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Peer Corps Program

Friday, April 17
7:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

Current members of HLC’s Peer Corps receive professional development and specialized training. The program will include updates on HLC policies and procedures and good practices for conducting and leading evaluations. Special training sessions will be offered for new team chairs, presidents, new Institutional Actions Council members, and substantive change reviewers and chairs.

Who Should Attend: All active members of HLC’s Peer Corps are invited to attend professional development sessions. Training sessions are offered by invitation only.

Effective Administrators Workshop

Friday, April 17
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This workshop offers strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness in budgeting, planning and evaluation. Attendees receive guidance from experienced administrators on cultivating a collaborative, solutions-oriented culture while establishing a support network of peers at other institutions.

Who Should Attend: Individuals with new or expanded responsibilities in budgeting, planning and evaluation within their funtional area.

Accreditation Program

Saturday, April 18
7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop offers in-depth presentations on the expectations and processes for HLC accreditation, with tracks for those new to HLC and those preparing for a comprehensive evaluation in the near future. This program features the Assurance Clinics, where institutions with an approaching Assurance Review or comprehensive evaluation can receive feedback on their argument and evidence from an experienced peer reviewer.

Who Should Attend: Faculty members and administrative leaders involved in accreditation processes, and Accreditation Liaison Officers.

Eligibility Workshop

Saturday, April 18
7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

This informational workshop explains the process of seeking affiliation with HLC. The workshop will outline the Eligibility Process, provide an overview of key Eligibility Requirements, and offer tips for a successful Eligibility Filing.

Who Should Attend: Individuals leading their institution’s process of seeking accreditation (limit: four per institution, including consultants).

Presidents Program

Saturday, April 18
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

This program offers institutional leaders a chance to engage with HLC’s president and trustees as well as invited speakers on key issues in higher education and accreditation.

Who Should Attend: The CEO and trustees from any HLC-accredited or candidate institution (limit: four per institution).

Supporting Student Success Workshop

Saturday, April 18
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will examine common factors that affect student success. Facilitators will lead a series of activities to help attendees identify their institution’s current realities and discover areas of opportunity for improving student success within their particular sphere of influence.

Who Should Attend: Administrators, faculty and staff members of any HLC-accredited or candidate institution, or representatives of independent companies or organizations.

General Program

8:00 a.m. Sunday, April 19–
11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 21

The General Program offers information on the latest developments, issues and good practices in higher education. HLC staff members provide updates on HLC policies, procedures and initiatives; leading researchers and practitioners share innovative approaches; and institutions from across HLC’s region present valuable lessons from their experiences.

Who Should Attend: HLC contacts and institutional representatives, including Accreditation Liaison Officers, Data Update Coordinators, Assurance System Coordinators, administrative professionals, faculty members, peer reviewers, and CEOs, presidents and chancellors.

Diversity Initiative Reception

Monday, April 20
5:00–6:30 p.m.

Join the HLC Peer Corps' Committee on Diversity to learn more about the Diversity Initiative and how you can get involved. Registration includes one drink. Pre-registration required.

Conference Overview

The HLC Annual Conference provides opportunities for administrators, faculty and staff of HLC member institutions, along with members of the HLC Peer Corps, to learn information and promising practices from fellow practitioners and the HLC staff. Attendees also engage with featured speakers who are leading thinkers, researchers and advocates in the field of higher education.

The 2020 conference will center on leadership within higher education, particularly discussions of ways accreditors and institutions might initiate, foster, and provide guidance in this transitional era of higher education. The conference will provide forums for discussion of proactive approaches to change, in which stakeholders take the initiative to address challenges and opportunities in ways that promote and foster progress within higher education.