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Conference Program


Peer Corps Program

Friday, April 5
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.

Accreditation Workshop

Saturday, April 6
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. New this year: The Assurance Clinic, 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 6
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 6
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 6
8:00 a.m.–5:00 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 7–
11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 9

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.

The final day of the General Program features two extended sessions, each providing a choice of several interactive seminars focused on professional development and quality improvement.

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.

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 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.