Concurrent Sessions

November 6, 2022

Sponsored by Metz Culinary Management

Attracting and Retaining a Student Population that Meets Academic, Enrollment, and Financial Needs

Within independent higher education, institutions are unique in their missions, in who they serve, and how they program the educational experience for their students. It is essential to manage enrollment to ensure that enough tuition is generated to keep the institution in operation, particularly at institutions with smaller endowments and fewer avenues for generating revenue. This panel will discuss the importance of and examples of strategic collaboration between academic affairs, enrollment management, and business affairs working in alignment to attract and retain cohorts of students who can benefit from the academic program and generate the tuition required to run the institution.

Andrew R. Bressette, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Berry College
Tina DeNeen, Associate Executive Director, Education and Member Development, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Cindy Marlow McClenagan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wayland Baptist University
Brad Reeder, Assistant Vice President for Financial Services, Berry College

Chair: Mollie Cecere, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, Carlow University

Building a Culture of Transfer across the Institution: Lessons from Transfer Pathways Initiatives

Transfer pathways are designed to provide community college transfer students with clear guidelines to achieve a baccalaureate degree in the field of their choosing. For these students to achieve their goals and thrive, they require multi-faceted support across admissions, advising, academic programs, and financial aid. In this session, two institutional teams will share their insights into building a strong culture of transfer on campus to complement the creation of new, discipline-specific transfer pathways. Both institutions are participants in Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts projects, jointly sponsored by the Teagle Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Jeff Frederick, Provost, Wingate University
Melissa Perdue, Chief Financial Officer, Wingate University
Marcy Ritzert, Vice President for Enrollment, Muskingum University
Chair: Laura Furge, Provost, Muhlenberg College

Continuous Transformation for Sustainable Business Models

In dynamic and competitive environments, continuous transformation is necessary if institutions are to survive and flourish. Continuous innovation is required to move from old models of business to transformative models, but innovation is not a static, one-step process occurring in silos. A team of colleagues from an institution who work collaboratively will share how building a culture of continuous transformation can result in strong, sustainable business models. In this session, participants will engage in discussions to assess the systems and structures that impact its ability to embrace a transformation mindset and provide examples of strategies deployed in the continuous model that includes a tactical deployment of limited resources.

Judy Roy, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Indiana Institute of Technology
Steve Herendeen, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Indiana Institute of Technology
Kate Watland, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Indiana Institute of Technology
Chair: Teresa Garrett, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Sweet Briar College

Cross-divisional Partnerships and Collaboration

Institutions of higher education, like other organizations, have long recognized the importance of cross-divisional collaboration in achieving missions and goals. Collaboration produces a synergy that yields more, saves more, and achieves more. Yet, many campuses are full of examples of where this does not happen. In difficult economic times it becomes even more important that people work together across silos to ensure the institutions are efficiently deploying their resources. This panel will share examples of how institutions efficiently utilize cross-divisional partnerships for effective processes and solutions.

Katherine Beutel, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lourdes University
Kendrick T. Brown, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Morehouse College
Undria Stalling, Senior Vice President of Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Morehouse College
Chair: Jeffrey Frick, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Washington & Jefferson College

Introducing Badges, Microcredentials, and Certificates with Credit Bearing Programs

How do campuses respond to the public cynicism about the value of a liberal arts education, especially as a pathway for career-readiness? And how do colleges prepare students for the future of work? A “liberal arts plus” program is designed to complement other high impact practices to make graduates market ready. Badges, microcredentials, and certificates provide an avenue for students to document the totality of their learning experience, including skills that do not fall neatly within majors. This panel will focus on how colleges can introduce workforce development and non-credit opportunities.

D. Nathan Phinney, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northwestern College (IA)
Eden Wales Freedman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Clarke University
Erica Vonk, Assistant Professor of Business and Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership, Northwestern College (IA)
Chair: Karen Lee, Provost, Wheaton College