will hear from five practitioners as they discuss the challenges, the opportunities, the evolution of their programs from its initial founding and where they see their program headed in the future. 

Biographies: Snyder, Voth-Palisi, Betof, Folan, D'Annolfo
Salons H-I 4th
12:30 PM   NEASC Luncheon and Keynote Address (attendees required to purchase luncheon reservation ticket) 
Presenter: Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Co-Founder and President of Board of Trustees, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate; lawyer; and non-profit Board service

Biography: Kennedy

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Salon F 4th
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NEASC Commissions
CIHE Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (Colleges and Universities)
CIE PS-12 Commission on International Education  (PreK-12 Schools)
CIS Commission on Independent Schools (K-12 Schools)
CPS Commission on Public Schools (K-12 Schools)