Conference Program

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 2019 conference will focus on how institutions of higher learning can work with students to create roadmaps for student success. The conference will provide forums for discussion of innovative programming and support services that meet students where they are and help them achieve success. In addition, presenters and attendees will explore how accreditors can establish realistic definitions and measurements of success, reflecting students’ goals for their education and institutions’ unique missions while still ensuring accountability and educational quality.

Programs at a Glance

Peer Corps Program

This program offers professional development and specialized training for current members of HLC’s Peer Corps. The program includes updates on HLC policies and procedures and good practices for conducting and leading evaluations. Special training sessions are 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 welcome to attend professional development sessions. Training sessions are offered by invitation only.

Accreditation Workshop

This workshop offers in-depth presentations on the expectations and processes for HLC accreditation. The Orientation track, for those new to HLC accreditation, includes sessions on the Pathways for Reaffirmation of Accreditation and what to expect from the peer review process. The Preparation track, intended for those with a review scheduled in the next two years, includes sessions focusing on each of the Criteria for Accreditation.

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

Eligibility Workshop

This informational workshop is designed to explain 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. Because seating is limited, no more than four representatives per institution (including any consultants) should attend.

Presidents Program

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: Up to four CEOs and trustees from any HLC-accredited or candidate institution.

Supporting Student Success Workshop

This interactive workshop helps participants take an inclusive approach to establishing and sustaining a success-focused campus. Attendees explore potential barriers to student success, examine promising practices and devise strategies to support students inside and outside the classroom. The content aligns with HLC’s ongoing strategic initiatives to better define, measure and support student success.

Who Should Attend: Faculty members and those supporting the work of faculty.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall features many resources, including displays by dozens of exhibiting companies offering products and services for institutions of higher learning. Events taking place in the Exhibit Hall include the Accreditation Share Fair, the Academies Poster Fair and the Special Interest Group Meetings. Complimentary breakfasts and purchased lunches are also available in the Exhibit Hall at designated times.

General Program

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 to current and future challenges; and institutions from across HLC’s 19-state region present on their promising practices and lessons learned.

The final day of the General Program features two extended sessions, each providing a choice of several interactive seminars. These seminars will allow attendees to engage with presenters and peers while taking part in exercises to promote both professional development and quality improvement at their institutions.

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.

Accreditation Share Fair

The Share Fair provides an opportunity for all conference attendees to learn from institutions that have successfully completed an accreditation process or activity. Representatives of institutions invited to discuss a designated process are available to describe their experience and answer questions through informal discussion and displays in the Exhibit Hall.

Special Interest Group Meetings

Special Interest Group Meetings are informal roundtable discussions facilitated by conference attendees that provide an opportunity to share ideas in a small group. Participants can network with colleagues who share interest in a specific topic, come from similar institutions or serve in similar roles.

Academies Poster Fair

The Poster Fair is an opportunity for current and former Academy institutions to showcase their efforts. Posters are displayed from institutions that are at various stages of the Academy programs. Representatives from participating institutions attend to discuss their Academy experience and answer questions about their projects.